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Mexico’s Turtle & Yoga Hotspot (2023)


A hidden gem nestled on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Mazunte, Oaxaca is a tiny pueblo magico (magical city) with laid-back, bohemian vibes, a thriving yoga scene, mesmerizing sunsets and even a turtle sanctuary.

Whereas Mazunte has so much to supply it’s nonetheless fairly off the crushed observe so it hasn’t misplaced it’s all the way down to earth Mexican small seaside city vibes. It’s fashionable with yogis and is residence to some stunning boutique eco resorts making it a perfect getaway for these in search of a relaxed Mexican seaside trip away from the crowds.

Mazunte presents a way more genuine, reasonably priced and distinctive expertise in comparison with touristy resorts like Cancun and Tulum. Whether or not you’re a yogi, seaside lover, or simply on the lookout for an genuine and serene trip, Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico is a good selection.

My Mazunte Journey Information

I met some nice folks and fell so in love with Mazunte, and close by Zipolite, that I ended up spending alot longer than anticipated right here – it’s a type of locations that arduous to depart and rapidly turned certainly one of my favourite locations in Mexico.

When you’re fascinated by visiting Mazunte right here’s my complete Mazunte journey information that will help you plan your journey and luxuriate in this magical Mexican seaside city.

The place is Mazunte, Mexico?

Mazunte is a small seaside city on the Pacific Coast within the Oaxaca state of Mexico. It’s situated roughly 265 km south of Oaxaca Metropolis and located between the bigger seaside resorts of surf mad Puerto Escondido and the resort cities of Huatulco (which each have small airports).

The neighbouring seaside city, Playa Zipolite is known as Mexico’s solely official nudist seaside and is one other relaxed hippie hangout. Mazunte isn’t the simplest place to get to, that’s why it’s not been overun with vacationers, so I’ll describe the varied choices for attending to Mazunte afterward on this weblog.

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Why is Mazunte a Pueblo Magico

Mazunte is a sleepy pueblo mágico (magical city) of low key, thatched and adobe buildings surrounded by two stunning seashores on both aspect of a magical wave lashed headland referred to as La Cometa.

Mazunte was designated as a Pueblo Magico, or Magic City, by the Mexican authorities in 2015. That is in recognition of its pure magnificence, distinctive tradition and traditions, and its dedication to preserving its setting and native heritage. Mazunte might be essentially the most relaxed pueblo magico in Mexico!

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Issues to Do in Mazunte

Top-of-the-line issues to do in Mazunte is … nothing! It’s an amazing place to easily loosen up and absorb the pure magnificence. Take it straightforward and wander spherical stress-free within the cafes and trying out the road artwork.

Nevertheless, should you want issues slightly extra energetic there’s loads to do in Mazunte, regardless of it’s small dimension. From exploring the gorgeous seashores and the colourful yoga scene, and the prospect to attach with nature.

Right here’s a few of my favourite issues to do in Mazunte:

Loosen up on Mazunte’s Seaside

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Mazunte has two stunning and unspoilt seashores that are separated by Punta Cometa, a slender, rocky cape that extends into the ocean.

The golden sands, neglected by lush inexperienced mountains (other than after I visited in late Might on the finish of the dry season) and going through the rocky outcrops within the Pacific Ocean, paint an image of a dreamy paradise – however earlier than you soar in for a swim bear in mind that the currents might be robust on the Oaxaca Coast – it’s prime browsing territory in any case.

Playa Mazunte & Playa Rinconcito

The principle seaside, Playa Mazunte, is the preferred and simply accessible from the city. There are a couple of eating places and low key seaside bars lining the sands. At its west finish lies Playa Rinconcito, a protected cove which has calmer waters and is the very best swimming seaside in Mazunte.

Playa Mermejita

This lengthy wild sandy seaside is a quieter different to Playa Mazunte because it’s situated barely additional stroll away from city. Swimming is discouraged because of the robust present however Playa Mermejita is ideal for a soothing stroll alongside its huge unspoilt seaside and watching the sundown.

