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“The view of the ocean was spectacular when we walked up to the lookout.”

Bocana del Rio Copalita Archaeological Zone
Ranked #22 of 62 things to do in Huatulco
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Lots of 20-30 wild, black vultures were flying around the cliffs and tall old trees as we headed for the lookout. It was a hot, sunny day, and the ocean was reflecting the sun as a mirror. Huge rock formations were standing close to the edge of the water. The waves were white and majestic as they hit these piles of rocks. We were quite high above the beach. but we could observe hundreds of water birds as the delta of the river offered them lots of food.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

This site was a 40 minute walk from Secrets. We loved everything about it. They have a very nice museum ( could have used a english translation). The walk thru the site was entirely in shade. Make sure you finish at the highest point overlooking the Ocean for great pics of Bocana Beach.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Stopped here as part of a cruise tour. It was a good hike up to the overlook which has great views of the ocean and beach. Walking back down was difficult as the walkway steps are on a slant - awkward. The limited ruins were interesting to see. Our tour guide though provided limited information on that and tended to talk only about the local animals and plants - limited history. The place appears run down and many of the signs with information were rusted and falling apart. The visitor center had interesting artifacts with all the information in Spanish only. Good chance for me to practice my translation skills. I enjoyed the tour but it wasn't anything spectacular.

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

The pathways through the trees lead you to the excavations with signs explaining each rocky mound. Along the pathways the descriptions are in English as well as spanish but inside the museum is Spanish only. If you are a person needing the details and not doing well in the local language you may like to employ a guide (about 500 pesos)
The butterflies are amazing as are the species of foliage.
Go in the morning, take water and mosquito repellant, bring your camera.

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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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