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Ixtapa Zihuatanejo bicycle path

Bicycle path for cycling, jogging and roller-skating, plus birdwatching and nature appreciation.

The first section of the 8-kilometer/5-mile Ciclopista starts at Marina Ixtapa and heads west (counterclockwise) to circle the perimeter of the Marina Ixtapa Golf Course, for a distance of 4.3 kilometers/2.7 miles. The route then continues up the coast, passing alongside the Parque Aztlan, an ecological reserve with crocodiles, iguana, heron and other exotic birds, until it reaches Playa Linda, an additional 3.8 kilometers/2.4 miles.

In the opposite direction, a separate Ciclopista, covering 3.8 kilometers/2.4 miles, runs between Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. In Ixtapa it begins at Paseo de los Viveros (located behind the Palma Real Golf Course and residential area). The route goes through lush tropical rain forest with majestic trees such as ceiba, huje, and exotic parota, some over 115 feet tall. Birders will spot myriad species: woodpecker, calandria, magpie, chacalaca, parrot, eagle, white heron, hawk, other exotics and, during winter, spoonbill and stork. Other wildlife here include crocodile, lake turtle, armadillo, green iguana, badger, squirrel, raccoon, tlacuache which is the nahuatl word for a specie of opossum (called “Mexican mouse”). The path continues southeast, flanking the highway between Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, and ending at the Instituto Tecnológico de la Costa Grande located just before the entrance to Zihuatanejo.

With an average width of approximately three meters/9.8 feet, the Ciclopista is marked to indicate usage for bicycling, jogging and roller-skating, and is especially paved and designed with safety in mind.

Source: Conventions and Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (OCVIZ)

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