Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
After 32 hrs on the road, ice coffee, chips, plenty of laughs and sleepy times, we finally arrived at our destination – a place of reunion for my friends, (this being the first of three weddings they want to have), this one, their union to the Mother Earth. While writing this I’m listening to Nick Drake-Pink Moon , and remembering the moon on that special day, a sunset wedding at the beach… watching the sun go down and the pink-orangy tones mixing themselves with the deep blue ocean and the dark sand sprinkled by little crabs scuttling across it.
Magical moments in a lovely colorful town.
A lot of people fall in love and move here to live and work, with a great community of european people and artists living here too.
Mazunte, Oaxaca; is a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) stretch of beach with a secluded cove on the far west end of the Pacific coast.
There are two other secluded and non-developed beaches in the area, Playa Mermejita on Punta Cometa and Playa Escobilla just west of the principle beaches.
It’s a beautiful ecotourism beach town based on the conservation of turtles because almost all marine turtles come to the Mazunte area to lay their eggs.
Mazunte beach is bordered by Punta Cometa (Comet Point), which is a small peninsula or mountain that juts out from the shoreline is also called Cerro Sagrado or “Sacred Hill”. It is the southern most point of the state of Oaxaca. People of the town says that it is a magical place because of this, there are also stories about Aztec and or pirate treasure hidden at Punta Cometa. There is also a small virgin beach called Mermejita on the west side, where our house was, the sand was a little dark, and the sea a bit aggressive, but we were alone without anybody around; our own beach, for us. We stayed in a big beach house 1 mile from the sea, it was very pleasant to wake up and hear the ocean telling you the last part of your dreams and seeing our friends there, just hanging out and planning the day ahead.
I must say that it’s a long way away, but it was totally worth it! plus the company of my friends made the long trip enjoyable.
Our house !…
The day of the ceremony was first thing in the morning. My friend and I woke up to go to the city (which is about 45 min away) to buy the last missing pieces, and we realized that it was the last thing we would do just the the two of us before the celebration started. We went to different spots in the market , one of the things she was missing was flowers to make her bouquet, for the table centers, for the sand at the beach, for her hair, for everything it was full of flowers. We bought a lot of picked up wild flowers from a lady and some others, a small, deep wine color that felt just like velvet.
On the way back, we were singing our heart out, and talking (just best friend stuff), when she suddenly said “-oh!, so, in about 5 min i have a surprise we found last year when we first come here that i want to show you”… in the middle of a huge curve i could see some kind of rest area with this bride skull altar, it was kind of scary I’ve got to say, but remember the post about the “Day of the Death”? and the costume being more present in the south of the country? well this is a perfect example of how spiritual it is down there, so seeing this was really something special, i mean lets open the view, very different costumes in the south than in the north the richness of the tangible situation; an altar in the middle of nowhere of a skull bride in the mountains where we came all way from the very top north of Mexico to the very west in the last day as single friends, this I don’t see or feel everyday.
I was so overwhelmed by the moment that i left parts of my heart right there.
When we got back to start with the wedding prep, the first thing they wanted to do was go to a a sweet lodge called temezcal, and is used as a cleansing of mind, body and spirit. In the ceremony we re-birthed from Mother Earth, a very HOT experience, but we all did it as part of the wedding, & after that we went and had dinner and drinks to wait for next day: full moon.
Inside the temezcal
And so the day arrived, & during the morning some went into the sea to swim a little, while others started to do the arc of flowers which the spiritual guide said represented a portal from which they would pass to the married life.
The ceremony started and we were all there (about 25 persons) witnessing the union of these two great people that found themselves in a fish bowl and we just let ourselves go as the tones were changing with the sunset in the background (the pinkest tones ever) and the sun looking like it was melting. It took about 1 hr to go all the way down, and then the moon started to wake up and it was nothing but big and delightfully romantic, we all were happy inside.
I wanted to share the most important parts of my trip to this magical beach and to tell you one of the things that the spiritual guide, Aldo, told us and most stayed with me, ” Live your life as you want, whatever you want your life to be, so be it, if you are thinking of something that stresses you out or a bad feeling or something that worries you , just relaaaaaaaax think positive and even if the result is not what you’d wanted it to be it’s part of life. Drink a beer, enjoy and realize that it will pass just like everything else, let flow what has to flow and just have conscience of things”
In these moments Visual Poetry, designer & traveller Sophi Flo (a.k.a. Jesophi ) seeks to inspire with surprises for your eyes and heart.