Welcome to Santiago Apoala


In traditional Mixtec belief, this valley was the birthplace of humanity, and the scenery around Apoala is appropriately spectacular, with the 60m waterfall Cascada Cola de la Serpiente, the 400m-deep Cañón Morelos and a number of caves, ancient rock carvings and paintings among the highlights.

The easy way to get here is with an agency from Oaxaca – Tierraventura does a good two-day tour – but it's cheaper to make your own way and arrange things directly with the village’s community-tourism unit, the Unidad Ecoturística.


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