Huatulco, Oaxaca. Mexico

Intensive Spanish Program

Huatulco, Oaxaca


Oaxaca’s coast is the home of nine glorious bays of benevolent climate, uneven relief and extraordinary natural beauty. The favorite of tourists who like to have an endless number of water, sports and recreation activities framed by an abundant and generous nature, the Bays of Huatulco are a modern and much visited tourism destination. Inhabited during the Prehispanic era by Mixteca Indians, the zone was called Cuahtolco, meaning “place of lumber exploit”. During the Spanish Conquest, particularly during the decade of 1530, the port of Huatulco was confirmed as a commercial center. However, this attracted the attention of many European pirates, including famous pirates of the era as Thomas Cavendish and was victim of constant attacks. The tourism development of the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca has been supported by the federal government since 1969 and currently the region has a great supply of hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, shops, guides and other tourism entertainment activities. Additionally, it is very well connected by land, air and sea through the Puerto Escondido – Salina Cruz and Oaxaca – Pochutla highways and one international airport.



Learn more about Huatulco


"Santa María Huatulco", known as "Huatulco" (Oo-ah-tool-ko), is a municipality in Oaxaca (Mexico). Founded approximately 489 years ago. With an actual population of aproximately 33,194 inhabitants.


The Bays of Huatulco are located on the coast of the State of Oaxaca, in the final part of the Sierra Madre del Sur. They include 35 kilometers from the Mexican Pacific coast, between the Coyula and Copalita rivers. It is located  277 km from the capital of Oaxaca and 50 minutes from the city of Mexico by air. It also has land and maritime access, where the warm climate allows you to enjoy 365 days a year and only 40 rainy days sunny. The aggressive beauty of the area is the result of its location in the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur of rugged topography of mountains, slopes and valleys, adorned by Augustine, Coyula and Copalita rivers. Add the fact surrounding traditional ports such as attractive to the area: Puerto Angel 52 kilometers, Puerto Escondido 109 km, as well as picturesque villages such as the municipal seat to Pochutla and 34 km to 40 km away from the tourist development.




One of many bounties has Bahias de Huatulco is its climate: warm, subhumid, its annual average temperature is 28 °C with extreme average temperature of 18 °C in winter and 38 °C at the end of the spring and summer. This undoubtedly is a guarantee for the visitor who seeks rest under the warmth of the Sun.


Flora and fauna


Bahias de Huatulco vegetation is exuberant, since major tree species, such as the tepguanje, the cazarate, poppy, can be found the ficus, mecianos, Colorín, as well as low selva espinosa, thorny scrub, gallery forest and mangroves in the coastal cord. Its fauna is typical of the neotropical area, with absence of large mammals and predators; rats, mice, tlacoaches, armadillos are found. Rabbits, squirrels, white-tailed deer. A variety of reptiles and amphibians, including salamanders, toads, frogs, aquatic and terrestrial turtles, iguanas, boas, vipers, as well as a wide variety of birds, where the most important are the Falcons, hawks, owls, doves, pelicans, gulls, sparrows and hummingbirds.


Huatulco is rich in marine life. They include oysters, lobster, shrimp, dolphin, turtle, red snapper, clam, snail and occasionally whales. It is worth mentioning that the bays of Huatulco are one of the major ecosystems of the Mexican Republic to such a degree that the President is declared it a protected area that eventually became National Park Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon. The first proposal was made by the secretariats of environment, natural resources and fisheries, marine and communications and transport in 1997.


January 8, 2011 held the 472 anniversary of its qualification as a people.


The municipality of Santa María Huatulco is located approximately eight hours from the capital of the State. One of the cities with the largest population of the municipality is La Crucecita, which is part of the Bahias de Huatulco tourism development. Every year, thousands of tourists visit it. It has an international airport, the international airport of "Bahias de Huatulco".


