Replies: 16 - Last Post: Aug 7, 2013 12:40 PM Last Post By: mclarjh
Jul 27, 2013 7:40 AM
Oaxaca!We are flying into Oaxaca on August 23 and flying out from there on September 3. We are looking to split our time between beach towns and Oaxaca city. Anyone have suggestions for organizing an itinerary? I was thinking of taking the bus from OAX airport directly to Puerto Escondido or other beach towns for a few days and then heading back to explore Oaxaca City for the second half. We want a little bit of lazy beach time at the beginning but also want to do and see interesting stuff. We love food and drinking and practicing our (admittedly mediocre) spanish. Are there amazing side trips that shouldn't be missed? Can we maximize our fun without a rental car? I don't want to miss out but also am hoping to avoid pretty much all responsibility during my vacation if possible.
Jul 27, 2013 8:13 AM
1Remember that the road to the beach drops something like 5,000 ft. Its full of twists and turns and can be nasty, if you have a sensitive stomach. For comfort and time, you might consider flying to the beach. The bus trip will eat up most of a day in each direction. Obviously, the same is true of a rental car.
Jul 27, 2013 9:09 AM
2Yes, I'd recommend spending the extra on a quick flight to maximize your time. I just came back from Puerto in a van which should normally take 6 hours, but took nearly 9 because of a flat tire and a mysterious extended stop near the Juquila turn off. You can also take the night bus which takes around 12 hours, that goes via Salina Cruz (ie. the loooong but less curvy way).
I'd strongly suggest no rental car... everything you need can be reached by excellent public transport as well as taxis (for example to get to nearby spots like the Tlacolula market on Saturday, or Teotitlan del Valle). Enjoy, it's a beautiful time to be here... less tourists and great weather apart from some occasional showers.
Jul 27, 2013 9:23 AM
Jul 27, 2013 10:10 AM
Jul 27, 2013 10:21 AM
5Hot, but not nearly as hot as the "hot" months, March/April... was just down at the coast last week and yeah, it was toasty, but there were also some nice breezes and the showers help to cool things down. A little inland in Pinotepa (and Cuajinicuilapa... ack!), away from the sea breezes and the ocean, is where I really got hit hard. In fact, I didn't even feel the need for an air conditioner in Puerto – stayed in the lovely Flor de Maria in between Playa Principal and Zicatela – or Mazunte.
Best part of the day is definitely right after sunset, when the andador fills with people strolling around, restaurants are open late, and temps get down to the mid-70's...
Jul 27, 2013 12:07 PM
6I was thinking of taking the bus from OAX airport directly to Puerto Escondido
I don´t think the bus (or vans) stop at the airport; so as others have suggested, take another flight to the coast, or a colectivo into Oaxaca centro and then take a shared van, first or second class bus from there. Yes, it is hot on the coast, but if you´re interested in watersports, that´s what you want, isn´t it? I also slept there without a/c, a slow-moving fan is ideal, in my opinion. And for daytrips, there are lots of beaches nearby, natural lagunas, turtle museum, etc, depends upon your interests.
Jul 27, 2013 12:41 PM
Jul 27, 2013 1:12 PM
Jul 27, 2013 1:28 PM
9Aerovega doesn't fly anymore. Only airline from Oax city to the coast is AeroTucan. A bit pricey. Also the colectivo vans and microbuses are more common today than the second class buses. The smaller vehicles (i.e. about 14 passengers) have modern suspensions and leave frequently. There are several terminals in the city. I like the one at Arista #116.
Either flying or busing will entail an overnight in Oax. City before heading to the coast I think. I, personally, like the night bus. It takes a less curvy route and I can sleep much of the way (lucky me). You might want to try that on the way back. But if you have the pesos, flying is best. The price to bus is about $15 USD or less.
Taxis on the coast are cheap, about 20 pesos to get around PE. Tours to outlying places, plus buses and taxis will be less stress than driving and will get you about anywhere you want to go.
I just got back from visiting Zipolite, San Agustinillo and Puerto Escondido and didn't need A/C at night Days are hot, but ocean breezes and swimming pools cut through the heat. I had never been there in July and was happily surprised about how cool it was -- it more ways than one.
ENJOY. Best of both worlds, Oaxaca City and Oaxaca coast -- special places both
Jul 27, 2013 2:06 PM
Jul 27, 2013 7:37 PM
11In addition to Aeormar and VivaAerobus, UNITED is a new entry in the skies of Puerto Escondido, picking up where Continental left off, flying from SFO to PXM. Don't know any other departure cities, but SFO does it for me.
Jul 28, 2013 9:49 AM
Jul 28, 2013 4:07 PM
13Hi, Geri, long time no see. Good to see you posting again, and I hope all is well with you.
SFO-PXM has several options with United, the low being around $626, with about a 7.5 hour layover in MEX. My thought is to fly into Mex.City, Interjet to Oaxaca, Aerotucan to Puerto Escondido, possibly Aeromar or VivaAerobus back to Mex.City and home. Round trip to MEX is about $375, so adding the extra segments still comes out less than that $626, making my visit to Oaxaca free.(relative term)
Jul 29, 2013 6:43 AM
14I like your thinking! Everything's relative! Also, thanks for the flight information. It's rather a challenge to get to PE from the USA without an overnight or a long airport layover. That's one reason it still stays "the hidden port." Although it's expanding/growing, PE is still pretty much -an off-the-beaten-path destination, as are most of the beaches on Oaxaca's fab Pacific Coast.
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