Tlaxiaco Trail Hike – 01/21/2024

This is a post of one of many hikes or walkabouts that Pat and I enjoyed during our visit to Oaxaca in January of 2024. This one was with friends of our guide José during our first visit to the small city of Tlaxiaco, about 3 hours by van-bus from Oaxaca de Juarez (Oaxaca city). This was our first stop on an eight-day trip to small villages in the Mixtec and Trique regions of northern Oaxaca.

The Drive In

The drive to this trail was from the outskirts of Tlaxiaco on a good road. The destination was a trail following a small stream from a small pool and waterfall, a favorite place for our friends to enjoy time in the forest.

The Hike

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The track on the return leg was foreshortened by GPS failure.

Notes about the Google Earth screenshot: the graph at the bottom shows elevation of the track (pink area) and speed (the blue line).

The hike was a combination of well-used trail, some less-used trail, and a bit of hiking through open forest. It began with a visit to small waterfall pouring into a nice pool (sometimes used for a soak, ‘tho not warm water). From there we proceeded on a well used trail along the stream for a few hundred. With Beln leading, we turned uphill through an open forest on a sometimes vague trail.

Since I continued to be hampered by a sore foot, we turned back at 2/3rd of a mile, descending down the hill to return along the river.

Often the clown, José showed off one of his dance moves for Pat’s photo.

Finishing up this short hike – Belén, Sil & Emilio, Pat, and José .


Thanks to our hosts, Belén, Sil, and little Emilio, for sharing with us a place they often visit, to enjoy the stream, pool and waterfall, and “un paseo por el bosque”.


(The GPS lost track on the return of this out-and-back hike.
Statistics are extrapolated to complete the hike.)
Total Distance:  1.35 miles
Elevation: start 7,238  ft, maximum  7,362 ft,  minimum 7,118 ft
Gross gain:  134 ft.  Aggregate ascending 134 ft, descending 118 ft
Maximum slope: 29% ascending, 32% descending, 6.8% average
Duration: 1:43, Average Speed: 0.8 mph

GPS Track Files for Download
If you haven’t explored these hiking tracks with Google Earth, I urge you to try it. With the virtual 3-dimensional presentation, achieved by panning and tilting the view, you can get a much better idea of the hikes and terrain than you can get from the screenshot above. For some ideas, check out  Using Google Earth Track Files.

References and Resources

Wikipedia: Tlaxiaco


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