Una visita a la Mágica Isla Espíritu Santo

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La Isla Espíritu Santo es una escondida y deshabitada gema en la Baja Sur, México. Se localiza a una hora más o menos en lancha desde La Paz, ciudad capital de baja California Sur, lo cual es más o menos 2 horas y media de distancia desde Capella Pedregal y Cabo san Lucas. Esta reserva natural protegida por la UNESCO es un sitio donde prevalecen la naturaleza, la paz y la tranquilidad.

Ahí, puedes literalmente desconectarte y tomar un verdadero descanso de todo. No hay señal para teléfonos celulares, tampoco conexión a internet, es más ni siquiera electricidad. Perfecto! En ves de eso, las actividades que puedes hacer en Espíritu Santo te llevaran a los exteriores. Desde nadar con los leones marinos (la isla es hogar a una colonia de más de 300 leones marinos), Stand Up Paddle (SUP) en algunas de sus maravillosas bahías turquesas hasta hacer kayak y ver a los delfines y manta rayas brincar fuera del agua literalmente frente a ti, así como presenciar maravillosas puestas de sol y noches completamente estrelladas, posiblemente ni extrañes tus aparatos electrónicos.

Me gusta tanto la isla que la he hecho mi escapada tradicional en fechas de mi cumpleaños. Cada Julio manejamos desde Cabo San Lucas a La Paz (2 horas de camino con un fabuloso paisaje desértico) y paramos en la playa El Tecolote, la cual está frente a la isla. Desde ahí, una panga nos lleva a la isla. El capitán te puede dar un tour alrededor de la isla (no olvides tu bloqueador solar y tu cámara). Personalmente me gusta reservar en un campamento y quedarme algunos días, pero también recomiendo ampliamente visitar la isla como viaje de un solo día.

Cada vez que visito, los enormes acantilados de piedra rojiza, las dunas de arena que se mueven con el viento, las perfectas bahías turquesas para postal y la vida salvaje que habita la isla y sus aguas me impresionan.  Se siente casi como si yo fuera Robinson Crusoe en mi propia isla privada. Es tan hermoso y prístino, que seguramente te hará enamorarte de ella y visitar una y otra vez. Se los prometo!

Si estas interesado en visitar la isla durante tu próxima visita a Cabo, no dudes en preguntar a tu Asistente Personal de Capella Pedregal que te ayude a planearlo.

A Visit To Singapore’s Kusu Island

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Whenever I gaze out over the ocean from the Capella Singapore, I notice the many small islands in the distance.  Capella Singapore is located on Sentosa Island, one of the many islands off of Singapore.  While there is a multitude of amazing attractions and activities on Sentosa, there is much to do on the other Singaporean islands as well.

Kusu Island, one of Singapore’s southern islands, holds many of the mysteries to Singapore’s cultural heritage.  Kusu Island, which means Turtle Island in Mandarin, is also known as “Pulau Tembakul” (Peak Island) in Malay.  Like many places with rich histories, Kusu Island earned its name from a legend.  According to the story, the island was once a giant magical tortoise that transformed itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors – one Malay and the other Chinese.

Given the folktale that landed Kusu Island its name, it is only natural to find that Kusu Island is home to one of Singapore’s most revered Chinese and Malay religious monuments.  The Chinese temple in Kusu Island houses two highly regarded deities – the Da Bo Gong (God of Prosperity) and Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy).  You can also find the three Malay “Kramats” (holy shrines of Malay saints) on the island.

While being a small island, accessible only by ferry from Singapore’s Marina South Pier, Kusu Island still attracts many Malay and Chinese religious devotees who make their trips to the temple and shrines to pay homage and pray for wealth, fortune, love and harmony. This is known as the annual Kusu Pilgrimage, which happens every year, from September to November.

In addition to its rich heritage sites, Kusu Island is also known for its beautiful and tranquil nature with enchanting lagoons, pristine beaches and varied wild life.  Other attractions on the island include a wishing well and as you might have guessed, a Tortoise Sanctuary.  Thinking about Kusu Island’s rich culture and heritage makes me want to plan a visit myself!

If you would like to visit Kusu Island during your next stay at Capella Singapore, please let your personal assistant know and they can arrange it for you!

Ixtapa’s Ciclopista

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, situated by the Pacific Ocean with miles and miles of beach, is known for its water activities; but we locals know, inland can be just as impressive.

The 5 mile long Ciclopista is fantastic trail for cycling, jogging and rollerblading.  I love the trail for its lush landscape and varied wildlife.

The first section of the Ciclopista starts at Marina Ixtapa, passes Marina Ixtapa Golf Course, and continues up the coast, to Capella Ixtapa and onto park Aztlan, an ecological preserve.  Soon after passing our hotel, you can stop for a swim at nearby Playa Linda, which in translation literally means “a beautiful beach”.  The second part of the Ciclopista runs between the towns Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

So what can you expect to see along the trail?  The route runs through a virtual rain forest, green with beautiful trees including ceibas, hujes, and exotic parotas, some are over 115 feet tall!  The animal life is equally impressive! Birdlife includes woodpeckers, calandrias, magpies, chacalacas, parrots, eagles, white herons, hawks, spoonbills and storks.  I have also seen, lake turtles, armadillos, green iguanas, badgers, squirrels, raccoons, tlacuaches (which is the nahuatl word for a species of possum, called also “Mexican mouse”) and of course crocodiles, which live on the preserve. (Don’t worry; they can’t get to you as the preserve’s fencing separates them from the trail).

I prefer to cycle the Ciclopista in the morning or late afternoons, after the sun has cooled down.  It is the best time to catch the animals out and about!   The trail really captures so much of what makes the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo region so unique.  Hopefully you will have the opportunity to discover it for yourself!

Image Sources:

1) TravelIxtapaZihuatanejo.com
2) FonaturConstructora.gob.mx

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