In Touch With Nature


We can visualize Huatulco on the beach, extending as far as the eye can see, far off into the horizon. We can think of Huatulco as an exciting white water adventure, whether in a rubber raft or a kayak. We can summon up the tranquil image of its artisans. But there is also a Huatulco high above. For those eager to admire the bay from the heights without losing touch with the ground, the magic word is rappel, and activity that summarizes the task leading to successful mountaineering.

This objective is attained through sheer teamwork, by friendship founded on personal growth, since in order to ascend you must rely on the support of a companion, and thus, ensconced in a favorable spot, you help another friend to ascend in turn, so that in the end, we all reach our ultimate goal.

For those who love this type of mountaineering, five miles from Huatulco we arrive at Pargue Botazoo's Punta Celeste, a stone wall that can easily match the best in the world, reaching up to 145 feet high with a 100-degree inclination. The mere view of the rocks is enough to want to start climbing. Once there, from the cliff's wide cracks, we are watched by the waves rolling on the beach.

The sea breeze caresses our shoulders that are rapidly acquiring a deep bronze color. There is also the "wet" challenge. 40 miles from Huatulco, on the Copalita river, we reach a waterfall with a magnificent wall 164 feet high and an inclination of 95 degrees. We secure the rope and calculate our descending path, with the added thrill of a slippery surface. In the process, we are sprinkled with water from the Copalitilla waterfall. The sensation is so delightful that we would love to remain suspended there until the sun drifts behind the clouds, in search of night.

Oscar Franco