|Getting around Los Tuxtlas
|There are 2 major pirata terminals in Catemaco
This is not a terminal just a street parking lot on calle Cuauthemoc, between Union y Ignacio de la Llave, three
blocks in from the Malecon before the Hotel Playa Cristal. Service is provided to the southeast of Catemaco,
including Pozolapan, La Victoria, Zapoapan and others.
This is covered terminal, at the corner of Avenida Revolución and Independencia, five blocks above the
Malecon near Hotel Koniapan. Service is to Montepio, La Barra, Sontecomapan, Balzapote and the pueblos
northeast of the Laguna and other villages.
Buses come in 4 flavors
First class ADO buses - leave from the Malecón, corner of Revolución. 126 pesos to Veracruz (Dec 09).
Second class buses - leave from the carretera, south of the entrance from San Andrés. 90 pesos to
Veracruz (May 08).
Inter county buses - from Catemaco to San Andrés Tuxtla leave from the near the north pirata station and
also stop at the corner of Carranza and Reforma or anywhere else where someone hails them, (6.50 pesos).
Buses around the county of Catemaco - leave from the central mercado on unpredictable schedules with
At present a bus company is trying to run buses from San Andres to the coast via Catemaco and Montepio
and returning via Roca Partida, El Tropico and Santiago Tuxtla. The piratas are fighting the service.
Communal taxis to San Andrés - leave from El Cerrito on Ave. Carranza (10 Pesos).
In San Andrés they leave from a side street up from the central market.
Private Taxis - cruise the streets of Catemaco, or from a station across from the clock tower at the central
plaza. (14 pesos minimum around pueblo, 60 pesos to San Andrés).
There is no car rental in Los Tuxtlas. Bikes can be rented at the kayak place on the Malecon. During the high
season motorbikes become available.
|The most popular way to get around is via piratas.
Piratas are communal taxis serving outlying communities in Los Tuxtlas. The word pirata translates to
pirate in English. The name was applied to them by conventional taxi owners who were upset over
losing market share. Meanwhile these taxis have become institutionalized and are politically powerful
enough to stop the development of conventional bus routes.
These piratas are mostly double cabin Nissan pickup trucks, fortified with heavy springs and a tarpon
covered contraption in the truck bed seating upwards of 15 people, plus their baggage and livestock.
Fares are cheap.
Frequency of service depends on the popularity of the destination, and maybe every 15 minutes to
Sontecomapan or 3 times a day to La Barra.