7 awesome natural wonders in Puerto Escondido

 In Puerto Escondido, it’s easy to get close to the awe-inspiring power of nature.  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 outdoor adventures to try in Puerto Escondido.  

  1. 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).  
    Kayaking Manialtepec Lagoon Credit: Hidden Voyages Eco-tours

    Kayaking Manialtepec Lagoon Credit: Hidden Voyages Eco-tours

  2. 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.
    Dolphins seen on a tour with Deep Blue Dive in Puerto Escondido

    Amazing view of dolphins seen on a tour with Deep Blue Dive Credit: Deep Blue Dive

  3. 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.
    Baby olive ridley turtles ready to be released at Hotel Escondido

    Baby olive ridley turtles ready to be released at Hotel Escondido

  4. 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. Or go surfing at sunset to up close and personal with the magical merger of sky and surf.
    An incredible sunset in Puerto Escondido

    An incredible sunset in Puerto Escondido

  5. 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.
    Horseback riding to Atotonilco waterfall

    Ride by horseback to a sacred spring Credit: J. Campbell

  6. Go fishing or 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.
    Almond tree at Roca Blnca beach near Puerto Escondido Mexico

    Almond tree at Roca Blanca beach near Puerto Escondido Mexico

  7. 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. When it comes to outdoor adventure, getting scared silly is a good sign you’ve ventured far off the beaten path.
    Mangrove lagoon at Barra de Navidad

    Don’t fall in

And that’s not the end of things to do in Puerto Escondido. Check out these posts:

Day Trip to Untouched Mexico

Beginner’s Guide to Puerto Escondido Beaches 

8 Weird Foods to Try in Puerto Escondido 

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  • noel

    There is a lot of wonderful nature inspired ideas and how fantastic is that…that walk through the crocodile water – hopefully that’s not a real bridge there!

  • santafetraveler

    I’d come for the dolphins and sunsets! What a piece of paradise you live in!

  • Donna Janke

    What a wonderful collection of ways to experience nature. It’s always interesting when you can find several ecosystems in close proximity.

  • Juergen | dare2go

    It looks like you forgot one experience in your list: get real close to blood sucking mosquitoes. LOL! It certainly looks like several of these inspiring excursions require a fair bit of mozzie protection.

    • Michele Peterson

      Oh, I did do the blood sucking insect tour as well. It’ll be featured in an upcoming post 🙂

      • Patrice

        Great article Michele! It makes me appreciate Puerto even more!

  • Anita @ No Particular Place To Go

    Sounds like you’ve got some great reasons to inspire and motivate you to stick to your New Year’s resolution. Every one of these experiences are things I’d love to do!

  • Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru

    I think your resolution is perfect! Super collection of ideas to ensure it remains prominent as the year unfolds. I’d love to release the turtles. 🙂

  • The GypsyNesters

    Just might be the best New Year’s resolution ever!

  • Wandering Carol

    Unbelievable. Such lovely eco-friendly adventures.

  • Sand In My Suitcase

    We’d love to do the swamp trekking and swim with dolphins in the wild. (We swam with wild dolphins off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii – we really had to swim fast, and even then it was virtually impossible to keep up with them!) We have friends heading to Puerto Escondido in February – we’re sending them the link to this post :-).

  • esperanza

    Spinning dolphins, baby turtles, crocodile -infested swamps, fantastic sunsets and much more! What a wonderful adventure tour!

  • Culture Tripper

    Love the photos! It’s so great that the animals thrive there and that tours are available to get the less athletic of us out to see them! Oaxaca is a such a beautiful part of Mexico.

  • Michael Malone

    Michelle – well written and great info, all happening now in 2015. On yesterday’s ecotour on Manialtepec Lagoon we observed 11 species of herons, Roseate Spoonbill and Bat Falcon – a rarity, among many other species. In addition to the 7 wonders you mention a trip to the nearby coffee plantations at 3,000′ and mountain villages there is a highlight for many.
    Saludos – Michael Malone

    • Michele Peterson

      Thanks for the update Mike…I’d love to see those Roseate Spoonbills!

  • Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    What great adventures in Puerto Escondido! I’d most like to take part in the turtle release.

  • Irene S Levine

    What great photos and creative ideas! I’m not at all sure that you need to boost your creativity any more than it is:-)

  • Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it

    Swimming with the dolphins is something I hope to do someday. Your photos of the sunsets are amazing and seeing the green flash would be thrilling.

  • Marilyn Jones

    It look so lovely there! A definite destination for bird watchers and animal lovers. Your photos are excellent!!

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