Monday, January 21, 2008

Mexico: Zihuatanejo, Troncones, 12/07

On my most recent trip to Mexico, in December '07, I fell in love with the small town of Barra de Potosí (population, 500). I had initially planned to stay only a night or two in this fishing village, 30 minutes south of Zihuatenejo on the Pacific Coast. However, my visit stretched to five nights and I could have stayed longer!

Perhaps falling in love with Barra de Potosi is how Laura Kelly, the owner of my lodging, Casa de Encanto, wound up becoming an American expat. A former private investigator in California, Kelly reinvented her life by opeing Casa del Encanto (House of Enchantment), more than a decade ago. Now, she is an important part of the small community.

I spontaneously decided to visit Patzcuaro, a mountain town at 7500-feet. So from Barra de Potosi, we took three buses and two taxis and arrived at sunset. It was so cold that I piled on all my layers of beach clothes. We spent three days exploring the local markets and sights.

To wrap up our vacation with some real rest and relaxation at the beach, we swam in the ocean, went surfing and ate many fresh fish tacos in Troncones, a popular resort area an hour north of Zihuatenejo.

Before our flight home on Christmas Eve, we explored the city of Zihuatenejo.

In April 2008, I will have a more detailed story and photo gallery of my travels posted on Stay tuned for URL.