A little history about The Parthenon of Zih: It was built by Durazo Moreno, the former infamous police chief of Mexico City. He was appointed Chief by the former President of Mexico, Jose Lopez Portillo a childhood friend of Durazo. Moreno soon took advantage of his new position to greatly enhance his wealth and power. As detailed in the wildly popular Mexican bestseller, "Lo Negro del Negro Durazo" written by Durazo's body guard, Jose Gonzolez, Durazo, played the system to promote corruption and drug trafficking, resulting in the ability to live a lavish and decadent lifestyle. At times, using his own police officers as laborers, he constructed several palatial homes throughout Mexico. One of these was The Parthenon in the hills above Zihuatanejo. The authorities turned a blind eye to his Dionysian extravaganzas. At times hundreds of guests would be flown in to attend one of his many parties. When asked how he managed to live in such a manner on his modest salary of about 65.00 US, Durazo is said to have answered, "My wife is very thrifty." Well, all good things must come to an end and when he found out he was under indictment in the US for drug trafficking he fled to Costa Rica. Eventfully he was extradited to Mexico, convicted and jailed for a few years before being released. He is said to have lived out the rest of his life in Acapulco dying in August of 2000 at age 80.
So..back in Zih and how we came to be inside this place..