For example, there's a botanical gardens that we want to visit. It's located about 15 minutes outside of town on highway 131. We didn't know which collectivo to take, but we found out who to ask!
There is a lady named Gina who operates a tourist booth at the western end of the beach road at Playa Principal. She's known as "the information goddess" of Puerto Escondido. If you need to know anything about Puerto Escondido, this is the lady to see!
Gina and Ruth
Sure enough, Gina knew how to get us to where we wanted to go. As an added bonus, she also suggested we continue on further when we're finished with the botanical gardens and go to the village of San Pedro and have lunch there before coming back to Puerto Escondido. So that's what's on the schedule for today!
We continued up the hill from Gina's and went to the Super Che grocery store and picked up a few things for dinner. We came in from a different side and noticed a big construction project. It seems the Super Che is expanding. It always was a pretty busy store so we're not surprised.
View of Playa Zicatela from the pedestrian overpass in Puerto Escondido.
On the way back to the apartment, we stopped and got a paleta (popsicle) from the Michoacana popsicle franchise at the beach. They make the most delicious strawberry cream popsicles! We paid tourist prices though... 20 pesos each. Only problem...it was so hot outside that it was melting faster than you could eat it!
Lazed around for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Sunset in Puerto Escondido.