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The region of Huatulco is a rugged area on the jagged Mexican Pacific coastline, just where the mountains reach the sea in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The area is made up of nine bays with thirty-six white sandy beaches. The enclave has a wild charm, but guests that stay in the luxury hotels in Huatulco enjoy all the comforts of more popular beach destinations. Cruise ships anchor in Santa Cruz Bay and most passengers head for the most popular tourist beaches in Huatulco Bay, where the white sandy beaches form a crescent shape nestling between rocks scattered along the coast. The backdrop is the lush green hills of the Sierra Madre del Sur.
Huatulco is a land blessed with sun for three hundred and thirty days a year, and the average temperature is 28 degrees, so visitors can swim, surf and sunbathe as they please, at any time. Boat trips are a great way to visit and enjoy some of the coves and small bays near the main beaches. Guides will often show passengers dolphins jumping over waves and the manta rays diving just below the surface of the water. The transparent water means it is an excellent place for diving and scuba diving, particularly in the vast Huatulco National Park. This strip of some one hundred and twenty square kilometres of lowland forest, mangrove and coastal waters has been protected since 1998. It has been awarded the Green Globe international certificate in recognition of the conservation efforts that have saved the habitat of hundreds of native animal and plant species. This place is a dream for any eco-tourist: the park encompasses six bays, including the popular Maguey Bay, and is home to one of the most important coral communities on the Mexican Pacific coast. With a guided tour, tourists can discover this enclave and visit the most interesting sites in this carefully protected park.
A holiday in Huatulco is not complete without a visit inland, and many tourists choose a tour to the well-known Magic Waterfalls. A swim in these waterfalls, surrounded by lush rainforest, is a refreshing change from the sunny beaches. Most tours include a walk through a coffee plantation. Guests staying at one of the Huatulco hotels who would like a taste of traditional Mexico can stroll through the streets of La Crucecita, and shouldn’t forget to go into the church on the town’s main square. An enormous image of the religious Mexican icon, the Virgin of Guadalupe, adorns the church ceiling, and it is said to be the largest in Mexico. A highlight to any walking tour is sampling mezcal, the traditional drink of the region. Mezcal gets its smoky flavour from cooking the agave hearts in earth pit ovens before fermentation takes place. It is therefore different to tequila, which is not cooked. Visitors that explore the small and picturesque town will discover numerous craftspeople weaving colourful cloths in the Oaxaca style, as well as shiny black ceramics. There is also a photo opportunity that allows tourists to take a photo in which they appear to be dressed in the famous and elegant traditional lace dresses.