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Arriving La Paz, Baja


Very Welcome to La Paz (Peace), Port of Illusion

Very Welcome to La Paz (Peace), Port of Illusion

On Monday, November 3, the Golden Princess arrived off La Paz, Baja California Sur, in the Sea of Cortez.  This is not a common cruise ship destination, and neither Ursula nor I had ever been here before so we were quite looking forward to visiting La Paz.  We were not disappointed.

Bay of La Paz

Bay of La Paz

Unlike all the other Mexican ports we would visit this cruise, La Paz is not a tender port.  You dock just off the city’s boardwalk, which runs along the bay.

La Paz Boardwalk

La Paz Boardwalk

The boardwalk itself is quite charming.  It is decorated with many works of art and even a giant oyster shell with a glistening stainless steel pearl (which you’ll see Wednesday).

La Paz Boardwalk

La Paz Boardwalk

The boardwalk also has a distinctive faux lighthouse for an added nautical flair befitting a sea port.

La Paz "Lighthouse"; for looks only

La Paz “Lighthouse”; for looks only

And how often do you see a two-story gazebo?

La Paz Boardwalk

La Paz Boardwalk

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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:

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:

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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:

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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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