Mazunte Mexican Turtle Center, Turtle Museum, Mazunte Oaxaca
Mazunte's Mexican Turtle Center is known as the Turtle Museum in
Mazunte Oaxaca, a center that educates in a program to protect turtles.
Oaxaca's Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga offers a turtle aquarium and live displays of endangered sea turtles.
Mazunte is a small beach community in Oaxaca State forty miles south of Puerto Escondido and four miles northwest of Zipolite Beach.
The attraction for Mazunte is the turtle museum and its mission to protect the sea turtles that come ashore each year to lay eggs in nests that they burrow into the beach sand.
For centuries the local people harvested sea turtles and the eggs for food and export. In 1990 the Mexican Government banned the harvesting of turtles and eggs and in 1994 the turtle center opened to visitors.
How to Reach Mazunte from Oaxaca City, San Cristobal de las Casas, and Acapulco:
Reach the coast by bus service to Puerto Escondido, Pochutla, and
Huatulco on Oaxaca's Pacific Coast.
Reach the coastal villages of Puerto Angel, Zipolite, and Mazunte by taxi, collective taxi, and camioneta.
ADO, First Class service via OCC Buses reach Pochutla via Juchitan, Salina Cruz and Huatulco. The route then goes Northwest along the coast to Pochutla (Mazunte/Zipolite stop) and then to Puerto Escondido
Second Class buses and vans run over Route 175 and Route 131, making more direct runs over
the mountains to Pochutla and Puerto Escondido,
The Fifteen-passenger vans make the run to Puerto Escondido and Pochutla for 160 Pesos
Juchitan and Salina Cruz are also first class transportation hubs for trips to San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque (Chiapas State)
Estrella Blanca Buses run first Class service, 10 trips daily, from Puerto Escondido
to Acapulco along coastal Route 200.
Local buses run every hour along the coastal route 200 highway connecting Huatulco, Pochutla and Puerto Escondido.
Mazunte Mexican Turtle Center offers aquarium viewing of sea and land turtles in a museum building and rehabilitation areas outside where injured turtles are cared for.
Mazunte's Mexican Turtle Center offers aquarium viewing of sea and land turtles in the Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga or the Turtle Museum of Mazunte as many call it.
The center educates in a program to protect endangered turtles both fresh and salt water.
Oaxaca's Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga displays endangered sea turtles and those that have been injured and are being rehabilitated.
Mazunte's Mexican Turtle Center, with the help of volunteers, gathers eggs from this and other beaches along Oaxaca's coast during the May egg laying. The Turtle Center incubates the eggs to insure their hatching.
The Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte Oaxaca educates the public about the plight of the endangered sea turtles in a program to protect the sea and land turtles of Mexico.
The Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte Oaxaca opens at 10 am and charges 25 pesos for entry and self guided tour brochure in English or Spanish
Mazunte's Mexican Turtle Center aquarium building, right, displays land and sea turtles in the natural settings. The center educates in a program to protect turtles and offers the turtle aquarium and live displays of endangered sea turtles for visitors.
Collective taxis on the coast, a pickup with a covered bed, are
called Camionetta. Zipolite to Mazunte 5 pesos. Zipolite to the crossroads at route 200 for Puerto Escondido, 10 peso.