A big rock coming out of the ocean on the Cacaluta Beach in Huatulco, Mexico
Take a boat ride out to the remote beach at Playa Riscalillo, where you can snorkel the crystalline waters and coral reefs. Or check out expansive Cacaluta beach, where the movie "Y Tu Mama Tambien" was filmed. Or visit Bahia San Agustin, surrounded by rocky cliffs and palapas, open-sided thatched-roof buildings, where you can cool off with a cold cerveza.
Magical waterfalls in Copalitilla and Llano Grande in San Miguel del Puerto in Huatulco, Mexico
The Cascadas Magicas — or Magic Falls — are shallow waterholes reachable after hiking through the jungles of the Sierra Madre mountains. On your way there, you can stop at different organic coffee plantations and taste the Mexican version of a cup of joe.
Sample real Mexican flavors during a mezcal tasting tour with your Mexico cruise. There are several available in venues like Casa Chahue and Cielito Lindo Centro, where you can try the different varieties of the popular mezcal, a distilled alcoholic drink made from the agave plant.
Huatulco's cuisine is famous for its use of strong flavors like guajillo chili, poblano peppers and mole, the classic Mexican sauce with onion, garlic, cinnamon, cumin and dark chocolate. Taste them in dishes like tlayuda, a kind of Oaxacan pizza of meat, beans and vegetables on a toasted or fried tortilla. If you're feeling brave during your Huatulco cruise, try chapulines, the seasoned grasshoppers available from many street stalls.
Head to Santa Cruz for traditional souvenirs like hammocks, sombreros (hats) and colorful glassware. Check out Plaza Chahue for jewelry and onyx fixtures. And stop by La Crucecita square for local artisan items like Oaxacan barro negro (black clay) pottery, handmade fans and jewelry made with shells.
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