Let's start by going around 19 miles (30 kilometers) north to the
Copalitilla Cascades. You will go from sea level to 1,300 ft. (394m)
into the mountains and see water falls and cool off in calm clear
pools. Getting there can be done by contacting Pancho Willy's at
Colorin 608 in Crucecita (958-587-1930) or email@example.com.
The more adventurous will find that the same area is also a popular
horseback riding and rappelling area. Huatulco has plenty of ecotour
operators, so ask your hotel for more information.
Horseback riding : Contact Rancho Caballo de Mar (958-587-0530 or
958-589-9387). They will pick you up from your hotel and take you
on a morning or afternoon three and a half hour ride for around $50
Whitewater Kayaking : Check www.aguaazul.com for availability. They
run Class III and Class IV whitewater trips from September through
Scuba diving : There are 13 different dive sites off the coast,
so if you are certified, or need to get certified, check with www.hurricanedivers.com.
If you are new to diving . . . getting a night dive in is a must
Fishing : You can easily arrange sport fishing trips at the Santa
Cruz Marina. It will run you around $90 USD for a three hour trip
with a maximum of 4 people.
Bay Cruises : The Santa Cruz Marina is also the place to hire a
boat to take you on a scenic tour of the coast.
Bike rentals : you can rent a bike in Bahia Tangolunda from Aqua
Terra at Plaza las Conchas #6. Talk to the people at Aqua Terra for
available bike tours of the mountains, beach or town.
Golf : Bahia Tangolunda has a challenging 18 hole golf course designed
by Mario Schetjnan. Call 958-581-0059 or ask your hotel for more
Nearby trips :
Zipolite is a nude beach located an hour west along the coast. As
for swimming, this is a no-no there. The undertow and rip tides are
VERY strong and the most you can hope for is to get wet and go back
to the beach to work on getting rid of those tan lines.
Puerto Escondido is a mecca for surfers. However, this is not a
place to learn surfing. The pipe line here is second only to Diamond
head in Hawaii (seasonal strength though) and they do hold professional
surf competitions here. Located two hours west along the coast from
Oaxaca city is a real treat if you can make it (see our Oaxaca pages
to find out why). However, Oaxaca city is not really close enough
to go and return the same day. If you can spend a couple of days
there, you will have the time to see the ruins of Monte Alban (impressive)
and perhaps visit some of the nearby sights.