Matachen Bay to Punta Mita and La Cruz

Matachen Bay is a large bay just south of the cute little town of San Blas. One of the more popular tourist attractions of the area is the Tovara Springs Jungle tour. A couple of years ago we had the pleasure to do this tour with the family from s/v Convivia. The whole time we were motoring up the river aboard a traditional Mexican Panga, all I could think about was how much MY kids would enjoy the tour. Well, this year we were lucky enough to not only take the tour with Beo and Georgie, but with kids and families from s/v Heavy Metal and s/v Sand Dollar. We were also accompanied by the crews of s/v Neko, s/v Ayla May, and s/v Destiny.
The tour winds it’s way up through a mangrove cave covered river filled with crocodiles, turtles, and many different species of hawks, herons, and other birds which may very well have migrated here from our homeland up in the Teton Mountains of Idaho and Wyoming.
The tour culminates with a stop at a Crocodile zoo, where you can see some “Muy Grande Cocodrillos”, and then up another branch of the river to an amazing fresh water swim hole. We all spent a couple of hours swimming in the luxuriously fresh water. With a Mexican style (read-dangerously crafted and constructed) trapeze swing in which to hurtle oneself into the water, there were many cannonballs, attempted backflips, and unintentional belly flops abound.
After the tour, the group decided on a venture into the cute town of San Blas just a couple of miles away. After already caving into peer pressure and using an overpriced taxi to go the 1&1/2 miles from the beach to the tour center earlier in the day, my kids and I along with Brian and Dawn from s/v Ayla May, and Zion from s/v Heavy Metal decided to wait on the side of the road for a bus. After waiting for approximately 2 minutes, a jeep stopped offering us a free ride into town. It was the owner of the beach restaurant that we all ate at the night before. We just about beat the rest of the group to town riding in their 350 peso taxi.
Dawn, sweetly helped Georgie pick out a new bathing suit and also bought get a new pair of earrings for her. After I did a bit of shopping for provisions, a few of us decided once again to wait on the roadside for a bus, when a pickup truck picked up the whole lot of us on their way to a family gathering and dropped us off near the beach. The kids and I walked the rest of the way being passed by the taxis carrying the rest of the group just a few feet away from where the dinghies were parked.
Wanting to sail (and not motor) to Punta Mita the next day, Cat2Fold weighed anchor at 5:30 am and quietly drifted out of the beautiful Matachen Bay. I noticed that both s/v Ayla May and s/v Neko were already gone. C2F was sailing along nicely. Everyone else motored most, if not the entire way to Punta Mita. We surely weren’t setting anymore speed records, but we were able to average a speed of 3.9 knots, and arrived in Punta Mita in the dark, aided once again my the mega million candle watt light of s/v Heavy Metal.
Having been there many times previous, and knowing how large the anchorage is, I felt fine dropping the hook under sail power alone. All in all a great time had by all aboard!

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