Puerto Escondido
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Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release Experience

1. 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.

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Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

2. 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 with a picturesque sunset in the background. 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.

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Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

3. 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.

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From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

4. From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

Start the adventure with pickup from the lobby of your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Travel to Huatulco, and as you drive, be amazed by vibrant small towns that line the side of the road on the Oaxacan Coast. Begin your tour of the 7 bays at Santa Cruz Bay, where you will board a boat. Set off to explore all 7 of the bays as you admire the beautiful landscapes, the 'bufadero', and the lighthouse. Pass by Chahue Bay, La Entrega Bay, and Cacaluta Bay which is the filming location for several notable Mexican movies. Fall in love with El Organo Bay, where the natural scenery will leave you speechless. After this, marvel at the virgin sandy beach at the Chachacual National Park. Here, explore the reef with a snorkel or simply relax on the sand. With any luck, you might spot some dolphins, whales, or turtles. Then, return to Maguey Bay, to enjoy unique Oaxacan dishes and seafood at a local restaurant (not included in the price). Return to Santa Cruz where a van will take you to the village of La Crucecita. See the famous main church and visit the viewpoint that is perfect for taking photos. Stop at some local spots where you can taste mezcal, quesillo, chapulines, and mole. Then finally, end your tour by climbing back into the van and returning to Puerto Escondido.

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Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

5. 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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Puerto Escondido: Oaxaca Coast Crocodile and Turtle Ecotour

6. Puerto Escondido: Oaxaca Coast Crocodile and Turtle Ecotour

Leaving Puerto Escondido behind, take a 1-hour drive away to your first stop on this ecotour of the Oaxaca coast. The adventure starts at the Laguna Ventanilla ecological park by taking a boat to discover all sizes of crocodiles, terrestrial turtle, and iguanas in their natural habitat.   Marvel at the red and white mangroves, the different kinds of bird the local, and the migratory birds arriving alongside tale deer. Look out for spider monkeys freely walking around and take the chance to feed them with some fruit and veggies.   Next up, move to on Mazunte where you will visit an organic make up factory run by local women. See the process of how they make their organic products from scratch. The next stop is at the National Mexican Turtle Center where you will see 7 of the 9 turtles species that the Oaxacan coast has to offer. The last stop will be at Zipolite — the only nude beach in Mexico — lined with a calm pristine beach about 40 meters wide and 2 km long. Enjoy the golden sands where you will have 2 hours to swim, relax, and eat some fresh seafood before the return journey to Puerto Escondido.

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From Puerto Escondido: Nizandú Hot Springs Visit

7. From Puerto Escondido: Nizandú Hot Springs Visit

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day and spend the day relaxing in the Nizandú thermal baths. Departing from your hotel in Puerto Escondido, travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to the hot springs. Upon arrival, dive in to these all-natural pools and soak up their healing properties. Enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the nearby river to cool down. Spend the day exploring each of the 6 pools at your own pace. After a full day's relaxation, head back to your hotel in Puerto Escondido.

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Puerto Escondido: Huatulco Traditions Tour with Coffee

8. Puerto Escondido: Huatulco Traditions Tour with Coffee

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Escondido and heads to the first stop of the tour. Arrive at a scenic viewpoint in Santa Cruz, and soak up panoramic views of Huatulco.  Continue onto Santa Maria Huatulco and explore this charming town with your guide. Visit the town’s historic church, wander around the old market, stop at the Municipal Palace, and mingle with the locals as you stroll through the streets. Along the way, learn about local life, history, and traditions. Travel to the town of Pluma Hidalgo next, stopping at its charming church. Then, enjoy a tasting session of organic coffee and learn how it is made. Finally, relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

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From Puerto Escondido: Birdwatching on a Boat

9. From Puerto Escondido: Birdwatching on a Boat

Start the tour with pick up from the lobby of your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Then, set off on an adventure to Manialtepec Lagoon in 'Las Negras' town where a boat will be waiting for you. Climb aboard and begin exploring the lagoon and its wonderful natural refuge of migratory and local birds. Navigate through the dense vegetation so you can see the different kinds of mangroves. After 2 hours of sailing, reach the end of the lagoon where you can observe the union of the river, the sea and the lagoon - an impressive view. Next, sail up the Manialtepec River until you will arrive at Puerto Suelo, a beautiful beach where you can disembark to take a walk, swim or enjoy a delicious meal in the palapas. After approximately 1.5 hours of exploring here, take the boat to go back to the community. Here, a van will be waiting to return you to Puerto Escondido.

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What people are saying about Puerto Escondido

Aside from the initial forgetfulness but the agency recovered by sending a person specifically to the hotel, we sailed for about two hours seeing whales, dolphins and turtles.

We saw a turtle thanks to the quick action of our boat driver. Wonderful tour guide and very informative coffee shop visit.