After Christmas we started to whittle down the list of sewing projects. But I’m not the most patient of seamstresses, and John likes to see different places, so we took a break one day after the new year to make a trip to Punta de Mita.
Punta de Mita is a small village a couple bays to the west of La Cruz. There is also Punta Mita even further west; that is on the end with Banderas Bay on one side and the Pacific on the other and is the expensive, fancy place – the location of the Four Seasons Resort and other high priced locations.
We took the bus to Punta de Mita, walked from the highway to the beach, met Cuco and Valentino (see below), walked the beach, stopped for lunch, looked around the tourist street with its shops and restaurants, then headed home.
Only the big buses go to Punta de Mita, so a new mystery is where do the cambios (the public transport vans) that are labeled “Ruta Punta de Mita – Puerto Vallerta” actually go? Maybe someday we’ll ride one to the end just to find out. The big bus we got on was full so John and I had to stand for the first half of the trip there. One young woman did offer me her seat which only made me think of the first time a young person in the U.S. called me “Ma’am”. Sigh.
A big business is organizing panga rides out to the Islas Murietas, three small islands in the middle of Banderas Bay, for snorkeling and whale watching. Cuco and Valentino were two guys we ran into along the beach street. Their job is to bring the tourists in and get them to sign up for a tour. We learned that for about $110 US we can get up to 8 people on a panga for the two-hour snorkel trip, so we’ll go back and do that after we find at least one other interested couple to split the cost. We have Valentino’s phone number and chose to go with him because his English was better. I’m still not confident enough in my Spanish to risk, say, ending up on a four-hour tour at double the cost because I misunderstood something and we all just nodded our heads.
The photos will tell the rest of the story: