(El Fuerte MX)
Just outside the hotel was the Plaza de Armas with walkways through lush gardens, monuments, bandstand, a fountain, and benches. In early days it was enclosed and held supplies for the fort.
Around the sides were shops, cafés, hotels, city hall, and a chapel. And, one could take the Mini-Chepe shuttle to see the sights with a guide. We walked all around the downtown, did some shopping, and had lunch.
On one corner was the Sacred Heart of Jesus church built in 1783, and still actively in use. In the next block was the Posada del Hildago where the famed Mexican ‘Robinhood’ was born. His statue was amongst the many gardens of tropical plants.
Another block away got us to the fort; now reconstructed to resemble the original 1500s version. Behind it was a mirador overlooking the Río Fuerte. Back at the plaza, we saw the two story city offices surrounding an inner courtyard typical of Spanish Colonial style.
It was a very pleasant stroll to see many historic places within a short distance from the hotel. A charming city with friendly people and great weather.
Camp: Hotel la Choza
Scene: Historic buildings, plaza, fort