1. Huatulco: The Magical Jungles of Mexico's Oaxacan Coast

Huatulco: Mexico's Ecotourism Hotspot

A few hours from the highlands of Oaxaca's Central Valley is the spectacular Oaxacan coast along the Pacific Ocean.

The recently developed resort area of Hualtulco is Mexican ecotourism at its best, with some of the most beautiful beaches and jungles preserved in Huatulco National Park.

Unlike much more well-known Cancun on the eastern Yucatan coast, there is little "big box" tourism in Huatulco. Instead, Huatulco attracts nature lovers who want a simpler and less commercialized experience where they can unplug and tune into nature.

Huatulco is an ecotourism hotspot with its 9 spectacular bays, 36 sandy beaches, 22 miles of coastline and 330 days of sunshine making it a near-perfect, all-year destination for enjoying the outdoors in a relatively unspoiled setting.

Nestled between the ocean and the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, Huatulco has amazing geography. 

The state of Oaxaca is considered number one in Mexico in terms of biodiversity. It is the only place where you can travel less than 90 minutes from snorkelling on a coral reef to wandering in a lush cloud forest.

There are many micro-climates in the area. One hour away from the beaches of Huatulco is Pluma Hidalgo, which is known for its majestic waterfalls and high-quality organic coffee and rich artisan culture.

Further up the road is San Jose Del Pacifico, a tiny village clinging to the alpine mountainside at 8,000 feet above sea level that is renowned for its cloud forests and incredible mushroom biodiversity.

The nine scenic bays offer opportunities for swimming, boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing and other water sports in protected areas off of the Pacific Ocean.

Huatulco is the only resort area in Mexico with international Green Globe certification for sustainable tourism. There are no factories or industry and the mountains and lush jungle are filled with orchards and wildlife.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the area offers great opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, riding four-wheel motorized ATVs, bird watching, photography, and river rafting.

The Oaxacan coast is also one of the safest regions in Mexico for tourism. The latest State Department travel warnings for Mexico excludes the entire state of Oaxaca, including Huatulco, from any of its advisories.

The area is also renowned for having the world's largest turtles. While human beings are one of the youngest species, turtles are one of the most ancient and they are highly revered in the local Zapoteca culture.

Things To Do In Nature In Huatulco

1. Bahias de Huatulco National Park

A national treasure, Huatulco National Park covers 29,000 acres and protects 9,000 species of plants, 700 species of birds, 470 species of reptiles and more than 260 species of fauna including white-tailed deer, armadillos and the world's largest species of turtles. 

It is also renowned for its coral reefs and whale watching as well as the dolphin pods that live around the coast.

The local Zapoteca people still follow their ancient traditions and use local plants and mushrooms for their medicinal and healing properties.

2. Hagia Sophia Eco Preserve Tour

From the Greek meaning “Holy Wisdom”, Hagia Sofia is a 320-acre agro-ecological project located at an altitude between 850-1280 feet above sea level.

Throughout the Hagia Sofia gardens, the plants are labeled with scientific, Spanish, and Zapotec names.

This Huatulco Eco tour is a sensory immersion experience where we you will explore all of your senses.

You get to taste exotic fruits from the region, explore your senses of smell on their interpretive trail called the  "Path of Flowers" and explore the patterns and symmetry of a wide variety of flora and fauna.

At the end to refresh yourself after exploring and hiking, you can swim in in the Madalena River that flows down from the Cloud Forests under the cascade of the La Campana waterfall. 

 

3. Parque Eco-Arqueologico de Bocana Copalita

An excellent spot to hike and learn about the archeology, botany and bird watching. Here you will find fascinating Zapotec ruins and artifacts.

4. Isla Cacaluta

Accessible by a 3 km trail through the jungle or by kayak and boat tours, Isla Cacaluta is an utterly pristine and breathtaking beach.

There is excellent snorkelling and diving around this area. There is a really interesting cave where you can go inside as well.

5. Cascadas Mágicas (Magic Waterfalls)

There are more than a dozen waterfalls in the dense mountain jungles above Huatulco. The most accessible of these waterfalls is Cascadas Mágicas.

It is an excellent swim in the clean waters and along the 30-minute hike to the waterfalls you will spot to see iguanas, hummingbirds and orioles

6. Surfing In Puerto Escondido

While there is good surfing near Huatulco, the most legendary breaks in the Americas are a short drive away around the town of Puerto Escondido. The most famous wave is the Mexican Pipeline, an epic wave for highly experienced surfers that draws an international surf crowd.

It's best to just watch the professional surfings at Zicatela Beach. For more gentle waves, there is Playa Carrizalillo.

Near Puerto Escondido, you must stop at the Manialtepec Bioluminescent Lagoon in the evening.

It is populated with millions of known dinoflagellate microorganisms which give off the natural phenomenon of Bioluminescence.

The lights or "brightness" in the water is the result of a chemical reaction between substances present in them which when combined, flash. When produced, a type of light is generated, which is called bioluminescence. They sparkle when the water is agitated by a boat, with the oars, with your hands, when it simply rains or when swimming.

7. Puerto Angel, Mazunte and Zipolite

While there is good surfing near Huatulco, the most legendary breaks in the Americas are a short drive away around the town of Puerto Escondido. The most famous wave is the Mexican Pipeline, an epic wave for highly experienced surfers that draws an international surf crowd.

It's best to just watch the professional surfings at Zicatela Beach. For more gentle waves, there is Playa Carrizalillo.

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