Puerto Escondido, a Mexican Manly


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August 4th 2010
Published: August 6th 2010
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Imagine trying to sleep on a roller coaster - well, the night bus to Puerto Escondido was just like that ! Nine hours of twists and turns and a multitude of speed bumps: the journey lived up to its reputation of being one helluva ride ! Luckily enough, Sharon had had plenty of ginger biscuits to keep her travel sickness at bay. Still, we had made it to the beach where there would be plenty of time for sleeping 😊


We arrived at 6am and took a short taxi ride to Zicatela beach, an internationally renowned surfers paradise. We stumbled upon Cafecito, a very popular hangout for breakfast and watched as the town slowly woke up. It felt like being in Manly, with the early morning joggers and the surfers studying the waves, we felt at home already 😊 We left our backpacks at the café and checked out a few hotels before settling on our new home for the next six nights (Las Olas - 300 MXN p/n).


So for the last few days we have just chilled out, books have been read and I’ve even managed to catch up on a few Archers’ omnibus episodes 😊 The surf here is huge and the rips are treacherous, definitely not suitable for Sharon ! You can watch the sea for hours as the strong currents forces the water into a spectacular dance, it’s pretty amazing.


As luck would have it, we timed our visit here to coincide with the Zicatela Pro Tour, the first ever IBA (International Bodyboarding Association) event in Mexico. Check out their website for some awesome pics and vids. This meant that not only was there some great body boarding action to watch, but there was also free entertainment in the evenings. A Mexican band similar to Cat Empire and cheap beer provided by one of the sponsors, Sol, made for a fantastic few nights! 😱


We have managed to avoid it so far but Montezuma’s revenge has found us, in other words, the dreaded D, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time with a 13 hour bus trip to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Now where are our Imodium tablets?? This will be fun……. 😞



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