Best of Oaxaca’s Pacific Coast Tour

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Best of Oaxaca │ Puerto Escondido to Huatulco Tour - 8 Days

Huatulco, Puerto Escondido &  Small Seaside Villages

8 Day México Guided Exploration Tour
(includes day of arrival & departure)

from $2495 per person + air
Single Supplement +$520

A journey to southern Oaxaca along the big blue Pacific Ocean is your ticket to enjoy a fun week of tropical experiences. You won’t usually find the overcrowded beaches here like you might in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

On this tour we’ll hang out for a couple days in one of the major surfing sites in the world, Puerto Escondido. The waves can be massively high! We’ll also explore a handful of small seaside villages, and the many bays in the resort town of Huatulco.

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This tour alongside the southern coast of Oaxaca will be a mix of relaxed beach time, ocean boat ride to look for playful dolphins, large slow-moving sea turtles, and if we’re lucky, schools of manta rays. We’ll also swim in phosphorescent waters, release baby turtles, and explore Chacahua National Park, a large watery nature reserve.

For a great finale to our tropical tour, we’ll do a little exploring and have some relaxed beach time at a nice beach resort in the beautiful town of Huatulco.

Join us on this laidback tropical journey to discover the Best of Oaxaca’s Pacific Coast. 

Tour Highlights

•  Catamaran / Snorkel Tour in Huatulco
•   Explore the town of Huatulco
•   Wildlife Ocean Boat Tour to Spot Dolphins & Sea Turtles 
•   Night swim among millions of bio-luminescence phytoplankton 
•   Chacahua National Park Tour by Boat
•   Turtle Sanctuary
•   Participate in a Baby Turtle Release into the sea
•   Watch Surfers from Zicatela Beach take on huge waves in Puerto Escondido
•  Wildlife Boat Tour to Spot Iguanas & Crocodiles
•   Visit the Small Coastal Towns of Zipolite, Mazunte & La Ventanilla

Dates & Prices

*2024 Tour Dates

Sep 1-Sep 8           (Su-Su)
Oct 1-Oct 8            (Tu-Tu)
Nov 30-Dec 7        (Sa-Sa)

**2024 Prices

$2495 per person – double
Single: +$520


*2025 Tour Dates

Sep 20-Sep 27  (Sa-Sa)
Oct 19-Oct 26   (Su-Su)
Nov 18-Nov 25  (Tu-Tu)

**2025 Prices

$2550 per person – double
Single: +$540

* Includes day of arrival & departure.
**Prices in USD. Air not included in tour price.

Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Puerto Escondido

After arriving to Puerto Escondido, catch a taxi to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to relax or go exploring on your own. We will sleep in Puerto Escondido for the next 3 nights.

Day 2: Meet Our Guide / Chacahua National Park / Night Swim & Glow

This morning we will meet our host guide for breakfast. He will give us an overview of the coming days and answer any questions about the tour. 

Afterwards, we’ll travel to México’s Chacahua Lagoon National Park. This protected park is 53 square miles in size and actually consists of 5 lagoons connected by channels with mangrove trees on either side. Wildlife thrives in this park. We’ll travel by small motorized boat to explore this watery wonderland all the way to the sea. Along the way, our host guide will inform us about the different species of mangroves, the tropical birds, and learn about how the people who live in this environment have survived over the years. 

In the evening, get ready for an experience to write home about! 

We have done our research and found that on this night there will be no moon (New Moon). There is a phenomenon of nature here on the Oaxaca coast which can only be seen clearly when it is a moonless night. This evening, we’ll go out in a boat into a lagoon where there will be millions of tiny plankton in the water.

The fun begins when we can hop into the water and when we start to move our arms and hands around. we will GLOW! It’s called, “Bioluminescence.” It is light produced by a chemical reaction within the plankton.

And if it is a cloudless evening on this moonless night, we should also be able to our Milky Way Galaxy with millions of starts

Sleep in Puerto Escondido. (B,L,D)

Day 3: City Tour / Turtle Release

This morning is free to have a leisurely breakfast, go for a stroll, watch the surfers, or just relax and enjoy the warmth of this tropical paradise.

In the late morning, we’ll go on an orientation city tour to to get to know Puerto Escondido. We will check out some of the beaches, see where the restaurants and stores are, learn a little history of the area, and take a stroll through the local market.

Later in the day we will take off to be “official” conservationists. If some baby turtles have hatched the night before, we’ll have the opportunity to help release them into the ocean. With our assistance, these cute fragile creatures will be less likely to be snatched up by seabirds as they wiggle their way down the beach and into water. 

This evening is free to do as we please.

