We always thought we would have people come visit us in faraway places when we were cruising... and while some did... most did not. Seems like the beautiful and alluring Isla del Encanto is a MUCH bigger draw, and my "Other People's Vacation Pics" posts are growing once again as we welcome our friends from Texas! We met Cheri and Alan while cruising, and it seems like the people we met "out there" hold an extra special place in our hearts. These two are right up there, so we are beyond excited to show them OUR island!
|Castillo San Filipe del Morro
Our next stop was a small bakery where we picked up some sandwiches to take down the road to one of the most beautiful and unusual spots on the island. Mar Chiquita is a small "bowl" of crystal waters, lined by a rim of sandstone, followed by a crescent of white sand, and topped off by a row of shady palms and sea grape trees. The two sandstone walls that keep the Atlantic at bay have been honed to sharp spikes by the ocean. A small opening between the walls allows you to catch a glimpse of the waves as they are broken by the walls, and only a much more tame version is granted entry to this serene little slice of sunny heaven!
We sat beneath a seagrape canopy and ate our lunch, sharing with one large Puerto Rican Ameiva that scavenged for bread crumbs at Alan's feet. Then it was time for a short
sea glass hunt walk around the rocky shore where we could get a better look at the keyhole entrance and those big waves!
|The waves fan out after coming through that small opening!
|There's a nice pathway that leads down to the cave entrance.
|Then up again as we climb into the mouth of the cave.
|The entrance is very big and a dry contrast to the lush green outside.
|Looking out from inside the cave.
|The first chamber is huge, with the exit at the far end.
|This is an enormous root that grows down through the cave ceiling.
|Our guide, Sebastian, points out the petroglyphs.
|Another little carving
|Sebastian briefly lit the ceiling with red lights so we could (sort of) see the bats. CREEPY!
|There it is!
|And one more little carving!
|You can see the snake skin inside the hole!
|The light at the end of the tunnel!
|Cheri and Alan bringing up the rear!
|New snails in the making?
|Tromping single file through the rain!
|Remember that giant root in the cave? Well it comes from this Cupey tree!