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First days in Puerto Escondido

October 14, 2011

After two days in Oaxaca, and a 7-hour winding bus ride through the mountains, we arrived in the surf town of Puerto Escondido.

Puerto’s city center is crowded with small stores and paved roads, but the area where we’re staying is a few kilometers from the center, close to the main surfing point break called La Punta (“The Point”). There are several hostels and restaurants in our area, but it’s not as developed as either the town center, or the main surfing area at Playa Zicatela, where the world-famous shallow, hollow beachbreak is located. The La Punta area is like a small Wild West town, with dusty dirt roads, chickens in the street and dogs lazing in the shade.

The first few days after arriving in Puerto, we stayed in a nice little place called Osa Mariposa.

It’s a hostel (“hostal” in espanol) with individual wooden bungalows, and shared bathrooms and showers. The food was tasty: vegetarian and super fresh. It’s difficult to get anything vegetarian here, apart from just ordering a side of rice and beans (often when you ask for something without meat, the locals will suggest something with fish or chicken).

We take a little communal taxi truck. called a colectivo,  into the town center when we need to grocery shop, buy supplies, or use the ATM. It costs 5 pesos per person, and is always a fun adventure to watch the buildings go by and see who else is aboard the colectivo.

We’ve been shopping at the market in town, buying fresh fruit, granola, cheese and grains there. Right beside the market is one of our favorite restaurants, called Las Margaritas, which came as a recommendation from the owner of Osa Mariposa. Las Margaritas has a delicious three-course set lunch for 40 pesos (a little less than $3 US!), with choices that change every day.

We found an awesome apartment with its own kitchen and a lot of space, for the next month. We are set! And very happy…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2011 11:10 pm

    have fun in Puerto! i was there a few years ago & enjoyed the beach

  2. October 14, 2011 11:47 pm

    You guys make me love life! Viva Puerto Escondido! Viva Delphine! Viva Michael!

  3. October 15, 2011 5:45 am

    Gorgeous pictures. The kids keep asking every day for more pictures on your adventures. They think the food looks so yummy the want to come for a visit with you guys already! Apartment sound great can’t wait to see pictures of it. Let’s set a skype date soon!
    xo
    Lisa and family

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