Colors of Mexico 6: Turquoise
We finally arrived at Puerto Escondido after an endless twelve hours bus trip that I talked about in my last chronicle. After enjoying getting off the bus, we headed to our hotel, 5 minutes away by taxi. We were exhausted and starving so, after laying down a few minutes on our bed, we started searching for a restaurant that could fill our empty stomachs with some delicious breakfast. After two short minutes of walk, we found an adorable restaurant with a shadowed terrace. It turned out to be the kind of small trendy restaurant along the beach where lounging for hours is the best activity to do. The perfect place to rest after a long journey. I ordered a mango milkshake with some pancakes that were so huge that I could not even finish them off. The atmosphere was cosy and calm, it was not crowded. The silence reigned, sometimes interrupted by the noise of the waves. We then took the direction of the nearby beach. Considered one of the main surfing spots in the world, you can imagine that violent waves crashing on the sand constantly treat the beach harshly. It is, therefore, not recommended to swim because some strong currents could take you to the horizon and never let you come back. The beach had palm trees all along its long and curved shore and the water was not turquoise like the way it looked in postcards because it’s constantly in motion. The absence of imposing buildings along the beach surprised us because it is often the case with touristic places around the world. Only a few buildings made their way through the branches but the rest was made of palm trees and animals. We could catch a glimpse of the city on the left side of the beach, but the houses did not exceed three floors, which made it somewhat elegant. Hundreds of birds were flying around and diving into the ocean to catch fish, it was remarkable the way they straightly dived with their beak forward. They were able to see their prey from meters above the ocean. Ocean’s water was clean, we could not find any trash on the sand. Here, nature is preserved and green widely dominates the concrete.
In the afternoon, we decided to go to another beach known to be wonderful and where swimming doesn’t put your life in danger. This beach was located around 20 minutes away by foot. Therefore, we started to walk along the beach, soaking our feet in the warm water. The fresh air cooled our faces down. There was not a lot of people, only a few families were hanging out and watching their kids swim in the safe swimming area. I felt the warm sand tickling between my toes and I found this feeling pleasant. We arrived at the edge of the beach and we had to follow our way through the city center to get to the other beach. I spent around ten minutes just taking off the sand over my feet to put my shoes on because I am the only person on earth who goes to the beach without flip flops. As we walked deeper into the city, we realized that the fresh air by the beach was hiding the reality of what was happening. It was two in the afternoon and the sun reached its climax, right above us, sending its rays on our foreheads. The temperature was unbearable, around 40 degrees celsius. The lower motion exhausted us and made us sweat, we were soaked but for the wrong reason. I used my towel to protect myself from the rays but I had the impression of being cooked in an oven. The journey seemed endless and the beach unreachable. Moreover, we had to climb a slope which represented a superhuman effort in these conditions. The city itself was not very interesting, there was no remarkable landmark or peculiar architecture. The buildings were basic in the sense that they were nothing but two-floor houses with an entrance door and some windows. Some restaurants interrupted this succession of houses at places. They were small and sold traditional Mexican food, mainly made with local fish. I am also going to be honest, the heat took away any motivation to look at little details and what the city had to offer.
However, at the end of hell, we could catch a glimpse of heaven. After a right turn, the ocean showed up again, as well as stairs descending the cliffs. We could feel the fresh oceanic air again and we saw a little cove, bordered with verdurous rocks, where turquoise water was peacefully lounging. This view was enough to make me forget about the surrounding heat. A small white sand beach sunk in the ocean where a few people were laying down. We didn’t take the risk of burning our skin by laying down as well and we directly took a seat in the small beach bar. I had never enjoyed being in the shadow that much. Coming up here was tough but it was worth it. After getting some rest, we could no longer resist but hurl ourselves into the water. What a fantastic feeling to end up in water verging on 30 degrees! Feeling the warm water weaving in and out my toes. Drops of sweat were going away and be replaced by a pure sensation of well-being. All of a sudden, the sun seemed to have the perfect temperature, reflecting on the water to highlight the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Palm trees were looking down at us from the top of their rocks. We felt like we were protected in this cove.
We went back to the hotel when the sun’s strength had weakened a little bit. We had the chance to travel during a non-touristic period which allowed us to take advantage of very advantageous prices. Therefore, the hotel we booked was very high quality for the price we paid. For only 18 dollars per night, we could afford a room in a three-star hotel, with a rooftop swimming pool and a view of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel was close to the beach and the city center. It was modern and beautifully decorated. It allowed us to enjoy a pleasant stay. When the sun was about to set, we left the beach to head to the swimming pool, and we enjoyed the gorgeous view that was offered to us. The sun set behind the ocean, reflecting every evening color from purple to gold. City lights were slowly being switched on, while palm trees were disappearing in the dark. Day animals were being replaced by night animals and we felt the sweet night air skimming our faces. The moments we were experiencing were truly a privilege that will remain etched in our memories and will make us remember the world’s beauty.
After three days of beaches and swimming pool, it was time to go back to the city of Mexico, by plane this time to avoid the 18 hours of a bus journey through mountain roads. It was an amazing trip that took us through the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
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