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Known for its nine bays and 36 miles of beautiful beaches, Huatulco (wah-tool-ko) offers an ideal mix of culture and relaxation. Named for the nearby national park, Huatulco is located in the state of Oaxaca, southeast of Mexico City on the Pacific coast, halfway between Acapulco and Guatemala. Oaxaca is seeped in indigenous culture and pride; over 350,000 Zapotec and 240,000 Mexitec people call the state home, and over 16 other indigenous groups are registered there. In addition to Spanish, at least half of the population speaks indigenous languages, and they each have distinct food, clothing, traditions, and dance. You could visit one area of Oaxaca and then visit another and experience something totally unique. Not as well-known as Cabo, Cancún, and Puerto Vallarta, the area has been popular with Mexicans for years and there is a sizeable community of Canadian retirees. Regrettably, many who travel to Mexico never experience this beautiful coastal city. And while Huatulco offers fun-in-sun beach vibes, there is more to see. Here American Queen Voyages guests encounter Oaxaca’s rich heritage and gain access to a little-known, nature-lovers utopia. Ecotourism is gaining in popularity, so river rafting or a hike through the jungle may be available. Optionally, you can venture to La Crucecita, billed as “a new town with old-fashioned sensibilities.” The tourist development complex has an interesting Arts and Crafts Museum managed by the artisans themselves. Here visitors can sample and purchase various regional products such as chocolate, mole, mescal and even grasshoppers – if you dare.