A Brief History

APERCH, the predecessor to Amigos de La Cruz,  had its beginning in 2003 when the new highway to Punta de Mita was built.  Unexpectedly, La Cruz was left with an embankment and no entry into town.


The residents and small business owners of La Cruz got together and petitioned the Municipal President for:

  • Construction of a town entrance
  • Protection of the huanacaxtle trees
  • More frequent garbage removal
  • Investigation of the effectiveness of the sewage treatment plant
  • Improved communications through the Delagado (town delegate)

Their efforts were successful and La Cruz now welcomes visitors to town with views of the glorieta and the sparkling waters of the Banderas Bay.  Encouraged, they continued working to improve garbage collection, street cleaning and communication with government officials.


The group is now known as Amigos de La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, A.C

In 2014 Amigos received the status of Asociación Civil or Mexican non-profit corporation.

In 2015, Amigos received their Donatario status as a Mexican tax-deductible charity.


David Connell, Connell & Associates, provides the legal expertise to keep the association in line with Mexican laws. Gabriela Rojas, TeranRojas, provides the accounting expertise to ensure compliance with Hacienda (equivalent to IRS or Revenue Canada).


Banderas Bay Charities Inc. is the US nonprofit foundation which accepts donor directed donations for US tax credit.


Amigos de La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, A.C. - Accounting and Legal

Gaby Rojas, on left
Gaby Rojas, on left
David Connell
David Connell