Oaxaca and getting there.
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 25, 2012 5:14 AM Last Post By: APiratesLife
Jul 22, 2012 9:25 PM
Oaxaca and getting there.Hey all,
my boyfriend and I are booked to be in Oaxaca from the 27th of October 2013 (Yay!) We are departing from Australia with a plan to be in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks before travelling to Oaxaca. We're wondering what experiences other people have had getting there. easiest/best/most fun/cost efficient/worst etc.
I know it's very early stages but we would just like to hear other peoples thoughts and advice/experiences while we begin to orgasnise our adventure!
Australia to L.A is easy enough, however finding someone here who knows about getting into Mexico from there seems to be a little tricky (maybe it's not a popular destination for us South Aussie folk lol) so if anyone has any advice or opinions on the following couple of questions we'd love to hear. :)
- At the moment our proposed route is from AUS-LA, LA-MEX, MEX-OAX. Any other Aussies who have done it? Opinions?
- Our travel agent suggested just purchase a return trip to L.A and then organise flights into Mexio from there, is that easy or will we get stuck if we don't have tickets already?
- What is the best way to get to Oaxaca from L.A? Is it possible to travel to Oaxaca directly from L.A or will we have to stop over in Mexico city? If a stopover is required what are your thoughts on either a bus or a flight to Oaxaca from there.
I realise these questions have probably been asked and answered a million times and we aren't lookin for someone to organise our transport for us lol just interested in what other people think about it :)
Looking forward to hearing about other peoples experiences and opinions!
Thanks in advance. :)
Jul 22, 2012 10:04 PM
1Given that you are still at a very early stage in planning this Oct. 2013 trip, why not do a bit of guidebook reading about Mexico? Then, as you become better informed, you'll develop the ability to ask additional, more interesting questions here on Thorn Tree, tapping into the wealth of specialized expertise that some of my fellow posters possess.
You anticipate spending several weeks in LA. How long do you plan to spend in Mexico? By "going to Oaxaca" do you mean simply mean reaching that city, or do you plan to also visit one or more other places in Oaxaca state, and/or other parts of Mexico? What interests of yours attract you to Mexico?
The more research you do on your own, and the more you tell us about yourself, the better people here can help you.
Jul 23, 2012 12:03 AM
2Assuming you mean Oaxaca the city and not Oaxaca the state you can get flights from around 225 USD one-way either via Houston on Continental or via Mexico City on Aeromexico. An alternative plan is to fly direct to Mexico City and get a bus but this won't save you much money (if any) and will take a lot longer.
Jul 23, 2012 6:34 AM
3I see plenty of Aussies in Mexico. There must be a way! I'd say to fly direct. Don't even think of busing the first thousand miles from L.A. It's boring!
Jul 23, 2012 8:07 AM
4You'll be in Oaxaca during the Dia de los Muertos observances at the beginning of November. An exciting/interesting time to be there.
Jul 23, 2012 8:36 AM
5"Don't even think of busing the first thousand miles from L.A. It's boring!"
I strongly agree with this sentiment. So, unless your trip is going to be very hurried (If so why bother going all the way to Mexico from Australia?), consider taking the following approach:
Fly from LA to Mexico City.
Spend from three or four full days in Mexico City.
Devote a day to taking comfortable first class or luxury class bus onward to the city of Oaxaca.
Rationale: Like Oaxaca, Mexico City is a fascinating, worthy destination. The six hour Mexico City-to-Oaxaca bus ride passes through some attractive and interesting scenery. And, busing those six hours into Oaxaca, rather than flying there, may save you significant money.
Look up both MEX-OAX airfares and also bus fares for the same route. You can do it yourself here on the net and compare those costs. Also, think about how you'll end the Mexico portion of your journey. At that point you may want to get back to Australia expeditiously. Taking a morning flight back to Mexico City's airport, departing from either Oaxaca City, or from Puerto Escondido (on Oaxaca state's Pacific Coast), might make sense then.
Jul 23, 2012 8:41 AM
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Jul 24, 2012 5:39 AM
Jul 24, 2012 7:35 PM
9You will be in Oaxaca during the Day of the Dead, The week leading up to the night cemetery visits, October 31, November 1 and 2 will be busy. You should make reservations for lodging well ahead.
If you fly from LA to Mexico City you will receive the visa (tourist Card) as part of the flight. The ADO first class buses make the six-hour trip to Oaxaca City from Mexico City.
I have bused and driven from the border of the US to Oaxaca and find there are many places of interest along the way. Several trips took a month, others a few weeks. Mazatlan, San Blas Nayarit, and Zihuatanejo on the Pacific Coast, and Patzcuaro, Guadalajara, Morelia, and others inland are great places to visit. The great first class bus system in Mexico makes it possible. If you have a good window of time bus travel is an option.
Jul 25, 2012 5:14 AM
10Thank you all for the wonderful advice!
We're just starting to sort of think about different ways to get around at the moment, I know it's far in advance but if we have a general idea to work with, getting the financials organised will be much easier (full time student = not much play money lol)
Definitely gives us some things so think about!
We're travelling specifically for the Day of the Dead (via a tour so our accommodation is already covered).
Will definitely be an experience and we are enjoying the excitement that I can be assured will only grow as the months fly by!!
And I'm sure that as we start to build our adventure we will be seeking many more opinions from fellow travellers as yourselves who have such a wealth of knowledge to share! :)
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