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How to Spend 1 Day in Puerto Escondido

How to Spend 1 Day in Puerto Escondido

As a secluded beach town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Puerto Escondido is a perfect escape for surfers and food lovers. This off-the-beaten-path town lets you break away from Mexico’s larger tourist hubs while still enjoying gorgeous beaches and Mexican culture. Here’s how. 

Morning: Surf’s Up

Kick off your first day with a walk along the beach that brought Puerto Escondido to the attention of international travelers. Playa Zicatela’s waves draw surfers from across the globe, so it’s a great spot to watch the world-class action. Though these waves are only suitable for experienced surfers, there are ample beaches for swimming and beginner surfing opportunities. If you’re a first-time surfer, book a surf lesson on Playa Cardisarillo. Intermediate surfers can rent a surfboard or take lessons at La Punta.

Afternoon: Seafood and Sea Turtles

After a morning of surfing or relaxing on the beach, refuel at a seafood restaurant on the seashore. Follow a cliffside path to the quiet cove of Puerto Angelito, where you can enjoy freshly-caught fish and take a break from the crowds of the beach. 

 

Then, see a different side of the region on a tour of a sea turtle conservation camp. Tours typically reveal the importance of sea turtle conservation and let you help newly-hatched sea turtles make their way into the ocean for the first time. Then, watch the sunset from the remote beach before the return trip to PE.

Night: Bioluminescent Displays

To sample authentic Mexican cuisine such as Oaxaca State’s renown mole sauce, head to the bustling El Adoquinado. The historic strip is lined with souvenir shops and restaurants and is closed to cars at night. Be sure to pick up locally-made crafts and souvenirs here.

Spend your evening on a boat tour that reveals the bioluminescent plankton of the Manialtepec Lagoon. As darkness sets in, you can swim through the sea of underwater stars or appreciate the natural phenomenon from aboard the boat. Either way, its a grand finale for your last day in Puerto Escondido. 

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Sea Turtle Release in Puerto Escondido

Sea Turtle Release in Puerto Escondido

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Experience the enchantment of releasing baby sea turtles into their natural environment on an evening tour from Puerto Escondido. After hotel pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned car, travel to the unspoiled Palmarito Beach to admire the coastal splendor of the area. Receive an interesting introduction to the behavior and breeding habits of sea turtles before helping newly hatched baby turtles make their way into the sea. Watch the sun set over the virgin sands of the beach before returning to Puerto Escondido with magical memories.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.00
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Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Ride and Swim from Puerto Escondido

Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Ride and Swim from Puerto Escondido

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Marvel at the natural phenomenon of the bioluminescent waters in the Lagoon of Manialtepec on this tour from Puerto Escondido. Once you arrive by van, hop aboard a boat and head out into the waters where the plankton transforms into vibrant bioluminescent lights.There, you’ll be able to swim (a life jacket is provided) in the illuminated waters and enjoy the night sky.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.00
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US$33.00

Dolphin Watching Tour

Dolphin Watching Tour

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Heighten your chances of spotting wild dolphins on a boat cruise from Puerto Escondido, the ideal choice for travelers interested in nature and wildlife. With the help of your guide’s local knowledge, you’ll sail the Pacific Ocean in search of five dolphin species and get unobstructed views of secluded beaches from the water. Plus, convenient hotel pickup is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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Horse Hike to the Healing Thermal Waters of Manialtepec

Horse Hike to the Healing Thermal Waters of Manialtepec

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Get away from the crowds of Puerto Escondido on this horseback riding tour to natural thermal pools. Follow your guide on a ride through the countryside on a well-trained horse—even beginners can easily trot along. Swim and enjoy free time at the pools before getting dropped off back at your Puerto Escondido hotel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$77.00
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Tututepec (Mixtec Kingdom)

Tututepec (Mixtec Kingdom)

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• Arquelogy, Art, History, Music • Authentic Oaxacan Tacos • "Yucutza" Museum (Arquelogy, history and lifestyles of the Mixtec civilization) • 700 squared meters of Painted Murals by famous artist Eleazar Sanches • History and painting of the Afro-Mexican culture • History and paintings of the Mixtec civilization • History of Normands arrival and their contribution to the ancient civilizations • Visit and swim at the magical beach of  Roca Blanca
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$90.00
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Oaxacan Coast Adventure (Ventanilla, Mazunte, Zipolite, & Puerto Angel)

Oaxacan Coast Adventure (Ventanilla, Mazunte, Zipolite, & Puerto Angel)

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Benefit from convenient round-trip transportation to several picturesque beach towns along Oaxaca’s coast on this full-day tour from Puerto Escondido. You’ll stop at the beaches in Ventanilla, Mazunte, Zipolite, and Puerto Angel, and also take a boat ride through the mangrove forest, visit the National Mexican Turtle Center, and sample mezcal. You get to relax and enjoy the scenery as your guide handles the details including hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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Birdwatching near Puerto Escondido

Birdwatching near Puerto Escondido

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Indulge your love of birdwatching on this guided adventure in Puerto Escondido. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to Manialtepec lagoon with an informative guide and watch for an amazing range of two-winged creatures, including ibis, spoonbills, herons, parrots. Capture memorable photos of the magnificent scenery and enjoy complimentary bottled water, snacks, and transportation in a comfortable minivan.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$95.00
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Copalita Archaeological Site and Beach Break Day Trip from Puerto Escondido

Copalita Archaeological Site and Beach Break Day Trip from Puerto Escondido

Discover the archaeological zone of Copalita, located along the shores next to the Pacific Ocean, on this day trip from Puerto Escondido. See three pyramidal bases, a pre-Hispanic lighthouse, and the on-site museum that showcases the history of the 16 ethnic groups that exist in the state of Oaxaca. After sightseeing, relax on a beach and swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.31
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Chacahua Lagoons National Park Day Trip from Puerto Escondido

Chacahua Lagoons National Park Day Trip from Puerto Escondido

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While in Puerto Escondido, explore the Chacahua Lagoons National Park either as a day or an evening trip. A boat takes you to all five lagoons of the park, a maze of mangroves, a bird sanctuary, and Corral island. Get to know the village of Chacahua and the history of the Afromestizos culture. The evening trip also includes a trip to a lighthouse, a beach campfire, and a swim in a bio-luminescent lagoon. Hotel transport included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$91.03
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