Welcome to Puerto Escondido


While it’s hardly undiscovered these days, PE remains pleasantly rough around the edges and, thanks to its spread-out nature, rarely feels urban. Plus there’s more to do here than just ride white-knuckle on waves. Folks in tie-dye T-shirts stroll the sandy lanes of La Punta, master chefs have moved into residential Rinconada, while Playa Carrizalillo – the superstar of Mexico’s beaches – is a gorgeous place to hang out, swim, and live vicariously as a surfer dude(ette).


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Puerto Escondido activities

$35 Outdoor Activities

Puerto Escondido Sea Turtle Release at Palmarito Beach

You will be picked up at 5pm from your Puerto Escondido hotel. Board a comfortable van and head north on the main road for about 8 minutes. You will then take a detour to Palmarito Beach. This is a beautiful virgin beach located about 10 minutes away from the city. Once you get there, you will head to the turtle camp site where a local guide will greet you and provide you with full information about the camp and the work being done to protect and save sea turtles. Right before sunset, you will be getting ready to say goodbye to the turtles as you appreciate the gorgeous landscape from the beach. See, hold and help the newly hatched turtles get to the water to start their amazing adventure into the sea. After you have released the turtles, you will head back to the hotel filled with wonderful memories of this experience.

$22.50 Shopping & Fashion

Puerto Escondido City and Shopping Tour

You will begin your tour walking through the famous tourist corridor called El Adoquin, place where you can find plenty handicraft shops and buy different types of souvenirs like black pottery, traditional textiles and alebrijes, brightly and colored sculptures of fantastical creatures typical of Oaxacan-Mexican folk art. Then you will continue visiting Buen Mezcal, place where you can taste the Mezcal and Mezcal creams (the original Oaxaca version of the well-known Tequila) and an enjoyable regional coffee. Your next stop will be the beautiful Zicatela Beach, place where you can enjoy amazing views from Puerto Escondido shore. Take pictures of its amazing views and walk along the well know beach, famous for being the 3rd place in the world with the highest waves, a perfect spot for surfing. Afterwards you will go to the traditional Benito Juarez picturesque market to discover the traditional products that local trades, like aromatic herbs that are used to to cuisine or like medicine, besides vegetables and fishes. To finish your journey, you can choose between enjoy at your own a delicious dish of fishes and seafood at one of the restaurants from El Adoquín or a good and delicious typical food in one of the restaurants in the center of Puerto Escondido.

$40 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Puerto Escondido Dolphin Watching Cruise with Snorkeling

After hotel pick up 7:00 am you will arrive at Puerto Angelito beach where you will be departing on a 25 foot panga boat with shade.We will start  our trip sightseeing the main beaches of Puerto Escondido, such as Playa principal, Zicatela, and Punta Zicatela from the water. After this we will head off shore in search of Dolphins, Whales, (whales visit Puerto Escondido from November to April), and an incredible diversity of marine wildlife. We will search for dolphins in the pacific coast which has 5 species of dolphins: Spotted, spinners, bottle nose, pilot dolphins and river dolphins. Once we find them, you will be able to admire and listen to them in their natural environment! Get your cameras ready to take some shots and videos as they join us on our trip! . There is so much to see so be ready  to have a fun and memorable adventure!At the end of the tour you can decide if you would like to stay at Puerto Angelito beach or head back to your hotel. 

$40 Day Trips & Excursions

Puerto Escondido Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Ride and Swim

Come and adventures into the phosphorescent waters of the Lagoon of Manialtepec. A magical place where plankton transforms into radiant bioluminescence lights. Microorganisms that react to movement. You will be picked up at 7 pm from your Puerto Escondido Hotel. Board a comfortable van and head north on the main road for about 20 minutes.. There you will board a 25 foot boat on a 71 minute boat ride to encounter an extraordinary eco-system with abundant wildlife such as birds, fish, iguanas, and plankton. We will proceed into the center of the lagoon in search of the bioluminescence lights where you will swim and live a magical experience Come and be amazed as the lights go on with every movement you make in the water and see an incredible sky with planets, constellations and stars. After our return from the lagoon you will be transported back to your hotel.

$35.90 Classes & Workshops

Puerto Escondido Surfing Classes at Carrizalilio Beach

Experience the amazing sensation of surfing the best waves in Puerto Escondido! Total fun, learn to surf guaranteed with the help of a professional instructor! You will be picked up at your hotel and brought to one of the best beaches, Carrizalillo or Punta Zicatela. Once at the beach an instructor will provide you with the surfing gear equipment, and will give a surfing tutorial with all the tips to prevail on your first surfing class. Next, you will head to the water to start catching some waves! After the lesson you can spend some time at the beach where we will provide a beverage to enjoy after a well surfed class.

$70 Outdoor Activities

HORSE HIKE TO THE HEALING THERMAL WATERS OF MANIALTEPEC

 Choose the time you would like to go and get ready to be amazed with beautiful landscapes of the Southern West region! You will get picked up from your hotel and we will head north on a 30-minute drive. When we arrive at the local town of Manialtepec we will ride beautiful tamed horses towards the jungle until we arrive to the Thermal Waters where we will be able to swim in the hot pools. The horse ride is amazing as we will cross streams and rivers, cattle, sand and cliffs to get to our destination. Get your cameras ready and come for an amazing horse expedition to the healing waters of Manialtepec. There will also be a small restaurant offering Mexican common gastronomical foods. After our swim in the pools and a quick snack, we will return back to Manialtepec town on our horses, and then we will head back to Puerto Econdido dropping you off at your place of stay.