7 awesome natural wonders in Puerto Escondido
According to a recent study by health experts at the University of Toronto, not only does being outdoors enhance mental and physical wellness, it boosts creativity. In Puerto Escondido, it’s easy to get more green time: Although the state of Oaxaca has less than 5% of Mexico’s total land area it’s home to 50% of Mexico’s plant species, 60% of its bird’s species and 50% of its mammals.
Here are 7 of my favourite ways to experience the natural wonders of this wild frontier:
- Explore Manialtepec Lagoon, a convergence of three ecosystems, each hosting unique flora and fauna. Participants in Hidden Voyage Ecotours receive a checklist of the 285 species of birds found in the region and often see 50-70 species each trip. Lalo Ecotours also offers a Bioluminescent Tour of the Lagoon, a rare opportunity to witness the darkness lit up by neon organisms. Plus, they serve the absolutely best pescadillas ( fish quesadillas).
- Swim with dolphins in the wild. Tour operator and dive instructors Deep Blue Dive (located in Beach Hotel Ines) offers a morning excursion with a great track record of sightings. During a recent trip, hundred and hundreds of dolphins were racing alongside the boat, jumping and spinning much like in this incredible Video of Spinner Dolphins in Puerto Escondido.
- A Turtle Release experience is both exhilarating and feel-good inspiring. Check with Gina Machorro at the Tourist Information Booth for times and locations of turtle nestings and releases near Puerto Escondido. To learn more, read about my experience with turtles in Escape to Gecko Rock Resort.
- Pacific Sunsets are incredible. Be humbled by the majesty of a brilliant sunset from vantage points in La Punta, Zicatela and Villas Carrizalillo. Watch for the “green flash” a rare phenomenon sometimes seen as the sun drops below the horizon.
- Journey into the Sierra Madre Sur mountains by Riding Horseback to Atotonilco Falls and bask in thermal hot springs or take a dip under the refreshing La Reforma waterfall. You can contact local trail-riding expert Javier Santos (044 954 1350188) who has a stable of five horses.
- Bask on a secluded beach. Both Agua Blanca and Roca Blanca are still-wild beaches where you’ll see few crowds and can spend the day lazing in a hammock enjoying fresh oysters and grilled fish.
- Go swamp trekking and then tour a crocodile infested lagoon at Barra de Navidad (Oaxaca), just a five minute ride out of town past La Punta. Getting scared silly is a good sign you’ve ventured far off the beaten path.
And that’s not the end of things to do in Puerto Escondido. Check out these posts:
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