With several world-renowned resorts, Huatulco offers activities for all ages and tastes. There is as much to do here for young families, golf enthusiasts or even revelers that wants to hang in the nightclubs of the Bay of Tangolunda. One of the first eco-tourist resorts was born here in Huatulco. The Huatulco Bahias include nine bays and several beaches with golden sands and turquoise waters extending over a length of 35 km, all surrounded by lush vegetation. The most popular bay is Bahia Maguey y El Organo, where the sea is calm, and the water transparent. Bahia Chahue separated from the beach in Santa Cruz by a small peninsula, sparkles with turquoise and emerald green water that comes lick fine sand beaches with gentle ripples. Bahia de San Agustin is one of the quietest and most beautiful beaches of Huatulco. Bahia Santa Cruz is also very popular among tourists, same as the new town with its plaza, its port and tourism services. Its three beaches are ideal for sunbathing. Some interesting underwater coral formations can be explored by divers. The bay of Bahia Tangolunda, with its large hotels nestled in the surrounding mountains, is the most developed tourist spot in Huatulco. The bay of Bahia Conejos, and its four beaches stand out for its rock formations, tropical vegetation and tranquility; while Bahia Cacaluta where there are no tourist services and is only accessible by boat, will dazzle those who seek peace and tranquility.
WHAT TO DO :
Sea excursions to secluded bays or on land will allow you to discover isolated and wonderful places. You can go diving on coral reefs, water skiing or sailing, or hit the waves as this city has an international reputation for world-class surfing. Tangolunda Golf Club is one of the most beautiful in Huatulco. The natural exuberance of the surroundings, the big trees, sandbanks, cactuses and small lagoons make it a very charming place. At 30 km from Oaxaca is Ocotlan, a small colonial town known for its pottery market and wooden utensils. Tlacolula is a village located 32 km east of Oaxaca. Its market is a local favorite, authentic and cheaper than in Oaxaca. Behind the market, you will find a church with a very well ornamented baroque chapel. The area is also a suitable place to taste the famous Mezcal. Your stay will not be complete without a visit of the aromatic region. Founded in the 19th century by German immigrants, this coffee plantation produces and harvests the flavored coffee ‘Pluma'. In reality, plantation dates before that and the legend states that the first plants were brought by an english pirate.
WHAT TO SEE:
Located just 11 km from Huatulco, hikers will want to head towards Puerto Escondido where lush vegetation and groves of fruit trees give the city a distinctive tropical character. If you can afford a few days of excursions, you could visit the city of Oaxaca known for its Pre-Columbian civilization. Oaxaca, the state capital of the same name, is a charming colonial town with colorful houses, located at 1500 m altitude where you can visit two major archaeological sites at Monte Albán on the hill of the Jaguar, situated at 2000 m of altitude, simply dominating the valley of Oaxaca. This is an exceptional archaeological site that dates back to the sixth century BC. Monte Albán was home to the great political, economic and spiritual Zapotec. The city was as prestigious as Teotihuacan and Tikal. This sacred site, discovered in the early nineteenth century, is listed as a World Heritage Site since 1987 There you will also find Mitla, a small Indian village located 40 km from Oaxaca. Visitors get to see a lovely colonial church with the domes painted in red. Around Mitla, are several sites of the Columns Group and the ruins of Yagul. You also want to visit Puerto Angel, where you will find a pretty fishing port, located on the Pacific at fifty kilometers from Huatulco; here, no resorts nor luxury hotels, just the quiet and the authenticity of a fishing village! One must also visit the national park of Huatulco. The variety of vegetation is surprising. From deciduous forest to suspended forests and mangrove swamps, it provides a refuge for skunks, raccoons and armadillos as well as herons, pelicans and hawks. In fact, most of the area is a protected national park.
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One of the main celebrations of Huatulco is the “Fiesta del Mar”, which takes place during the Holy Week. This fiesta combines music, dance and fun games. Another important festival, which is held on the isthmus, is the “Vela Xunaxi”, during which the best regional dress is given a price. There is also the celebration of Santa Cruz each May 3rd, in honor of the Santa Cruz, a wooden cross which, according to legend, was brought on the beach before the conquest. The cuisine of Oaxaca is very tasty and is considered one of the best regional cuisines of the country. It is renowned for its cheese, spicy sausage, its tamales wrapped in banana leaves, excellent seafood and a rainbow of molds (exotic and complex sauce including at least fifteen ingredients). There are also exotic dishes like fried grasshoppers, iguana and armadillo. The Mescal, a local brandy produced from cactus, recently received its original name. The bahia de Huatulco offers a very active and diversified nightlife. La Crucecita is one of the most popular places for shopping, or going out in bars, restaurants and to hear local musicians. Renting a car is not necessary as you will have access to several taxis which are affordable. There is also a local bus service connecting Tangolunda Cachue and Santa Cruz. The cost is around three pesos and the service is from 7 am to 7 pm. People here live simply and practice fishing as well as agriculture.
Electric current in Huatulco is 110 volts and plugs are flat prongs. We recommend to bring an adapter.
The Mexican currency is the PESO ($ ME). To know the exchange rate: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/ A departure tax of approximately US $ 40 per person is usually included in your airline ticket.
Mexico is the country of “propina” (tip), you should always carry change (cambio ) on you. You should remit a minimum of 10% on a restaurant check, up to 15 % if you are happy with the service – this applies for maids, janitors, doormen, bag holders, tour guides and attendants to the toilet, however, no tip for drivers of unmetered taxis.
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