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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and yogi living in Tepoztlan, Mexico where I'm running with my girlfriend. You can keep up with my other writing on or
Published February 23rd 2015
Great spot for the sunset in Mazunte
When I first arrived in Mazunte I didn't entirely "get" it.

Punta Cometa, Sunset, Mazunte, Oaxaca, lookout, beautiful
Me and Leyla enjoying the sunset spot

Yeah, It's nice, I thought. The beach is beautiful and there are a few restaurants but it didn't seem like there was anything particularly special. I arrived in low season and while the yoga school was holding a silent retreat so it turned out that a lot of things were shut.

Punta Cometa, Sunset, Mazunte, Oaxaca, lookout, beautiful
Leyla and I backlit

Still, it isn't about the restaurants being open that makes this place special, perhaps it's the fact that if you look one way you can see the sunrise and the other you can see the sun set.

Punta Cometa, Sunset, Mazunte, Oaxaca, lookout, beautiful
Waves crashing against the rocks

Anyway, the best spot for this by far is up the hill at Punta Cometa, a nature reserve at the end of Rincon Sito beach. You can pay a visit any time of the day and it is beautiful, the trails are simple but delightful and the views stunning. Sunset is definitely the most popular time of day though and from here you get the most sublime spot to see the golden orb disappearing into the sea.

I went a few times during my yoga Teacher Training Course and it was always beautiful but it was when I went with Leyla just a day before she was due to head back to Mexico City, DF, that it was the most beautiful moment. We sat in silence watching the sun disappearing, not knowing whether we would see each other again or what would happen. Suddenly we looked at each other and smiled, and laughed. We had both had a feeling of calmness and understanding dawn on us while observing the sunset. It was a really powerful moment for both of us and something which made me realise Mazunte, and Punte Cometa in particular, are very special places.

Punta Cometa, Sunset, Mazunte, Oaxaca, lookout, beautiful
Sunset people

From here the sea crashes against the rocks beneath you. You can climb down to Mermejita beach from here or down the rocks to the "natural jacuzzi" trapped in amongst the rocks. Or if you are feeling particularly adventurous you can even venture to the end of the rocks to the promintory that stretches out to the bay.

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Why? Beautiful Sunset views
When: Every day, best when the sun is going down
Where: Just a short walk from Mazunte
Cost: Free!
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