We like going out and have a great meal after a hard day of sitting on the beach. Since I did not write down the name of the restaurants, it is hard for me to write tips about them. We did find that most places we went to, the food was good to very good. The only bad place was the resort we stayed at (go figure).
For some reason, my son, who eats about 5 meals a day, was facinated with taking pictures of food.
On the border of Playa de Santa Cruz and the Marina de Santa Cruz you find the Chapel of the millenary Holy Cross of Huatulco.
The story about this chapel is pretty long, so I spread it over the next three chapters…
Almost 2000 year ago, the Indians of this place saw coming from Peru an elderly white man with long hair, beard and with a long tunic.
In the millenary tradition of the people, this man is recognized as the apostle Saint Thomas and Mexico’s history as Quetzalcoat. He was carrying an outstanding and very beautiful cross.
Amazed by the prodigy many villager gathered in the beach to see him.
The white man greeted them in their own language and remained a few days teaching them many things. He stood kneel down during most of the days hours. When he decided to leave, he told them he was leaving them the holly log. Being very big and heavy, he himself stood up the cross in the beach.
To this place many Indian pilgrimages from different places came to adore the holy cross.
The name “HUATULCO” comes from here. From the word originated from the Nahuatl “QUAUHTOLCO” that means: “Quauhtll”, log: “TOLOA”, make reverence vending the head, and “CO”, place. Therefore, Huatulco means: “place were the wooden log is adored”.
The cross of Huatulco became famous when in the year 1587 the English pirate Thomas Cavendish arrived to the port of Huatulco and after having looted the town, he tried to destroy the cross with axes and saws, and let being possible he gave orders to be tie it to his ship whish sailed out to the open sea and could not move the cross from its place. Nothing happened to the cross too when he tried to burn it.
This incredible happening born a great devotion and respect for the cross, shown through pilgrimages and visits from different places of Mexico and from the far away coasts of South America. The pilgrims would refer to how when in contact with that relic they were healed from their illnesses. Because of that they would take splinters from the log whish in turn deformed.
Afterwards, being Bishop of Oaxaca the Exmo., Mr. Juan Cervantes, the log is taken to Oaxaca where it is fractioned in several portions, whish were send to Rome, Mexico City, Pueblo and to one of the chapels of Oaxaca’s City Cathedral.
During many years the settlers of Huatulco maintained the devotion and respect to the place where the millenary cross was landed. When the touristy development in Huatulco was created, they defended the place and got together to request that a chapel be constructed nearby the historic and religious value of the place.
By disposition of the Bishop of Oaxaca, Exmo. Mr. Hector Gonzales Martinez a little cross was brought formed by a portion taken from the original fragment that is nowadays in the cathedral, to be inserted in today’s cross placed in the main altar of the new Chapel on May the 3rd.
1999, the Chapel of the Holy Cross of Huatulco was blessed by the Exmo. Bishop of Oaxaca, Miguel Angel Alba Diaz…
La Crucesita is the main square (now downtown) in Huatulco and developed in the past by the fishermen’s, who were living on Santa Cruz Bay when the place went a tourist spot. Now you find on the Santa Cruz bay nothing else then hotels and of course the beautiful marina.
Now La Crucesita is a beautiful main square to relax, enjoying your newspaper and take a more refreshing breeze in the evening, after the burning sun during the day…
Of course is there more to see like this beautiful Holy water font…
This is the end of my Santa Cruz Huatulco page, but more will be found on my Santa Maria Huatulco and San Pedro Pochutla page as it is a part of our vacation here.
I hope you all enjoyed as we enjoyed our vacation…