Getting to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
Puerto Escondido is located on the southwestern Pacific Coast of Mexico in the State of Oaxaca.
The Hotel Santa Fe is conveniently located at the junction of two great beaches, Playa Marinaro and Playa Zicatela – home of the Mexican Pipeline.
The Puerto Escondido Airport (airport code: PXM) is about 4km (2 1/2 miles) north of the center of town, near Playa Bacocho. Puerto Escondido is served once a day, 7 days a week, by Aeromar and Viva Aerobus.
4 days a week (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) by Interjet from Mexico City airport. A minimum of two hours should be allowed for all connections at Mexico City airport – a daunting experience for the first time visitor. Heads Up: Departing gate numbers are not posted on airport monitors until ‘maybe’ 30 or 45 minutes before the flight is scheduled to leave. Caution: Any flight from Mexico City can depart 20 +/- minutes prior to posted departure time.
You may also reach Puerto Escondido via Huatulco (HUX) – located approximately one and half hours south of Puerto. Huatulco enjoys direct flights from:
Mexico City – Aeromar, Interjet, Magnicharters, and Aeromexico.
Houston – Continental Airlines-by Huatulco
Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg – Sunwing By Huatulco
Taxi and van shuttle services between Puerto and Huatulco are available for approximately $80usd to $130usd.
Budget travelers may choose to walk out to the main highway from the air terminal (maybe 200 yards) for more reasonable bus or taxi transportation to Puerto or Huatulco.
Aerotucan provides morning flights between Oaxaca City and the beach destinations of Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. Flight time is approximately 35 – 40 minutes.
Bus transportation offers a inexpensive way to travel in Mexico. They generally run day and night. If you are able to sleep in fairly cramped surroundings, this is the way to go. Most cities in Mexico have a Primera Clase (First Class) bus station. They are comfortable and safe. Find first class Mexico bus information at Estrella Blanca and ADO GL.
From Mexico City, the buses leave from the southern Terminal. Inquire in the entrance hall at the desk that says “Costa Chica”. You can also travel with ADO from their terminal at the Tapo (Metro San Lazaro, Line 1, two stations away from the airport).
From Oaxaca, you may travel with ADO or one of the local bus companies. Be prepared for 6 – 8 hours of narrow, winding mountain roads. Those prone to sea sickness might want to bring their medication.