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Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca

The tiny village of Cuajimoloyas is located high in the mountains at 10,433 feet elevation (3180 meters), east of Oaxaca, Oaxaca.

GPS:   17°7.13'N 96°27.12'W
Elevation:   3160m/10,370'
Telephone:   (951) 524-5024 (only phone in town)

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Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca   photo by Methodus Consultora S.C.   More Photos
Directions: From Oaxaca, go east 33km on Highway 190 to Tlacolula, then turn north and go 7km to D'az Ordaz, then turn left onto the small road and travel 28km to Cuajimoloyas. The drive takes about two hours. See More Photos.

Cuajimoloyas is known for its annual Feria de Hongos or Mushroom Festival held in late July or early August, which is near the beginning of the rainy season. The elevation of Cuajimoloyas is 3160m/10,370', and the average temperature is 48F, so you will need warm clothing at any time of the year, and especially after dark.

See Alvin Starkman's account of his 2011 visit to the Feria de Hongos.

"There was a good visitor turnout and many mushrooms. Participants enjoyed the forest mushroom walk and conferences on bromelias, mushrooms, rural tourism, sustainable eco-alebrijes, oil of the zapote mamey and organic coffee from the Chinantla and Sierra Norte medicinal plants. The Sunday mushroom lunch buffet was a special highlight this year." [posted by Gerhard on planeta.com]

For a review of a restaurant serving wild mushrooms, see Restaurant Biznaga.

Mancomunados: This is a local organization made up of the village of Cuajimoloyas and the seven nearby towns of Benito Juarez, La Neveria, Latuvi, Llano Grande, Yavesia, Lachatao and Amatlan. The purpose of the union is the protection of the forest and of local traditions. The cultivation of a tourist industry is seen as beneficial to these goals since it provides yet another reason to preserve the forest and it gives jobs to the local youth who might otherwise be compelled to leave the villages for employment elsewhere. Tourists are attracted to the old growth pine and oak forests and the many trails which have linked the villages for centuries.

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