Mycotourism Mexico is the result of a research project on the use and consumption of wild mushrooms in the town of Tequila, Jalisco. We have a mycotourism route that we offer to visitors; we teach participants about the biological kingdom of fungi and good practices for collecting mushroom. During the walk you can take pictures of mushrooms, learn how to identify them, admire the scenery and take the opportunity to learn more about the ecosystem of the Tequila Volcano. Finally the collected fungi are used for preparing food, with the expert guide of myco-chefs.
Recreational Opportunities Available
The mycotourism is an activity that offers travelers the opportunity to enjoy nature and new learning experiences based on fungi. The town of Tequila has beautiful and diverse landscapes, with a record of 209 species of fungi identified, of which about 70 are edible and can be exploited as food. The project aims to rescue and put into value the traditional knowledge that local inhabitants posess on mushrooms, to design and implement a micoturística route. This is a new activity that generates jobs and economic benefits for the people in the region.
For wild mushrooms to fruit you need to have moisture in the environment and wet soils. So the activity is restricted only to the rainy season (from late June to early September). Mycotourism Mexico offers tours during rainy season, mainly on weekends. Tours can be one or two days; if they are one day they start at 7:00 am and ends at 17:00. If they are two days long, they start at 16:00 and ends at 17:00 on the next day.
Mycotourism Mexico has two tour schedules:
· One day: from 7:00 pm to 17:00 pm.
· Two-days: 16:00 to 17:00 of the following day.
Admission Fee (if any)
Mexico mycotourism paths offer the following:
· Transportation: Tequila-Volcano-tequila.
· Quick identification of fungal species to collect.
· Guided by experts (biologist, mycologist and Honguero).
· Materials needed for the collection.
· Lodging in sleeping bags or cabins (if tour with overnight stay).
· Food-based fungi collected, breakfast and dinner
· Cost: $ 600 to $ 1,500 per person (depending on the route)
· * Space is limited (maximum 20 people per tour)
Actions taken to promote environmental or social sustainability
Mycological tourism has contributed to local economic development in the forest regions of Europe. Our objective is to contribute to protecting forests in the Tequila region, generate financial resources for local people (fungers), and raise awareness among participants on the importance of fungus ecosystem, and the prevention of poisoning by toxic fungi.