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Lagoons, mangroves and crocodiles

Ventanilla, Oaxaca

Part 3 - Lagoons and mangroves

Early morning at Mermejita Beach

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Dawn colours appearing over the hills

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Deserted beach

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The frothy white breakers

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Pattern on the sand

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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.

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Sign indicating where to turn off to the village

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Houses near the beach

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Boat rides on the lagoon to see the mangroves and visit the Island of Um

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Hand-painted information board

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Making our way down Ventanilla Beach for 10 minutes till we arrived at the lagoon.

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A lonely lifeguard's tower which has seen better days!

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Our guide Juan paddling the boat

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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.

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One of the many birds we saw

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The beautiful still waters of the lagoon

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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.

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Rows of shady palms on the island

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A crocodile basking in the sun

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"Don't approach the crocodiles"...

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There was also an animal rescue centre on the island... a spider monkey looks out at us from his cage.

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Nice fresh fruit

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This lady is using a molcajete (mortar and pestle) to prepare the ingredients for the salsa

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Like most molcajetes, this one is made of volcanic rock and has been shaped like a turtle

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Smoking chillies, an essential ingredient in Mexican dishes

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A peckish guinea fowl hoping to get a few tasty morsels

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A nice cool spot to have a refreshing coconut drink and some watermelon

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An iguana running for the safety of a tree

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Heading back to the boat

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Passing a local family on their way to the island

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The beach goes on like this for 40 km up to Puerto Escondido!

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Trekking back along the beach in the hot sun to reach the village

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Bright Mexican colours

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Cristina off to do a 3-hour horseback ride along the beach and to another lagoon

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Accompanied by a 16-year-old guide from the village who knows all the shortcuts

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Marc and I head back to Mazunte beach and watched some boys battling to get their small boat out past the waves

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The waves are really pounding the beach today

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Marc deciding whether to go in

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This is our last time on this beach... we're heading off to Huatulco tonight

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Back to the beach at Ventanilla to wait for Cristina to arrive. A microlight about to land on the beach.

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Cantering down the beach...

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... and back to the village

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Mexican-style saddle

Posted by margaretm 06:11 Archived in Mexico Tagged beach waves lagoon crocodiles horseriding oaxaca mangroves

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