RUNNING, CULTURE AND WELLNESS RETREAT
Join us for a life-changing week of outstanding mountain running, yoga, meditation, human connection, nature and ancestral remains of one of Mexico’s most fascinating corners, as we enjoy the very best of Chiapas’s cultural heritage and embark on an epic running adventure that will take us deep into the remote mountainous landscapes of the region of Los Altos (Central Highlands) and into the pristine lakes and Mayan ruins of the areas surrounding the border between Mexico and Guatemala.
7 days, 6 nights ALL inclusive.
* Secure your spot with $800 USD
* 3 - 6 monthly installments available
Not your typical running retreat.
The journey will begin at San Cristóbal de las Casas, the cultural and historical epicenter of the mystical and remote region of Los Altos de Chiapas (Central Highlands). Dubbed “The most magical of mexican towns” by a former president, San Cristobal features beautiful colonial architecture and old cobblestone streets that have been preserved since the times of Spanish rule. The subtle scent of the region’s coffee in the air and the bright colors from the crafts and textiles from the local Tzotzil population, make this a very special and unique town.
During our time in San Cristobal we will explore the surrounding area, where we will visit an extinct volcano, the enigmatic town of San Juan Chamula, the textile community of Zinacantán and the region’s world renowned coffee region, where we will be able to hang out with the farmers as we enjoy one of Mexico’s most sought after cups of coffee.
Later during the trip we will spend 2 nights at Lagos de Montebello, where we will run on a series of trails with stunning views of Guatemala and the region’s lake system. The run will finish at the Tenam Puente Archeological site, a series of ruins that date back to the Mayan empire.
Our guides, local medicine men and spiritual teachers will make sure that this life changing experience transcends running, allowing us to submerge deeply into the region's history and set out on a journey of awareness and self discovery.
For decades, the state of Chiapas has caused worldwide fascination due to the preservation of its indigenous cultures, its coffee, natural landscapes and untouched archeological sites.
San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán are two notable examples of the region’s indigenous heritage. Here, indigenous cultures have managed to survive, keeping many of their traditions untouched and their unique lifestyles alive. While Zinacantán is renowned for its millenary textile traditions, the church in San Juan Chamula is considered by many the most mystical church on earth, where worshipers engage in rituals that involve a mix of Catholic beliefs with indigenous traditions such as copal burning, spiritual cleanses, animal sacrifice and Tzotzil chanting.
During our runs, we will explore these two towns and visit the houses and studios of its top craftsmen. We will also visit our friends Antolina and Sebastiana who will prepare a local meal for us in one of the mountain communities surrounding San Juan Chamula.
Due to its location and vitamin rich soils, Chiapas is Mexico’s top coffee producer, cultivating over 50% of the countries coffee and some of the very best and highest-grown in the continent.
During the retreat you will be able to visit an authentic Finca de Café, owned and operated by our friends at Cafeólogo, where you will witness the production process and enjoy some of the very best coffee in the world.
We will also visit Lagunas de Montebello, a National Park in the southernmost part of Mexico, that is made up of 59 multi-colored lakes spread over 15,840 acres of pines and tropical forest. Here we will visit the border with Guatemala, and enjoy breathtaking views and local cuisine before finishing the trip on top of an ancient pyramid at the Tenam Puente Archeological Site.
* January is the month of the traditional Fiesta de San Sebastián, a local patron Saint. This the retreat is a unique opportunity to witness the traditional festivities that take place in the communities during these dates.
The start of the journey will take us to the mystical and somewhat remote mountainous region of Los Altos (Central Highlands). San Cristóbal de las Casas, will serve as our base during the first 3 days of the retreat.
The first day of the retreat we will run 15km, from San Cristobal to San Juan Chamula, where we will visit the Church before heading to the finish line in the textile town of Zinacantan. Here we will visit the local craftspeople and have a community gathering with traditional food at the house of and indigenous family.
The following day we will run 18 kilometers from the hotel to the top of the Tzontehuitz, an extinct volcano that is next to Tenejapa where we will join the local coffee producers for a meal and coffee tasting.
On the third day we will do an easy 8 km through the old colonial streets of San Cristóbal, before leaving on a road trip to Tziscao, a community located next to the border with Guatemala, in the Montebello Lakes National Park. Here we will run 16km through a series of trails in a misty forest that is filled with seemingly endless lakes.
Our final day will consist of a 10km run which will end in an experience of ancient Mayan times: on top of a centuries old pyramid in the Tenam Puente Archeological Site.
Average distance is 10 to 15 kilometers per day, with stops to rest and eat.
We will provide transportation and logistics to keep your belongings safe, so that you can disconnect and enjoy the adventure.
All of our trips are designed to welcome hikers and runners of all fitness levels.
We will assign different guides to groups of different levels so that no one is left behind.
You will feel safe and comfortable throughout the trip whether you're a professional runner that wants to add these runs to your training, an amateur who wants to explore the world of trail-running or a casual hiker who wishes to challenge her- or himself while enjoying nature in a secure environment.
SPIRITUALITY, WELLNESS & ANCESTRAL MEDICINE
We believe in recognizing ancestral wisdom and spirituality as a source of valuable knowledge and good living, as well as in the constant practice of physical activity as a way to reconnect to our bodies and to our higher selves.
