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Tradition, culture, culinary richness and natural landscapes merged when Fonatur built the Integrally Planned Centre of Huatulco.

Huatulco is one of the youngest tourist centres created by Fonatur. It is located on the coast of the state of Oaxaca, 277 kilometres from the city of Oaxaca and 923 kilometres from Mexico City.

In 1984 Fonatur implemented the Master Plan to start the development of the Huatulco Integrally Planned Centre (cip), which would have the objective of providing it with tourist infrastructure and, above all, guaranteeing its connectivity with the rest of the country, since that paradisiacal town was practically isolated.

In 1984, Huatulco became the fifth Integrally Planned Centre of Fonatur and in 1998, due to its natural wealth, it was declared a protected area.

Huatulco or Coatulco, as its original inhabitants called it, means ‘place where the tree is worshipped or revered’. This name is made up of the word quahuilt, ‘wood’, which refers to the act of bowing the head as a sign of reverence, and the particle co, which denotes place.

Coffee crops and orchids in coexistence with the noise of the waterfalls are part of the landscape of Huatulco.

Located in the bay of the same name, Marina Chahué is a component to diversify the tourist offer in Huatulco and to attract the nautical segment.


This tourist development is integrated in an area of ​​20,975 hectares; It includes nine bays —San Agustín, Riscalillo, Tangolunda, Santa Cruz y el Órgano, Chachacual, Chahué, Cacaluta and Conejos—, a National Park declared a Protected Nature Reserve, an archaeological zone and a museum, as well as beautiful landscapes of mountains, valleys and slopes irrigated by the Coyula, Cacaluta and Copalita rivers that offer tourists a great paradise to discover.

Given the abundance of its tropical nature, Huatulco offers unique scenarios where the adventurer or tourist eager for emotions can take a boat ride, rappel down a mountain, visit a coffee farm, discover the depths of the sea or simply let themselves be pampered by the senses in contact with nature; in addition to enjoying the spectacular 18-hole Tangolunda Golf Course.

Its warm climate allows you to enjoy sunny days throughout the year, with rains in summer and average temperatures of 32 °C. Thanks to its proximity to Oaxaca, it is part of a very attractive tourist circuit for European and North American visitors.

The destination became relevant for the cruise route in April 2003, when the Santa Cruz dock began operations.

The Santa Cruz pier, developed by Fonatur, handles the arrival of cruise ships.


Huatulco stands out for being a pioneer in the implementation of sustainable initiatives, since it recovers and treats its wastewater and uses only renewable energy. For all these efforts, Huatulco has received important international certifications such as the EarthCheck Platinum, designed specifically for the tourism industry, and the Blue Flag, which promotes the sustainable management of coastal destinations.

Likewise, the Ministry of Tourism has granted Huatulco the Distinctive “S”, which certifies the guarantee of sustainability of the destination.


Huatulco has lots for commercial, equipment, hotel, industrial, multi-family and single-family land use, and hopes to expand the tourist and real estate offer with products that are attractive and of high constructive design.

Considering its outstanding vocation for nature and its integration into a wide tourist circuit that includes the city of Oaxaca, together with the tradition, culture and historical wealth of the region, a prosperous and profitable business is guaranteed for tourism investment.

The Santa Cruz-La Crucecita tourist real estate corridor, also known as Fifth Avenue, is designed by Fonatur to be a very exclusive area.

Tangolunda Bay is one of the most important in Huatulco and is made up of five beaches with moderate to gentle waves, ideal for water sports.


Among the main projects carried out by Fonatur in Huatulco, the following stand out:

Construction of the coastal boulevard that connects the bays of Santa Cruz, Chahué and Tangolunda, and that connects the town of Santa Cruz with the tourist development.

Urbanisation of the town of La Crucecita.

Construction of the cruise ship dock in Santa Cruz, planned to simultaneously serve two vessels of up to 3,350 passengers each.

Launch of the Marina Chahué project to attract the nautical segment.

El Faro is a surprising viewpoint to observe the natural spectacle of the bufadora, a cave that emits a thunderous sound when receiving the waves of the sea.

Construction of the Tangolunda golf course with 18 holes, par 72, with a club house and tennis courts.

Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park that makes Huatulco the only destination in the Mexican Pacific with an archaeological zone representative of the Mixtec culture.

Construction of the Santa Cruz-La Crucecita tourist real estate corridor, also known as Fifth Avenue.