Touring Mantanchen/ Las Islitas and San Blas
We slept in a bit and after checking in with our family decided we'd better get going on our exploration day. We headed into the playa called Las Islitas and locked up the dinghy. We weren't exactly sure where we were going except that we were heading up the road. Our mission was to take a panga Jungle Tour up in Mantanchen. A mile or so up the road we found it, and bought our boletas for the tour.
|Ready for our adventure|
Each panga held 10 people, so we joined a big group and shared their boat. The guy sitting in front of us had a Denver Broncos hat on. Imagine that. After the first part of our trip of seeing crocodiles (crocodillos), turtles (tortugas) an owl, osprey and a white and blue heron, we got off the boat and walked around a little mini zoo. It was then that we discovered our Broncos fan actually lived in Denver. Thornton, to be exact. He and his wife were from Mexico and were with their family celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Another couple with us was celebrating their 40th. We spoke with them mostly in Spanish, until we realized the wife spoke English.
|Broncos fans in front of us (see the Broncos hat?)|
We walked back to the beach after the tour to find a taxi so we could explore San Blas. On the way back, we stopped at a little stand selling pan de platanos (banana bread). We bought a couple banana chocolate chip muffins for lunch. Yummy!!
We found a taxi and went into town. We drove back through Mantanchen and our driver took us to the Zocolo or center of town where we took off exploring. It was a traditional Mexican town...the Zocolo, with a big church off the square, surrounded by mercados of fruit, flowers, fish/seafood, clothing and other wares. We wanted to see the old fort, but it was up on the cliffs overlooking the city and not within walking distance.
We took the dinghy back to the boat and did a little sunset paddle and swim. After hot showers we made homemade chicken noodle soup and watched a little more Big Bang Theory.
An excellent day!
First Mate Kate
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