Tortugas

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
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Trip End Feb 01, 2012


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Flag of Mexico  , Colima,
Thursday, December 2, 2010

The drive to Cuyutlan was short, just a few hours despite getting lost in Manzanillo. Mexico doesn't seem to have the same regard for signs that I’m used to. Many streets (or dare I say most) don’t have street signs, sometimes they’ve faded beyond recognition, sometimes they’ve fallen over or been overgrown by trees or ivy, many times there never was a sign. Not complaining really, just stating fact. 

Along the highway, we saw about 50 fruit stands, each with piles of coconuts, huge bunches of bananas, enormous jack fruit and pineapple galore. We stopped and got some fruit, asked the names of the things I didn’t recognize, of course the names were in Spanish and I’d forgotten them by the time we got to the car to look them up.

We chose Cuyutlan because they have a turtle sanctuary (el tortugario). They collect sea turtle eggs from the beaches, keep them in a safe place until they hatch, then release the little turtles, about the size of my palm into the ocean. There are 3 species of sea turtles that nest on the beaches here.

We saw some large turtles in pools, recovering from injuries and were lucky to be there when a group of kids had the privilege of releasing about a hundred little hatchlings. They sprinted for a while, then rested, usually going straight for the water, good instincts. Sometimes a wave would wash them back up the beach and they’d have to try again from where they started, it took about 45 minutes for them all to find the water.

We took a walk on the boardwalk in town, there were dozens of restaurants and hotels readying for their peak tourist season (the month of December), but they were all empty on the Thursday afternoon we were there, I hope business picked up for them.

We sat on the beach and watched the fish jump until the sun set.

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