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Tranquility in Pie de la Cuesta

Destination & Tourism Acapulco Kristina Rundquist October 25, 2016

Tranquility in Pie de la Cuesta

PHOTO: The sun sets on the picturesque seaside town of Pie de la Cuesta. (Photo via Facebook)

Acapulco has more than enough to occupy even the most adventurous traveler, from fantastic beaches and fabled surfing to thrilling nightlife.

But for those looking for something a little farther afield (and a little more laid back) there is Pie de la Cuesta, a small seaside resort town just six miles to the northwest.

The area was home to settlers who, while fishermen first and foremost, also engaged in agriculture and hunting–cave paintings and petroglyphs attesting to this and dating back to 1,200 BC have been found in nearby caves. More recently, however, visitors to the area are more likely be found waterskiing in the calm waters of Laguna de Coyuco than hunting. In fact, water-skiing is so popular an activity thanks to the tranquil, protected waters that some of the area’s inns provide guided waterski adventures.

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This peaceful lagoon, in addition to being one of the locations filmed in ‘The African Queen’ and ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’, is home to the scarcely populated Isla Montose, where visitors can enjoy the company (and mezcal) of Don Aldegundo and his family and maybe spot a crocodile or two (caged, of course). Bird lovers will want to take a boat tour out past the Isla Pajaros, a sanctuary that is home to hundreds of native birds.

Pie de la Cuesta’s natural beauty is the draw so visitors looking for non-stop action and glittering nightlife may want to look elsewhere. That said, if a visit to a turtle sanctuary is up your alley, then pack your bags for the summer months are when sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Lucky visitors will have the chance to help release baby turtles into the ocean.

Other activities include kayak tours, wakeboarding and a relaxing boat ride to the famous Coyuco sandbar. Depending on the tour, visitors can enjoy a mangrove tour– the area is rife with palms and water hyacinths as well–and a mystical trip to a Temazcal sauna, which was used by Aztecs to cleanse their souls. A shaman will use copal, a Mexican incense, and herbs to prepare visitors before entering the Temazcal, then sing traditional chants to Mother Nature as visitors are purified.

Literary types will be pleased to note that Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was so moved by his drive from Acapulco to this quaint town that he was inspired to write his famous novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.