Huatulco Life was inspired by people with a passion for Huatulco and the Mexican lifestyle. It is a place to find out more information about the region and enjoy the beauty of the Oaxacan coastline through the photo gallery. From time to time, other interesting tidbits about Mexico make their way into the pages of this blog. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Festival Mareño in Huatulco

The Festival Mareño is on right now is Santa Cruz and will continue through the weekend.

Make sure to pop on down to check out the photography workshops, the course on dance techniques, and also the painting workshops.

There will also be some musical talent on hand to entertain.

See you in Santa Cruz!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Taking the Plunge in Huatulco, Mexico

Original story by Michele writer and communications consultant.  To view her website click here.

Compared to swimming with dolphins, swimming with sardines probably doesn’t rank high on the lifetime bucket list for most people. But, as I plunged headfirst into a school of thousands of the graceful acrobats, I realized the tiny silver fish had its own special charms. They shape-shifted from a shadowy cloud into a shimmering ribbon of silver that swirled around my body like a wisp of fine silk. Then, moving in unison, they morphed again – this time into a blanket that blocked out the sunlight and threw the coral reef into darkness.

An 18-km coastline with 36 beaches, a wealth of dive sites and  a varied underwater scene are just a few of the outdoor experiences Huatulco offers. Our group of eight snorkellers and three crew members of Hurricane Divers, were anchored offshore at San Agustin Beach, a western bay in the Bahías de Huatulco area on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Located an hour by boat and a $15 cab ride from the luxury hotel zone of Tangolunda Beach, San Agustín Beach is relatively deserted, apart from a few seafood palapas (thatched huts).  It flanks Huatulco National Park, a 119 sq. km. ecological reserve  at the base of the Sierra Madre Sur.

With calm waters and underwater visibility of up to 18 metres, even novices can spot florescent damsel fish, spiny black sea urchins and eels ducking through the crevasses of the coral reef.

“We saw humpbacks here last week,” said Ken Gray, our tattooed, platinum-haired dive master.
Even more untouched than San Agustín, our next stop Chachacual Bay , is accessible only by boat. Upon arrival, the crew laid out an al fresco lunch while we floated in shallow waters bursting with blue-spotted coronet fish and yellow-tailed sturgeon. Refreshed by the clear waters, we planted ourselves on the white sand to enjoy grilled steak arranchera, spicy adobo chicken and fresh papaya salad.  

Next up  was Cacaluta Islandwhere a coral plate stretches for 300m at depths of between 2 to 12 metres. The marine life is so abundant and the coral so colourful, it’s known as Las Jardines or the gardens.

“Watch for strings of gas bubbles escaping from between the rocks on the bottom” said Gray, as we anchored in open water. “You may find sea turtles and Nurse Sharks resting in the gaps in the coral.”
Deciding to drip-dry for a few stops, I soaked up the panorama of sun and sea. Manta rays leaped above the water’s surface and plumes of crystal spray shot out of a nearby blowhole. No other boats were in sight.

“Where is everybody?” I asked.

“Huatulco is out of the way for many people,” shrugged Gray.

Located in the southern state of Oaxaca, it’s 185 km south of Acapulco and closer to Guatemala than major Mexican cities. Yet its isolation doesn’t mean roughing it. Much like Cancun, Los Cabos and Ixtapa, Huatulco was identified as a prime site for tourism development by Fonatur, the Mexican government agency. A massive injection of cash created an impressive infrastructure of wide boulevards, luxury marinas, golf courses and a modern sewage treatment system. Yet it remains surrounded by stretches of unchecked wilderness.

“They learned from earlier overbuilding mistakes and imposed development restrictions,” said Gray.

With flights to Huatulco increasing, the region’s peaceful seclusion may not last long. But for now, the beaches and clear blue waters are free of crowds.

Unless you count the sardines.

If You Go

Hurricane Divers is located in Santa Cruz harbour and offers deep-sea fishing in addition to dive and snorkel excursions for half and full days.

The snorkelling tour is offered from Tuesdays through Friday. Book at least two or three days in advance.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mexico to Launch First Adventure Travel Trade Show in September 2012

Posted by Journey Mexico

As Mexico’s Finest Adventure Company , we are excited to share some news with our readers:
As a result of Adventure Travel and Trade Association’s (ATTA)  2011 Adventure Travel World Summit, the coastal city of Veracruz, Mexico will be hosting the first ATMEX Adventure Travel Trade Show from September 5 – 9, 2012. Designed by the world’s leading adventure tourism trade organization, ATMEX is expected to emerge as one of Latin America’s most important annual adventure travel events.
The theme for the Trade Show will be “Breaking New Trails”. It aims is to create a learning environment for domestic operators, to help Mexican suppliers develop new partnerships with international buyers and media, and to stimulate responsible growth and sustainable development for Mexico and for the adventure travel trade worldwide. Jessica, from our e-marketing team,  will be traveling to the trade show as well as attending the pre-tours.  Starting September 1, follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more information about what we accomplish during this industry conference. We’re sure we’ll have some exciting news to share!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Huatulco Flight Schedule

The middle of August is fast approaching, which also means that the fall months, and "back to school" is not so far off!  It's a good idea to plan your vacation now before the snow flies to ensure your place in paradise.

The flight schedule is courtesy of Resort Real Estate Services.