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13 Feb 12.  As this wasn't my cruise, I left all the details up to Jan. We had a three port call cruise and she picked out a tour for each stop; one land based, another under water based, and the third, a birding venture, based in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan respectively. The middle stop was to be Mazatlan but it got cancelled due to danger a couple of weeks prior to departure, along with our birding adventure, with the allocated time added to our stay in Puerto Vallarta. We should have gotten back on line to set up something additional in PV, but with all the Christmas time activities it got lost in the noise. So it was a bit of a surprise, and big disappointment for me, to realize once we got out and about in PV that the city was surrounded by a vast rain forest. And instead of just a long day's port call as originally planned, we now had almost 36 hours to explore the region. But it was too late to change plans and so we settled for our originally planned 4 hour tour of the city which turned out to be 2 hours of tour and 2 hours of wasted time. It did give us an opportunity to get a feel for what did lie in the city and its surrounds, but the reality, to my way of thinking, was that we should have been up in the "mountains." A little nothing of a fishing village prior to John Houston using the location for making the movie "Night of the Iguana" it is now a bustling metropolis, and the third largest Spanish speaking city in N. America, with the largest being Mexico City and the second largest Los Angeles, CA. We pulled into port at roughly 0530 to what was a beautiful sunrise for the very few of us that got up to see it, but those of us who did were well rewarded. The prize was a vibrant pink light illuminating teak decks, a bit hard to describe, other than to say it made for a very romantic feeling. From that point it was mostly downhill. ISO 640; 1/60 sec @ f/5.6 handheld.

13 Feb 12. As this wasn't my cruise, I left all the details up to Jan. We had a three port call cruise and she picked out a tour for each stop; one land based, another under water based, and the third, a birding venture, based in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan respectively. The middle stop was to be Mazatlan but it got cancelled due to danger a couple of weeks prior to departure, along with our birding adventure, with the allocated time added to our stay in Puerto Vallarta. We should have gotten back on line to set up something additional in PV, but with all the Christmas time activities it got lost in the noise. So it was a bit of a surprise, and big disappointment for me, to realize once we got out and about in PV that the city was surrounded by a vast rain forest. And instead of just a long day's port call as originally planned, we now had almost 36 hours to explore the region. But it was too late to change plans and so we settled for our originally planned 4 hour tour of the city which turned out to be 2 hours of tour and 2 hours of wasted time. It did give us an opportunity to get a feel for what did lie in the city and its surrounds, but the reality, to my way of thinking, was that we should have been up in the "mountains." A little nothing of a fishing village prior to John Houston using the location for making the movie "Night of the Iguana" it is now a bustling metropolis, and the third largest Spanish speaking city in N. America, with the largest being Mexico City and the second largest Los Angeles, CA. We pulled into port at roughly 0530 to what was a beautiful sunrise for the very few of us that got up to see it, but those of us who did were well rewarded. The prize was a vibrant pink light illuminating teak decks, a bit hard to describe, other than to say it made for a very romantic feeling. From that point it was mostly downhill. ISO 640; 1/60 sec @ f/5.6 handheld.

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