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Mexico City to Cuernavaca Bicycle Trail
This 40 mile paved bicycle trail along an abandoned train
track bed in Mexico will eventually connect Mexico City with
Cuernavaca. When the last segment is built the trail will
stretch 80 miles between the two cities.
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About the Trail
From Mexican trail developer Antonio Suarez of Consultoria Balam:
"We have design and built an incredible 40 mile long trail over
the abandoned train track connencting Cuernavaca and Mexico City,
and the best of it is the forest areas. We have another
40 miles to build but no budget to finishing connecting the trail to Cuernavaca City.
This is becoming an attractive destination for inline skaters, but very
few of them know about it. We are promoting many other new trails in Mexico,
including a seafront trail in Mazatlan that we believe will create an
inline skating boom in that town."
Articles About Mexican Ecotourism and Consultoria Balam
Consultoria Balam Wins Ecotourism Award
Antonio Suarez and Juan Carlos of Consultoria Balam,
were awarded the 2004 Colibri Ecotourism Achievement Award
awarded by the Palneta Ecotourism Journal for their 10 years
of work promoting responsible tourism in Mexico.
Rural Mexicans Learn to Make Ecotourism Pay
This National Geographic News article by John Roach
highlights the work of Juan Carlos Ibarra and Antonio Suarez
in promoting ecotourism in Mexcio.
Mountain Biking Trails 10 Miles from Mexico City
Article Excerpt: "The paths of San Nicolas Totolapan in the Sierra Madre are
less than ten miles south of Mexico City's busy streets.
The hillsides remain more or less as they were when the
name was just Totolapan, a Nahuatl word meaning Place of Wild Turkeys"
Can Communities Develop Mexico's Eco Travel?
A May 1999 article by Juan Carlos Ibarra of
Consultoria Balam. Excerpt: "In Mexico, the best
potential destinations are owned by poor
peasants who have absolutely no experience as
entrepreneurs, and whose culture is does not
promote rabid consumption.".
Developing Trail Based Tourism in Mexico
In 1999 the International Mountain Bicycling Association
Consultoria Balam, and San Nicolas Ejido community members met to discuss developing mountain
bicycling based tourism as a sustainable mode of rural
income in San Nicolas Ejido, a communally owned mountain reserve near Mexico
Parque Ejidal San Nicolas Totolapan (Web Site)
A 5,693 acre ecotourism park with hiking and mountain biking trails
that was developed by Juan Carlos Ibarra and Antonio Suarez of Consultoria Balam.
Parque Ejidal San Nicolas Totolapan (Article)
A Spanish language article about the pilot project of Antonio
Suarez and Juan Carlos Ibarra,development of the Parque Ejidal San Nicolas Totolapan,
a 5,693 acre ecotourism park with hiking and mountain biking trails.
Contacts at Consultoria Balam
Mexico City, Mexico
Phone (52) 5-849-3705
Juan Carlos Ibarra
Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Phone: (52) 7-262-0344
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