Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa, Mexico
February 16, 2006

Zihuatanejo (pronounced Zee-wah-tah-nay-ho) and Ixtapa are small port towns in west-central Mexico.  For our side trip we chose the "Customs and Traditions" tour which took us to Playa Larga, a coconut farm, the Cristo de Petatlan Church, an adobe factory, and lastly to an overlook for a scenic view of Ixtapa.

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Cruising into port.

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There was no dock with deep water, so the ship tied up in the bay and passengers took these "tenders" to shore.

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Our ship as seen from shore.
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We're about to take our tour.
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Jose, our guide for the tour.
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Long Beach ~ ecologically protected.
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Weather was beautiful yet the beach was empty.  We were told this was because there were crocodiles!

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Scenes from the movie "Shawshank Redemption" were photographed here.
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Coconut palm tree.
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This fellow is shaving coconut out of the shell.
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This is the only tool they use to husk coconuts ~ an automobile wheel with a sharpened automobile spring welded in a vertical position.

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The Cristo de Petatlan Church ~ recently rebuilt after a fire.
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Clay roof tiles being dried.
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Adobe bricks drying in the sun.
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Adobe bricks ready for delivery.
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We saw more than 20 iguana's of all sizes in this tree ~ they were eating the berries!

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On our way to Ixtapa.
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This is as close as we could get to Ixtapa ~ the ship wasn't in port long enough for us to tour any longer!  :(

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