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Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

1. Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

Start the day at 6:00 AM with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Head straight to the beach to board your early-morning sightseeing boat. Over the course of your 3-hour cruise, gaze at the stunning, crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, revelling in the beauty of the Oaxacan coast. Keep your eyes open for the panoply of sea life that call the waters surrounding Puerto Escondido home. Spot marine life such as whales, dolphins, or massive sea turtles. As you jet through the waters, your expert captain will find the best spots to give you the best chance of seeing the sea’s most beautiful marine life. Relax as you cruise through the calm waters, enjoying the sunrise over the pristine sea, and let nature surprise you with its beauty. After your cruise, you’ll head back to the dock to get the transportation back to your hotel.

Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

2. Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

After hotel pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Escondido, travel to a pristine beach that showcases the coastal splendor of the area. On arrival, head to the turtle farm where a local guide will teach you about the work being done to protect and save sea turtles.  Learn about olive ridley, green, and leatherback sea turtles, and take some awesome pictures before releasing them. Right before sunset, gather the newborn turtles, walk them to the ocean shore and assist them on their way into the sea as you watch the sun set over the virgin sands. You will return to Puerto Escondido with magical memories!

Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release Experience

3. Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release Experience

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Escondido and heads to a preserved beach. Join a local nature conservation group and learn about the different species of sea turtles and the measures being taken to help protect them since they became an endangered species. Learn about the lives of the sea turtles, then help them reach the ocean from their nest on the beach. There’s plenty of time to take photos of this magical experience, and soak up views of the sunset. By the end of the evening, you’ll have learned more about this endangered species, taken part in the effort to protect them, and made unforgettable memories.

Puerto Escondido: sunset horse ride

4. Puerto Escondido: sunset horse ride

At 2 pm, we'll pick you up from your hotel in Puerto Escondido and set off for the community of San José Manialtepec by van. The journey should only take 20 minutes. The saddled horses will be waiting for you when we arrive, after which you can start a fantastic adventure through some of the most extraordinary spots in San José Manialtepec. On the backs of your well trained horse, you'll head deep into the jungle and go through up to four different crossings along the Manialtepec River. This is the perfect way to explore its beautiful rural landscapes and discover unique trees such as the ceiba, which is considered to be a sacred tree by different pre-Hispanic cultures. After crossing the jungle, you'll arrive at one of the coastal Manialtepec lagoon's banks, where you get into canoes and paddle to the other side. Don't forget to look back! You won't want to miss the delightful sight of the horses swimming behind us crossing the lagoon as well. You'll arrive at the "Puerto Suelo" Beach where you?ll enjoy the sunset riding on the beach. The locals will be waiting for you, and will kindly offer the warmth of a bonfire with some delicious bonbones - the perfect way to get your strength back after our activities! We'll then get back on the horses and return to our route's starting point, from which we'll take you back to your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Our estimated arrival time is 9 pm.

From Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Tour

5. From Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Tour

Discover the beauty of the Zapotalito Lagoon at night with this boat tour with pickup and drop-off from Puerto Escondido in an airconditioned van. Venture out in search of bioluminescent life and enjoy nature's light show. Experience this wonder up close with a swim. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable van that picks you up at your doorstep in Puerto Escondido. Relax on the 1.25 hour drive north to the Zapotalito Lagoon. After arriving to the lagoon board a boat and set off in search of the bioluminescent phenomenon. Locate the bioluminescent creatures and stop to swim with the help of a life vest. Be amazed at how the lights pop on with every move you make and how they get stuck on your clothes or hands for a while. Appreciate the incredible beauty of the night sky as you gaze up at constellations and stars from this secluded place with low light pollution. Return to the dock and head back to your accommodation in Puerto Escondido at the end of your tour. 

Puerto Escondido: Sunset Horse Riding Tour

6. Puerto Escondido: Sunset Horse Riding Tour

Beginning with a pick up at your hotel and a 25 minute drive to the community of Puerto Suelo. You saddle up on a highly trained horse and start trotting along the local farmland while feasting your eyes on incredible scenery. You will go through a trail of vegetation where you can see the majestic mountains in the backdrop, farm animals greeting you with neighs and moos as you pass them by, and families of birds flying in a choreographed pattern. You will also find cool river crossings where you will hop on a canoe and wait on the other side for the horses to swim across. On the beach you will experience a spectacular sunset!

Puerto Escondido: Lagunas de Chacahua Day Trip and Boat Ride

7. Puerto Escondido: Lagunas de Chacahua Day Trip and Boat Ride

We will pick you up at 1:00 pm from your hotel and travel north for about 1 hour until we reach the small fishing village of Zapotalito. Here you will enjoy a boat tour through the lagoons, learning about 5 islands and going through small channels made of mangroves. You will get to see birds throughout the trip and enjoy the amazing landscapes that the National park offers. On arrival you will be able to order a delicious meal and have a swim in the crystal clear waters of Chacahua. After this, you will take a small hike to the “Arc of Love”, on this beach you will experience an amazing sunset. You will then return to the boat at around 8:00 pm to enjoy a boat trip back to Zapotalito, along the way you will stop to see the “Bioluminescence”, having time to swim in it if you wish. Finally we will head back to our land transport, which will take us back to Puerto Escondido arriving at around 10:00 pm.

Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

8. Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel lobby, then head to a preserved beach to join a local nature conservation group. Help newborn turtles reach the ocean that will be their home, and take amazing pictures of the sunset at the panoramic view of Punta Colorada. After sunset, set out on the Manialtepec lagoon under the darkness of night and marvel at a spectacular natural show. Experience the delightful reaction of millions of microorganisms beginning to illuminate as you swim. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescence Night Spectacle

9. Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescence Night Spectacle

Enjoy a pickup after sunset from your hotel lobby in Puerto Escondido. Head towards the Manialtepec lagoon in the darkness of night.  Marvel at a spectacular natural show while crossing the lagoon in a boat with the help of a local instructor. Experience the delightful reaction of how millions of microorganisms begin to illuminate the water as you swim or while you touch the water through the boat. Witness this rare event as there are only 2 lagoons in Mexico that have this spectacular and beautiful phenomenon. The color may vary from white to blue. Passing midnight and after enjoying this remarkable experience, you will be taken back to your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Subject to the lunar calendar. Observation of the phenomenon is not possible, during the full moon days.

Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

10. Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

Marvel at most iconic sites in Puerto Escondido from out on the water before visiting a local market for a cultural experience. Begin your adventure at San Agustinillo, where a boat will be waiting for you. From the boat, you'll be able to admire Puerto Escondido's beautiful coastline, including Zicatela Beach, Puerto Angelito, Manzanillo Beach, Carizalilo, Coral, and Bacocho Beaches. You may also be visited by dolphins, turtles, whales, and other marine wildlife of the region. After this ocean adventure, head back to the city to visit the amazing Benito Juarez Market. Step inside and experience local culture, taste traditional beverages, and savor delicious Oaxacan food like mole, chocolates, and other local products. Especially delicious are the local peanut butter and hibiscus jellies.

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What people are saying about Puerto Escondido

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4.0 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Endless dolphins!! And turtles in the middle of the sea, and stingrays performing tricks especially for us... wonderful! The guide was also very informative and friendly. Great Tour!!

Nice tour with a great guide and lots of nature observations. The communication worked great beforehand

Very well organized and the whole crew is passionate about it. Thanks for the Corona :)

Such a beautiful moment to see the turtles reach the ocean for the first time

Soooo worth it!!! Turtles, Stingrays, Sharks, Dolphins AND whales!!!!