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Subterranean ‘Church Made of Sand’ reopened by grandchildren of its creator

I recently spent a morning on the beach at Atotonilco Lagoon learning all about the plight of a tiny waterbird called the Snowy Plover.

pg7athe biologists and bird watchers involved in this Save the Chorlito project finally got hungry, off we all went to an excellent restaurant (El Pollazo, Avenida López Mateos 178) in the nearby town of Villa Corona.

“For dessert,” said nature photographer Roy Sánchez, “why don’t we all go to visit the curious tunnels of Puerto de Lourdes, right here in Villa Corona? I learned all about them in ‘Outdoors in Western Mexico.’” (That’s my book, by the way!)

On my website, Ranchopint.com, I put updates to places described in my books, and a few years ago I regretfully had to announce that Puerto de Lourdes was locked up and closed to the public. Everyone in this optimistic crowd, however, decided it was still worth checking out.

“I remember the way,” said my good friend Jesús “Chuy” Moreno, who more than two decades ago had helped our caving club catch vampire bats deep inside the labyrinth of tunnels hand-carved by Major Jesús Navarro.

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