Acapulco, Mexico, Day 43, Saturday, 3/14/09

     Sunrise 6:49 am / Sunset 6:48 pm

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     Acapulco (Officially:  Acapulco de Juarez) is a city and major sea port in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 190 miles southwest from Mexico City.  Acapulco is located on a deep, semi-circular bay.  The name “Acapulco” comes from the Nahuatl language, and means “place of big reeds”.  The town was built on a narrow strip of low ground scarcely half a mile wide, between the shoreline and the lofty mountains that encircle the bay to the north and east.  Access to the town from inland is through the mountains via a 1.2 mile tunnel that was constructed in the 1990’s.  Archeological evidence shows that Acapulco has been inhabited since before 3000 BC.  The first vestiges of human presence consist of figures and pottery made of clay, stone, and ceramic.  The pieces found in the coastal region of Puerto Marques are the earliest known ceramics from Mexico, and they could be the oldest in Mesoamerica.

     Ray was up early to play golf with Dennis at the Mayan Golf Course.  They had to wait 1 hour for carts to come back.  It is one of the best courses in Acapulco.   He shot 92 and Dennis had 116.  There was a lot of traffic because it was a holiday and spring break.  They had closed some roads for a marathon. 

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Becky and I met for breakfast and then got off the ship.  I went to the Internet in the terminal and then walked around looking at the shops.  IMG_4500This is the view from the Internet place which was upstairs.  We just walked around the local park and went back to the ship. IMG_4502 It was hot and we have both been here before.  We had lunch and then played Phase 10 while waiting for the guys.  They didn’t get back until around 5.   The Fort of San Diego is right across from the ship.     IMG_4517 Stitch

     After dinner our show time was Impressionist Ken Block.  He was very good.

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