Travel Guide to Discover Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park

Besides relaxing on Huatulco’s beautiful beaches, you can take the opportunity to visit an archaeological park just ten kilometres from the bays. Here, you can see archaeological remains dating back to 900 years before Christ. The site also features a museum, a craft market, and an ecotourism tour. With stunning views and numerous natural and archaeological attractions, it’s a place you can’t miss.

How to Get There?

By Air: The nearest airport to Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park is Huatulco International Airport (HUX), which receives both domestic and international flights. Major airlines offer direct flights from major Canadian cities, making it convenient for travelers.

By Car: From the airport, the park is just a 20-minute drive. Renting a car is a great option if you plan to explore the region at your own pace. Follow the signs towards Tangolunda Bay and you’ll find the park well-marked.

Why Visit Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park?

Copalita offers a unique experience where you can walk through lush tropical forests while discovering ancient Zapotec ruins. The park spans over 200 hectares and is home to various archaeological sites, including temples, pyramids, and ball courts.

The park is also a haven for biodiversity. Bird watchers will be delighted by the numerous species that call this area home. You can also spot iguanas, deer, and a variety of plant species.

What to Do?

Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park offers a variety of activities that cater to different interests and provide a memorable experience. Here’s a detailed look at what you can do during your visit:

Explore Archaeological Sites

One of the main attractions of Copalita is its rich archaeological heritage. Wander through the park and discover ancient Zapotec structures, including temples, pyramids, and ball courts. The Templo Mayor is a must-see, offering a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who lived here over 2,000 years ago.

Visit the Museum

The on-site museum is a treasure trove of artifacts uncovered during excavations in the park. It provides context and background about the Zapotec civilization, displaying pottery, tools, and other items that give insight into the daily lives of the ancient inhabitants. The museum is a great place to start your visit, as it helps you appreciate the historical importance of the sites you’ll see.

Hiking Trails

For nature enthusiasts, the park offers several hiking trails that vary in difficulty. These trails take you through diverse landscapes, from dense jungle to open coastal areas. Along the way, you’ll encounter various plant species and possibly spot some local wildlife. The trails are well-marked, making them suitable for both novice and experienced hikers.

Bird Watching

Copalita is a paradise for bird watchers. The park is home to numerous bird species, both resident and migratory. Bring your binoculars and spend some time observing the colorful and diverse birdlife. Early mornings are the best time for bird watching, as the birds are most active during this time.

Best Restaurants

La Crucecita: La Crucecita, the nearby town, has several excellent dining options. You can find everything from traditional Mexican cuisine to international dishes.

El Sabor de Oaxaca: This restaurant is famous for its authentic Oaxacan dishes. Try the mole, tlayudas, and fresh seafood.

Terra-Cotta: Located in the heart of La Crucecita, Terra-Cotta offers a mix of Mexican and international cuisine in a charming setting. Their breakfast is particularly popular.

Dining at Barceló Huatulco: If you stay at the Barceló Huatulco, you’ll have access to several top-notch restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. The resort’s all-inclusive package ensures you can enjoy gourmet meals without worrying about extra costs.

Schedules and Fees

Park Hours: Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It’s best to arrive early to make the most of your visit and avoid the midday heat.

Entrance Fees: The entrance fee is very reasonable, around $5 USD per person. This fee helps maintain the park and its facilities, ensuring a pleasant experience for all visitors.

Travel Tips

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from November to April. The weather is pleasant, and you’ll have the best chance of clear skies.

What to Bring?

Comfortable Walking Shoes: The park has uneven terrain, so sturdy shoes are a must.

Sun Protection: Bring a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

Water and Snacks: Although there are some facilities, it’s a good idea to carry water and light snacks.

Camera: Capture the beauty of the park and its wildlife.

Guided Tours

Consider booking a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the history and ecology of the park. Local guides are knowledgeable and can enhance your experience significantly.

Where to Stay: Barceló Huatulco

Luxury and Comfort

Staying at the Barceló Huatulco ensures a luxurious and comfortable experience. This all-inclusive resort offers spacious rooms, beautiful views, and a range of amenities to make your stay unforgettable.

Prime Location

The resort is conveniently located near Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park, making it an ideal base for your adventures. You can easily reach the park and other local attractions.

Exceptional Amenities

  • Pools and Beach Access: Enjoy the resort’s multiple pools and private beach area.
  • Gourmet Dining: Savor delicious meals at the resort’s various restaurants.
  • Spa Services: Relax and rejuvenate with the resort’s spa treatments.
  • Entertainment: The resort offers a variety of entertainment options, including live shows and water sports.

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Why Choose Barceló Huatulco?

Staying at the Barceló Huatulco enhances your travel experience with its exceptional service, beautiful surroundings, and convenient location. It’s the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park.

Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park is a destination that offers a unique combination of natural beauty and historical significance. From exploring ancient ruins to hiking through lush jungles, there’s something for everyone. Enhance your visit by staying at the luxurious Barceló Huatulco, where you can enjoy top-notch amenities and exceptional service. Plan your trip today and discover the wonders of Copalita!