The huge state of Oaxaca years ago established support systems for ecotourism on its coastal regions and mountains to help the local people preserve the natural habitat for the indigenous animals such as the crocodile and iguana. Programs to save indigenous plants hinge on sustainable tourism..
Oaxaca Ecotours, Pacific Coast, Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca State runs a program to preserve the natural beauty of the Lagoon and river deltas and has encouraged sustainable tourism rather than exploitation of the resources.
Oaxaca State agencies support the local people who protect the coastal animals such as the sea turtles in the Mazunte area, the Iguanas, the crocodiles, and the birds. The state provides the means for the local people to conduct tours for people seeking alternative adventure.
Oaxaca Mexico's Pacific Coast is made up of large brackish water and fresh water lagoons and rivers along the jungle coastline.
- Oaxaca Pacific Coast Lagoons
Thirty five miles west of Puerto Escondido on Highway 200 to the town of Zapotalito , the Chacahua Lagoon and National Park (Laguna de Chacahua) is a lagoon open to the ocean part of which has been designated a preserve since 1937
Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Pacific from include Kayaking, and bird tours by Boat.
Oaxaca Ecotours visit the nesting storks on an island in the Chacahua Lagoon
How to reach Oaxaca Pacific Coast Eco Tours
Tourist Information Center, Oaxaca City
Secretaria de Tourismo
703 Ave Benito Juarez
How to Get There
From the Zocalo go 8 blocks north and three blocks east to Llano Park They are in the building housing the Theatre.
Buses leave Oaxaca's first class ADO terminal bound for Juchitan, Salina Cruz, Huatulco. Pochutla and Buses leave the second class terminal for Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Collectivos (camionetta)in Pochutla make runs to Mazunte, Puerto Angel, Zipolite beaches, and Puerto Escondido .
Local buses run along the coast road and connect all the coastal towns and villages Buses leave Puerto escondido running north to Rio Grande ( 40 miles) where you find a taxi to Lagoona Pastoria and the boats to Chacahua.
Six miles west of Puerto Escondido at the Manialtepec Lagoon (Laguna de Manialtepec) you can rent kayaks and take boat tours into the mangroves to observe animals and birds including spoonbills, storks, pelicans and cranes and a variety of migratory birds that nest seasonally in the mangroves.
Restaurant La Puesta del Sol 951-588-3867 Sea Food, Kayak rentals, Boat tours
Restaurant La Flor del Pacifico Restaurant seafood and Kayak rental/ boat tours
Puerto Escondido dive shops will provide all equipment, lessons, and local info. Cove beach dive spots for scuba and snorkel are Playa (beach) Carrizalillo, and Manzanillo
Surfing Puerto Escondido
Playa Zicatela is Puerto Escondido's surfing beach with an annual November international competition. This beach is open to the ocean and can have 20 foot waves, not recommended for swimming. Tandem skydiving during the november competitions add to the excitement.
The protected beaches in Puerto Escondido are Playa Marinero in the center of the village and Playa (beach) Carrizalillo, Angelito, and Manzanillo in protected coves a little west of the village center
Mexico's only nude optional beach, Zipolite is open to the ocean and can have a strong rip current and undertow as well as decent surfing waves.
A few cabanas, posadas and palpa restaurants line the beach but rarely does Zipolite see crowds.
Puerto Angel Beaches;
The main beach near the pier Playa Muelle is a good place to watch the fishermen bring in their catches during the late morning. Other beaches good for snorkel, swimming and diving are Playa Panteon and Estacahuite. Nearby are Playa Mina and Boquilla.
Mazunte's people were at the vanguard for the protection of the ocean turtle, once prized for the eggs laid on the beaches.
The museum and aquarium devoted to saving the sea turtle is an interesting visit as is Play Cometa
Local families work to preserve this beach and lagoon by offering boat tours and guided trips to view crocodiles, birds, and iguanas.
The nine bays and 36 beaches of Huatulco, 180 miles south of Oaxaca City, will offer luxury hotels, an airport, cruise terminal, and something for everyone including 360 days of sunshine each year. Upscale lodging and entertainment in the resort town catering to tour ships that dock in Santa Cruz attracts visitors that arrive by air service into Huatulco's airport, via ADO bus/OCC, or the highway out of Mexico City.
Large areas of the region are set aside as ecological preserves (Huatulco National Wildlife and Marine Park) and the resort area recently received Green Globe 21 recognition as an environment friendly development, the first in the Americas to do so.
Tangolunda Bay is an area of five star hotels and a golf course, the tidy town of La Crucecita more touristy. Many of the 32 beaches are deserted except during Christmas and easter vacation.
Reach Huatulco on Route 190 out of Oaxaca City in about 7 hours by OCC Bus or by van over Route 175.
Second class bus service to Pochutla on highway 175 (7-8 hours) or van and then local bus or first class bus.
Oaxaca Mexico offers a unique coastal ecosystems in Pacific Coast rivers and lagoons along with its niche climates and isolated ecosystems in its 10,000 foot elevation rain forests.
Hotels, flights, auto rental, and vacation lodging is located nearby in Puerto Escondido and in the Central Valley Oaxaca City
Closer to Puerto Escondido (6 miles) on the same highway the Manialtepec Lagoon (Laguna de Manialtepec) offers kayak rentals and boat tours.
The lagoon is home to Roseate spoonbills, storks, pelicans and cranes and a variety of migratory birds that feed in the mangroves.
offer alternative tourism. Tours to Oaxaca's Pacific Coast lagoons and rivers include kayaking, boating, and hiking while viewing Oaxaca programs set up to save endangered animals.
Puerto Escondido Surfing
Bus Fares,Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido Lodging
Bus Oaxaca, Pacific Coast
Hotels Puerto Escondido
Oaxaca ecotours visit Chacahua Lagoon, north of Puerto Escondido