Bike Tours — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
Biking, like walking, forces you to slow down, giving you time to observe a place, taking in its rhythms, engaging with its people, bringing you deeply in contact with it, making biking a great way to experience a place. And bike tours offer a convenient way of visiting a place, especially when pinched for time, by avoiding many of the inevitable hassles that come with self-organizing an excursion. In the city several reputable outfits lead guided bike tours in the city and throughout the state.
In general, when choosing a tour company, it's best to stick with an outfit specializing in one or two things; presumably, it'll do them well. If a company claims it can do many things, chances are it'll be mediocre at them all.
This listing of tour companies, although not complete, comes from recommendations by other travelers. In fact, word of mouth is the best way to determine if a tour is right for you — talk to other travelers, ask at the front desk, check with Spanish Language schools, or visit the tourist information office. Also, make sure to check the listings in this guide for tours in places of interest, since most do not have a presence in the city.
A few outfits rent bikes and/or run half- and full-day guided bike tours for all levels in the city and the valleys and multi-day trips to the sierras and the Pacific coast.
Bicicletas Pedro Martinez • Outdoor Adventure Tours, Bike Rental • (O)
Runs half- and full-day guided bike tours for all levels in the city and the valleys and multi-day trips to the sierras and the Pacific coast. Also runs guided hikes and mixed tours of hiking and biking. Costs vary, starting at Mex$430 for city bike tours and topping off at Mex$4250 (all inclusive) for the four-day trip to Puerto Escondido. All guided trips have a two person minimum. Bike rentals are available for Mex$120 per day, includes helmet, lock, tools, and map. The shop also sells new and used bikes, as well as a full line of accessories.
- Aldama 418, east of Díaz Ordaz; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 9 am - 7 pm; phone 951-514-5935; www.bicicletaspedromartinez.com; email@example.com.
Zona Bici • Bike Tours, Bike Rental • (B)
Conducts half-day guided bike tours for all levels in the city and the valleys (Mex$330, all inclusive, two person minimum, reserve a day ahead, bring passport). Bike rentals are available for Mex$120 per day, includes helmet, lock, and tools. The shop also sells new and used bikes, as well as a full line of accessories.
- García Vigil 406, north of Abasolo; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 10 am - 2:30 pm, 4:30 - 8:30 pm; phone 951-516-0953; www.bikeoaxaca.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bravo 210, west of García Vigil; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Fri 9 am - 3 pm & 4 - 7 pm, Sat 9 am - 2 pm; phone 951-514-8271; www.sierranorte.org.mx; email@example.com.
Ecoturixtlán • Outdoor Adventure Tours • (G)
Ecotourist cooperative run by the village of Ixtlan de Juarez in the Sierra Norte mountains. Activities and amenities include hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding along pine- and oak-forested trails; cabins with fireplaces; and a restaurant that serves traditional Oaxacan food. In Ixtlan de Juarez the office is at Av. 16 de Septiembre, corner of Revolución in front of city hall, 951-553-6075.
- Rayón 608, east of Manuel Doblado; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Fri 8 am - 2 pm & 4 - 7 pm, Sat 8 - 11 am; phone 951-514-1104; www.cdi.gob.mx/ecoturismo/oaxaca_ecoturixtlan.html; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rancho Buenavista • Outdoor Adventure Tours • (H)
From its headquarters, a ranch twenty minutes outside the city in full view of Monte Albán, Rancho Buenavista leads guided rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking outings in the valleys and Sierra Norte and to the Pacific coast, as well as mountaineering expeditions outside of the state to the summits of the Pico de Orizaba, La Malinche, and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes. A stay at the ranch is in itself a worthwhile experience, with comfortable cabañas (Mex$300, or pitch a tent for only Mex$50), nearby hiking trails, and interesting villages within walking distance. Their website has detailed information on outings and accommodations.