A century before the Bahías de Huatulco development was even on the drawing board, the cooler, greener Huatulco uplands were home to a community of farmers and fruit and coffee ranchers. Bypassed by the new Highway 200 and the coastal resort development, the foothill region above the Bahías de Huatulco is a treasury of traditional Oaxaca life and natural diversions—wildlife to view, springs and waterfalls to splash in, and jungle coffee ranches to visit and explore. The foothill destinations of Santa María Xadani and La Gloria Coffee Farm make an enjoyable day trip by car or tour. By bus, allow two days, including an overnight at the coffee farm.
Stretching approximately 90 miles (145 km) east from Huatulco, the same Highway 200 passes through a whole swath of interesting and beautiful country—curving sandy beaches, wildlife-rich lagoons, and colorful Chontal villages and markets—along the way to Salinas Cruz.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition