Wednesday, June 29, 2011

1st Time Swimming the Pacific Ocean

This past weekend we took an excursion down to Puerto Escondido which is located on the southwest side of Oaxaca. It was a 7 and a half hour bus ride through winding roads in the mountains. Getting of Oaxaca City and driving to Puerto Escondido made me appreciate the natural beauty of the country. The mountains we were driving through were so high up that we went straight through clouds. We arrived to our hotel the evening of Friday the 24th. Since this excursion was solely organized by us students, the ten of us became very close. The first place I went to upon arrival was the beach; the biggest waves I have ever seen in my life (15ft+) were slamming against the sand. We ate dinner at one of the many restaurants on the edge of the shore.

On Saturday morning we went for a boat ride about 15km off the shore. We spotted young dolphins swimming together in groups. I learned that when dolphins are in the area, there is a good chance that there are no sharks. Because of this, we stopped the boat and jumped into the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a quick dip. On the way back to shore we encountered some sea turtles. The driver scooped one up right out the water and into our boat. Getting up close and personal with the creatures of the sea was pretty cool.

The serenity and scenery of Puerto Escondido was enough to have me and my classmates planning to return here in the future. It’s a great place for surfing, fishing, relaxing, culture, shopping, and practicing Spanish.

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