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How to Spend 3 Days in Puerto Escondido

How to Spend 3 Days in Puerto Escondido

Three days in Puerto Escondido give you time to go surfing, sample the best of Oaxaca’s cuisine, see dolphins, and swim with bioluminescent plankton. Here’s how to make the most of three days in the Hidden Port. 

Day 1: Shopping, Surfing, and Sea Turtles

Get to know Puerto Escondido’s historic streets and markets by visiting the shop-lined El Adoquinado and Benito Juarez Market, where you can discover local crafts and sample authentic cuisine. From there, make your way to Playa Zicatela to watch expert surfers tackle huge waves. While the display is sure to inspire you, don’t be enticed by the expert-only waves. Instead, book a surf lesson at one of the nearby beginner or intermediate surf breaks. 

 

Wrap up your first day in Puerto Escondido at a turtle conservation camp. Educational tours typically provide round-trip transport to the secluded camp and give you the opportunity to help baby sea turtles to the water for the first time. 

Day 2: Get Out of Town

On day two, explore the surrounding jungle on an adventure tour. Itineraries typically feature hiking to waterfalls, ziplining over the treetops, and visiting small mountain villages. Along the way, a guide shares information about local culture and history that provides a new perspective of the region. 

If you prefer to skip the mountains in favor of the beach, book a day trip to the beach towns of Ventanilla, Puerto Angel, Zipolite, and Mazunte. Tours tend to include boat rides through the mangrove-lined lagoons, a visit to the National Mexican Turtle Center, and local tips from your guide. When you return to PE, head to Playa Zicatela for dinner and drinks, or spend your night bar hopping on the beachfront.

Day 3: Dolphins and Bioluminescent Plankton

See the coastline from a different perspective on a dolphin-watching cruise. With luck, you’ll spot up to five different wild dolphin species and learn about their different lifestyles and habitats. Then, spend your afternoon on a horseback riding adventure to the thermal pools outside of Manialtepec. Once there, you can typically enjoy free time to soak in the pools. 

On your final night in Puerto Escondido, go swimming in sparkling bioluminescent waters. The lagoons surrounding Puerto Escondido are home to bioluminescent plankton that create a natural light show below the surface After-dark boat tours enable you to see the show from above or snorkel in the vibrant water.

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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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Waterfall Hikes History And Zip Lines In San Juan Lachao

Waterfall Hikes History And Zip Lines In San Juan Lachao

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This adventure combines waterfall hikes and a zip line tour through the South Sierra Madre. The tour begins in the village of San Juan Lachao, in the Sierra, where you can buy fresh fruit, walk to a waterfall for a swim, and spot native flora and fauna—including a coffee plantation. Later, you’ll enjoy the thrill of a zip line tour with five sections spanning a total of 2,500 meters.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$102.57
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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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US$90.00

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
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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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US$92.31
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Mexican History, Coffee Plantations and Waterfalls Tour from Puerto Escondido

Mexican History, Coffee Plantations and Waterfalls Tour from Puerto Escondido

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The South Sierra Madre offers great secrets for visitors who like to explore the Real Mexico, for this reason when you arriving to Puerto Escondido and admire the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean offers to you in its surroundings, the mountains that we have to one side, mountains full of millenary history with its 16 ethnic groups that inhabit it. For this reason and many more you can not miss visiting the community of Llano Grande, where you will have the opportunity to know its history, swim in its crystalline waterfalls, taste its rich cuisine, admire the coffee plantations and many other activities.When you arrive at your hotel, your friends of your Travel Agency Excursiones Turisticas de Valfred, will gladly visit you to give you the full information of this interesting Tour, and you can explore these enigmatic places that offer you the surroundings of this natural paradise, come with us and enjoy the best Tour of your life.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.54
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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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