7 Reasons to Visit Puerto Escondido
Join me on a tour of this rambunctious jalapeno of a surf town!
To Take Eco-Tours
Puerto Escondido is home to one of the only two lagoons in the entire world that have bioluminescent phytoplankton. We took the tour with Lalo Eco-Tours, and it did not disappoint. The water was warm, like bathwater, and when we swam, the water around our body lit up. It was surreal. I highly recommend paying extra for a private tour, so you don’t have to wait for the other tourists in the boat to get their fill.
But that’s not the only tour that’s available — far from it! We helped release endangered turtle babies (and were warned that horseback on the beach can crush turtle nests), which was a memorable experience. The three species of turtles we helped to release will live to be between 70 and 120 years old — they’ll outlive any of us! The man who runs the turtle charity (who is separate from Lalo Eco-Tours, who took us) sleeps in a tent on the beach in order to protect the incubating turtle eggs from poachers who’d steal them to sell as aphrodisiacs.
Another tour we did, with Lalo again, is a morning birdwatching tour. Most tourists in Puerto Escondido are too hungover in the morning to get up and take this tour, which makes it even more special. In the morning, the lagoon is quiet and peaceful, and there are exotic birds everywhere. Highly worth checking out, if you like birds.
And finally, there are dolphin and whale-watching tours, often coupled with scuba or snorkeling. Make sure to ask about the conditions and water clarity before committing to scuba or snorkeling, as many tour operators will take you out regardless of the visibility.
But above all, remember never to purchase exotic animal meat, or let tour operators pull animals into the boat. Some tour unscrupulous tour operators in Puerto Escondido pull sleeping endangered turtles into the boat, and in the process often break their fins. Here are a few more important eco-tourism tips.