Explore Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on ATVs

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It is easy to get caught in the beauty of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s oceans and beaches, but our beautiful destination has so many other amazing attractions to discover.  And while you may enjoy relaxing, there is plenty of adventure to be found as well.  In fact, thanks to the suggestion of a Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistant, a friend and I had the opportunity to explore Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on ATVs!  It was such a unique experience, I have to share it with you.

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The tour took us to different points of the surrounding areas of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  We began traveling through the jungle on a road towards Troncones.  I was delighted by the beautiful trail surrounded by tropical vegetation and amazing landscapes.  After approximately 30 mins on the trail outside Ixtapa we stopped and continued by foot.  We walked around 4 kilometers up the river, crossing it along the way on various occasions.  While we hiked our guide was explaining about different flora and fauna that are part of this ecosystem, and we saw several different bird species flying and nesting in the jungle, as well as beautifully colored butterflies.  I learned that this area is the most important ecological reserve in the mountains of Zihuatanejo, and among others, the most representative of the varying animal species, including white tail deers, rabbits and wild pigs.

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We wrapped our hiking trip in a magical corner of the jungle called Mesas de Bravo with its beautiful waterfall.  The waterfall is surrounded by a lush jungle, and you can even take a swim in the water spring.  I dare say that this is one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  There are even ecological cabins for those who want to camp there and a couple of tiny restaurants owned by locals where fresh Mexican food is prepared on demand.  You need to try it, it is so good!

After a refreshing swim, we walked back to the ATVs and continued our drive toward Troncones.  The experience of driving an ATV through the jungle is unforgettable.  It was amazing breaking through the lush vegetation and arriving on the beach in a small fishing village Troncones, where we were stunned with the beautiful contrast of landscapes, admiring kilometers and kilometers of pristine beaches.

Without a doubt this has been one of my favorite adventures, which allowed me to experience Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in an entirely new way.  Next time you visit us, make sure to ask your Personal Assistant about ATV’s and Cascadas de Mesas de Bravo excursions.  Your Personal Assistant will be more than happy to help you setup your own adventure!

Photo source: waterfallATVs.

Kayaking in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

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Every time summer comes to town, I start humming that popular Ella Fitzgerald song “Summertime and the living is easy…”  Even though in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo we have a fantastic warm weather all year long, and every day looks like a vacations, summer is still summer…  It’s the time of vacations when I go to visit my friends and family, and when they come to visiting me in Ixtapa, and the time everything just feels a little bit more relaxed.

July temperatures in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo average around 90 F, which make it a perfect excuse to spend most of my free time in the ocean or at the pool.  During my days off work I love visiting our local beaches, and I have recently discovered my new favorite summer activity – kayaking.  I love kayaking solo, but kayaking in tandem is so much fun as well!

And while you can kayak in many of our Ixtapa Zihuatanejo beaches, my favorite spot for kayaking is at the lagoon at Barra de Potosí, a large salt water lagoon located about half an hour south of Zihuatanejo.  Here you can hire a guided tour, or kayak on your own.  The flora and fauna at the lagoon is amazing, you can admire unique aquatic birds, and paddle gently among beautiful tropical mangroves.  Don’t forget your waterproof camera, binoculars, sunscreen and a hat.

After the kayaking tour we love to enjoy fresh seafood at some of the beachfront restaurants at Barra de Potosí, and sip cold cocktails while relaxing in the hammock.  Barra de Potosí is a small fishing village with around 150 families, who all live work in the fishing industry- therefore you can be certain that the fish you will be enjoying is as fresh as it gets.  I love listening to the stories of fishermen, and it is probably just one reason more that makes me come for a kayaking tour to this pristine little village so often.

My second favorite kayaking spot is at Ixtapa Island.  I visit it when I don’t have a lot of time for my kayaking excursion.  It is a perfect place for kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, or just enjoying a relaxing beach day.

For more information about kayaking in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and for organized tours, please contact your Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistant here.

Photo via Flickr user Loxy.

Fishing In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

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When famous writers Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway didn’t write books, they came to Zihuatanejo for inspiration, relaxation and to catch the big sailfish they heard so much about.

Once a quaint fishing village, today Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is still a mecca for local fishermen and all visitors who come for a great sports fishing.  Several fishing magazines named Ixtapa Zihuatanejo among the best sports fishing destinations in the world, and anglers in the know will confirm that every season is a fishing season in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo!

My dad loves to fish, so I was interested to learn more about types of fish you can catch in our waters.  Capella Ixtapa’s Personal Assistant Andres explained that May through January is most popular for catching blue and black marlin.  The record catch so far in black marlin fishing is a 1,000 pounds black marlin, hooked by a first time deep-sea fisherman, it took 9 hours and 7 men to lift the fish onto the boat.  If you like mahi-mahi (or dorado), don’t miss fishing our coastline between November and January.  From November through June you are most likely to catch yellow-knife tuna, which can weigh up to 300 pounds!  If you prefer to fish close to the shore, on the lagoons or just off the beach, you’ll still be able to have plenty to catch: roosterfish, feisty grooper, chula, wahoo, barracuda, bonito, Spanish mackerel, and even an occasional jack crevalle!  In any case, whichever style of fishing suits you best, one thing is guaranteed – you will have a fantastic time!

Spending a day fishing the Pacific waters is one of our guests’s favorite activities, said Andres.  In fact this is adventure loved by both those who fish and those who don’t!  The trips last around 7 hours, and while those fishing spend the time chatting with the experienced local captain and crew, learning more about best fishing spots, the tricks of the trade and fishing the Pacific waters, the rest of the group can enjoy the boat ride, the breeze and the scenery.  It’s not unusual to see giant turtles swim by, or that the boat is chased by a pod of dolphins!  During winter you might even spot grey whales.  Fishing in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a wonderful experience, and an excellent way to get to know more about our beautiful destination.

While our fishing trips are normally catch and release, in order to respect the nature and ecosystem, we are allowed to bring back one sailfish, marlin or dorado from the trip, which our Chefs will be more then happy to prepare for you!

For more information about fishing trips in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, please email Capella ixtapa’s Personal Assistant at pa.ixtapa@capellahotels.com.

Photo: Visit Mexico