Puerto Escondido is a little bit of paradise in Mexico. We are staying at a hostel in La punta Zicatela, ten meters from the beach and right near the surf spot at the point.
We still miss the friends we made in the hostel in Mexico City. Jake, if you’re reading this blog, I hope things haven’t fallen apart in our absence:) Puerto Escondido is a long and bumpy bus ride from Mexico City, which is why we took a one hour flight to get here.
Our initial plan was to go to Oaxaca City after Mexico City, but there were protests in Oaxaca (pronounced “Ooh-ah-ga-ka” if you speak Afrikaans) that involved the closing of the airport and gas stations, due to the elections that were held on Sunday, so we decided to rather come to peaceful Puerto Escondido.
And peaceful it is indeed. The heat and humidity can be a bit overwhelming. And it’s not even the hot season! Dirk found a place to rent a surfboard:
The upside of being in Puerto Escondido in the quiet season, is that we can stay in a private room at half the price we would have paid in Mexico City! The downside is that all the mosquitoes here have only a few humans to bite. Seriously, Jake, if you ever come here, DO NOT sleep in a hammock. The mozzies will eat you alive!
It rains daily, usually around sunset which is around 8pm. There is not a lot to do here, apart from surfing and tanning. There are a couple of restaurants aimed at tourists. Where we stay, in la punta, there are two shops that sell beer and cookies. For actual food, we have to take a collectivo into ‘town’.
There are palm trees everywhere. Sadly, the ocean is too rough to swim in. Only surfers and boogie boarders are allowed to go deep.
The lifesaver stands appear to be on skeleton staff:
With all the heat, we need to drink a lot of ‘jugos’ (juice). There are many restaurants/bars right on the beach. This was a zanahoria/naranja (carrot/orange) juice:
With the waves so rough, I see a broken surfboard daily. I guess you can come and have your board fixed at this place during high season:
A wave for a picture opportunity!
I walked from La punta Zicatela to playa Zicatela and came across this interesting hand sculpture when I reached playa Zicatela:
More juice! This was sandia (watermelon):
Puerto Escondido has a rural feel to it, and you will find surprises like chicks under the table!