Surfers turn to face the large wave about to crash over them. A few weeks ago, in December of 2014, Carole and I decided to make our second visit to the Pacific Coast of Guerrero State. On our first visit in February of 2013, we explored Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and the area immediately to the south of it. This time we elected to go north and check out Troncones, a serene little beach town about 32 km (20 mi) from Zihua. We once again stayed at Zihua's wonderful Hotel Irma, with its spectacular views of the town and bay. However, I did not shoot many photos there this time, since I have covered Zihua pretty thoroughly in previous posts. In the following two parts of this three-part series, we'll revisit two places I briefly covered in my 2013 series, Barra Potosí and the pre-hispanic ruins at Xihuacán. We were able to spend more time at both places and see things we missed before. For a Google map of the area, click here.
The "No Name" beach hotel
two distinct lineages of coconuts. One originated on the coasts of India and the other in the Malayan Archipelago. Each was spread by migration and trade. The Indian version was carried west to Africa, while the Malayan type was brought to the Pacific Coast of Mexico by seafaring Polynesians of the distant past. Today coconuts are grown commercially and form a significant part of Mexico's Pacific Coast economy. Many parts of the tree are used by local people. The trunks are a source of lumber, the fronds are a common roofing material, the fibres can be used to weave baskets and other goods, and the coconuts themselves produce milk, flesh, and oil for cooking.
Cantinflas, born in 1911 as Mario Fortino Alphonso Moreno Reyes, was Mexico's greatest comedic actor. Charlie Chaplin himself described Cantinflas as the world's best comedian, no small compliment. He generally wore a hat several sizes too small, and sported a very distinctive mustache. Always playing the part of an ordinary man in his movies, he regularly outfoxed pretentious people of wealth and power. Canfinflas died in 1993, a much-beloved figure in Mexico.
The surfing scene
Numinous Phaeopus, the Whimbrel can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Generally it breeds in Alaska and Canada and winters along the Pacific Coast. It likes to eat worms, insect larvae, crustaceans and mollusks.
Egretta Thula and the ones that live along the coast are non-migratory. They can be found on both coasts of North America, as well as many places inland. They generally hang out near bodies of water where they can find fish and small crustaceans.
Pelecanus occidentalus is one of only three species of pelicans found in the Western Hemisphere. Unlike the White Pelicans that live at Lake Chapala, the Brown feeds by diving out of the air. Their aerial acrobatics are quite impressive to watch.
The south end of Playa Troncones
Hotel Casa de Oro. Like all the hotels at Troncones, it does not intrude upon or loom over the beach. Casa de Oro is pleasingly low-slung and almost invisible among the palms.
This completes Part 1 of my Guerrero Beaches series. If you enjoyed it and would like to make a comment, leave it in the Comments section below, or email me directly. If you leave a question in the Comments section PLEASE leave your email address so that I can respond.
Hasta luego, Jim