Sleep in Puerto Escondido.  (B,L)

Day 4: View Dolphins & Sea Turtles / Mazunte

Rise and Shine! This will be the earliest wakeup call during our coastal exploration tour. On this early morning we’ll embark on a cruise into the big blue Pacific. Our exploratory mission today will be to look for schools of dolphinsmanta rays, and sea turtles. If we’re lucky, we may see dozens of playful dolphins racing our boat. The manta rays are a little harder to find but they are out there. We’ll also have the opportunity to hop in the water to see up-close, the slow-moving sea turtles we encounter. A waterproof camera can capture images of these adorable sea creatures. Also, from this vantage point out at sea, we’ll be able to view the different bays of Puerto Escondido.

Upon our return to the hotel, it will be time for a hearty breakfast. 

Then we’ll check out and start our journey along the Pacific coast. Our destination today will be the small seaside town of Mazunte. 

Here we will visit the National Mexican Turtle Center to learn even more about the research going on regarding the different species of turtles. There are 7 different kinds of turtles and Oaxaca is home to four of them.

Also in Mazunte, we’ll meet some local people who produce and market a line of cosmetics made solely from plants and natural oils. They will explain to us how they are made.

After checking into a small beachside hotel, we’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy the slow pace of tropical living.

Sleep 1 night in Mazunte.  (B,L)

Day 5: Wildlife Boat Tour / Zipolite / Puerto Angel / Huatulco

After breakfast, we’ll travel a short distance to Laguna Ventanilla and hop on a boat to get up-close views of iguanas and crocodiles in the wild. Don’t worry, you’re in the boat and the crocs are in the water. 

Later, we will return to Mazunte, check out and continue traveling to explore two more picturesque seaside villages, Zipolite and Puerto Angel

Beware: In Zipolite, their long stretch of beach is “swimsuit optional.”  ; )

In Puerto Angel, we’ll have lunch and some time to swim and enjoy it’s beach. 

Finally, we’ll arrive to the port of Huatulco and check in at seaside resort. We will sleep in Huatulco for 3 nights.  (B,L)

Day 6: Huatulco City Tour / Free Afternoon

The morning is free to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at our resort. Afterwards, there is time to take a refreshing dip in the pool or ocean or even a late morning siesta.

In the afternoon, our host guide will meet us for lunch and afterwards, give us an orientation tour around Huatulco. He will also take us to view some of Huatulco’s scenic overlooks in the higher hills around the city to take in the views of the beautiful bays in the distance. 

Afterwards, we can wander around town on our own to visit some of the shops, maybe have a few cold drinks at one of the restaurants, or head back to our hotel. 

We’ll sleep in Huatulco.  (B,L)

Day 7: Catamaran Tour / Snorkeling / Farewell Dinner

The deep water port of Huatulco has a plethora of golden beaches; 36 in all. They are located around 9 picture postcard tropical bays. In Spanish, they are called Bahías. The deep blue Pacific ocean glistens in the background under the tropical southern sun.

This morning we’ll head out to sea in a catamaran for a day of exploring the many bahías, look for marine life, and marvel at the sandy and sometimes rocky coastline.

We’ll also have an opportunity to jump in the warm clear water to snorkel around a bit over the nearby coral reefs.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant where we can sample and savor the many mouth watering seafood selections as well as other delicious fares.

In the evening, we will meet once again with our host guide for a nice Farewell Dinner. It will be a time to reminisce about our trip experiences and also to say good-bye to our host guide.

We’ll sleep in Huatulco.  (B,L,D)

Day 8: Tour Ends After Breakfast

Today is our travel day back home or to our next adventure travel destination.  (B)

Here’s an Idea
Why not stay a few days longer in Huatulco and soak up more of its laidback tropical vibes. We can help make your hotel arrangements for a longer stay.

Another suggestion for a longer stay is to make plans to travel north up to Oaxaca City to explore this most excellent Spanish colonial town. We can set that up for you too.  

¡Buen Viaje!

Itinerary schedule is subject to change.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes:
•  8 days / 7 night guided tour
    (includes day of arrival & departure)
•  Small group tour size of up to 12 travelers
•  Oaxaca host guide plus local experts
•  All ground transportation during tour days
•  All activities as listed in the itinerary
•  All entrance fees
•  7 nights of hotel lodgings in centrally located hotels
•  7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
•  All tips for all your guides & driver

Airport Transfers
Additional activities & meals not listed above
Alcoholic drinks
Trip interruption insurance
Medical evacuation insurance

Group activities listed are subject to change.

Tour Details

Activity Level: Easy – Moderate
Maximum Group Size: 10
Suggested Minimum Age: 10 years
Arrival & Departure Cities: Puerto Escondido (PXM) / Huatulco (HUX)
Deposit: $350 USD per person

A Reminder –
There is no need to fret over how much to tip and of having the right amount of Mexican Pesos at the end of your tour.
Tips are already included for all specialty guides as well as your main host guide and driver.

Tour Terms & Conditions

Extend Your Trip

If you would like to stay a few more days in this region either before or after your tour with us and would like some assistance in making those plans, contact us.
We can design an independent travel experience based on what you would like to see and do. We can help you to arrange local transportation, accommodations, and set you up with a local guide.