Allegra Hanlon
May 2020

With its 36 sand beaches, clear waters, and dense jungles, Huatulco is the perfect playground for outdoorsy types. Whether you’re looking for coral reefs, jungle waterfalls, or whitewater rafting, there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy nature.

Watch Sea Turtles Hatch

If you find yourself in Huatulco between May and November, be sure to visit Cacaluta Bay to watch the magical phenomenon of baby turtles hatching and making their way to sea. Cacaluta Beach attracts at least four species of turtles to lay their eggs each year.

Soak in the Magic Waterfalls

The Cascadas Mágicas, as they’re called in Spanish, are located about an hour from Huatulco, on the Rio Copalita. Standing under one of the 30 waterfalls (the largest being 20 meters high) is a great way to cool off after a hike through the jungle.

Take a Coffee Plantation Tour at Finca el Pacífico

About a two-hour drive from Huatulco’s core, this plantation has more than 200,000 coffee trees. On a tour, you’ll have the opportunity to pick your own beans and share a typical Oaxacan meal with the farm’s owner, Señor Gomez.


Visit Hierve el Agua

These natural rock formations, created by freshwater springs, resemble cascades of water and are one of the more unique (and least visited) stops in Huatulco’s central valley.

Go Whitewater Rafting

If you find yourself in Huatulco between June and December, sign up for a whitewater rafting experience. Guided trips start at an altitude of around 2,500 feet and travel down the Rio Copalita for as far as 15 miles.

Book an ATV Jungle Tour

Go four-wheeling on a trail through the jungle and along the Bay of San Agustín, where you can stop for a swim in the water and a bite at the oceanside restaurant before heading back into the trees.

Go Horseback Riding

Another option to see the mountains and the beaches and learn about Huatulco’s ecosystem is to take a horseback riding tour. Bring your bathing suit, as many trips will include a stop for a swim.

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