- 8 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Enjoy a full day of fun on this eco-tour from Huatulco! Your friendly local guide takes you to the village of Ventanilla, where you’ll ride a boat through the mangroves. Keep an eye out for crocodiles in the lagoon before spotting a variety of sea turtles on a visit to the National Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte. Finish your day trip in Zipolite, a seaside ‘hippie’ town that’s popular with surfers. Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Soft drinks and water
- Local guide
- Boat Tour
- Entry/Admission - National Mexican Turtle Center
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fee to Centro Ecoturistico La Ventanilla ($100 Mexican pesos, paid directly at the ticket booth)
Tour departs from Huatulco hotels
Returns to original departure point
Wednesday through Sunday
After hotel pickup, relax aboard your air-conditioned minivan on the 1.5-hour drive from Bahías de Huatulco. Upon reaching La Ventanilla, a small beach village, start your small-group eco-tour of the lagoon, an estuary of the Tonameca River.
Embark on a boat cruise through the mangroves to observe a wide variety of wildlife and listen to the sounds of birds such as woodpeckers, kingfisher and herons. Along with turtles, deer and iguanas, you may spot crocodiles swimming or nesting in their natural habitat!
Then we will take you to Mazunte considered magical town, where you will visit a workshop of natural cosmetics, where you can learn about the processes of making natural products such as: soap, creams, among others.
Next, you will visit the Mexican Center for Turtle Research, a place that is responsible for the conservation and study of 7 of the 9 species of turtles that exist on the coast of the state.
Later we will go to Zipolite, an open sea beach where you can walk and take pictures. We will end our tour in Puerto Angel, to visit a restaurant facing the sea where you can enjoy delicious fresh seafood (on your own).
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Lots of crocodiles in their natural habitat. Very educational. The guides were great and did their best to make sure we all had a good time. Enjoyed the stops that we took to see the coast and different beaches. The open air restaurant had wonderful food. One concern was that one of the beaches was a nude beach and our group had children with us. Might have been a good stop to miss when there are kids. The turtle facility was interesting but not as interesting as the animal refuge.
Great trip good guide, very informative, everything was more than expected and on time, take bug repellent although we didn't need it, sun hats or sun umbrella, the driver gave me an umbrella as I'd forgotten my hat.
Would not recommend!
According to the tour description, we suppose to visit the National Mexican Turtle Center, cruise through the mystical mangroves, have lunch and visit a local workshop and learn the processes behind natural cosmetics.
Trip should start at 9am and take 7 hours , so we expected to be in our hotel around 4pm. We were leaving next morning, so it was important to us.
First the bus was 45 minutes late and we were the first ones to be picked up! When finally, everyone was picked up from different hotels, we were on our way. It was a long but beautiful ride. We expected to be taken to Turtle Center or to mangroves, but instead out driver / tour guide Jose decided to take us to nude beach. He dropped us off on a sand and told us to walk to the very end of the beach. Before we realized what is going on, he was gone with the bus and we walked good 300 meters close to 1000 feet on hot deep sand. I have lower back and knee problem and walking on a sand is absolutely prohibited by my doctor. Should I know I will be expected to do it, I would never take this tour. It was not a part of tour description! When we finally made it to the end of the beach, Jose kept us there for an hour and distributed business cards of nude hotel.
It was after 12 noon when we finally moved towards the Turtle Center, where we spend more than an hour, even though it was not much to see. By that time, we were hungry and hoped for a lunch stop. After all, we had breakfast at 7 am! But Jose had another plan. He stopped the bus in front of the liquor store. A few people went in to taste liquor, but most of us stayed on a bus hoping we will be on our way. Jose kept us in front of this store for a good hour! It was 3:30 when we finally moved towards mangroves. We thought we will now have lunch, but were told to place an order in a restaurant and walk to the boat for 1.5 hour long tour. We were hungry and very tired. The boat trip was about 10 min. long. The rest of it we were walking grounds. By the time we finally arrived back to the restaurant, it was 5 pm. The food was cold, because it was prepared in advance. We left restaurant after 6pm and ended up in our hotel around 8 pm instead of 4. We never got to the workshop where they make natural cosmetics, something I was looking forward to. Very disappointed!!!
Our guide didn't speak English so we missed the whole Mangroves tour. We also were forced to pay the entrance fee again even though it says it was all included. No water or soft drinks were included like it said either. Also found out what the other people paid in Peso's and were astonished at the mark up! Wow.
Everything on this tour was entertaining and exciting. Our tour guide Pepe was very knowledgeable about the places we stopped and about the native culture in general. The highlight has to be the mangrove boat ride and seeing the crocodiles up close. I would reccommend this tour to all my friends and others