A stork nesting on an island in the Chacahua Lagoon,
Oaxaca Pacific Coast. Oaxaca State established the
Chacahua Preserve to sustain threatened animals and
birds. The local people preserve the natural habitat for
the indigenous animals and plants and create
Pacific Coast Lagoon Tours Oaxaca
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, and the birds.
The state provides the
means for the local people
to conduct tours for people
Oaxaca Mexico's Pacific Coast is
made up of long stretches of beach
and large brackish water and fresh
water lagoons such as the Chacahua
Lagoon along the jungle coastline.
Fifty miles west of Puerto Escondido
on Highway 200 at the village of
Zapotalito, the Pastoria Lagoon
offers access to the Chacahua
Lagoon and National Park (Laguna
de Chacahua). This is a huge
lagoon system open to the ocean,
part of which has been designated a
preserve since 1937.
Reach by tour out of Puerto
Closer to Puerto Escondido (6 miles)
on the same highway, the
Manialtepec Lagoon (Laguna de
Manialtepec) offers kayak rentals
and boat tours for observing
spoonbills, storks, pelicans and
cranes and a variety of migratory
birds as they feed in the mangroves.
Oaxaca Pacific Coast Lagoon Trips, Kayaking, Bird Tours by Boat.
Oaxaca Alternative tourism Pacific
How to Reach Puerto Escondido
Tourist Information Center
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.
Air service reache Pueto Escondido and Huatulco form
First class buses leave Oaxaca City's first class ADO
terminal bound for Huatulco. Pochutla and Puerto
Buses leave the second class terminal in Oaxaca
City for Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Vans serve from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido. 6
hour trip 120 pesos
Colectivos, shared taxi, or (camionetta) in Pochutla
make runs to Mazunte, Puerto Angel, Zipolite and
Local buses run along the coast road and connect all
the coastal towns and villages
To reach Manialtepec go by tour out of
Puerto Escondido or bus or taxi six miles
west of Puerto Escondido to the
(Laguna de Manialtepec)
Providers rent kayaks and offer boat
tours into the mangroves to observe
animals and birds including spoonbills,
storks, pelicans and cranes and a variety
of migratory birds that feed among the
Sea Food, Kayak rentals, Boat tours
- Restaurant La Puesta del Sol 951-
Restaurant seafood and Kayak rental/ boat
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
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
Oaxaca Pacific Coast Beaches
Zipolite is 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 except at Christmas and
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
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
Local families work to
preserve this beach and
lagoon by offering boat tours
and guided trips to view
crocodiles, birds, and
The nine bays and 36 beaches of Huatulco, 180 miles south of Oaxaca City, will
offer 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, 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 .
Reach Huatulco on Route 190 out of Oaxaca in about 7 hours.
Second class bus service to Pochutla on highway 175 (7-8 hours) and then local
Oaxaca Mexico offers Chacahua Lagoon tours,
Manialtepec Lagoon kayaking, and Ventanilla Lagoon
tours for views of Oaxaca's unique coastal ecosystems
and niche climates.
Crocodile, ibis, stork and pelican inhabit the lagoons
Oaxaca Ecotourism on the Pacific Coast of
Mexico offers unique coastal environments in the
Chacahua and Manialtepec lagoons where you can
view rare and endangered birds and animals.
Oaxaca Pacific Coast lodging
Puerto Escondido Surfing
Bus Fares,Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido Lodging
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Oaxaca Ecotours on the Pacific Coast
visit Lagoons and rivers to view locally
rare and endangered birds and animals
Oaxaca City Hotels, Vacation Lodging, Flights,
If you are ecotouring from the modern, cosmopolitan
City of Oaxaca you can find many amenities.
Luxury hotels and lodging for all budgets is offered in
the preserved colonial center.
Air service from Oaxaca's small, modern jet port offers
direct flights from Houston and international
connections through Mexico City, and direct flights to
Puerto Escondido and Huatulco for coastal ecotours.
Rental cars are available at the airport (OAX) and in
Oaxaca City center.
Bus and van service reaches the Pacific Coast from