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Around Puerto Escondido/Mexico

Introducing Around Puerto Escondido

West of Puerto Escondido, lies yet another side of multifaceted Mexico. Swing by Bajos de Chila on the weekend to catch a pelota mixteca match, a ballgame descended from pre-Hispanic times. Marvel at the huge Laguna Manialtepec, with its abundant birdlife, tropical flowers and resident iguanas (and - if you're lucky - its weird phosphorescent plankton, which appears only three or four times a year). The incredible Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua is a wonderland no nature-lover will want to miss, while those wanting to experience authentic village life in the hills behind the park can do so through the community tourism scheme Ocho Venado (enquire at the tourist information kiosk in Puerto Escondido for more details). Por supuesto, the region also has its fair share of blissful Pacific beaches, so if the wildlife doesn't do it for you, the wild surf will...