Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico


Huatulco, on the coasts of the Pacific Ocean in the state of Oaxaca, is the first sustainable tourist community in the Americas

About Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Santa María Huatulco, better known as Huatulco, is a municipality in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, founded 489 years ago and located approximately eight hours from the capital. Conejos, Chahué, Maguey, Órgano, Chachacual, San Agustín, Tangolunda, Santa Cruz, and Cacaluta, are the names of the nine natural bays that form the main tourist attractions of Huatulco.

Bahías de Huatulco covers an area of 21,000 hectares (51,892 acres) along a strip 35 kilometers (21.8 mi) long and 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) wide, hosting 36 beaches, coves, and inlets. These natural wonders are surrounded by the mountains of Sierra Madre and lush jungle vegetation that is worth exploring. This destination is ideal for ecotourism, highlighting activities such as tours to the magical waterfalls of Copalitilla, bike tours, rappelling, zip lining, horseback riding, Mayan temascal, bird watching, and community tourism, among others.

You can also take a boat tour about three hours long to visit all nine bays, in addition to water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing, and sailing. Nature protection is so important in Huatulco, that it became, since 2005, the first resort community in the Americas and the third in the world to achieve the Green Globe environmental certification, a program aiming to respond to the ecological needs of planet.

Nowadays, Huatulco is provided with excellent tourist infrastructure, with stunning hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, nightclubs, and a golf course, distributed mainly throughout the bays of Santa Cruz, Tangolunda, and the city of La Crucecita. Huatulco also has an enormous marine wealth, making it a great place for activities such as scuba diving and sport fishing. This area also houses one of the major ecosystems of Mexico, with a wide variety of flora and fauna, so it has become a protected reserve.

Huatulco also offers archaeological sites, such as the site and museum of Bocana del Río Copalita, the former border between the Mixtec and Zapotec areas, located 8 kilometers (5 mi) away. Punta Celeste is south of the Bay of Tangolunda, which features ocean views. You can also visit Mercado Orgánico de Huatulco, created in May 2013 to promote the production and marketing of chemical-free agricultural products, available every first and third Saturday of each month in the park of Santa Cruz Bay.

Other attractions in Huatulco include the Pacífico and Gloria coffee farms, the HAIA SOFÍA Botanical Garden, and the Yeé lo Beé butterfly garden.

Puerto Ángel is close to this tourist destination, 52 kilometers (32.3 mi) away, while Puerto Escondido and Pochutla are 109 and 40 kilometers (67.7 24.9 mi) from Huatulco.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).