Taking advantage of Mexico's millenary traditions of ancestral medicine, you will be invited to take part in sweat lodge and cleansing rituals that will purify your body, deepen your bond with the earth and promote the awakening of your ancestral memory.
COMMUNITY & HUMAN CONNECTION
Our trips are made for you to get away from your daily routine and step out of your comfort zone in order to reconnect spiritually with your inner self while making new friends in a community of like minded people. We invite adventurers from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. This will give you the opportunity to bond and enjoy the company of others, to expand your network and connect with people in an open, friendly and conscious environment.
YOGA AND MEDITATION.
Our team is made up of a series of professional and committed yoga and meditation teachers that will ensure you are able to connect deeply with you inner self as you enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
During the retreat you will be able to take part in a series of yoga and meditation sessions that are specially designed for you to pick up, or refine, the tools that will take you on a spiritual journey of inner peace and self-knowledge throughout and beyond the adventure.
ARRIVAL IN SAN CRISTOBAL
Shuttle from the airport to Hotel / Boutique Hotel Check In / Welcome Dinner at Intervino Restaurant
* We suggest booking flights that arrive in Tuxtla Gtz. no later than 4pm. If your flight arrives later we can make personal arrangements *
SAN CRISTÓBAL / SAN JUAN CHAMULA / ZINACANTÁN
Meditation /10 km Run to San Juan Chamula / Church Visit / Snacks / 5km Run to Zinacantán / Lunch and gathering at Antolinas House / Shuttle to San Cristobal / Yoga / Dinner at Peruvian restaurant
SAN CRISTOBAL / TZONTEHUITZ / COFFEE PLANTATION
Meditation / 18km Run to the top pf the Tzontehuitz Volcano / Visit and lunch at coffee plantation / Free Time / Yoga / Dinner at Hotel
SAN CRISTOBAL - TZISCAO
8 km San Cristobal Sightseeing Run / Breakfast and coffee tasting at Cafeólogo / Shuttle to Tziscao / Lunch at Comitán / Cabins Check In / Dinner at Restaurante Internacional
TZISCAO - MONTEBELLO LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Meditation / Breakfast / Guatemala Borer Visit / 15km Run in Lagos de Montebello / Lunch / Free time / Sunset Yoga / Dinner
TZISCAO / 3 TZIMOLERAS / TENAM PUENTE
Meditation / Breaffast / Shuttle to 3 Tzimolerass / 10km Run to Tenam Puente Archeological Site / Lunch at Comitan / Shuttle to San Cristobal / Farewell Dinner at Hotel Bo.
SAN CRISTOBAL - AIRPORT
Meditation / Breakfast / Shuttles to Airport (All Day)
* Flights should depart Tuxtla Gtz. Intl. Airport after 12pm *
Transportation throughout the whole experience.
Authentic traditional Oaxacan cuisine cooked by locals.
Visits to Oaxaca's most beautiful markets.
Visit the house and studio one of Oaxaca's top Clay artists.
Stay at the house of a family of traditional weavers in Teotitlán del Valle.
Visit and lunch at an authentic Mezcal palenque.
Exclusively designed trails in magical and unique landscapes.
Daily yoga and meditation sessions by Max Vallot.
Support and knowledge of our local guides.
Shared and private accommodation.
7 days & 6 nights ALL inclusive.
* Secure your spot with $800 USD
* 3 - 6 monthly installments available
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"Everything about the Aire Libre experience deeply impacted me. Meeting a joyous group of people that became friends, and bonding with them while working towards a common goal made the entire experience incredibly rewarding. Outside the amazing people involved, I didn’t expect to have such a strong connection with the trail. It was nothing like I expected. No music, no city noise, no distraction, just focus between you and the trail. Enabling a very zen-like experience, where you receive so much clarity and removal from the daily stresses of life. Aire Libre left such an indescribable impact on me. It’s something I’ll cherish forever and eagerly await for the next one to take place."
- Adam Haun, USA, 2017
WHAT IF I’M NOT PHYSICALLY FIT ENOUGH FOR THIS EXPERIENCE?
It is very important to emphasize here that these experiences aren’t races or competitions, but rather opportunities to get away from the noise of urban life and to connect with oneself in nature. That being said, worry not, because the minimum required level of fitness is to be able to walk well, both uphill and downhill. We usually divide into sub-groups according to the level of fitness and each group is assigned a local guide who is very familiar with the route. Furthermore, there will always be a guide who stays behind the last participant of the last group, so that we make sure no one is left behind.
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER RUN TRAIL BEFORE?
The Aire Libre Team, as well as most of our local guides, have extensive experience running trail, so there will be many opportunities to share relevant information and knowledge. In fact, if this is your first time, we are genuinely thrilled for you, because a truly amazing world of memorable landscapes and deep discovery is waiting for you. Moreover, the pace of our journeys is usually easy and includes frequent rest stops, so you can take your time in getting acquainted with the local terrain.
The content of our travel experiences is geared towards spreading the word and generating awareness about ways to improve your overall wellbeing while living in harmony with nature. It is very important for us at Aire Libre to create consciousness about keeping our planet safe and clean. Our retreats and getaways are created in an environment where conscious consumption, waste management, good nutrition and prosperity are of utmost importance.
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