Free (or Cheap) Things to do in Mazunte, Mexico
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6 Really Cheap (or Free) Things to do in Mazunte, Mexico
Mazunte is known as the sleepy beach town near surfer-lovers Puerto Escondito. It’s common for backpackers to party and surf it up in Puerto and then head to Mazunte for some much needed R&R. But that’s not all it’s got going for it! Apart from the gorgeous, long beaches, cheap massages and delicious fresh fruit juices on every corner, Mazunte has an obvious hippy vibe, which brings with it some pretty awesome benefits for the budget traveller.
1. Try deep meditative yoga with Hridaya – BY DONATION
Hridaya Yoga Retreat offer drop-in classes to their Hatha Yoga from Mondays to Saturdays. Their classes focus on getting intimate inner knowledge of the physical body and spiritual heart. Classes are quite heavily meditative so as to access deep relaxation on all levels of being. If you are considering joining the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive, you can try your first day free. The drop in classes classes go from 8:30-10:30am on Mondays through to Saturdays and are paid by conscious donation. Additionally, they offer complimentary group meditations from 7:00-8:00 am daily.
2. Watch the sun rise or set from Punta Cometa cliff tops – FREE
Punta Cometa (Comet Point) is an awesome cliff jutting out from the beach where you can see the sunrise and sunset from the same place. The views of the sunrise/set are far-reaching and unobstructed, which makes this a really popular spot. Punta Cometa is easy to find, just follow the path alongside Alta Mira Bungalows and follow look out for the signs. The walk will take about 30 mins from town.
3. Eat vegan at Prasad – BY DONATION
Delicious vegan/vegetarian food is served up every Sunday by volunteers and is paid for by donation – whatever you can afford! They serve lunch and dinner, tea, coffee, fresh juice and desserts. The place gets really busy though so try to get there early.
4. Do Hatha Yoga with Om Shanti – BY DONATION
For more yoga, there’s Om Shanti, based in the centre of Mazunte. Join them for drop-in classes at their yoga-shala daily at 9 AM. The yoga is organised through a community called Casa Om Shanti, where you can live and co-exist in the house with other like-minded individuals in exchange for your volunteered time or donations.
5. Drink on the beach – CHEAP
It’s totally acceptable to do this in Mexico and you’ll often find parties and bomb fires scattered over the sands at night. Watch the sun set over the water while drinking $1 beers. #bliss
6. Go to the nude beaches in Zipolite – FREE
Zipolite beach is a short taxi colectivo from Mazunte (catch them along the main road). Zipolite beach itself is a nude beach but you wouldn’t know, as there are restaurants, bars and cabins all along it with mostly dressed people. If you’re real keen on getting your kit off in a more private area, go to Playa de Amor up one end of the main beach or hide behind the rocks on a little sectioned off beach on the other end.
Well, that’s my short list of awesome things you can do in Mazunte when you’re on a bit of a budget. Hopefully, you’ll get some good use out of it and I’ll see you on the beach!
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Currency: Mexican Peso
$1 USD = 18.92 Mex$
I was here: November 2014
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