Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A day in Cabo San Lucas

Today we drove to Cabo San Lucas. Justin went with some friends last year and knows his way around town. We took the "short" route on Hwy 1, about 100 miles through the mountains on a two-lane road. We stopped at a few roadside chapels or shrines. They seem to be everywhere - big or small, elaborate or simple.Most have a statue of the Virgin Mary, but we've also seen the Virgin of Guadalupe. Most have candles with a book of matches nearby. Many are lit.
The church in El Triunfo:
The area over the door of the church (the tympanum) is covered with flowers:

The village of San Antonio from a vista point:

To the right of the parking area is a shrine or chapel dedicated to San Judas Tadeo, the patron saint of difficult situations:

Messages to San Judas Tadeo written on the glass doors:

Inside, there were many letters and other written notes:

San Bartolo nestled in a green valley:

We think the actual Tropic of Cancer line runs through the big white sphere on the other side of the road. This is the most northerly latitude at which the sun will be directly overhead once each year - on the summer solstice.

The harbor of Cabo San Lucas:

Yikes! There are a lot of tourists and hucksters everywhere you turn. "Hey meester, you want to touch my leezard?" and a large iguana is shoved toward you. Touching and/or taking a picture will cost you a few pesos.

At the end of our day, we took a water taxi ride:

The famous arch as seen from the Sea of Cortes:

Divorced Beach on the Pacific Ocean side. Lover's Beach is on the other side, facing the Sea of Cortes.
Land's End:
La Paz means "Peace" - and that's just what it is compared to the hustle and bustle of Cabo.

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