Laguna Ventanilla
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I was on this tour that included a visit to Laguna Ventanilla. We walked to the dock and boarded a boat tour on the lagoon followed by a stop on the small island to see the wildlife sanctuary. We saw several baby crocodiles, sea turtles, different types of birds, white tailed deer, and a sleepy spider monkey on the visit. Overall, the visit was interesting and I would rate as good, but not necessarily an attraction to visit, but just something to do. I was lucky that my tour guide/driver was bilingual, as he interpreted what the Laguna Ventanilla staff was saying about the animals.
Written 18 January 2024
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Rebecca R
Bishop, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was a moving and touching experience, amazing and heart warming. The community has out so much hard work into keeping the crocodiles in their natural habitat, and renewing the eco-community since a hurricane hit the community. Nicola was amazing to talk to and his uncle was a great guide, sensitive to the fact that our Spanish is poor.
Written 31 July 2023
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Pene L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
We went with friends and family kids 9 & 6 years old and everyone enjoyed themselves.

We loved the boat ride and the diversity of wildlife - seeing crocodiles on the water, assortment of birds in the air.

Niko did a wonderful job entertaining and informing each of us.

The natural beauty is incredible to see.
Learning about the efforts to maintain and improve biodiversity locally and the international projects was fascinating.

This is great for any type of traveler; groups, families, couples.

It’s a magical space. The variety of animals they are rehabilitating and studying was cool.
Written 26 November 2022
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
La Ventanilla is a beachside village located approximately 2.5km west of Mazunte.

It currently hosts a range of ecotourism projects and has a very interesting history. In the 1990s La Ventanilla consisted of only a handful of families with income sourced from a coconut plantation as well as hunting (including turtle and crocodile). A lot of the ecotourism developed in the wake of the ban on turtle and crocodile hunting. After the income to the village was reduced they began to work with groups such as ecosolar to develop tours along the lagoon which forms in the Tonameca river. This large lagoon is cut off from the sea for most of the year and supports a interesting ecosystem of birds, turtles, iguanas and crocodiles. Using money generated from the tours they invest in rehabilitation of this lagoon - which was largely replanted in 1997 after the devastating effects of cyclones Rick and Pauline. The money has also been invested in other projects in the area. One project is that involving the local turtle population - people collect the eggs of breeding turtles which nest along the long beach this village is built next to. They protect, hatch and reintroduce these turtles back into the ocean. Another project occurs on Uma Island and involves breeding of Iguana, crocodiles and white tailed deer for reintroduction into the wild.

In terms of tourism the main activity is a guided tour the lagoon (although there are also some tour options involving horse riding, bird watching, nocturnal turtle observation and/or release).

Logistically to get here we travelled by Mazunte via taxi at a cost of 100 mexican peso. The advantage of a taxi is they take you to the village whereas the collective will drop you off at the turn off on the main road which is a 1.2km walk away from the village. We did an afternoon tour which finished at 1730 which meant we were unable to find a taxi back and did not have phone reception to call one - however we walked to the turnoff and were able to hail a taxi there back to mazunte for a cost of 50 peso.

In terms of the lagoon tour there are two companies.
* Lagarto Real (RED SHIRTS, located at the end of the road closest to the beach)
* Servicios Ecoturisticos La Ventanilla (WHITE SHIRTS)

The big difference is that Servico Ecoturisticos La Ventanilla (white shirts) not only take you through the lagoon but include a stop at Uma Island to view the Iguana, crocodiles and white tailed deer. The red shirts are also reportingly cheaper (my guide book states red shirts cost 80 peso and white shirts 100 peso, however I was charged 200 peso for the white shirt tour so I’m not sure if the red shirts have also increased the prices).

The tour starts with a 10 minute walk to the lagoon. From here we took a half an hour boat ride around the lagoon. Because the larger trees were destroyed in the 1997 cyclone the lagoon is quite exposed and the boats lack any kind of cover. With this in mind I would carry water and a hat. Following the lagoon tour we visited Uma Island where we were shown the Iguanas, crocodiles and white tailed deer. I felt the conditions were acceptable for western standards. You can see the Iguana and the crocodiles in the lagoon.

My biggest criticisms of the white shirt tour was that it included a half an hour commission stop on the island where there was an awkward expectation we would buy souvenirs or food/drinks. I felt this was unnecessary, particularly as the tour was only 1.5 hours. I’m also still not sure why the cost was 200 peso ?Gringo tax.

Overall this is a worthwhile activity that supports a good cause so I would recommend it to others.
Written 26 July 2022
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fishingpaul
nova scotia60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Recently did this tour and are glad we did . Had a great time and there was an english speaking person along to interpid for us . I'm not big on the tours and have put off doing this for awhile but will do it again . The price was very reasonable and the area is very friendly .
Written 26 December 2021
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Daniella L
Los Angeles, CA141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Such an incredible place this was my 2nd time at this place and we love the wait it is maintaining the Ecoturismo and the whole community is doing a great job with the replanting Manglar, taking care of the area our guide Carlos explained every single thing and teach us about this amazing place, we had the chance to see the crocodile 🐊, turtle 🐢, we bought some mezcal, Jamaica Jelly, Maracuya Mezcal, Jamaica wine🍷.... Everybody here was so friendly definitely my next time un Huatulco I will be back to this amazing place.
Written 8 November 2021
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Scott B
McKinleyville, CA97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We were able to go on a birdwatching tour earlier than the opening hours as the birds are more active then. It was just the two of us and our guide Lalo who was extremely knowledgeable about all the bird life. We had the whole place to ourselves for a couple of hours and saw maybe 30 species of birds, including boat billed heron, purple gallinule, and many others. Very affordable and totally worth it!
Written 21 April 2021
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CasaHoffa
Huatulco, Mexico12,105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was a gorgeous day. Sunny, hot, and somewhat humid but still, the perfect weather to go for a walk with friends on the beach and for a boat ride on the lagoons at Ventanilla (about hour's ride west of Huatulco) where there are many birds and all sorts of wildlife, including crocodiles. And then lunch at our favorite hotel-restaurant, El Alquimista, in Zipolite.
Written 31 October 2020
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GailGermany
Arlington, MA273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We took the Lagune tour with a knowledgeable ‘red shirt’. Don’t know all the details about the 2 opposing groups red vs white. Just noticed as we were passing the white tour guide, the men didn’t greet one another.

The boot tour was interesting and very relaxing. This was also the place to buy straw hats, honey, teas, chocolate etc. Bought refreshing Jamaica Alma Blanca tea leaves. Prices were very reasonable and good quality with the proceeds going back to the conservation effort. We also had Tlayuda,a typical Oaxacan filled tortilla at a tiny family run restaurant. Definitely worth a visit.

Written 3 April 2020
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Heather D
Vancouver, Canada162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As our guide paddled us around the lagoon, pointing out flora and fauna, we were totally relaxed. What a scenic place this is. Definitely worth the pesos.
Written 13 March 2020
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