November is shaping up to be an eventful month in Puerto Escondido: plans for the annual Fiestas de Noviembre were announced this week, along with the first ever Guelaguezta of the Sea.
Governor Salomón Jara announced the new Guelaguetza del Mar, to be modeled after the traditional festival held in Oaxaca city every year in July, an indigenous cultural event that takes place in the capital and nearby towns, featuring traditional costumed dancing.
The Puerto version will begin November 3 with a parade starting at the Adoquín, featuring 21 participating dance groups representing various cultures of Oaxaca.
The Guelaguetza itself will be held on November 4 in San Pedro Mixtepec and in Santa María Colotepec the following day.
The governor also announced a series of artistic and cultural activities, highlighting an artisan and gastronomic fair that will include an exhibit of replicas of Mixtec codices, plastic arts workshops, and a showcase of purple snail dye production.
The events organized by the state government will also feature the presentation of the poetry book Los Cuerudos, by Fernando Amaya, and a film exhibition, along with an artistic exhibition and Chilena contest – a musical genre from the Costa Chica region.
Meanwhile, San Pedro Mixtepec Mayor Javier Cruz announced a series of events for the Fiestas de Noviembre, stating that an official schedule would be released shortly.
An opening ceremony and free concert will be held November 3, the Costeño Dance Festival will return for its 20th edition and the 14th gastronomic showcase will take place at Manzanillo Beach.
An international surf tournament will be held at Zicatela Beach November 24-26, where surfers will compete for 600,000 pesos in prize money.
Other events will include the annual bodybuilding contest, a triathlon at Coral Beach and basketball, soccer and volleyball tournaments and a motocross race.
The Puerto Escondido Rotary Club announced its second Tamal Festival, explaining that the event will be better prepared to cater to visitors, who overwhelmed their expectations last year.
Several concerts have also been confirmed, including one with local dancer, singer and composer Alejandra Robles and her Afro-Mexican and indigenous inspired music.
Governor Jara said that more than 23,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Puerto Escondido during November, representing estimated hotel occupation rates of 72% and revenue of over 48.3 million pesos (US $2.7 million).
With reports by Estado Actual