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Escape to Barra de Potosí

By Colleen Besman

Barra de Potosí is a secluded fishing village on the Pacific coast in the state of Guerrero. It is located only 12 miles south of Zihuatanejo, yet is tranquil, away from crowds, and surrounded by nature. The pristine ocean beach is rich in bird life, including roseate spoonbills, frigate birds and cormorants. There is horseback riding along the beach and frequent whale sightings.

Birdwatching and kayacking trip
Barra de Potosí
By Audubon Society Eco Journeys
March 5 through 9

The picturesque mangrove reserve of Laguna de Potosí is a four-mile-long saltwater lagoon with a large sand bar at its mouth. A few years ago, it was declared an “Important Area for Bird Conservation” by a tri-national effort (Canada-US-Mexico). The trip will include kayaking on the lagoon through mangroves and tranquil open waters to view and photograph its flora, fauna and birds.

The National Institute of Anthropology is currently working on a dig in La Chole, a 3000-year-old archaeological site south of Barra. It is believed the Hill of Guamilule is actually a pyramid that is part of a three-pointed configuration of pyramids marking a large city in a major civilization predating the Olmecs. The ruins could be as important as Teotihuacan or Chichén Itza as they span from the pre-Classic to post-Classic periods in Mesoamerican chronology. It is the largest ceremonial center and largest archeological site in the state. There will be a guided tour of this archeological site.

The trip will also include visits to Zihuatanejo for galleries, museums or shopping, el Refugio de Potosi, a wildlife sanctuary, and lots of eating at enramadas, beachfront restaurants where the fish on your plate was maybe caught half an hour before it is served. On the return journey, there will be a stop for lunch in the historic village of Pátzcuaro.

Audubon invites you to enjoy the natural wonders of this beautiful and diverse area and to help with its efforts to protect the environment.

The cost of the trip is US$635 (7,800 pesos), based on double occupancy. Audubon members will receive a US$25 discount. The single accommodation supplement is US$165. Full information can be found at

If you are interested in this trip please contact Colleen Besman, the Audubon Board Trip Coordinator, at or 415 152-3644 by the end of January.

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