Close by Seashores

You can too simply go to the close by seaside city of Zipolite, residence to Mexico’s solely official nudist seaside, solely quarter-hour away. If you wish to discover extra seashores there’s additionally San Agustinillo – the smallest and most peaceable seaside, in between Mazunte and Zipolite, and the small fishing village of Puerto Angel.

There’s additionally many stunning bays and seashores round Huatulco with extra upmarket 5 star and all inclusive resorts. Huatulco is a good place for boat journeys and snorkelling or you may strive browsing in Puerto Escondido which is residence to a few of the finest waves in Mexico.

Hike to Punta Cometa at Sundown

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Punta Cometa, a mini peninsula extending into the Pacific Ocean, is certainly one of Mazunte’s most well-known landmarks and the southernmost level of Oaxaca state and presents wonderful views, particularly at dawn and sundown.

Mountain climbing to Punta Cometa to look at the sundown is type of a pilgrimage or religious ritual and the most effective issues to do in Mazunte. There’s a particular power on the peninsular and I wasn’t shocked to listen to that La Cometa has been a sacred area since pre-Hispanic instances.

It takes about 20 minutes to achieve the sundown level and it’s a good suggestion to carry a torch for the way in which again. Try this text for extra recommendations on climbing Punta Cometa.

Be part of a Yoga and Meditation Class

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There are a few yoga hotspots in Mexico, however for laid again, bohemian vibes with an enormous number of yoga retreats, drop in yoga courses and different choices like ecstatic dance, cacao ceremonies, kirtan, tantra, temazcal, therapeutic massage, reiki, breathwork and mediation workshops, then Mazunte is unquestionably the place to go.

Mazunte has quite a few yoga retreats and meditation courses, workshops and retreats out there. Mazunte’s relaxed ambiance and thriving yoga group creates a novel alternative for interior exploration and to attach with like minded folks.

Hridaya Yoga is essentially the most well-known yoga and meditation retreat in Mazunte, they provide many yoga retreats in addition to their signature 3 or 10 day silent mediation retreats.

There’s additionally loads of yoga courses and actions to drop in to and check out throughout the city should you simply need to dabble as an alternative of becoming a member of a retreat.

Casa Om can also be an amazing place for drop in courses with a wide range of completely different kinds and practices every day and likewise presents lodging and a residential bundle.

Uma Yoga presents an intimate 4 day chakra journey yoga and mediation retreat within the jungle. Yow will discover extra yoga retreats in Oaxaca and skim actual opinions on bookyogaretreats.com.

Mazunte can also be an amazing place to study Spanish in tremendous relaxed environment at Instituto Iguana.

You can too discover out what’s occurring in Mazunte and Zipolite on the Acutely aware Group Fb group. When you’ve additionally been to locations like Goa and Koh Phangan you would possibly even see a couple of acquainted faces right here!

Get Concerned with Turtle Conservation

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The seashores of Mazunte and the neighboring cities are among the many prime nesting areas for sea turtles worldwide. Mazunte is thought for its important position within the conservation of endangered sea turtles and is residence to the Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga, (the Mexican Nationwide Turtle Middle) a analysis and conservation middle devoted to the preservation of sea turtles and protects olive ridley, brown, hawksbill and leatherback turtles.

It wasn’t at all times this fashion although, the Nationwide Mexican Turtle Middle was a sea turtle slaughterhouse when the world was closely concerned in sea turtle searching. It now presents academic excursions and workshops on turtle conservation. You may participate in an array of actions associated to turtle conservation and may even launch child sea turtles into the wild.

Take a Boat Journey

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The waters off the coast of Mazunte are teeming with marine life, making it the proper spot for a ship tour the place you might have a very good likelihood of recognizing dolphins and sea turtles. When you go to between December and April you would possibly even spot humpback whales throughout their seasonal migration.

