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The Old port of Las Peñas

by Jorge Sanchez - 2 years, 6 months ago

I had visited San Blas and before heading to Guadalajara I decided to spend another day in Puerto Vallarta for its relationship with the Galeon de Manila, or the commercial vessel that once a year, during two and a half centuries, crossed the Pacific Ocean from Acapulco, Puerto Navidad, San Blas and also Puerto Vallarta (then known as Las Peñas), to Manila, via Guam Island.I stayed in a hotel in the old part, called Hotel Bernal, which was not expensive (about 200 Pesos per a single). In the morning I walked to the main square, where is located the pretty Catholic Church Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, with a a beautiful crown over its tower.In the corner of that square I entered the Museo Histórico Naval. It was Monday and in theory it was closed, and some soldiers were cleaning the floor. I told them that I had to leave that same day to Guadalajara, therefore I could not wait until the next day to visit the museum, and I added that I was very interested in having a quick look at the museum because I was studying the history of the Galeón de Manila. And the soldiers gave me permission to visit it for about 10 minutes (what was enough for me) and to take pictures of the replica of the galeon and the main navigators who sailed from Puerto Vallarta, then Las Peñas, to discover the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. I saw pictures and portraits of Miguel de Legazpi, Francisco Mourelle, Andres de Urdaneta, etc.I was so happy with that unexpected visit that I consider it the star of my stay in Puerto Vallarta. The pictures, paintings and objets inside were very didactic for somebody interested in the Galeón de Manila, as was my case.In spite of being in January there were many USA tourists around. It was not cold, but warm, although I did not see tourists swiming in the beaches. Most of them were interested in visiting the places filmed in the movie The Night of the Iguana, which featured Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr.In the afternoon I travelled by bus to Guadalajara.



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