Every year I like to remember, on the eve of Holy Week, the incredible contrasts offered by this celebration. On one hand is the religious significance of the week, and the trial, judgement and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, cornerstone of the Catholic religion, with its prayer, mourning and traditional fasting.
On the other hand, we have the holidays that come with religious events which, along with a weekend, have little by little created a four-day vacation for all, thus creating the only nationwide vacation period.
Big cities empty as millions of Mexicans travel to tourist and recreational resorts. Beach destinations are preferred, and each year they are visited by thousands of people looking forward to enjoy themselves.
Puerto Escondido has already become one such favorite destination, and so there is an invasion. Beaches and hotels will be full. Restaurants will be open for business day and night, and shop owners will see their sales increase.
It will be, as it always has been, our responsibility not to allow our hospitality to be abused: to watch out for those littering the streets and the beaches; to be sure that visitors drive carefully around town, respecting traffic regulations.
Last year I overheard a probable chilango say: “It’s Puerto, everything goes.” I had to clarify with him that his assertion was wrong. He just stared back at me before walking away, annoyed.
Welcome to those who come to relax and to swim in our warm waters. Welcome to those who will enjoy our tasty regional food, marvel at the sunset and enjoy boat trips at dusk.
You’re welcome to visit our market, and to travel to the natural marvels of the lagoons at Chacahua and Manialtepec, with their migratory birds and mangrove forests.
For those who only come to get senselessly drunk, to litter, to disrespect our city, you’d better stay away, go and contaminate somewhere else.
Not everything goes in Puerto Escondido.
Armando González is a journalist and broadcaster who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.