Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, situated by the Pacific Ocean with miles and miles of beach, is known for its water activities; but we locals know, inland can be just as impressive.
The 5 mile long Ciclopista is fantastic trail for cycling, jogging and rollerblading. I love the trail for its lush landscape and varied wildlife.
The first section of the Ciclopista starts at Marina Ixtapa, passes Marina Ixtapa Golf Course, and continues up the coast, to Capella Ixtapa and onto park Aztlan, an ecological preserve. Soon after passing our hotel, you can stop for a swim at nearby Playa Linda, which in translation literally means “a beautiful beach”. The second part of the Ciclopista runs between the towns Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.
So what can you expect to see along the trail? The route runs through a virtual rain forest, green with beautiful trees including ceibas, hujes, and exotic parotas, some are over 115 feet tall! The animal life is equally impressive! Birdlife includes woodpeckers, calandrias, magpies, chacalacas, parrots, eagles, white herons, hawks, spoonbills and storks. I have also seen, lake turtles, armadillos, green iguanas, badgers, squirrels, raccoons, tlacuaches (which is the nahuatl word for a species of possum, called also “Mexican mouse”) and of course crocodiles, which live on the preserve. (Don’t worry; they can’t get to you as the preserve’s fencing separates them from the trail).
I prefer to cycle the Ciclopista in the morning or late afternoons, after the sun has cooled down. It is the best time to catch the animals out and about! The trail really captures so much of what makes the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo region so unique. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to discover it for yourself!