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Ecotourism "The union between the Natural Beauties and Tourism"
Eco-tourism projects in the Sierra Madre have experience tremendous growth. Today we can visit nature’s spaces that preserve that enormous wealth of animal and vegetable species, which because of its characteristics were unknown up to a few years ago. Ixtlan de Juárez and coffee plantations open their doors to show the world their environmental and cultural treasures.
The Zapotec word for house, Yú’ù, has been used to name a recent initiative that facilitates shelter in austere rural houses to enjoy the scenic, historical, and artistic attractions of beautiful communities and contact with native residents and their traditions. Tourist Yú’ù are individual homes designed to house up to five people. The rent is very inexpensive. Reservations are made through the Secretaria de Desarrollo Turistico de Oaxaca (SEDETUR) [Department of Tourism Development of Oaxaca]. At present, there are Tourist Yú’ù in nine villages throughout the Oaxaca Valley. Among them:
• San Sebastián Abasolo
Southeast of the Oaxaca Valley on route 190. In the village, there is a beautiful thirteen-century temple in honor of San Sebastian Martir. The two most important festivals celebrate the Saint on January 20 and the Virgen de la Asuncion on August 15 respectively.
• Santa Cruz Papalutla
It is reached by taking the Carretera Federal 190 toward the Isthmus, then left on the detour that goes through the San Sebastian Abasolo village. The Santa Cruz temple dating from the thirteenth century is definitely worth visiting. The Tourist Yú’ù is decorated with butterflies because Papalutla means, "field of butterflies."
• Benito Juárez
This community is located Northeast of the City of Oaxaca in a rugged, mountainous area and offers visitors beautiful natural surroundings. From "El Mirador" (Scenic Lookout) one can admire the Central Valleys and the Orizaba Peak. In the same region, we find Guelatao, Benito Juárez birthplace.
• San Bartolome Quialana
It can be reached via Carretera Federal 190 toward the Isthmus; it detours to the right through Tlacolula. San Bartolome Quialana is distinctive for the beauty of its handcrafts made of wool, ixtle, and carrizo. The main festival is celebrated on August 27 and lasts for four days.
• San Marcos Tlapazola
There stands a twelve-century temple founded by Dominicans. The Fiesta de San Marcos, Patron Saint of the village is celebrated by the entire community.