Its main attraction are its 9 bays and 36 beaches. The bays are named: Rabbits: has two beautiful beaches:  Playa rabbit and Punta Arena; Tangolunda: Zapotec means "pretty woman"; considered the main hotel zone of the municipality, it has a field of 18-hole golf course par 72, with  beautiful view to the sea; Santa Cruz: has three beautiful beaches: La Entrega, Yerbabuena and Punta Santa Cruz. It is one of the most important local bays, since there is the darcena or Jetty where sail all boats and a dock for cruise ships of international stature. Chahué: Zapotec means "fertile land" or "moist soil"; He has a marina for yachts. Maguey: this beach of approximately 500 metres long and 25 to 50 meters wide is very visited due to the tranquility of its waters, the water is crystal blue and green hues, and has a temperate climate. Organ: unspoilt beach of approximately 240 metres long and 20 metres wide; its slope is moderate, as well as its swells. Cacaluta: Zapotec means "black bird" or cacalote; It receives every year to various migratory birds. Chachacual: it is a great ecological reserve to the Huatulco National Park; has two attractive unspoilt beaches: Chachacual and La India; to date the only road access is by sea. San Agustín: with approximately 1,500 meters long and 20 to 80 metres wide, it boasts a reef of white coral just a few metres offshore; it has two beaches: San Agustín and and Cacalutilla.


Bahías de Huatulco has a high potential for ecotourism, stand out within this type of activity the waterfalls Copalitilla magic tour, the bike tour, rappelling, the canopy, the tour riding, the Santa Cruz maya temazcal, bird watching, etc. Also they have been developed for some years community-based tourism activities, which consist of learn about community life in the surroundings of the tourism development.



Vicente Guerrero was given prisoner in the bays of Huatulco.At the beginning of the Spanish rule, Huatulco was widely used as a commercial port, and achieved a success that led to the raids of pirates: Francis Drake in 1578, and Thomas Cavendish in 1587. At the time of independence of Mexico, it was here where consummated betrayal to Vicente Guerrero, who earlier was President of Mexico, by the Italian sailor Francisco Picaluga. The beach was where landed is called drop off, same that is located in the Santa Cruz Bay.


In 1850, Benito Juárez, Governor of Oaxaca, visited the Pacific Coast and founded the town of Crespo in what today is Huatulco.


In 1969, the Mexican Government decided to give a strong boost to tourism, especially to the beach destinations. It was then when doing the exploration of the national territory in search of suitable sites for the creation of integrated tourist developments, rediscovered the Bays of Huatulco, which characteristics were optimal to consider it part of the project. In 1983, when highways Puerto Escondido-Salina Cruz were completed and the Oaxaca-Pochutla, the national tourism development fund gave home to the work of the tourist resort of Bahías de Huatulco, which was covered in nine natural bays from Copalita Bay to the Bay of San Agustín. At that time the Bay Santa Cruz was the main human settlement of the place which inhabitants were dedicated to agriculture and subsistence fishing. Currently, the Bays of Huatulco are considered an attractive tourist destination both nationally and internationally. Since then has an excellent infrastructure and hotel services of great tourism 5, 4 and 3 stars, as well as restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques and golf course, which are distributed mainly in the Bay of Tangolunda, Santa Cruz and Crucecita urban sector.


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Huatulco Regular Program (5-day program)

3 hours lessons per day and two one-day tours
Cost: $590 USD


Price uncludes: classes, tours and breakfast only in the second tour and transportation which is private.

Additional $12 USD dollar for transportation from Huatulco International Airport to the site.




3 hours lessons for 3 days starting at 9 AM and two one-day tours for a 5-day stay.  The tours lenght 5 hours each visiting several sites in Huatulco. Tours start at 8 AM and end around 1 PM, classes start at 9 AM and finish at 1 PM


Day one

Tour around Huatulco to get to know its beaches and its viewpoints and we ended up with a refreshment in a restaurant on the beach in Santa Cruz Huatulco.


Day two

Tour to an ethnobotanical garden to know its variety of edible and medicinal plants. This tour includes breakfast on-site.


Local accommodations available at different rates, ask us for information.