This Huatulco Ecotour Is A Must See For Tourists
You truly haven’t experienced Huatulco until you’ve gone to Hagia Sofia, pronounced [Ahia Sophia]. “Slice of Heaven,” “Agro-Ecological Wonderland,” “A Day in Paradise” – are all comments used by past tour guests to describe this incredible local experience. This Huatulco Ecotour is sure to leave you with a humbling sense of the work that goes into maintaining this haven.
Located approximately 40 minutes into the mountains from Huatulco’s core you will find this oasis. (Map to Eco Preserve found below). A guided tour takes you on an awe inducing walk through the gardens as you come in contact with over 60 varieties of organically grown floral plants, many of which are marked by staked signs for your benefit.
A man named Armando Canavati Nader began building the 130 hector ranch approximately 10 years ago, and it truly has been a labor of love. You can imagine the hard work that goes into maintaining such mass amounts of landscape. His passion is evident through the fact that Armando likely will not see any substantial profits for decades. He truly believes in the value and spirituality of this experience to the point where he refuses to see guests harassed by anyone trying to sell souvenirs or rush the experience.
Price and What it Includes:
It begins at an outdoor kitchen located on the grounds. It is here where women native to the area make homemade breakfast and later lunch for you to enjoy. A typical meal would include quesadillas with homemade salsas and fresh fruit from the grounds (vegetarian options available).
After your delicious breakfast, a guide will take you through a winding trail stretching 500 meters along the Magdalena river. Casually walk the path as you view the more than 400 plants both native to the area and imported from Asia.
After crossing the river, you’ll find yourself surrounded by tropical fruit groves; many of which you will get the opportunity to sample. You will be guided on a ten minute walk to an enchanting waterfall where guests are more than welcome to take a refreshing swim. Change rooms are provided on location.
Both the elevation and relatively dense eco system make bird watching extremely gratifying for those interested. Special guides can be arranged for avid bird watchers.
This eco preserve houses an impressive 80 different types of fruit, with 7 different types of bananas alone. Some favorites include; papaya, lychee, pineapple, and star fruit. What may be the most interesting however, are the unique fruits, mangostan and ranbustan. These tropical fruits have to be shade grown, which is easier said than done in Mexico. For this reason you will notice individual sun barriers/tents have been built to accommodate the plants needs. These plants take about 3-5 years each before the fruit can be harvested for export, making production a slow process.
Armando truly values the idea of sustainable tourism by making a point of providing employment for the locals. Keeping employment local is one of the best ways to insure a strong economy, as well as being one of the defining features of sustainable tourism. Another defining feature consists of having a low environmental impact. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of water to nourish all the plant life throughout the preserve. Following along with the idea of sustainability, Armando has set up massive reserves for collecting rain water that are then used for watering.
Where to start? Booking your sustainable tour to Hagia Sofia begins at My Huatulco Vacation
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Hagia Sofia is somewhere you must visit when you travel to Huatulco, their striking variety of vegetation is truly amazing. Not to mention the experience of eating tropical fruit directly from the tree is something that frankly makes this Huatulco Ecotour unforgettable.
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