GET A MEXICAN HISTORY LESSONNear the beaches of Huatulco sits the impressive remnants of the ancient Zapotec civilization: the abandoned city of Monte Albán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded around 500 BC. The archeological site houses temples, tombs, courtyards, ball courts and hundreds of petroglyphs hidden among the stones. For an extra dose of history, you could also pop over to the Bocana del Rio Copalita Eco-Archaeological park where trails take you to pre-Hispanic Mixtec ruins and a history museum.
SHOP AROUND LA CRUCECITANeed to treat yourself? Head to La Crucecita! The charming town serves authentic Mexican culture around its plaza, park, and restaurant-lined streets. It’s also the perfect spot to stock up on souvenirs! Wander around kiosks selling the best Mexican crafts, from handmade jewellery to colourful textiles. Plus, you can visit the Museum of Oaxacan Handcrafts for a bit of back-story!
SAMPLE OAXACAN CUISINEHuatulco happens to be located in the Mexican state that serves some of the country’s most delicious cuisine—Oaxaca. Look out for classic Oaxacan dishes: anything with mole (a complex, chili-based sauce), tlayuda (a kind of tortilla pizza topped with beans, meat, Oaxacan cheese, and more), white beans and shrimp, seafood soup and chapulines (grasshoppers). Don’t forget to add the famous local tipple of choice…mezcal!
FREE THE TURTLESOverlooking the bay of San Agustin, Mazunte welcomes hundreds of sea turtles to its shores, who come here to lay their eggs. The Mexican Turtle Centre invites travellers to join them in protecting the baby turtles and helping them reach the sea. This slice of the Oaxacan coast is one of the top five sea turtle nesting areas in the world!
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