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La Bocana de Copalita

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The first Huatulco surfing and boogie board competition was held at Copalita beach on May 1, 2003.

The Río Copalita empties into the Pacific 4 miles northeast of the Tangolunda area. The lagoon or bocana can be seen in the middle of the sand. The green areas on the "wet" part, are little islands. The paved road with palm trees along the sides, is the access to the restaurants and parking area. The picture was taken from the mirador (scenic overlook).

During the rainy season (May to October) outfitters conduct rafting trips down the Copalita.

La Bocana changed a lot with hurricane Pauline. The beach used to be narrower. The beach grew about 300 yards into the ocean because the river brought tons of sand.

The surfing area, not shown in the picture, is the part of the beach used by local surfers. It is located on the right side of the beach, 100 yards from the restaurants.

Archaeological Site: La Zona Arqueológica Bocana del Río Copalita opened to the public October 2010 after 12 years of excavation and study. The site dates to about 500 B.C. and is located at the boundary between Mixtec and Zapotec regions. A ball court measuring 23 x 45 meters is similar in construction to the one at Monte Albán and contains carvings depicting players. Several other structures have also been excavated. The 35-hectare site is located 10 kilometers from Huatulco.

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