When you think of Oaxaca, you probably think of ancient traditions, strong mezcal, and mouthwatering Mexican food. You’re right to think of those things, but Oaxaca has even more to offer. That’s all you have to do is get off the beaten trail, and you’ll discover Punta Cometa and its immaculate beaches, incredible biodiversity, and stunning Pacific coastline. Read on to find out about the best things to do in Punta Cometa, and how to get there.
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Beauty and mystery
Thanks to its unique location and vantage point over the sea below, Punta Cometa was used as a strategic defense post by the Aztecs against invading forces, and later by the Spanish against raiding pirates. Pre-Hispanic civilizations also considered Punta Cometa to be a sacred place meant for stargazing and studying of the milky way. That’s why they built a large observatory and a ceremonial area on the cliff edge, where offerings to the Gods were made in exchange for an abundant harvest and rainy season.
Locals still consider Punta Cometa to be one of the area’s most sacred spots, and small traditional ceremonies are still carried out here on important occasions.
One of Punta Cometa’s most incredible features is its impressive biodiversity. Migrating whales and birds make for amazing natural spectacles. If you hang around until late afternoon, you’ll get to see one of the best sunsets on earth.
What to do in Punta Cometa, Oaxaca?
Punta Cometa is located near the small town of Mazunte, where ecotourism and a sustainable lifestyle draw tourists from all over Mexico and the world. Mazunte is full of locally owned cabins and eco-hotels, offering visitors an alternative to the sprawling resorts that dominate other areas of the Mexican coastline.
Mazunte’s beaches are famously quiet, making the area ideal for a relaxing getaway. Some of the beaches surrounding the town have been designated as protected nature reserves where sea turtles come to lay eggs. Visit the Mexican Center for Turtles (Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga) to learn about conservation efforts, and you’ll even get a chance to help release some baby turtles into the sea!
If you’re looking for some fun, head to Playa Rinconcito beach. Here you can surf, snorkel, or just kick back under the palm trees with a cold one as the sun sets. If you really need some peace and quiet, Playa Mermejita beach is the place to be. The beach is surrounded by eco-lodges and tepees, making it a great place to stay the night next to the gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean.
How to get to Punta Cometa?
The easiest way to get to Punta Cometa is by flying to Huatulco, and then getting to Mazunte by rental car, taxi, or shuttle service. From Huatulco Airport to Mazunte takes about an hour depending on how you travel.
If you’re renting a car in Huatulco Airport, take the Acapulco-Salina Cruz highway and head east for about 25 miles until you get to exit 175. Take the exit and continue for another 6 miles until you get to Mazunte.
Taxi and shuttle services from the airport leave regularly, but prices vary significantly depending on the time of day and season. Traveling in a group is usually cheaper, so ask around with your fellow passengers to see if anyone else is heading to Mazunte so that you can all split costs.