Uncover the magic and mystery of the excavated ruins of Copalita, as you explore the site's ancient ties, browse an archaeological museum, and relish panoramic Pacific Ocean views from a scenic lookout point. In 1996, anthropologists discovered the ruins of an ancient city dating back over 1,000 years — the only one of its kinds found along the Mexican Pacific Coast. You will embark on a guided walking tour around what remains of a pre-Hispanic town where it's estimated some 2,000 people once lived. See the ceremonial center, timeworn temples, and ball courts that were uncovered after decades of excavation efforts. Follow leafy pathways lined with dense marshland that lead to a clifftop observatory point offering sweeping views of the Copalita River's mouth and expansive Pacific Ocean shoreline. Back at the Site Museum you'll view a collection of historic artifacts — maps, carvings, and ceramics — that tells the fascinating story of the state of Oaxaca.
• Copalita: Comb the excavated ruins of temples, ball courts and the ceremonial center of a city from the pre-Hispanic era.
• Observatory: Stand high on a cliff overlooking the location where the Copalita River meets the wide-open Pacific Ocean.
• Site Museum: Learn about the ancient cultures of Oaxaca through a showcase of maps, sculptures, ceramics and other historic artifacts.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
• Insect repellent
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Jeans or trousers
• Closed-toe shoes
• Guests must be able to walk approximately .4 miles (2 hours) over uneven surfaces, with inclines and about 10 steps and extended periods of standing.
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Guests with concerns should consult their personal physician.
• There is a local charge of five dollars to use video cameras at the site.
• Tour sequence may vary.