We finally made it to Zihuatanejo. We have arrived here just prior to sailfest, a festival of sorts, where cruising boats converge on one spot and spend a week celebrating and raising money for the local impoverished schools. In the last 12 years they have managed to raise tens of thousands of dollars each year and it is a great charity to be, even peripherally, involved in. While the economic situation in Mexico seems to continually improve, they still have such a long way to go, and there are so many poor villages surrounding Zihuat. Zihuat itself is a bustling little seaside village that has managed to retain most of its charm due to the fact that the resorts and club med style vacationers end up in Ixtapa, just up the coast. Zihuat thrives on fishing and tourism, although a less invasive type of tourism. We have signed up for a mid week race where we will take paying passengers onboard and “race” out to some outer rocks in an effort to raise money and awareness for the poorest children in town. Should be interesting since on our best days, we are hardly a racing boat. That said, most of the other heavily laden boats, riding low in the water, that we see in the anchorage are probably of similar speed.
In the midst of this festival we have managed to hit many incredible taco stands, we’ve hung out in the Zocolo, or town square, watching the locals mill in the evenings. One of the things I’ve always loved about the Mexican culture is the evening activities they participate in nightly. Mexicans love to get out in the late evening and celebrate. Celebrate life I guess, which sure beats the alternative. The kids are all running around, seemingly unattended, but more likely watched by everyone in the “it takes a village” doctrine. There is music being played, random performances being.....well, performed and basketball games being played. It is a hubbub of activity, centered around families, almost like a town carnival, although it is almost a nightly phenomenon. The Mexicans we have met are family oriented and very friendly. Our Mexican visit is nearing its end, but it has been a fun and informative journey down the coast with short forays into the interior to glimpse more of the indigenous cultures.