Huatulco's Bay is ecologically
unique, and tours are available to introduce you to the wonders of the
bay. Many of the region's tree species can be found here, including tepguaje,
cazarate, poppy, figus mecianos, colorin, mango, gallery woods and mangrove
swamps. The local fauna includes, country rats, mice, tlacoaches, armadillos,
rabbits, squirrels, and white-tail deer.
Ecological tours come in many forms in Huatulco. You can tour the natural
wonders of the area by bike or on horseback, or even take a guided river-rafting
The resorts in Huatulco offer a wide variety of water sports. You can
skis, kayaks, windsurfers, or go water skiing or parasailing.
The waters off Huatulco swarm with game fish, and charters are readily available.
Huatulco's nine bays offers some splendid diving and snorkeling sites. In
Santa Cruz and San Agustin Bays there are several wrecks you can dive on, as
well as plenty of reef loaded with fish and eels. In front of Tangolunga
Bay there's an interesting bottom made of volcanic rock
The region surrounding Huatulco is covered by thousands of square miles of
tropical rain forest. In town, you can arrange a guided tour of the jungle
at nearby Cuatrimotos.
The Aromatic Region
About 45km from Huatulco is an area known as the Aromatic Region. This
is where Mexico's fragrant "pluma" coffee is produced, and legend has
it that the first plants were brought in by an English pirate. Later on,
the area was developed by German immigrants, who abandoned their farms during
the Second World War. After their depar- ture, the farms were taken over
by locals and they eventually developed into the small villages you see today.
There are several interesting towns near Huatulco, the most popular being
beach towns Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido. Puerto Escondido lies about
50 miles up the coast; its beaches are beautiful and empty and offer some of
the best surfing in the world -major international competi- tions are held
here. Nearby Puerto Angel also has excellent beaches and waves, as well
as a University for Marine Biology.
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