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Copalita Ecological Park and Ruins (Parque Eco Arqueológico Copalita)
Copalita Ecological Park and Ruins (Parque Eco Arqueológico Copalita)

Copalita Ecological Park and Ruins (Parque Eco Arqueológico Copalita)

Boulevard Tangolunda-Copalita, tramo 15, Bahias de Huatulco, Oaxaca, 70989

The Basics

Travelers to the Oaxaca coast shouldn’t miss a visit to the Copalito Ruins, an archaeological park near the Copalita River with wooded trails, a museum, and ruins that date back more than 2,000 years. Home to some 60 different species of animals and a wide variety of indigenous birds, this spot is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers. Visit the park independently or on a hassle-free day trip from Puerto Escondido with round-trip transport.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visit the Copalita ruins independently or on a day trip from Puerto Escondido.

  • The archaeological park is open daily, and offers a site museum, restrooms, and parking.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces

  • Bring bug repellent, sunblock, a hat or sunglasses, and plenty of water.

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How to Get There

The Copalita ruins are located on Boulevard Tangolunda-Copalita, just minutes from La Crucecita. Most visitors arrive by taxi or as part of a guided tour. For those looking to save money,collectivo taxis are available to shuttle passengers to and from the park.

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When to Get There

The archaeological park is open daily from 8am to 5pm, and there really isn’t a bad time to visit. It receives just a fraction of the visitors of some of the larger archaeological sites in Oaxaca, so you can visit just about any time without having to worry about crowds.

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La Crucecita

Originally built as the service town for the Huatulco resort area, La Crucecita has the feel of a small Mexican town. It’s located just minutes from the Copalita ruins and serves as a jumping off point for exploring Huatulco’s nine different bays. Here, visitors can sample Oaxacan cuisine and shop for artisan crafts at the traditional La Probadita market.

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