oaxaca ecotourism

Canadian promotes ecotourism in Oaxaca

Writer and Canadian sportswoman Nicola Ross holds workshops in Canada to promote ecotourism and the advantages and attractions offered by the mountains of Oaxaca to those who love hiking or trekking.

“The hiking is fabulous, the food excellent and the accommodation amazing,” said Ross, who highlighted the attractions that Oaxaca offers such as walking from town to town with a Zapotec guide, cabins with a fireplace, mountain biking, classes to do handmade tortillas and visits to pulque distilleries.

Regarding her experiences in Oaxaca, Ross says that in addition to the beautiful scenery and the friendly climate, she was very attracted to the life of the people.

“You may not see the same person again, but Mexicans are very friendly, the food is fantastic and the phrase ‘my house is your house’ is very true in Mexico,” said the author in one of her workshops for hiking in Mexico.

Ross, who has been hiking for the past 40 years, has visited several countries for long walks. In addition to Mexico, she has been in cities and forests in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Guatemala, Argentina and Chile.

She said she has lived wonderful experiences in states of Mexico such as Michoacán and Oaxaca. “I’ve even walked on my own and I’ve never had any problems,” she said.

Ross also highlighted among Canadian travelers the attractive price for vacationing among the Mexican forests, since a week in the northern highlands of Oaxaca, a Canadian can spend only $500 dollars total for food, lodging and even a guide. A reasonable cost for a full week vacation by any standards.

With photos of the majestic Tule tree, the forests of the Oaxacan sierra, its flora and fauna, the athlete highlighted the great reputation of Mexico as an ecotourism destination.

From the Llano Grande to the ecotourism center of Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca offers a wide variety of options for short, family or long hikes of four hours or more.

“I like to go hiking and it’s a very simple sport because you do not need a lot of equipment or a referee, like other sports, just go out and walk,” said the author of several books about hiking in Canadian forests such as “Dufferin County”, “Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes” and “Caledon”

Photo by Ian Hayden Parker / San José del Pacifico, Oaxaca

About the author

This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.