01/13/2014 - 01/13/2014 88 °F
Ahh! Land! Our days at sea have been filled with excellent lecturers and evening entertainment. Sunday morning’s Protestant Worship Service in the Hollywood Theater was well attended and we’ve met some very interesting people. Today, though, was a day in Mexico. The Mexican Tourist Board has chosen this area for development because of the nearby five beautiful beaches.
Captain Egil Giske backed in alongside Santa Cruz Marina’s new pier – guess that is preferable than having to turn around when leaving a port.
The Marina and the surrounding area were developed by the Mexican government’s Tourist Board about 20 years ago as a tourist destination with the majority of vacationers flying in from Canada.
The nearby village of La Crucecita was built to resemble an “authentic Mexican village”. It was created for the small population that was displaced by the development of the marina.
Inside the village church is the largest mural depicting the Virgin of Guadeloupe.
The colorful Museum of Handcrafts
The Copalita Point Eco – Archaeological Center was the main destination of our tours today. Excavations here were begun in 1997. The dig consists of pyramids (not the Egyptian kind!), a ball court and burial grounds dating from 500 BC.
It is believed this area was the main building of the complex which was in use for a period of 900 years.
Excavations could continue another 40 years. Here workers remove one of the park’s paths because they discovered more ruins and artifacts underneath.
The sun sets over the calm Pacific. Days like these make it easy to see why this ocean was named Pacific (peaceful). We hoped for the sight of the elusive “green flash” at sunset. Sorry. Not today. I’m starting to wonder if it is a hoax!