Getting to La Manzanilla

You should plan to arrive to La Manzanilla the day before your course starts. That would mean arriving on Sunday, to be ready for the orientation and classes that start on Monday. The last activity of each week ends on Saturday afternoon if you are doing an excursion or on Friday afternoon if you are doing only the Spanish classes. If you will be staying with a Mexican family or in a hotel, you can arrive to your room anytime after 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Check out time is by 11:00 a.m. on the Sunday of your departure.

There are international airports in Manzanillo (ZLO), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), and Guadalajara (GDL).

From the Manzanillo Airport you need to catch a taxi to La Manzanilla, since there is no bus service from there. From the Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara airports you would take a taxi to their local bus depot and then a bus to San Patricio Melaque (commonly called “Melaque”) which is a neighboring town about 20 minutes south of La Manzanilla. From Melaque you can take a bus or taxi to La Manzanilla.

From Manzanillo International Airport (ZLO) to La Manzanilla

The Manzanillo (ZLO) international airport is about 50 minutes by car from La Manzanilla. Airlines that service the ZLO airport include Alaska, Continental, America West, United and Aeromar. From the airport you need to catch a taxi, for about $55 USD, to La Manzanilla.   Alternatively, La Catalina School can send a school staff member to pick you up or drop you off for the same cost as a taxi (email us in advance to set up a reservation). Thrifty and Hertz also offer car rentals at the airport and reservations are recommended.

From Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) to Melaque Bus Depot

The international airport in Puerto Vallarta is about four hours by bus to Melaque. Buses from Puerto Vallarta to Melaque depart daily at 7:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and cost approximately $20 USD for a one-way ticket. For info on buses out of Puerto Vallarta, call (011) 52-322-290-0715 from the U.S. or (01) 322 290-0715 within Mexico. The bus station in Puerto Vallarta is called “Central Nueva” and is located by the airport.

Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) to Melaque Bus Depot

The international airport in Guadalajara is about five and a half hours by bus to Melaque. Buses depart Guadalajara’s “Central Nueva” bus station at: 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.,7:40 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. daily to Melaque. The cost for a one way ticket is somewhere around $20 USD. For info on buses out of Guadalajara call (011) 52- 333-600-0014 from the U.S. or (01) 333-600-0014 within Mexico.

From Melaque Bus Depot to La Manzanilla

Once you have arrived to the neighboring town of Melaque, you can then catch a local bus, right at the Bus depot where you arrive, for about $1.00 USD or taxi for about $12.00 USD to La Manzanilla.

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