For a small town, Melaque and surrounding areas offer a lot of activity options.
The activities listed below are just some of the fun things you may want to do.The first section explains more about the activities that are offered as part of the package. The second section is a list of other activity options.
Activities recommended in the package:
(all activities are optional of course)
Morning Activities include:
Hiking with Lola (Dawn’s dog) to the Mirador – a lookout approx. 30 minutes from the hotel. This hike is on a dirt road with an easy slope. Some community members chose to jog or cycle up the road.
Biking – bikes are available for under $2/day (and are included in the one group bike trip). There is a beautiful lagoon on he other side of town. Or you can bike anywhere!
Yoga – a local yoga teacher offers a class from 8-9am. Participants might chose to bike to yoga. 90 pesos (approx. $6 CAN) per class.
The beach – walk, sit, meditate, enjoy a coffee…
Birdwatching – up the mountain, by the lagoon, or just outside your window.
Sleeping In – always a good option!
Bike trip to Jaluco – This morning ride will take us out of town and onto the back roads where you will see farmer’s fields and small communities. We will stop at a Fonda – small restaurant, owned by a fabulous cook named Rufina. Rufina will prepare us breakfast, fresh squeezed orange juice and special coffee. Fortified, we will return to the hotel on a shorter, more direct route. The bikes we rent are not new, but are all in good working order.
Lunch in Colimilla – This outing includes taking the local bus in Melaque (you can think of it as a tour bus as it will take us all over town) to a nearby town, Barra de Navidad. From Barra we will take a short boat ride to a restaurant in a village called Colimilla.
We will enjoy a leisurely lunch there, and then return to Barra. Barra has excellent shopping, a small museum and some great café’s and restaurants. People will have free time to roam in Barra for a few hours until we meet at the rooftop of the Alondra Hotel for sunset. After sunset, there is the option to dine in Barra. The return to the hotel will need to be by taxi at the cost of 90 pesos ( approx.. $6 CAN )for up to 4 people.
Other recommended destinations/excursions/activities:
Cuastacomates, a nearby beach town, has a lovely beach and snorkeling. There are reastaurants along the beachfront with umbrellas. All are welcome to relax and enjoy time unrushed, even just with the purchase of a drink. A nice option for a beach afternoon. Early morning, it is a great walk to Cuastacomates (approx.. 45 minutes each way).
La Manzanilla is a nearby town that is reachable by public transport (12 pesos/$1 CAN) or by taxi (180pesos, approx. $13). La Marsnzanilla is known for it’s crocodiles, arts community, and excellent long beach.
A Sunset Mangrove Crocodile and bird watching tour in La Manzanilla will be offered to the group (optional) for 400p (approx $30) per person.