What makes San Gabriel Mixtepec stand out? In the Nahua language, the word “Mixtepec” comes from “mixtli”, which means “cloud” and from “tepetl”, which means “hill”, which means “hill of clouds”. San Gabriel Mixtepec is the capital of the Oaxacan municipality of the same name, which is part of the district of Juquila, in the coastal region. It is a picturesque city of coffee culture, located 111 km inland from Puerto Escondido, which stands out for its tranquility and pleasant climate. The main attractions of San Gabriel Mixtepec are its small town center, with the main square and the parish church, and the San Gabriel River, which is a tributary of the Colotepec.
What Are The Attractions Of San Pedro Juchatengo?
45 km south of Puerto Escondido is the small town of San Pedro Juchatengo, which has good ecotourism potential, although its service infrastructure is still modest. This town belongs to the Juquila district in the coastal region, and its main attractions are the Atoyac River and the Salacua stream, which present beautiful places.
San Pedro Juchatengo celebrates a very lively carnival and the patronal festivals in honor of San Pedro, on June 21, are very colorful. The city also receives a large number of visitors who make the pilgrimage to Santa Catarina Juquila to celebrate the Virgin of Juquila.
Why Visit Santa Catarina Juquila?
This town located 99 km southwest of Puerto Escondido is one of the main destinations for religious tourism in Oaxaca, due to the important pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Juquila, which brings together on December 8 until 20 000 faithful from different cities of Oaxaca and other states.
The sanctuary is a beautiful white temple that stands out for its elegance and architectural sobriety. In the main facade with two sections and with a triangular top, we notice the portal with a semicircular arch, the choir window and the clock located in the upper part. The church has two twin towers, with one-bay bell towers per side and a domed crown.
What Are The Main Festivals In Puerto Escondido?
If you have the opportunity to go to Puerto Escondido in November, you will make your beach vacation coincide with the city’s most festive period, since it is during this month that the famous Fiestas de November (November celebrations).
Several state entities and private organizations are joining forces to present a rich program of cultural, social and sporting events. There are 30 days of musical concerts, popular dances, competitions in surfing, motocross, fishing, beach volleyball and other sports. One of the most outstanding shows of the Fiesta de Noviembre is the Costeño de Danza Festival, with the participation of groups from all regions of Oaxaca. The Puerto Escondido carnival is also very lively.
Where can I stay in Puerto Escondido?
La Quinta Lili, located in Cangrejos 104, Playa Carrizalillo, is an accommodation much appreciated by its customers, who emphasize the beauty of the place, the attentions and the delicious breakfasts. Hotelito Swiss Oasis, on Andador Gaviotas in Playa Zicatela, is a very familiar accommodation, where you can use the kitchen. Villas Carrizalillo, on Avenida Carrizalillo, is a pleasantly rustic location with the best ocean views and a terrace overlooking the beach. Other good accommodation options in Puerto Escondido are Casamar Suites, Hotel Inés, and Vivo Resorts.
What Are The Best Restaurants?
La Olita restaurant comes highly recommended and has a very varied menu, serving Mexican food, seafood and international dishes. we hear great reviews for their grilled octopus, seafood, and tacos, all at reasonable prices.
El Cafecito comes highly recommended for breakfast. They bake their own bread and their enchiladas are excellent.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, the Almoraduz stands out. it offers a small menu, but well thought out from a culinary point of view, and its wine cellar is well stocked.
There are many other dining options in Puerto Escondido, such as the Fresh Restaurant & Lounge, Luna Rossa and El Sultan.
Hope you enjoyed this guide to Puerto Escondido and that it will be useful to you on your next visit to this city of Oaxaca.