Set between the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur and the coast a 20-minute drive west of Puerto, this 15km-long body of brackish water is encircled by mangroves (which can reach heights of up to 15m), and with the village of San José Manialtepec alongside it. During the rainy season (June through October), the water levels rise as the lagoon connects with the ocean, and this is a great time to experience the area´s rich wildlife, which include a multitude of bird species as well as iguanas and possibly even a crocodile or two. You can take it all in from the village docks and restaurants along the water, but most folks rent a kayak or take a boat tour to get a closer look. And the rainy season is also a good time to come at night to witness the bioluminescent algae, which lights up when it comes in contact with fish, people, or paddles - a very cool sight indeed!

Read more in Tripatini contributor Rohny Jones´ post Nifty (and Gnarly) Puerto Escondido, Mexico.



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