Last year we were fortunate enough to be able to take a cruise from San Diego down to Peru. The really neat thing about it was that we got to see a number of animals in the wild. We had seen them in zoos, of course, but not actually wild. We took a side trip back into the jungle where we saw crocodiles, sloths, toucans, iguanas and MONKEYS. Capuchin monkeys to be exact. A local family left watermelon out for them and they sure seemed to enjoy it!
This trip also incorporated several shore stops in MEXICO where we frequented MARKETS...
and listened to MARIACHI bands....
Credit to Wikipedia
Sadly, most cruise ships are no longer stopping in Mexico and several other central America countries because it is just too dangerous. The drug cartels have taken over a lot of areas and the extreme violence involved in their turf wars as well as other things means that the country is losing much of its tourist trade. We were fortunate to visit before conditions became so bad. We were, of course, aware of the armed guards that were ever present and accompanied our buses and ship while in shore. Living so close to the border we are well acquainted with the problems. It is such a shame because Mexico has much to offer the world. We have a Mexican church which meets on our church premises and the Mexicans I know are wonderful people.
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