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How to Spend 2 Days in Puerto Escondido

How to Spend 2 Days in Puerto Escondido

Famous for its world-class surf break, Puerto Escondido appeals to both expert surfers and travelers looking to relax on white-sand beaches. Two days in the port city give you time for more than just the beach—you can embrace culture, wildlife, jungle, and surf. Here’s how.  

Day 1: Surf and Turf Adventures

**Morning:**Kickstart your time in PE at the beach. If you’re an expert surfer, head to Playa Zicatela for world-famous waves and pro surfers. Aspiring surfers can book a lesson at a beginner-friendly surf break such as Playa Cardisarillo. Tours typically include board rental and transport. 

**Afternoon:**Take a break from the waves on an afternoon horseback ride to the Manialtepec thermal pools. Excursions tend to combine horseback riding through the jungle with relaxation time, and give you the opportunity to sample food at stalls around the thermal pools. Round-trip transfers are typically included.

**Night:**As darkness falls, it’s time for Puerto Escondido’s famous natural light show. The waters surrounding the town are home to bioluminescent plankton that can be viewed from the deck of a boat. Better yet, book a cruise that lets you snorkel in the sparkling waters. 

Day 2: Sealife and Nightlife

**Morning:**Get up early for a dolphin-watching cruise off the coast of Puerto Escondido. Cruises typically grant you the chance to spot up to five different dolphin species, and offer a new perspective of Puerto Esondido’s beaches and coves.

**Afternoon:**Experience local culture on El Adoquinado, a historic street lined with restaurants and vendors. From there, embark on an excursion to a nearby sea turtle conservation camp. Late-afternoon tours usually include the chance to help newborn turtles make their way to the sea for the first time. 

**Evening:**Spend your last evening in Puerto Escondido in Playa Zicatela. Get dinner at a beachfront seafood restaurant while watching surfers carving in the sunset. Then, wrap up the night at a bar or nightclubs.

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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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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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