If you wish to see extra of Oaxaca’s nature and wildlife you may take a day journey from Mazunte to go to the close by Laguna Ventalilla. That is an unspoilt lagoon and estuary the place you may take a tour across the mangroves to identify birds and different wildlife together with crocodiles and iguanas.

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The place to Keep in Mazunte: Finest Motels

There are some stunning boutique resorts and price range resorts and hostels in Mazunte to select from, however there isn’t an enormous quantity of resorts in Mazunte so it’s a good suggestion to decide on the place to remain in Mazunte prematurely to guide it to keep away from disappointment as Mazunte grows in reputation.

Most of Mazunte’s lodging might be discovered close to the two seashores – Playa Rinconcito and Playa Mermejita, or alongside Calle Rinconcito, the principle road. There’s additionally price range lodging discovered on the sandy tracks close to Casa Om and Institutio Iguana. Because the ocean can typically be too tough for swimming I’d advocate selecting a resort with a pool.

You may stroll from one finish of Mazunte to the opposite in about half-hour, however within the scorching noon Mexican solar it could really feel like fairly a slog, particularly should you’re getting late for a yoga class, so select your lodging close to to the yoga faculty, language faculty or seaside to make your journey simpler.

Right here’s my choose of the very best locations to remain in Mazunte:

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Zoa Lodge Mazunte

This stunning 5 star eco boutique resort is perched in a shocking location on the cliffs between Mazunte seaside and San Agustinillon. With unbelievable views from the plush rooms, swimming pool and restaurant and loads of actions on website it’s the proper place to remain to get away from all of it. It’s solely a 5 minute stroll to the seaside. Click on right here to examine costs. If Zoa is totally booked to your dates try Cocolia Lodge 

Casa Lu Boutique Lodge

The one luxurious seaside resort in Mazunte with plush seaside going through rooms with personal patios boasting fantastic views over the seaside and the swimming pool and strolling distance to all of the motion on Mazunte’s principal road. Click on right here to examine costs 

Posada Ziga Playa

The perfect price range resort in Mazunte proper on Rinconcito seaside. Rooms are easy but snug however the spotlight is the massive sea going through balconies full with hammocks and pleasant hosts. Click on right here to examine costs 

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Uma Yoga

Top-of-the-line luxurious yoga retreats in Mazunte, held on the stunning and eco pleasant Lodge El Copal. Observe yoga, loosen up with a therapeutic massage and benefit from the infinity pool with views overlooking the jungle and quiet Mermejita seaside. Click on right here to examine costs.

Casa Mazunte Tierra Viva 

When you’re on the lookout for a price range pleasant keep near every little thing in Mazunte with all of the facilities of residence together with totally geared up kitchenettes, air-con and wifi try the snug totally geared up bungalows at Casa Mazunte. Some bungalows can sleep 6 folks making it a sensible choice for a gorup of pals of households. Click on right here to examine costs 

Lodge Rinconcito

An excellent conveniently situated choice on the principle road with a pleasant swimming pool and restaurant, snug rustic stylish rooms with AC and personal balconies full with hammocks. It’s location is actually proper in the midst of every little thing. Click on right here to examine costs 

One other fashionable selection is Lodge Pochote Mazunte though the situation on the principle street could make it a bit noisy.

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Eating places and Nightlife in Mazunte

In the case of consuming out and eating places in Mazunte, vegans and vegetarians are spoiled for selection as this tiny city has in all probability the very best wholesome, vegetarian meals scene in Mexico. Among the finest locations to eat and drink in Mazunte embrace

Terraza del Arquitecto – One in every of my favorite hangouts in Mazunte with wholesome smoothie bowls, scrumptious cocktails and gorgeous sea views. The sushi and pizza eating places subsequent door are additionally wonderful and there’s an nice bakery and smoothie bar in the midst of the principle road.

Virtually reverse from that’s El Armadillo which serves wonderful vegan meals and I additionally favored Luz del Sol, a vegetarian restaurant barely out of city on the way in which to Hridaya.

