3 Days in Huatulco: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2014

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This vibrant town on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca has nine beautiful bays that draw travelers to their scenic shores. And while the sandy beaches, warm waters and secluded inlets are all worth a visit, three days in Huatulco leaves plenty of time for getting away from the water and exploring the history, culture and landscape, too. 

Day 1: Go Back In Time

Start the day with a relaxing float along Rio Copalita. This scenic trip between the river and La Bocana is a perfect way to take in the natural beauty of the region. The slow float offers impressive views of crested hilltops and thick forests, as well as access to diverse species of indigenous birds.

Afterward, head to the nearby Copalita Ruins, just outside La Crucecita. Remnants of pyramids, ball courts and homes dot the lush landscape of this well-forested site, which also includes a massive stone believed to have been used in sacrifices. The ruins date back some 2,000 years, and while decaying structures are the main attraction, travelers will also find hiking trails and wooded paths worth exploring.

Day 2: Local Life

Spend a morning combing through the shops of La Crucecita, a quiet town just inland from Santa Cruz with tasty restaurants and a distinctly authentic Mexican air. Pick up traditional Oaxacan items, like Mescal and handmade pottery at La Probadita before heading to the Church of the Virgin Guadalupe. Locals and travelers alike gather to admire the 65-foot mural of Virgin Guadalupe that’s painted on the dome of this historic landmark. 

From La Crucecita, head out on a tour of Finca la Gloria. This family-owned coffee plantation is home to a butterfly sanctuary and hundreds of acres of farmland. Travelers can tour the working facility in the heart of a Mexican jungle and learn about the process of turning fresh berries into a cup of coffee. During harvest season, visitors can watch as laborers transform crops into drinkable brews and sample the finished product straight from the roaster.

Day 3: Snorkeling in Playa La India

No visit to Huatulco is complete without a trip to at least one of the town’s famous bays. Chachacual may be the most secluded, but travelers agree it’s also one of the most beautiful. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the morning relaxing on Chachacual’s sandy stretch of shore before venturing into the crystal clear waters of Playa La India for an epic snorkeling excursion. This tiny beach on the eastern end of Chachacual is known for its schools of tropical fish and warm waters. But be aware—strong currents can make returning to shore a truly tiring endeavor.

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Huatulco National Park Sightseeing Cruise with Snorkeling in Maguey Bay

Experience the natural wonders of Bahías de Huatulco National Park, traveling by boat along a series of beautiful bays strung along the Pacific coast. ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99

Huatulco River Rafting on the Copalita River

Spend a day in Huatulco experiencing the beauty of the Copalita River! On this river-rafting adventure, travel down the river by raft, and learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99

Huatulco Canyoneering Adventure on the Zimatán River

During your Huatulco vacation, take a break from the beach and enjoy a little outdoor adventure on a canyoneering tour. Canyoneering (also known as canyoning) ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.99

Turtle and Crocodile Eco Tour from Huatulco with Mangrove Boat Ride

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Enjoy a full day of fun on this eco-tour from Huatulco! Your friendly local guide takes you to the village of Ventanilla, where you’ll ride a boat through the ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.99

Huatulco and La Crucecita Sightseeing Tour

Sample Oaxacan favorites during an afternoon exploration of Huatulco! This 3-hour city sightseeing tour with an expert guide takes you to the main square of La ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.99

Surf Lesson in Huatulco

Make the most of your Huatulco vacation by getting out on the water and learning how to surf! In addition to simply being fun, the experience allows you to ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.99

Huatulco Jungle ATV Tour

Travel through the Huatulco jungle aboard a single or double ATV on this half-day adventure. Your all-terrain vehicle takes you off the beaten track for 2 ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.99

Sierra Madre de Oaxaca Day Trip: Finca La Gloria Coffee Plantation and Waterfall Swim

Discover where the best coffee grains are grown on a tour of the Finca La Gloria coffee plantation, located in the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca. This Huatulco day ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99

Huatulco Beginner or Certified Scuba Diving

Experience the underwater beauty of the Pacific with a scuba adventure off the coast of Huatulco National Park, known for its nine beautiful bays. Admire the ...  Read more

Location: Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $212.99

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