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“Small Site, Beautiful setting”

Bocana del Rio Copalita Archaeological Zone
Ranked #16 of 30 things to do in Huatulco
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

For those who have seen such impressive precolumbian sites such as Monte Alban, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Palenque etc, the excavations at Cobalita will be rather anti climactic. It is a very small site with very few of of the structures excavated and restored. It is well worth visiting however.

One of the few cities located on the coast, some archeologists believe Cobalita was an important stop for trading vessels heading along the coast. It is believed that it was inhabited by the Chantal people who may have been linguistically related to the Maya. The city is located next to the Cobalita River and much is very low ground, actually a mangrove swamp which is under water during the rainy season. The uncovered and restored structures are not as impressive as those at other sites but interesting none the less.

What makes Cobalita so spectacular however is the view from cliff tops, reached from an easily travelled path. Endless beach bordering the Pacific Ocean. To the south is the mouth of the Cobalita River, which at this point in the season barely makes it to the ocean. There were several bird enthusiasts at this overlook one of whom pointed out an eagle perched on a log in the river and eating a fish it has just caught. To the immediate north is a resort sitting atop the cliffs. All in all a magnificent view.

After coming down from the cliff tops, visitors can walk along several paths through the site. There is also a small but interesting museum. While I wouldn't make a special trip to Huatulco just to visit Cobalita, it is a pleasant way to spend an hour or two as part of a sea side vacation and should be seen.

Thank Paul S
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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.

1  Thank Happike
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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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