|Hotel Ixtapan Spa and Golf Resort|
|Ixtapan is waking up!|
Each day begins at 7 a.m. with a 2 mile walk around the 18-hole golf course, for those who are ambitous enough, of course. When you come downstairs at 6:30 a.m. the restaurant staff (there are those who serve the "SPA-DIETERS" and those who serve the other eaters) will have fruit - usually bananas -, tea, and coffee available. Juan, coordinator of the sports program, takes us through a series of warm up stretches and we're off to greet the sunrise.
|Sunrise greets the walkers|
|Cathedral Santiera, Ixtapan de la Sal|
|City Hall, Ixtapan de la Sal|
|Dance Pavilion, Downtown Ixtapa|
|Making pastry by hand|
Food at the hotel is scrumptious, portion sized, and super healthy. Exerything is organic and most are locally grown. Desserts are usually fruit sorbets made in the spa kitchen. However, nothing or no-one says you can't venture out to sample local fare. The town offers many bakeries that often prepare pastries on the premises - all by hand.
Ixtapan is also a farming community know for fresh fruit and vegetables as well as flowers - you'll see the greenhouses as you enter the town. Here are a sampling of the fresh fruit and vegetables on display in the market.
|Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is memorialized on tote bags|