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“Small site on the coast well worth your time”

Bocana del Rio Copalita Archaeological Zone
Ranked #22 of 66 things to do in Huatulco
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

The Copalita site now has been set up for visitors—shady mostly paved pathways, and an interesting museum. At a stop by a lake everyone was fascinated with the iguanas and duck-billed herons. Our guide, Mario, had a birding scope which added to his thorough knowledge and presentation.

Mario says there are archeological sites up and down the coast, which makes sense. They are actively excavating this one but of course without sufficient funds to make rapid progress.

We did not have time to make the climb--that would require physical energy as reported by other reviewers.

The site is a ten minute taxi ride from Las Brisas. No food service as yet.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

The Eco-Archaeological Copalita Park is excellent. The small museum is informative and sophisticated. The paths are well developed and maintained. The ruins are in early stages of being excavated and preserved, so it is special to stroll through the tropical jungle and wetland with a focus on the structural remains of the civilization dating back to 900 A.D. For history or nature buffs this is a must see.
My husband and I hired a taxi from the Dreams resort to the ruins for $5. Our taxi did not return even though we had set a return time. I strongly suggest that arrangements be made through the information desk. (I am not sure there is personal cell service). Plan on 5-10 minutes for arrival after the call

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

We have been coming to Huatulco for many years. The first time I was there was in 1976... To reach it it took me over 4 hours by dirt road from the last paved road in Pochutla. Just a little fishing village on one of the bays... you could rent a hammock on the beach, no hotels like now. Through the years we've seen it develop and have always enjoyed the area. Through the years we often at at the small restaurants in Bocana Copalita not knowing that there was an archaeological site on the hillside above us. This site has been developed into a wonderful facility with a small, modern museum. The modern facilities are well laid out, attractive and new. Very nice. You then walk through tree covered trails, around ruins and through different habitats. Various species of wildlife are all around. At the end of the trail there are a series of steps up a hillside that rewards you with spectacular views along a walk on the edge of the cliff face. All in all a wonderful way to spend some time in Huatulco when not on the beach! One suggestion is that the museum displays should have English translations as well as the Spanish. There are also several trails that "dead end" but appear that there are plans to continued them in the future. I look forward to that time and the next time we're back in Huatulco!!!

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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Would recommend this to anyone visiting Huatulco. Took bug repellent after reading other reviews but didn't come across any. Must depend on the time of year. Beautiful view from the top of the trail, definitely take a camera. No problem in flip-flops. Maybe difficult to get up to the top unless you are in good shape. Not a dirt path - all flat rock and cement trail. Museum very interesting. Signs in museum are all in Spanish - to keep the tour guides working I think. All signs along the trails and archeological sites are English and Spanish. Ran into a couple that had an app on the cellphone that translated the Spanish into English when you pointed cellphone at the Spanish signs! Also we took a cab there and when visit was over the front desk will call you a cab.

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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

It's a small site only 3 temples and one was closed at the beginning is a new museum some interesting artefacts but only written in Spanish. But along the trail is translated in English for some back ground on this old site. Then the view at the top is a treat where the river meets the ocean with lots of birds. There's also a wetland area again with birds. The path is easy to get around a small hike to the top and is all in overgrown old trees. Takes 1-2 hours for the whole site. I took a collectivo from la Cruzcieta with the sign Copolita and again from the road the collectivo back 15 pesos each way and 80 pesos to get in so not an expensive half day trip.

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