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Fun Photo Friday — Danza de los Voladores


One Ritual, Two Names — Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers) or Palo Volador (Pole Flying)

One Ritual, Two Names — Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers) or Palo Volador (Pole Flying)

There is a ritual originating from the deep, central regions of Mexico known as Pole Flying (Palo Volador) or the Dance of the Flyers (Danza de los Voladores).  Today it’s more associated with the Totonac people along the eastern coastal Veracruz region of Mexico.

One Ritual, Two Names — Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers) or Palo Volador (Pole Flying)

One Ritual, Two Names — Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers) or Palo Volador (Pole Flying)

But you won’t catch me doing it.  Pole Flying entails climbing up an unbraced, 100-foot/30-meter pole along with four other individuals.  You and three of your fellow climbers then bind your feet together with the ends of segments of rope tightly wrapped around the top of the pole.  The four of you then fall backwards while the fifth person rides atop the now spinning platform atop the pole while you slowly (hopefully) descend while rotating toward Earth.

So, what has a ritual from Veracruz have to do with a peninsula off the west coast of Mexico?  It turns out that the Totonac like to show off in many places in Mexico, and on this day we were fortunate enough to see a troupe perform upon our arrival into Cabo San Lucas.

One last shot for today’s Fun Photo Friday.  This one is of the Buccaneer Queen.  We didn’t go on her, but she looks to be a lot of fun.  Check out the video (not taken by me) at the end to see what I mean.  And while you’re at it, note how fast she goes even with the sails furled!  (just kidding; I know she’s motorized)

Buccaneer Queen

Buccaneer Queen

Buccaneer Queen Video:

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Continuing Our Tour of Land’s End and El Arco (The Arch)


Land's End as seen from the Golden Princess

Land’s End panorama as seen from the Golden Princess

Cabo San Lucas does not have a pier in waters deep enough to handle a large ship.  That means your cruise ship will be anchoring offshore in the Bahia (Bay) San Lucas and you will be transported ashore via either ship’s tender or one of the many local tenders that the cruise lines hire.  That has both advantages and disadvantages.

Land's End as seen from the Golden Princess

Land’s End as seen from the Golden Princess

The primary advantages are the view of the rock formations at Land’s End and the view of Cabo San Lucas as you tender in to the marina.

Land's End as seen from the Golden Princess

Land’s End as seen from the Golden Princess

The disadvantage is that you’re, well, tendering, and we all know what a pain that is.  Fortunately this port does not have the usual long waits associated with tendering, because the cruise lines hire local tenders to supplement those carried by the ship.

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Rock pillar surrounded by glass-bottomed tour boats

But as I indicated on Monday, don’t be content with the view of this area solely from what you see aboard ship.  Get up close and personal or you’ll regret it later.  For one thing you won’t see the wildlife from the ship.

Pelicans on the rocks

Pelicans on the rocks

You also won’t get the sense of wonder that you experience from being near the crashing waves, peering into the deep blue waters, and bobbing in the shadow of tall outcroppings with steep walls.

Intensely blue waters with many fish

Intensely blue waters with many fish

You’ll also never see from the ship the caves hollowed out into the sheer cliffs by eons of crashing waters.

Caves among the cliffs

Caves among the cliffs

And perhaps the best reason of all, you won’t get a shot like this of El Arco by peering off into the distance from your offshore anchorage:

El Arco

El Arco

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with her or her company.

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Heading Out Towards Land’s End


Land's End

Land’s End

Want some cheap entertainment and adventure while visiting Cabo San Lucas?  Look no further than a boat ride out to Land’s End and El Arco (The Arch).

El Arco — The Arch

El Arco — The Arch

Upon arrival by ship’s tender Ursula and I strolled around the Marina Cabo San Lucas.  Here we found several opportunities for taking yet another (we’d done this before) boat ride out to the very tip of the Baja Peninsula.  Just walk around to the backside of the marina and check out the various water taxis and glass-bottomed tour boats.  Haggle a price — it helps to find a boat that already has a couple of passengers impatiently waiting and giving the boat owner the evil eye.  We found just such a scenario and argued our way aboard for just $10 U.S. apiece.  Not an expensive way to spend an hour or so, but try not spend much more than that amount.  Indeed the first price you’ll hear shouted out to you will probably be in the $20 range or higher.

Land's End

Land’s End

Land’s End is home to lots of  photographic drama.  Blue seawater crashes against barren rock, cascading off the glistening black surfaces as it churns into a foamy white.  Along the way watch for the local fauna, particularly the myriad pelicans and seals.

Sunning Seals with Sunny Smiles

Sunning Seals with Sunny Smiles

After a little bird and marine mammal watching, turn your camera skyward for images of slender pillars of rock jutting forth into blue skies with cotton candy cumulus.

Land's End pillar

Land’s End pillar

But be aware that you’re on a moving boat constantly bobbing along the surface of the waters.  Adjust your shutter speed accordingly or you’ll wind up with some blurry shots.

Land's End

Land’s End

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with her or her company.

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