Barra de Potosí
It is a paradise where the river meets the sea: located in Petatlán, approximately 20 minutes from the Zihuatanejo international airport. The Barra de Potosí ecosystem is recognized for being home and nesting ground for more than 212 species of wild birds; some of them at risk of extinction. The biological wealth of Barra de Potosí, whose ecosystem has 1,800 hectares, of which 454 hectares are mangrove swamps and on its coastline, has rocky outcrops known as “Los Morros de Potosí” where up to 10,000 birds rest and nest. Up to 180 species of butterflies, whales with their young, dolphins and sea turtles have also been detected.
This rich biodiversity forces us to be respectful with the environment, we invite you to enjoy and take care of this place that deserves the treatment of a sanctuary.
Things to do in Barra de Potosí
In addition to enjoying the beautiful landscapes that this corner of the Golden Riviera offers you, eating traditional dishes such as sopes, pescado a la talla, ceviche and more in the restaurants that are located along the beach and lagoon, there are very interesting activities such as the following:
1) Take a kayak ride to explore the estuary and admire the birds, the feeling of being in silence among the mangroves listening to the songs of the birds is unmatched. The recommendation is that you do it very early so that the sun does not burn you too much, take a camera against the water, if you use sunscreen make sure it is biodegradable, wear a hat and clothing that protects you. The kayak rents are $ 150.00 per hour in doubles and the single one in $ 75.00 pesos
2) Tour a boat. When the estuary has abundant water (normally from September to March) you will find various motorized pangas that offer you a tour in which you will visit the estuary, highly recommended if you want to know it and bring children or older adults who cannot kayak. As this is a bird reserve area, we do not agree that there are motor boats, the ideal is to keep the place quiet and free of diesel.
3) Whale Watching. As of September 2019, some beaches in Zihuatanejo and Petatlán were officially named as ideal places to see whales in the Winter season (December to March); Barra de Potosí is one of these and here you will find certified guides who can offer you this service. Do not miss the opportunity to admire this natural spectacle.