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.
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