Pueblo Magico

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, March 25, 2018, 15:52 (301 days ago) @ HolyMole

Zihua will always be a "pueblo magico" to us, but I'm a tad skeptical of this Pueblo Magico program. This is hardly an exclusive club, if Zihua would be the 113th member.
We have visited about a dozen Pueblo Magicos, and the most common thread of those dozen would be that they are old towns, with lots of preserved historic buildings. The three Cs are a good example: Copala, Cosala and Comala. Patzcuaro? Certainly. San Cristobal de Las Casas? Definitely.
Zihua has very few old buildings: the present Coconuts location, and the home next door come to mind, and they're not that old at all. As shown in other posts, Zihua had only about 1300 people as recently as 1964/65, and my understanding is that, not very long before that, it was basically nothing much more than the spot where fishermen pulled up their boats - the main population centre then being in the Agua de Correa area.
A Pueblo Magico designation, then, must involve something more than just old buildings. If attaining that status would bring more tourists, and much-needed federal and/or state funds for infrastructure improvements, go for it.

I think Zihuatanejo qualifies unquestionably. It actually has a history going back at least 5,000 years. Las Gatas itself should be a Wonder of the World. Agua de Correa is the original colonial settlement here but Zihuatanejo’s fishing culture is much older. The first trans-Pacific sailing voyage by Europeans sailed from Zihuatanejo in 1527. Amazing historical naval events occurred here. We are connected to various indigenous cultures including the Purépecha. The settlement of Europeans here can be traced at least as far back as crew members of Lord George Anson in the early 16th century. I think we got all the old stuff covered.

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