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Zona Arqueológica Bocana del Rio Copalita (Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park)

  • Blvd. Copalita–Tangolunda tramo 15 Map It
  • Copalita
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/14/2015

Fodor's Review

The recently excavated Copalita archeological site is just 10 minutes from Huatulco's sleek hotel zone (a MX$70 taxi ride from La Crucecita's main plaza) but feels like a step back into another era. The well-designed site, a joint project by FONATUR and Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, features the restored archaeological remains of the ancient city of Copalitan, occupied by the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples as far back as 500 BC. Plan to spend a few hours browsing the modern museum and its well-curated collection of ceremonial objects such as obsidian knives, jade jewelry, and funeral masks, and leave time for a stroll beneath a canopy of tropical trees to reach a spectacular cliff-side lookout across the Copalita River. Along the way, there are restored buildings from the Classic Period, including the Serpents Pyramid, a ball court, the Great Temple, and a pre-Hispanic lighthouse. Take insect repellent, a hat, water, and sturdy walking shoes.

Sight Information


Blvd. Copalita–Tangolunda tramo 15, Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca, 70989, Mexico

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Website: www.inah.gob.mx

Sight Details:

  • MX$80
  • Tues.–Sun. 8–5

Published 08/14/2015


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