We start our adventure at La Joyita private nature preserve, hike to the overlook of an ancient volcanic caldera, then descend the wooded slopes to the bottom of the caldera where we’ll explore an abandoned revolution-era homestead.
(The hike is moderately strenuous; 400 m descent and return climb. Hiking poles recommended. Those less-abled may do a portion of the hike or enjoy the views from the rim.)
After our hike, we make the short drive to the Vía Orgánica Ranch for light refreshment, followed by a tour of the Ranch, where we’ll learn about sustainable organic and regenerative agriculture.
Then it’s a short walk to the Vía Orgánica Conference Center where we’ll enjoy a comida tÍpica of chiles rellenos with roasted tomato salsa, brown rice, beans, salad and homemade tortillas. Plus, we get to sample fresh locally produced agua miel and pulque. Then sit back and relax over dessert and coffee as Emma Marris spins us a tale from her recent travels as an environmental science writer.
Space is limited to the first 40 adventurers. We will carpool from St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo at 8:30, returning by 3:30. Cost is $700 pesos ($38 USD). Drivers will get a $100 peso rebate.