Nightlife in Mazunte is comparatively quiet, with only a few bars and eating places providing a relaxed ambiance to benefit from the night. El Copal Mazunte is my favourite place for sundown drinks with a view however for a extra vigorous nightlife expertise, head to the close by city of Zipolite which has extra choices.

Mazunte is the proper place to unplug and unwind, however bear in mind, if you’re a digital nomad or must get work completed Mazunte and the Oaxaca coast doesn’t have nice web. There aren’t coworking cafes and the wifi in lots of resorts and cafes was fairly weak and would drop out alot and infrequently there was no service on my native Mexican sim card. Mazunte will not be the place to go to get alot of labor completed – it’s a spot to go and disconnect and sit back!

One other factor to notice is that just some retailers and eating places in Mazunte settle for playing cards so it’s essentail to hold money in Mexican pesos. It advocate withdrawing money earlier than you arrive, as there should not many ATMs in Mazunte they usually can generally run out of money.

Ideas for Planning Your Journey to Mazunte, Mexico

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Finest Time to Go to Mazunte

The climate in Mazunte is heat all year long. Common excessive temperatures vary from 86-95F, with common lows from 76-80F and the water temperature averages round 80-85 levels. The dry season is from November to April and the wet season is between June and September.

The perfect time to plan a visit to Mazunte is between November and April for sunny and dry days. That is additionally the excessive season for tourism with peak durations round Christmas/New Yr’s and Semana Santa, the holy week main as much as Easter.

I visited Mazunte in Might and it was scorching! You positively want AC presently. You would possibly discover in my pictures the vegetation will not be so lush and inexperienced as a result of it had hardly rained for 7 months so it will be higher to go to after the wet season finishes in November when the jungle is extra alive after the rains.

Occasions and Festivals in Mazunte

Mazunte additionally hosts a number of occasions and festivals all year long that you just would possibly need to think about when selecting your dates. Yearly, the city hosts the Competition Internacional de la Tortuga Marina, a celebration of the conservation efforts of native turtle species.

Different fashionable occasions embrace the Mazunte Competition Artesano, which showcases conventional crafts from round Mexico, and the Mazunte Carnaval, a vibrant parade with music and dancing. There’s additionally the Competition Nudista subsequent door in Zipolite which is normally held on the finish of January or early February.

Mazunte can also be residence to the Mazunte Jazz Competition, an annual occasion that celebrates jazz music and tradition. The pageant takes place in April and options performances by a few of the finest jazz musicians from around the globe. There are additionally workshops, jam periods, and different actions in the course of the pageant.

In case you are combining your journey to Mazunte with visiting Oaxaca Metropolis then you definately would possibly need to time your journey to coincide with The Dia de los Muertos pageant, or Day of the Useless, which is widely known in Oaxaca from October 31 to November 1, and it is among the most spectacular occasions in Mexico. It’s advisable to guide your flights and lodging early, particularly should you plan to go to throughout these instances.

Attending to Mazunte and Getting Round

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The closest airports to Mazunte are Huatulco (HUX) and Puerto Escondido (PXM) each have each day flights from Mexico Metropolis and different locations in Mexico and make a very good entry level for exploring the Oaxaca Coast.

There are direct price range flights from Mexico Metropolis that take about 1 hour, a lot faster than a 19 hour bus trip! You may join in Mexico Metropolis from a global flight to achieve Puerto Escondido or Huatulco rapidly and simply. Verify Skyscanner to seek out the very best offers.

There’s additionally 30 minute scenic flights from Oaxaca Metropolis to Puerto Escondido however these are costlier and get booked up method prematurely. See costs, availability and guide right here.

How you can get to Mazunte from Puerto Escondido

Mazunte is just about 1 hour from Puerto Escondido or Huatulco airport. The best and most handy option to get there’s by taking a taxi or guide a switch that may take you from the airport straight to your resort in Mazunte.

You can too take a bus from Puerto Escondido when you’ve got the time and endurance. I took the Transportes Delfines bus that leaves from throughout the street from the Chedraui grocery store heading to Pochutla and Huatulco. I needed to get off at Crucero de San Antonio and took the collectivo to Mazunte and Zipolite. It took about 1 and a half hours and value 50 MXN for the bus and 20 MXN for the collectivo.

