Winter in the Land of the Iguana

Vallarta iguana

A big iguana in the zocolo, central square, is a treat even for Mexican children.

Last winter Mary explored the small fishing town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and saw a little girl taking pictures of a big iguana; so Mary took out her camera, too. Mary was curious to know what they look like because there was an iguana hiding in the tree of the apartment we were staying at in December that we never saw. Unfortunately, we saw the iguana excrement on the patio often and had to step around it and clean it up.

The iguana was massive with a four feet long striped tail. A man told her that the iguana captures prey by swinging the tail like a crocodile. Mary watched the massive iguana and two of his friends contort their bodies as they hung upside down in a tree eating leaves.

A street in the small town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle about 20 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.

We stayed a short distance along the beach from La Cruz and sometimes at low tide we walked a couple of miles to the recently built marina. La Cruz hosts a Sunday market featuring live entertainment, crafts, seafood, such as honey, sauces, smoked meat, bread, cookies, tamales, noni juice, and coffee. Mary and I went and were thrilled to find a local grower of macadamias; they’re tasty and nutritious and I hadn’t eaten any since I left the USA in November. We also saw a busker from Seattle who enhanced her ballet with hula hoops. I almost bought a beautiful chess set with a board engraved with the Aztec calendar and pieces depicting the Spanish conquistadores against the Aztecs; it’s a pity I didn’t have a living room.

One day we rode a water taxi from Nuevo Vallarta to downtown Puerto Vallarta (PV) and saw Bill Gates’ boat. It was one of the bigger boats in the Paradise Village Marina but not anything to distinguish it as belonging to the richest man in the world. You couldn’t even land a chopper on it! Maybe he has a bigger boat in Seattle and some other boats in other ports.

Tangled fishing net

How do Mexican fishermen keep their nets from getting tangled?

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