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  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."

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.

We have salty tears and salty perspiration. The chemical and mineral composition of our blood and body fluids are strikingly similar to sea water. Unborn babies are encased in a sack of saline fluid resembling sea water.

The state of Colima is one of the largest producers of sea salt in the world, and Cuyutlan's little "Museo de Sal," or Salt Museum, is where you can find a great, yet inexpensive souvenir that's good for you!

Sea water contains 84 different mineral elements, and these same minerals are found in our body. According to modern medical research, 24 of these elements are essential for life (you will die without them), and many researchers believe that we need all 84, in proper balance, of course.

Loss of these elements creates a dietary deficiency, which can lead to serious disorders of the nervous system, brain damage, muscle damage or other serious illnesses.

The tiny museum, housed in a 100-year-old salt barn (other barns just around the corner are still in use today), gives you a history of mining salt in the state.

It is still harvested much the same way as it was 450 years ago. The museum and storage barns are made from hand-hewn palm wood, so strong that they have lasted through more than a century of hurricanes, tidal waves, earthquakes and other phenomena.

Once in the seaside village of Cuyutlan, on the coast, you'll have an opportunity to view the "giant green wave." Cuyutlan is famous for its crashing surf, known locally as the "Ola Verde." Stories tell of waves 20-30 ft. high, and a tsunami in the '30s sending a giant wave of water 7 blocks into the town all the way to the railroad station.  

The Tortugario is operated by CDPRE--Centro Desarrollo, Productivo, Recreativo y Ecológico (Center for Development, Production, Recreation and Ecology)--a privately-funded organization dedicated to educate and promote the protection of reptiles in danger of extinction, including the green and black iguana, and crocodile. It is also working through legislative reform to preserve Colima's lakes and lagoons, whose mangrove trees are natural habitats for Canadian geese, eagles, hawks, cormorants, egrets, herons, pelicans, and many other water birds.

There are six species of turtles protected by the Endangered Species act of 1973. These are the Green Hawksbill, Kemp's Ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green, and Olive Ridley.

Sea turtles are graceful salt-water reptiles, well adapted to the underwater world. With streamlined bodies and flipper-like limbs, they are able to swim long distances in a relatively short time. When they are active, sea turtles must swim to the surface to breathe every few minutes. When they are resting, they can remain underwater for as long as 2 hours without breathing.

How did they become endangered? Although sea turtles live most of their lives in the ocean, adult females must return to land in order to lay their eggs. It is at this time that the poachers have a field day. Though adept in the marine environment, on land, turtles are slow and easy to capture. All a turtle thief has to do is lay in wait on a beach that is known to be a nesting area. Each turtle can lay up to 500 eggs during a single season, and by being patient, a poacher can have his turtle and the eggs, too. all he has to do is follow the footprints from the ocean to a mound of sand, where the female has laid her eggs.

The meat of the animal is eaten, while by-products, such as turtle oil, are used in sun tanning preparations. Turtle eggs are touted in Mexico as an aphrodisiac, and are secretly sold at beachfront restaurants/bars. If caught, his bounty is seized (unfortunately, it's usually too late for the turtle because mama was quickly turned into soup), but oftentimes the eggs can be incubated and hatched.

When a turtle lays her eggs on the beach in Cuyutlan, CDPRE staff carefully dig them up and rebury them in a protected, enclosed beach area. It takes 45 days of incubation, and then the baby turtles will fight their way to the surface. Often they are helped along by volunteers. The sanctuary has been so successful in protecting these amazing animals that they have turtle releases during season at sundown. Everyone at the Tortugario, including busloads of children from the local schools, are given small babies to carry to the beach. Then the hatchlings must find their own way to the ocean. No turtle is released until it is capable of fending for itself.

Scientists believe that nesting female turtles return to the same beach on which they were born. Often sea turtles must travel long distances from their feeding grounds to their nesting beaches. Just exactly how sea turtles find their nesting beaches is unknown, although CDPRE is currently tagging and recording information on various species of turtles in the sanctuary.

Tecomán, Colima.
World famous For its excellent quality in the production and export of lime. The route of the lime allows to know the Tourist, the process of the culture and process of packing of the lime. Also, to know the culture of Tecoman and the quality of people who live there. Working people dedicated to the most noble work. Field!. Thanks:

Leaving Nogueras, we continue to the village of Comala, nestled in the shadows of two volcanoes, one very active. This charming 500-year-old community still maintains an air of the colonial period. In Comala, we stop at a local restaurant on the town square, and enjoy a great lunch and beverages (at your expense), surrounded by the sounds of local mariachi bands. The atmosphere of Comala takes you back in time to the romance of real Mexico.

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