Sample itinerary for the Mexico expedition
There are a number of treks that the team can do to prepare for the main trekking phase. The treks are located within different areas so there is a chance to trek in and see a diversity of scenery. These range from a Cactus reserve and the Lakes of Zempoala to the humid lowland forests of Cuetzalan.
Main Trekking phase
Sierra Norte de Oaxaca
At 3000m above sea level, this mountainous region in the state of Oaxaca boasts some of Mexico’s greatest diversity in forest and flora. Teams follow pre-Hispanic trails which lead through the mountains and the cloud forests linking remote Zapotec communities, giving a great opportunity for cultural interaction en-route.
These challenging treks culminate in the ascent of some of Mexico’s highest peaks - La Malinche, Nevado de Toluca and Sierra Negra (4500 to 5000m). Teams will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Mexico at sunrise – from all three peaks the famous Popocatépetl can be seen smoking on the horizon.
El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve
In the south eastern state of Chiapas near the border with Guatemala, the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve receives only a few hundred visitors annually, making it a wild and exciting place to explore. The trek takes teams up in to the cloud forest that make up the heart of the reserve before embarking on the 3 day trek down the other side to the lush and humid Pacific coast.
World Challenge has established links with a number of schools, children’s homes and charities throughout the country. These offer teams an opportunity to carry out renovation or building work whilst at the same time being immersed in a friendly Mexican community.
Rest and Relaxation
Mexico has almost 1000km of coastline upon which some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are to be found. There is therefore no shortage of places for teams to spend the last few days of their expedition relaxing under the hot Mexican sun. There are also wonderful colourful markets in many of the towns throughout the country, and the opportunity to explore ancient ruins, from Teotihuacán, just outside of Mexico City, to the Mayan metropolis of Palenque soaring above the jungles and planes in south east of Mexico.
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