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4-in-1 Day Tour in Mazunte
Our first stop will be at the Artisan Chocolate Factory of the Franco García family. Having a long tradition in planting and cultivating cacao, this family decided to follow their dream to educate the public about the amazing health benefits of cocoa and to distribute their aromatic and delicious products, ranging from cocoa infused raw honey, to chocolate treats infused with organic chili, mint, or ginger, chocolate spreads and organic hot chocolate powder. Using traditional tools from this Mexican region , this family has managed to preserve the authentic flavor of cocoa in all its products.
When we arrive in beautiful Mazunte town we will take you to the Mazunte Co-Op, which was founded by local women and Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop. Walking through its doors you will be welcomed not only by natural scents of flowers and trees but also by open smiles from the women who work inside. This community women made a drastic and much needed change in their way of life. Once killing turtles and selling their eggs for profit, the women recognized that nature should be preserved. With this philosophy, the Mazunte Co-op as created, aiming to protect the local fauna and to sell natural, organically grown beauty products.
You will have free time to explore magical Mazunte town, strolling through the cobblestone and clay streets or sipping on a locally grown coffee, while observing the easy going life of this special place.
After a traditional Mexican lunch, it is time to move on to La Ventanilla, a small fishing village on a beautiful beach and a lagoon, which is the estuary of the Tonameca River. For most of the year, the lagoon is cut off from the sea by the beach and is full of red and white mangroves, whose tannins turn the water reddish in the shallow areas and black in deeper waters. The immense variety of wildlife found in this estuary, include hundreds of birds, whose songs will delight any nature enthusiast. Keep your eyes open for woodpeckers, kingfishers, storks, herons, cormorants, ducks and many others. You will also likely encounter crustaceans, turtles, deer, and iguanas. However, the main attraction at La Ventanilla are the crocodiles. During the rainy season (from April - November) the lagoon swells and meets the sea, which allows sea life such as sea turtles, dolphins and fish to enter the lagoon in order to feed on the crustaceans.
The local community that lives in this mangrove reserve has a deep Zapotec history. One of the local guides will take you on a canoe ride, showing you the lagoon and a multitude of wildlife that you encounter during your tour.
As the day comes to an end, you will witness hundreds of turtles making landfall in order to safely lay their eggs on the beach. Enjoy this magical natural phenomenon - a massive Turtle spawning.
4 Tours included:
- Chocolate Factory tour and tasting
- Mazunte Co-op tour and downtown stroll
- La Ventanilla Crocodile sanctuary and wildlife shelter
Turtle Egg Laying or Baby Turtle Egg Release (depending on season)
- Shared roundtrip Transfer from your lodging in Huatulco, Santa Cruz or Tangolunda
- Bi-lingual guide throughout the day
- All entrance fees
4 guided tours
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Lunch and drinks
- Pick-up from your lodging between 9:00am and 9:45am
- Arrive at Chocolate factory by 11:00am
- Arrive in Mazunte by 12:30pm
- Arrive at La Ventanilla by 3:00pm
- Arrive at Turtle Shelter by 6:00pm
Arrive back at your lodging by 9:00pm
WHAT TO BRING
- Comfortable and adequate clothing to protect yourself from the sun and thus avoid the use of sunscreen. Creams (even biodegradable ones) are polluting and for that reason we do not promote their use
- Comfortable and safe footwear (sandals or water shoes)
- Sun glasses
- Cap or hat
- A reusable bottle to fill with water during the day
- Insect Repellent
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