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Huatulco - Local Archeology


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Hiking in the 35 hectares archeological park with an increible view of the Copalita River Mouth.
  • Amazing viewsight of the Tangolunda Bay and taking photo’s in front of the coloured giant HUATULCO letters.

  • Copalita ruins site – cultural and meeting centre.

  • Spectacular views overlooking Copalita River.

  • Shopping at the local communities.

Fifteen minutes from the pier we enjoy an amazing viewsight of the second bay of  Huatulco, which has nine. In the Tangolunda bay which means Pretty woman are the majority of the five stars resorts.   We take our air conditioned van another ten minute to arrive to the thirty five hectars Eco-Arquelogical Park of La Bocana Copalita, where during ten years archeologists worked to explore and restore the ancient constructions.   First after our host receives us, he will tell us what are the rules to respect. In the park there are archaeological remains dating from the year 900 BC. to 1000 A.D., such as the ball court, located in the central portion of the park, as well as a building to the south. A stone popularly known as "of the sacrifices" is on the edge of the cliff, with a spectacular view that dominates the coast. All these points, together with other remains of terraces, platforms, structures and diverse rocks that constitute points of cultural interest. Archaeologists indicate that the Bocana del Río Copalita maintained commercial contact with the Mayan peoples of the southeast, with Zoques from what is now Chiapas, and with groups from central Mexico, particularly with the Teotihuacanos, in addition to having been a contemporary settlement of Monte alban in Oaxaca City. In the central part of the property there is a wetland, made up of rainwater contributions and the floods generated by the Copalita River. At the end of the exploration let´s visit the local comunities exposition from the coast and the surrounding Sierra Madre Montains, where you can buy some coffee, handcraft, books and maybe natural cocoa to make chocolate at home. The travel back to the ship takes around twenty minutes.

Practical information

Practical informaion:

  • Language: English and Spanish.

  • Remarks/requirements: Comfortable walking shoes and clothes for tropical climate, hat, sunglasses and insect repellent. 

  • Walking information: Flat, dirt path with just 200 meters of up-hill. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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