Mexico and Central America
18.06.2016 - 29.06.2016
RTW day # 179 ONE, only ONE, more day to go tomorrow in Key West. We plan to just go to Duval Street for Mojitos, Sloppy Joes bar, shopping and key lime pie...
June, 18, 2016 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Our tour was a Camel Ride and Outback Adventure. We drove about an hour to the Rancho San Cristobal location by the sea. This place is also a large turtle sanctuary. The 20 of us split into 2 groups for the Unimog truck ride to the camel stables. We were first greeted by Lewis the Kissing camel. The guide assured us that Lewis will not spit at us. After we all got smooched, we were decked out in a helmet and scarf then went for the 20 minute ride along the ocean.
We then went for a nature walk thru the Baja outback to the lunch location. There was good local food, Margaritas, Mexican coffee and tequila samples. The guide showed us how corn tortillas are made and the proper way to drink tequila shots. First, put the salt on the lime, squeeze lime juice in mouth, drink tequila, mix together in mouth, then swallow.
June 20, 2016 Acapulco, Mexico
It is HOT…HOT…HOT and humid
No tour scheduled but our Acapulco Highlights paper mentioned a house that Diego Rivera had installed several murals that was only .6 mile from the pier. After walking about ½ hour, we found the street but no murals. Two ladies were walking by and we asked them about the Diego murals. We were at house #175 on the wrong end of the street. House #6 for the murals was about 15 min away (and up the hills). So not to give up now, we headed up the hills but missed a turn to the house. After 45 min and more directions, we finally got there. Diego lived in the home for the last couple years of his life and over an 18 month period, he covered the outside wall with these mosaic murals depicting Mesoamerican deities. They were nice but a little dirty and pieces missing.
During our trek, we stopped at the place where the cliff divers perform but that was later in the day and we were on a mission.
June 22, 2016 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Another HOT day. We just went to the local handcraft shops at the port.
June 23, 2016 Corinto, Nicaragua
Stayed on board
June 24, 2016 Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Walked around port and Roger found a geocache
June 26, 2016 Panama Canal Transit
Panama became an independent nation in 1903, separating from Columbia. In May 1904, the US began work on a lock-based canal. The canal opened on August 15, 1914 to 1,000 ships that year, now providing passage to over 12,000 vessels per year. The American Society of Civil Engineers
has named the Panama Canal one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. We traversed the 48 mile canal from about 9am to 4:30 pm.
The Panama Canal Expansion began in Sept 2007 to double the waterway's capacity due to increasing demand of world maritime trade. The expansion opened to larger ships at 8am this day. The first container ship was traversing from East to West and we passed each other in the lake.
June 27, 2016 Cartagena, Colombia
Tour was the Panoramic Cartagena and shopping. Our first stop was on top of a 500 ft hill at the La Popa Monastery. The convent, built in 1607, features a beautiful, flower lined courtyard and the most stunning views of the entire city below.
The next photo stop was at the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. This fort was designed in 1639 and was an important military structure in Latin America.
The final stop was inside the Old Walled City. We went by the Inquisition Palace, the Cathedral, Plaza Bolivar, Plaza de la Aduana and Las Bovedas, the last being a structure that once was used as military storage vaults and later as dungeons for prisoners. Today, the structure houses souvenir shops and traditional Columbian merchandise. The narrow streets are lined with beautiful flower-lined balconies and massive wood doors.
We have been at sea 6/28-29, got the luggage from storage, having farewell parties and lots of pictures of our shipmates and crew.
The final sail-away party is at 5pm tomorrow in Key West (((
I may try to get a short blog off (mostly on board photos) on Friday waiting at the airport for our 3pm flight
Happy Sailing ((