Try all of the transportation choices and guide on-line right here

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How you can get to Mazunte from Oaxaca Metropolis

There are a few choices for attending to Mazunte from Oaxaca Metropolis and vice versa. The quickest and most costly is to take a 30 minute scenic small airplane flight to Puerto Escondido after which a 1 hour taxi from there. The flight presents unbelievable views however is dear and will get booked up method prematurely. Verify costs and availability right here.

Most individuals take the bus. You have got two choices – When you undergo from movement illness go for the longer, much less windy route with the extra snug and costlier ADO bus to Puerto Escondido after which take a taxi, switch or native bus from there to Mazunte. The bus travels in a single day and takes about 11 hours. It’s a preferred route so you need to guide your bus on-line prematurely.

When you’re OK with windy roads then take one of many mini buses from Oaxaca Metropolis heading to Potchula. This takes essentially the most direct and quickest route nevertheless it’s additionally essentially the most windy route. It’s the most affordable and quickest choice at solely 7 hours and I didn’t discover it that unhealthy, however then I don’t usually get journey sick.

When you’re heading from Mazunte to Oaxaca Metropolis then you may make life simpler by reserving this mixed switch and bus ticket which can choose up you in Zipolite and take you to Pochutla and get you on the Lineas Unidas minibus to Oaxaca. You may guide it right here.

You might additionally break up the journey after about 3 hours cease off at San Jose del Pacifico for nice mountain views, hikes and magic mushrooms! If you wish to guide the switch and bus to San Jose click on right here.

Try all of the transportation choices and guide on-line right here

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How you can journey between Mazunte and Zipolite

Mazunte and Zipolite are solely quarter-hour aside and collectivos run between them, stopping at San Agustinillo for 10 MXN so it’s straightforward to get between the 2 and you may even select to remain in a single city and go to the opposite on a day journey.

Mazunte and Zipolite are simply 3.5 miles aside and a 20 minute taxi or collectivos/pasajeros (shared choose up vehicles with benches and a type of tent protecting) run between them for about 10 MXN so you may simply discover each of them.

Mazunte is a small city, and the easiest way to discover it’s on foot. For longer distances, taxis are available and pretty low cost. You might additionally hire a motorcycle to discover the world.

Security Ideas for Mazunte

Whereas Mazunte is among the most secure locations in Mexico and I felt very relaxed and had no issues at the same time as a solo feminine traveler, it’s at all times a good suggestion to take fundamental precautions. Keep away from abandoned areas at evening, maintain your valuables protected.

At all times apply sunscreen to guard towards the robust solar and watch out of swimming in robust currents and riptides. Don’t overlook to take out journey insurance coverage, it presents peace of thoughts and covers surprising incidents.

Last Ideas about Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico

As a yoga lover, Mazunte, with its tranquil seashores, number of yoga courses and like minded group is certainly one of my favortie locations in Mexico. Even should you’re not into yoga, Mazunte presents an escape from the stresses of on a regular basis life and the packed vacationer resorts elsewhere.

Mazunte will get increasingly more fashionable yearly although, so if the considered an excellent chilled, genuine, Mexican seaside trip appeals to you higher go quickly earlier than the phrase is actually out!

Extra Mexico Weblog Posts and Journey Guides:

I hope my Mazunte journey information helped you to plan your journey to this laid again slice of heaven and that you’ve got an incredible time. In case your planning an extended journey across the area try my Mexico Metropolis and Oaxaca itinerary and my different Oaxaca posts.

When you’re into browsing don’t miss my Puerto Escondido information, if you wish to try the free spirited nudist seaside try my Zipolite information and to discover the colourful tradition, historical past and wonderful delicacies learn my Oaxaca information.

When you’re heading to Mexico Metropolis try my information to the place to remain in Mexico Metropolis.

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