Thank you for Registering!  We can't wait to experience Chiapas, Mexico with you.

Follow this page for updates about our Chiapas experience together.  We'll post information about flights, what to pack, and any other details you might need to know.

 
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BOOKING FLIGHTS

Departing Saturday January 20th

  • Here's what the OTG crew has booked:
    • Aeromexico Flight 617
    • Departs Toronto YYZ 1:00AM
    • Stopover in Mexico City, Departing MEX 7:20AM
    • Arrives in Tuxtla TGZ 9:00AM
  • General guidelines/tips
    • You can save a fair bit of money by making two stops (as we did last year), but it does make for a long day of travel.
    • Please plan to arrive in Tuxtla no later than 6:30PM on Saturday to take advantage of the airport transfer to San Cristobal
    • Last year we flew with just carry-on's and it made life much easier with the 2 stop-overs

Returning Saturday January 27th

  • The OTG Crew is staying until Sunday
  • General guidelines/tips
    • We will have transportation arranged to drop you off at the airport by 11:00am.  We recommend not booking a flight any earlier than 12:45PM

Returning Sunday January 28th

  • Here's what the OTG crew has booked:
    • Aeromexico Flight 554 Departing 12:57PM from Tuxtla (TGZ)
    • Landing in Mexico City at 2:40PM, 2hr 50min layover
    • Depart Mexico City 5:30PM, landing in Toronto at 11:25PM
  • General guidelines/tips
    • We will have transportation arranged to drop you off at the airport by 11:00am.  We recommend not booking a flight any earlier than 12:45PM

WHAT TO PACK

  • Running Shoes
  • Trail Shoes (Optional, but shoes with a rock plate is nice to have on those trails and gravel roads)
  • Yoga Mat
  • Swim suit
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun block
  • Something Warm:  Yes, It's Mexico... But we'll be spending some time at elevation and it tends to get cool at night
  • Something Cool:  It's Mexico... It get's pretty warm during the day.

ITINERARY

Saturday January 20

  • Dinner and evening in San Cristobal de la Casas

Sunday January 21

  • Take in the Fiesta de San Sebastian Chiapas (surely to be a cultural highlight!)
  • Visit Zinacantán - Known for textiles and patchwork

Monday January 22

  • Morning Meditation and Running Tour around San Cristobal
  • Tour to Cañón del Sumidero - A beautiful, deep, scenic canyon

Tuesday January 23

  • Tour to El Chiflón Waterfall
  • Travel to Comitán where we'll spend the night before kicking off the 'run' portion of the trip

Wednesday January 24

  • Run 13km to an Archeological site
  • Spend the night in Uninajab

Thursday January 25

  • Morning Meditation
  • 15km Trail Run in Lagos de Colón
  • Evening Yoga
  • Spend the night in Lagos de Colón

Friday January 26

  • 20km Trail Run at Parque Nacional Lagos de Montebello
  • Afternoon Yoga
  • Spend the night in Tziscao

Saturday January 27

  • Morning Meditation
  • Shuttle to Airport
  • OPTIONAL:  Stay an extra night (We will arrange the hotel for you, however there will be an additional cost for the extra night.  More details to follow)
  • 14km Run to la Chinkultik Archeological site
  • Check in and tour around Comitán for those staying until Sunday

Sunday January 28 (OPTIONAL)

  • Free time in Comitán
  • Shuttle to Airport

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to be an experienced trail runner?

No.  All paces and levels of experience are encouraged to join.  Run's within the towns will be between 5-8k, while trails runs will be between 10-20k (with breaks)

OK, but do I need tail shoes?

It's not mandatory, but a trail shoe with a rock plate is a nice thing to have when running on gravel trails/roads

By any chance, did someone write a first-hand account of last year's retreat?

Actually, Yes!  Justin Close wrote a great article about last year's trip and you can view it HERE!

What's NOT included?

Flights.  We will share information about which flights we recommend booking (based on timing), but you're free to book the flight that works best for you.

Meals from Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.  All meals during the run portion of the trip will be provided.

I'd like to start looking at flights, but you can't fly to "Chiapas".  What city are we flying to?

Yes, correct!  Chiapas is the State.  We're flying to Tuxtla, Gutierrez (TGZ).  See the top of this page for details about which flights the OTG Team has booked, and general guidelines.

What should I pack?

The OTG Team has you covered... See the middle of this page.  We'll update and send out a reminder prior to the retreat.

 

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PICTURES FROM OUR LAST MEXICAN RETREAT