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Guide to Afternoons in Puerto Escondido

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I’m Richard, a French resident of Puerto Escondido for several years, and I’ve had the privilege to explore every facet of this hidden paradise along the Pacific coast of Mexico. Puerto Escondido, with its wild beaches, lush landscapes, and rich tapestry of cultural experiences, has captivated me and continues to do so day after day. The transition from the cool morning to the warmth of the afternoon unveils a plethora of activities inviting you to immerse yourself in the unique charm of this town. Whether on the water, exploring hidden natural treasures, or savoring the flavors of Oaxacan cuisine, afternoons here are filled with experiences to discover. Let me guide you through an afternoon itinerary in Puerto Escondido, where each day of the week opens the door to new explorations and unforgettable memories.


Monday: Kayaking in Laguna de Manialtepec

Spend your afternoon peacefully paddling through the tranquil waters of Laguna de Manialtepec. It’s an excellent way to explore the region’s unique biodiversity and observe a variety of birds in their natural habitat. The serenity of this place is unparalleled.
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Tuesday: Visit to the Turtle Farm

Join a guided tour of the sea turtle farm. This enriching experience raises awareness about environmental conservation. You can choose to visit Barra de Colotepec on the beach or Bacocho Beach, offering different perspectives on these conservation efforts.
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Wednesday: Oaxacan Cooking Workshop

Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Oaxaca by participating in a local cooking workshop. Under the guidance of local chefs, learn to prepare traditional dishes such as tlayudas or mole oaxaqueño. Also, consider joining a Mezcal tour for an afternoon to discover this iconic spirit of Oaxaca.
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Thursday: Exploration of the Region’s Waterfalls

Discover the hidden waterfalls around Puerto Escondido. Hiking through the jungle reveals spectacular waterfalls where you can cool off. The excursion, known as the “Cascada La Reforma” tour, offers a refreshing and adventurous afternoon.


Friday: Snorkeling at Playa Coral

Explore the underwater world of Playa Coral during a snorkeling session. Admire the colorful coral reefs and diverse marine life. This activity is perfect for sea and nature lovers, offering a tranquil escape in the crystal-clear waters.


Saturday: Surf Lesson at La Punta or Carrizalillo

Take a surf lesson at La Punta or Carrizalillo, as Zicatela can be dangerous for beginners. Experienced instructors will guide you through the waves, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning experience.
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Sunday: Artistic Stroll through the City

End the week with an artistic stroll through Puerto Escondido. Discover colorful murals, local art galleries, and craft markets that reflect the creativity and artistic spirit of the community. Notable areas include El Elefante street in Zicatela, La Punta, and Tamarindo, each adorned with vibrant tags and murals.


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Respect the Environment and the Community

During your visits, it is essential to respect the environment and the local community. Pickup your trash, avoid disturbing the fauna and flora, and respect the customs and traditions of the residents. By acting responsibly, you will contribute to preserving this beautiful place for future generations.