Along the Oaxacan coast you can find several idyllic lagoons brushing up against the Pacific. The flora and fauna of these costal lagoons is outstanding, abundant and diverse and the scenery just stunning, they are small pieces of paradise tucked away just waiting to be discovered. Tropical forest, dunes and mangroves provide a haven for a plethora of species migratory and non-migratory alike. Among the most important costal lagoons are included Manialtepec and Chacahua, both of which fall under the umbrella of Puerto Escondido. Many of the larger lagoons offer water sport activities and restaurant facilities.
As for the inland lagoons there seems to be an element of lost in translation, as lagoon appears to also apply to what in modern everyday English would be better defined as a large pond or a small lake, ‘La Laguna de Guelatao’ (Guelatao Lagoon) is a perfect example of this; although a site of great value patriotically it is essentially an attractive large pond inhabited by ducks and geese.
Lagoons of Interest in Oaxaca
The enchanted lagoon of Tecomaxtlahuaca is a small lagoon and according to local myth has healing powers. It is fed by a pair of sulphurous springs with crystal clear water and surrounded by lush vegetation, swimming is not advised however. The enchanted lagoon of Tecomaxtlahuaca is about a four and half hour drive from Oaxaca City.
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The Enchanted Lagoon of Guelatao is a small picturesque lagoon in the tranquil village of Guelatao de Juárez which is located on the slopes of the Sierra Norte. This lagoon plays a crucial role in the life story of Benito Juárez the much revered 19th century president of Mexico. There is also a large statue of Benito Juárez here.
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Chacahua lagoon is nested in the Chacahua National Park and is home to a great variety of marine Fauna of which some are endemic to Mexico and many are endangered. The lagoon is a stone’s throw from the beaches of Chacahua and Cerro Hermoso, and is also home to a crocodile farm. Chacahua Lagoon is near Zipotalito village, Puerto Escondidio.
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A map of lagoons in Oaxaca
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