Thursday, March 20, 2008

Side Trips

Our trip to Acapulco wasn't all about lounging around the pool and the beach. However, we did have our rear-ends parked in these chairs from about 10:00 a.m. each morning. We waited here all day for sunset. We also worked pretty hard at making our own Corona commercials. You know the one's...crystal blue water, white sand beach with a bucket of icy cold Corona's without another soul around...ah!!! We did take a couple of side trips during the week. The first one was to Taxco. That's about three hours outside Acapulco to the north. This little excursion should have only taken us 3 hours, however, we got a little lost and drove about an hour away from our destination. The scenery was gorgeous, the town we discovered was fabulous but the roads into this town were winding, and mountainous. I was pretty nauseated by the time we finally got to Taxco. The drive was like a never ending roller coaster ride. I was glad to have my feet on the ground finally.

For all you devoted QVC watchers, you are probably already familiar with the town of Taxco. That's were much of the silver is mined in Mexico. It's a great little town with a most wonderful church on the square.

Inside Santa Prisca church, Taxco. The amount of sculpture in this church was just amazing. It was as impressive as any cathedral in Europe I've ever been in. The church was built by a Frenchman in the mid 18th century. The enormous pipe organ was imported from Germany and was sent to the port in Acapulco. It was then brought piece by piece on horse and donkey up into this tiny mountain village of Taxco.

The second side trip we took was to Palma Sola Archaeological Site. That was located just outside Acapulco (so there wasn't much chance of getting lost) however, we did have to battle the horrific traffic in the city. I'm glad I wasn't driving, but watching the way these people drive was quite entertaining. This site is a natural setting for the native petroglyphs (rock carvings). The hike took us approximately 1200 feet above sea level. It was a tough climb too. But the petroglyphs were quite amazing. They have dated the carvings as far back as 600 BCE.

The view from the highest point at Palma Sola....breathtaking!


InterstellarLass said...

Sounds like a WONDERFUL trip! As close as I live, I've never been to Mexico. There are a couple of spots there on my list though, now I just have to convince Nick. He grew up on the border, and really has no interest in going to Mexico.

MarkD60 said...

It sounds like a great trip. I was in COsta Rica up in the mountains where you could see the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Atlantic on the other!

Bone said...

What a gorgeous church! Thanks for sharing some photos with us poor stuck at home souls.