Zapotec Guiengola fortress (near Tehuantepec) | Informal Campsite

Mexico

Details

Last Visited: almost 2 years ago
GPS: 16.382060, -95.307460
Altitude: 193.0 masl
Place Website:

Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Unknown
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

A tiny parking lot after the steep and bad road to the ruines. From there you can hike approximately 45 minute through a beautiful cactus forest to the ruines. From the parking lot we had a magnificient view of the valley. Very quiet at night. We couldn't ask for permission to camp, because after our hike the parking lot was deserted. No toilets or other facilities.

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GPS coordinates are off a bit, when you reach fork in the road stick left. last little bit up the mountain is quite rough. we made it with our camper van but quite bumpy and tricky to manouver. got there at 4pm and there were lots of bugs, bring spray. hike to ruins is nice. caretaker dropped by in morning and asked that we sign his book, very friendly. at one point a bunch of guys arrived in a pickup with shotguns, likely to go hunting. didnt bother us but perhaps be vigilent while hiking.

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Ruinas preciosas con poco trabajo de restauración, estan como la naturaleza las dejó después de años de abandono.
El señor Feliciano trabaja para INAH y me llevó como guoa, sin pedir nada. me mostró las ruinas y la cueva con pasión y gusto. El mejor guia que tuve en toda mi larga viaje por ruinas.
al final aceptó una propina.
Para llegar va via Las Tejas -mx190, después de 4km de tierra hay una bifurcacion, siga a la izquierda, por más 1,5km de subida hasta la entrada del parque arqueológico. Este último tramo no vas con el carro si tienes una camper grande, está muy mal. atento que ni maps.me, ni Google maps me daban la ruta correcta, pero hay una placa escrita a mano en la bifurcacion.

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This was a magical place! we came up here towards the end of the hottest day we expierenced in Oaxaca. We arrived at sunset and the city lights were bright off in the distance. We did the hike in the morning before the aun crested the mountains for our dogs sake. We went to hit the trail and one of the caretakers said he was coming with us as a tour guide. He spoke no English. He did the tour with us showed us different things along the way. We understood a little with our broken spanish. He showed us which plants and fruits you can eat along the way. It was an interesting tour dispite the lanuage barrier. his name was Gabriela but asked us to call him Victor. He didnt ask for any money but we gave him 50pesos each. We did learn a bit about the Zapoteca people! So worth the stop an hike. We could bring our dog as long as he was on a leash. They said snakes an spiders can be dangerous an live in the mountains. we only seen what looked to be a squirrel and a ton of baby lizards.

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Great spot. Nice view & road is v good condition. I signed in & asked if I could ride up to / down from the fortress on my mountain bike. No issues. Tough on the way up but the downhill is worth it.

I ended up tipping the guy who works there because he was so friendly & let me practice my Spanish. But there was never any suggestion that I ought to.

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Just as described. Road fresh and easy to drive in our 2wd Westy. Parked at the base of the hike just after five pm on a Saturday - by ourselves. Hiked for two hours (a little slower than the previous entry!) Returned to the van and camped the night. Didn't see anyone until 0800 when a man who obviously worked for the parks came around - super friendly! We signed in, he didn't charge for the hike or the camping!

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Road is freshly graded and cleaned, no bushes in the way, should be doable in any vehicle, the last section is not too steep and still quite wide. Pretty view at night from the small parking lot. Hike is about 2km one way, first few hundred meters were steep, easy after that. Bring lots of water and snacks, the heat is tiring. We saw lots of lizards, birds and that raccoon animal with long nose. There are some rock walls on the trail, two pyramids and more walls on the top. It was a nice camping spot and interesting hike.

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We didn’t camp here but road and place still exists :)

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A tiny parking lot after the steep and bad road to the ruines. From there you can hike approximately 45 minute through a beautiful cactus forest to the ruines. From the parking lot we had a magnificient view of the valley. Very quiet at night. We couldn't ask for permission to camp, because after our hike the parking lot was deserted. No toilets or other facilities.

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