Mushrooms and Mist in San José del Pacífico

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  1. Your writing style is great for describing the mushroom experience. Re: the disgust and the nausea, they mix the mushrooms with Fanta in Bali so you don’t actually have to taste it.

    • Lunaguava says:

      Thank you, you’re very kind. Mushrooms + Fanta sounds hilarious! Since we were trying to grasp a bit of the original native experience, we went all natural :)

  2. Luis Frost says:

    Beautiful, thanks for writing this. I just went there to visit, I’m definitely staying longer and trying the mushrooms next time.

    • FW North says:

      Thanks a lot, Luis! Very cool that you visited. We would also like to return to the mist one day :) Good luck and safe travels!

  3. jason says:

    Nice read, please…what camera do you use? Thanks :)

    • FW North says:

      Thanks Jason. I use an old Olympus EP1. In this case, I’ve added a few filters to the photos, to approach the trippy vibe of the place…

  4. Andrew says:

    Hey there! Well written! I always enjoy reading people’s trip reports. I have a question: I am a frequent tripper, but I commonly get a lot of anxiety when I take shrooms. What do you do to help battle this? Is this something you don’t experience? I feel like if the shrooms get too intense, I just lose myself in my thoughts, and find everything to be uncomfortable. I enjoy the visuals but find my thoughts some times ruin my trips.

    Other than my anxiety trips, I love mushrooms, and have had a lot of great experiences on them. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!


    • FW North says:

      Hi Andrew! I was also anxious about taking the mushrooms. In my case, a peaceful setting and having someone I trust by my side helped to make it a great experience. We’ve heard that there are even “guides” whenever doing communal mushrooms who help with the whole process. On a last note, and although I enjoyed the mushrooms, I wouldn’t make it a habit. It’s powerful stuff for your brain, so moderation is key. Good luck!

  5. jorge says:

    Your story brought memories to the time I visited San Jose back in the mid 90’s. Back then, I made the trip to see my brother who was living in San Jose with plans of building cabins for travelers like your self. I made the trip in April so I didn’t get a chance to have an encounter with the hongos but a very old gentleman told me a fascinating story about some british chaps that came looking for some hongos in the mid 60’s…. Excellent article mate!

    • FW North says:

      Hola Jorge! Thanks a lot, much appreciated. You were there in the 90’s? Wow, I’m very jealous :) The mist and the mountains seem to be conducive to fascinating stories, right? Good luck!

  6. Lori says:

    Going there in July : where do you recommend I stay at? Thank you!

    • FW North says:

      Hi Lori! Well, we’d recommend La Puesta del Sol :) As you may have gathered from the post, a lot of our time in San José del Pacífico was made more enjoyable by our stay there. Good luck!

  7. Andrew says:

    I have the good fortune of being able to back to OAX regularly and went to SJ del Pacifico but not only did not encounter hongos, barely encountered a place to stay and it was pretty gross. I had heard there are certain places that are better to stay and certain places better to voyage. Any advice at all would be appreciated. I am returning again in a few weeks.

    • FW North says:

      Hi Andrew! We can only recommend La Puesta del Sol, which is where we stayed at. It’s a short walk from the “town center” but we found it lovely. As for the mushrooms, they’re usually only available fresh from July to October. However, as we mention in the post, they are regularly available either dry or preserved in honey, which you can procure from one the stores on the main road. As for the voyage bit, we did it as a couple, so were taking care of each other along the way, and the setting at La Puesta del Sol was calming enough to smooth the ride out. Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

  8. Judah says:

    Hello, I was looking to go some time in November, can you recommend some advice for me? Like booking a place how to get the mushrooms and I will be traveling bymy self, so I may need a guide.

    • FW North says:

      Hey Judah! We’d obviously recommend La Puesta del Sol, which is where we stayed. It’s a short walk to the town “center”, where you can inquire about the mushrooms. Since you’ll be traveling by yourself, check with other travelers (there’s bound to be a few around) about making the trip. We wouldn’t recommend doing it alone, since the mushrooms’ effects can be quite strong and unpredictable. Take a couple of days to get your bearings and know the town a bit. Good luck!

  9. Martha Duenas Baum says:

    I lived in San José del Pacífico in the early 70s when the town was used as a military checkpoint for “armas” but really to monitor the red-hair, sinsemilla that was prolific in the mountains & valleys of Oaxaca during that time. My last visit was in the early 90s. Yes, the community has changed very much. There is more awareness & exchange w/outsiders as you explained. I very much appreciate the honor and respect to the community and your experience that is reflected in your eloquent writing. Oaxaca will always be a part of my life. Grácias por las memórias.

    • FW North says:

      Hola Martha! Thank you so much for your kind words. San José in the 70’s must have been a fantastic experience. Viva Oaxaca and good luck!

  10. MK says:

    San Jose del Pacifico is breathtaking. Wish I would have stayed for a few days. Anyway, years ago I used to go on a one day bus trip from Puerto Escondido for magic mushrooms. One year I purchased them from a legless old woman,(bruja?), who had to scoot around her hut using her hands while always smiling a toothless grin and repeating the word “hongitas”. She stirred her pot or what seemed like a cauldron mixing the mushrooms and miel,(honey), before spooning out my purchase into a plastic bag. Very trippy. Surfing perfect waves in Puerto after ingesting mushrooms is in my opinion absolutely the most incredible experiences I have ever had in my life. Had the “blue meanies” in Bali too, great sex.

    • FW North says:

      Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences, MK – although you would never catch me near water after doing mushrooms :) Good luck!

  11. David Saenz says:

    Can anyone tell me how to contact the lodging in San Jose Del Pacifico? My wife are passing thru that way in January and I can’t seem to find an active number. I may not even need to do anymore than show up want to make sure. Thank you for any help.

  12. Andrew Wolf says:

    I have spent weeks in OAX in the past two years for work and have been in San Jose several times but never in the late May – Sept timeframe. I did a te mazcal but in late May 2014 and the mushrooms were a zero. Also, in terms of setting, it would be better to be off that main road and in some fields with fewer people around but its also rugged up there and there could be wild animals. So….with all of that, any advice on both who to see and a better setting to have the kind of trip we all want?

    • FW North says:

      Hey Andrew! It’s been awhile since we’ve visited San José, but you’ll probably have some luck if you look for Doña Catalina. She used to be (and maybe still is) to go-to character for those willing to embrace the journey. Good luck!

  13. Aaron Mermis says:

    Hi, i saw you just replied to a comment yesterday so i thought id ask one too. What would it be like to go to San Jose with only being able to speak english?

    • FW North says:

      Hey Aaron! You should be fine. There are usually other backpackers around if things get too tricky :) Mostly pointing and smiling is enough to get you through the day…

  14. Scott says:

    Its a shame you didn’t hike up to the peak after eating the mushrooms. It was one of the most surreal and mystical experiences in nature I’ve ever had. Walking through that thick fog in a lush forest was heavenly. I’ll be there in a couple weeks. Hopefully they’ll have some dried or preserved in honey.

    • FW North says:

      Hey Scott! Yeah, we were not in the mood to explore. Must be amazing to hike all the way up to the peak though – glad you had such a great experience. Good luck in your next visit!

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