…… and Playa Bocana
This morning it was off to Copalita, billed as an eco-archeological park about 5 miles out of town. As with many things, it had been difficult to find much information ahead of time so we weren’t too sure what to expect when we got there. The guides that we were told were available and abundant weren’t, but we were lucky enough to meet a couple from Ontario who had come with a registed guide arranged by their hotel and let us join them.
Copalita Eco-Archeological site covers about 200 acres along the Copilita river. Away from the river it is the usual dry scrub but close to the river it is lush and green. Birdwatchers love the place and have made a significant contribution to it’s development. The archeological site dates back about 3000 years but was only excavated in the mid 90’s and opened to the public 10 years ago.
Our guide first took us through a small, but lovely, museum that had artefacts that had been found on the site; jewellery, pots, amulets and vessels. We then went to the part of the site that was open to the public; a snake temple, ball court and a main temple.
We then headed off down the trail through the dry jungle to a viewpoint that looked over the lush, green estuary and down a long stretch of pretty much deserted beach. This was probably what the entire Huatulco area looked like before Fonatur and the big all-inclusives moved in.
(A bit of history, Fonatur has developed five of Mexico’s largest beach resort areas–Cancun, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Loreto, and the Bays of Huatulco. Currently, these five destinations offer more than 245 hotels with 36,800 rooms. Fonatur’s resort destinations also bring in over half of the foreign tourist dollars to Mexico. Fonature is a Trust for the Promotion of Tourism Infrastructure and raises the necessary capital for it through foreign and domestic investment.)
Two hours later we returned to the parking lot and the guide and the folks from Ontario were good enough to give us a ride back to where we could access the beautiful beach we had just seen. At the end of the road was a tiny village called Playa Bocana with two small beach restaurants and a few other buildings. The restaurant we chose cooked over a woodfire and the food was infused with a slightly smoky flavour. Yum…
Satiated, we headed off down the beach towards the estuary. There were few people out here, definitely more vultures. This was more what we were looking for when coming to the area; heat and long beaches. After a nice stroll and then dip in the surf we headed back to town to a different world.