Adventure Guides Mexico's Pacific Coast by Vivien Lougheed

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By Vivien Lougheed

The Pacific coast of Mexico is a playground for energetic tourists. hot waves and sunny skies allure the seashore crowd with watersports, whereas volcanoes, mountains and jungles attract hikers, naturalists and the culturally curious. stopover at a pearl farm in San Carlos, trip a teach via Copper Canyon, pass crocodile looking on l. a. Tovara River, surf the massive waves at Playa Las Islitas, or stopover at the village of Ajejic, the place DH Lawrence as soon as bought proposal. city and nearby maps, pictures, totally listed.

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Both cities are only four hours from the coast. Traditional Arts n 17 Masks have been worn by traditional dancers for centuries. They can be made out of ceramic, wood, leather or papier mâché and decorated with paint, stones and metals. As long as 3,000 years ago, masks were used to imitate gods that had reincarnated into exotic animals. During the conquest, masks were used to depict oppressors and to emphasize a specific aspect of a story. Now they are used in religious ceremonies and for artistic expression.

HUICHOL BELIEFS The Huichols, descendants of the Aztecs, are an indigenous group numbering about 18,000 who live in the mountains of Jalisco and Nayarit. They take a pilgrimage each year to the holy spot where the peyote cactus grows. There, they eat the plant and relive stories from the past or communicate with their gods. They sing and dance and see images that they reproduce in their art. The deer, corn and peyote are the most sacred of all Huichol symbols. The deer represents the people, humorous and easygoing, never practicing open conflict.

The ocean has a vast array of vegetation, corals, mammals and fish. It is beyond the scope of this book to describe the entire natural habitat of western Mexico but, for the beginner, below are a few of the common characteristics of this unique environment. Tropical Deciduous Forest Tropical deciduous forest follows the west coast from the north to the south. It contains such plants as the palm tree (of which there are about 3,000 species worldwide), strangler fig or mato palo (in Spanish), pink trumpet tree (highly poisonous), cardinal sage, spider lily and the mala raton (bad rat).

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