Part 3 - Lagoons and mangroves
Early morning at Mermejita Beach
Dawn colours appearing over the hills
The frothy white breakers
Pattern on the sand
A well-camouflaged crab, blending in with the colours of the sand
The next village down the road was Ventanilla, an interesting local indigenous community involved in ecological and conservation projects. A kind of low-key ecotourism run by the locals and very commendable.
Sign indicating where to turn off to the village
Houses near the beach
Boat rides on the lagoon to see the mangroves and visit the Island of Um
Hand-painted information board
Making our way down Ventanilla Beach for 10 minutes till we arrived at the lagoon.
A lonely lifeguard's tower which has seen better days!
Our guide Juan paddling the boat
The first crocodile we saw. This endangered species is one of the largest in Mexico. This community is breeding them and introducing them into the mangroves.
One of the many birds we saw
The beautiful still waters of the lagoon
Passing by the trees with their aerial roots in the so-called white mangroves... these are fairly new since the hurricanes in 1997 destroyed this area.
Rows of shady palms on the island
A crocodile basking in the sun
"Don't approach the crocodiles"...
There was also an animal rescue centre on the island... a spider monkey looks out at us from his cage.
Nice fresh fruit
This lady is using a molcajete (mortar and pestle) to prepare the ingredients for the salsa
Like most molcajetes, this one is made of volcanic rock and has been shaped like a turtle
Smoking chillies, an essential ingredient in Mexican dishes
A peckish guinea fowl hoping to get a few tasty morsels
A nice cool spot to have a refreshing coconut drink and some watermelon
An iguana running for the safety of a tree
Heading back to the boat
Passing a local family on their way to the island
The beach goes on like this for 40 km up to Puerto Escondido!
Trekking back along the beach in the hot sun to reach the village
Bright Mexican colours
Cristina off to do a 3-hour horseback ride along the beach and to another lagoon
Accompanied by a 16-year-old guide from the village who knows all the shortcuts
Marc and I head back to Mazunte beach and watched some boys battling to get their small boat out past the waves
The waves are really pounding the beach today
Marc deciding whether to go in
This is our last time on this beach... we're heading off to Huatulco tonight
Back to the beach at Ventanilla to wait for Cristina to arrive. A microlight about to land on the beach.
Cantering down the beach...
... and back to the village