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A Peaceful Refuge in the Mountains of Oaxaca

In Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte, this Zapotec town has managed to create an admirable tourism project based on respect for the surrounding forest and rich indigenous culture.

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México Desconocido

México Desconocido

The Magical Town of Capulálpam has valuable colonial architecture, one example of which is the four-century old Church of San Mateo dedicated to the town’s patron saint. The Church’s impressive age alone makes this a very worthwhile trip from the center of Oaxaca.

Passion for the Forest

As well as for its architecture, Capulálpam is known for its surrounding forests. The community even received an award from the World Wildlife Fund in 2002 for their conservation efforts.

Therefore, it really is recommendable to at least take a stroll through the forest to see the incredible viewpoints accompanied by local guides. Another option is to visit the Los Molinos recreation center and take a ride on the zip line which crosses the river.

In addition, when you are in the town you simply must visit the Center for Traditional Indigenous Medicine. Endorsed by the National Health Department, this is where the most prestigious local medics perform cleanses and healing massages, as well as prescribing herbal-based medicines to cure every ailment of body and mind.


Capulálpam is one and a half hours away from the city of Oaxaca. Take federal highway 175 and in Ixtlán, take the exit to Capulálpam. 

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