City Tours (Manzanillo


This tour provides a sensational way to get familiar with beautiful Manzanillo.

visit to the downtown core with its colonial buildings; cobblestone streets,   eclectic fleamarkets, boutiques /shopping, beaches (pristine and picturesque), local hangouts, the best ocean-side seafood restaurants and so much more.

Approximate tour time is 3-4 hours.

Manzanillo is a city of several distinctive regions. Leaving the cruise ship terminal, you'll see the Moorish-style downtown area, with it huge, tree-lined pedestrian walkway and giant blue sailfish sculpture, signifying Manzanillo being the "Sailfish Capital of the World." 

Recently given a face lift to provide shaded sidewalks, outdoor cafes, stores for souvenir shopping, and a lovely garden with park benches, you'll be able to enjoy walking around the old town district toward the end of the tour.

As the van heads north, you'll pass the port of Manzanillo, now the largest in Mexico, and be able to see how it has expanded to make it even more immense.

Heading into the Hotel Zone on the main boulevard, you'll pass dozens of restaurants, bars and hotels on both sides of the road. The major chain stores, such as KFC, Domino's Pizza, Dairy Queen, Subway, Office Depot, Office Max, Burger King and Wal-Mart are all along this strip, as is the casino, Juega, Juega While car dealerships are closing by the dozens in the U.S., they are flourishing along Manzanillo's commercial boulevard, Miguel de la Madrid, named after a former president of Mexico. The Madrid family has its roots in the state of Colima.

As we leave the main highway and turn off on Av. Audiencia to the Peninsula de Santiago--one of the most exclusive areas in Manzanillo--we'll go up the highest hill to a scenic overlook. The top of Calle La Cima, presents a spectacular 360 degree view of the twin bays and the famed Las Hadas Golf Resort Marina, where the movie “10” with Bo Derek was filmed. This is an amazing photo opportunity, so bring your camera! This peninsula divides Manzanillo Bay from Santiago Bay, each curving for 5 miles.

Afterward we will drive to the Miramar Flea Market, a small tianguis” of many little picturesque stores. Here you'll be able to strike your best bargain with the local Indian vendors, who will accept U.S. dollars or pesos. Hand made arts and crafts, pottery, clothes, sunglasses, pottery, leather goods, tobacco shops, purses, silver jewelry, and much more at excellent prices. While some may choose to shop till you drop, others may want to sip a cool drink on the beach under a colorful umbrella.

Save some spending money for the return to El Centro Manzanillo, or the downtown area, where you're just a few minutes away from the cruise ship terminal. Manzanillo´s old town plaza is our last stop, where you can finish up your shopping expedition.

In general, stores with 4 walls do not bargain like the beach vendors at the flea market, but do accept either dollars or pesos, and a few stores take VISA or MasterCard. There are also several ATMs in this area, known in Spanish as a Cajero Automatico The Presidential Palace (mayor's office and other government functionaries) is also in the area, and a '40s-style bar that will take you back 70 years, known as Bar Social.

During siesta time, from 2-4, many of the political pundits go there for lunch, since the food is free and there is live music. If you're shopped out, make sure you visit this place.

Iguana Eco-Experience


When Juan Garcia's son-in-law brought home a half dozen iguanas he'd rescued, little did the 75-year-old Garcia know he'd be creating a sanctuary with iguanas now numbering more than 200. 

With some of the larger reptiles reaching lengths of more than 6 feet and 70 lbs., Garcia now has the responsibility of securing almost 200 lbs. of fruits and vegetables a day. 

Each morning he goes to the central market scavenging food--papayas, lettuce and guavas being the iguana's favorite. Though almost any fruit or vegetable will do, he says the lizards also like bolillos, a type of bread roll

Juan tries to get the vendors to donate the old fruits and vegetables, and he is somewhat successful, and sometimes they'll even donate fresh produce. Many times, however, he has to pay out of his own pocket. As his brood grows, the search for food is constant, and The only support he receives is through tours of this type.

Each day, Juan spends about 3 hours cutting up the food. As lunchtime approaches, the iguanas start coming down from the Guamúchiles trees. This tree, which bears edible fruit of the same name, is a popular habitat for the iguanas. 

Señor Garcia fills a bucket with cut up fruits and vegetables, climbs a ladder and tosses it on the roof of his shed. The iguanas race to get the tastiest morsels, and of course the bigger ones seem to have first pick.

However, the smaller ones are able to get their fill, too, and the only aggression is between the large males, and that seems to be posturing while they size each other up. Indeed, the larger animals have a mouth so big your entire fist could fit in it, and beefy legs the size of the average human's arm. Fortunately they're vegetarians, though they are known to eat other foods such as chicken, rice and tortillas, according to Garcia.

By touring Mr. Garcia's personal sanctuary, you are helping him with his enormous task of protecting these amazing prehistoric-looking creatures. It's a perfect end to your eco-adventure, and by taking this day trip you'll be helping numerous endangered species.

Cyty Tours (manzanillo)

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