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Mazatlan to Nuevo Vallarta

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From the last days in Mazatlan; a visit to the archeological museum.

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A side visit to the mountain village of Copala: the 16th century church was in poor condition…..on the outside.

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But it was kept up nicely on the inside, and used every day for Mass, even now.

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Off the square in Copala; not much left for tourists, it was a victim of the cruise ship abandonment of Mazatlan; all the little restaurants closed, and the museum is not often open.

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Leaving Mazatlan for San Blas, we passed through a veritable ‘sea of sea turtles,’ maybe 50?

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Lush hills surrounded Matanchen Bay, outside San Blas, where we anchored for 3 nights

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We paddled onto the beach in our kayaks; easier for surf landings than the dinghy!

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Cute little chapel on the walk from the beach to the road where we caught a bus into San Blas; the road was lined with booths selling banana bread, the local delicacy

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When Matanchen Bay cleared from previous heavy rains, the water was light enough to see all the Rays!

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Further south, at the little Bay of Chacala

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The dinghy beach at Chacala; our kayaks are stacked on the right

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Colorful buildings in Chacala; lots of Northern Expats wandering around here

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The main thoroughfare, with leftover rain puddles; we were still in Mazatlan when Puerto Vallarta and environs got about 9 inches in 24 hours!

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We spent a nice night at anchor around the tip of Banderas Bay, called Punta de Mita, before heading into Nuevo Vallarta the next day

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Sunset, Punta de Mita

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In old Puerto Vallarta; a couple of bus rides away from our perch in the suburbs

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Narrow streets, chock full of ‘stuff’ that takes money

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Very picturesque; steep hills behind, lovely beach in front

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Unflattering picture of me woggling across the swinging bridge over the river Cuale in old Puerto Vallarta

 

Paradise Village Resort/Marina outside Puerto Vallarta

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John peeks out from inside the ‘pyramid’ at Paradise Village

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Slappey on the dock at Paradise Village

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We escaped from El Cid..

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…..only to get sucked into the vortex of Paradise Village. After only a week at anchor in Matanchen Bay and Chacala, Slappey pulled into the shiney, gated enclave in Nuevo Vallarta. We are learning to enjoy the pools, the beach, the hotel facilities, free rides to Costco, resident tigers and macaws, and all-around lushness of the place. Oh, but we are soft, spineless, and inadequate cruisers. I, myself, suffer intermittently from the embarrassment of it all but John’s head is usually in a book or fixed on the laptop such that I don’t think he notices much. We will in all likelihood make up for it during Summer in the Sea of Cortez. It will be scorching hot then, with bees,  and there are no cruiser resorts in the Sea.

There is more actual cruising to be done on this Coast. When we leave Banderas Bay, we can seek redemption at anchor in Chamela, Tenacatita, and Barra de Navidad. We won’t get much further South than that this year, before turning back North and heading for La Paz; there’s no resort in La Paz, is there???

Photos will have to wait as John has co-opted the laptop.