San Cristobal & Palenque

Goodbye Mexico, Hello Belize

Just arrived in Corozal, in Belize. After almost 6 weeks through Mexico, we said adios and got quite easily into Caribean Belize.  The last week was fantastic and maybe the best so far: best rides, nice city, great culture, various people and enough beers….

After we left Tuxtla (Wednesday 24 march) we headed for San Cristobal the las Casas to stay a few days. The ride was really great and brought us to 2100m, where the climate was a “warm” welcome after the heat of the last weeks.

road to San Cristobal

Again we got stopped at a military post as in the last few days. So far we were quite lucky and  only had to smile and wave, but not this time. They wanted to check our belongings, but after opening the bag with biker’s laundry, they somehow had seen enough. Quite impressive, all these heavily armed military posts along the way. The entire route from north to south has dozens of these posts.

We spent three nights in San Cristobal in the best hostel! Really nice place with a big patio where we met a lot of travelers from all over the world.

San Cristobal

San Cristobal

San Cristobal is really a very nice place to stay. Great city with very good coffee (we’ve really missed so far).

San Cristobal

At night we enjoyed the bonfire in the hostel and went out afterwards. We also got our bikes serviced with new oil.

On Saturday (27th) we left San Cristobal and had the best ride to Palenque. A 230km curvy route through the mountains which led us into the jungle near Palenque.

to Palenque

What a blast! In Palenque we also stayed three nights in the jungle in el Panchan.  On Sunday we visited the Maya ruins. Really impressive.

maya site Palenque

maya site Palenque

After the ruins we continued with a jungle tour to watch some hidden maya ruins (95% of the city is still overgrown by jungle!), monkeys and waterfalls.

jungle tour Palenque

jungle tour

At night we couldn’t sleep for hours because of a terrifying loud sound. Later on we heard it were the “brulaap” monkeys. The next two nights we slept  with earplugs. In el Panchan we spent the evenings listening to live music and chatting with backpackers (we met in San Cristobal).

A great week, and a nice goodbye to Mexico. Time to discover Central America. We’ll spent a few days in Belize and after that go to Guatemala.

Thanks for all comments!

Hasto luego amigos,

PS: in Palenque we said goodbye to the Mo…

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Tuxtla Gutierrez

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The last few days we are en route to San Cristobal las Casas. The plan was to stay away from Tuxtla because we really hate the chaotic traffic in these big cities. But somehow navigator Steve managed to get the three of us again in Mexican chaos. Nice… the good thing is, that we are now really close to San Cristobal, a place we are really looking forward to.

After our three days of rest and canonball competion in Acapulco, we continued route 200 along the pacific.

Canonball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Although still along the coast, the landscape got less green and someone turned on the heat. Everyday it is getting hotter and hotter. We didn’t get much further than Playa la Ventura thursday 18th. An ocean swim to cool down was really necessary. We were told that at night turtles get on the beach. But after a 15 minute night beach walk, we decided it was a lie.

Next day (friday) we left early in order to get some cool km’s. But soon temperature was sky-high again. We had to make several stops. In the shade temperature is 35 degrees C. You can imagine how hot is in the sun, wearing a black helmet and with 4000 explosions between our legs…. (no comments on this one please).  Really HOT! We haven’t seen rain for over a month now and the lack of green landscape doesn’t surprise us. We made it to Puerto Escondido, a relaxing surfspot with a backpackers athmosphere. We spent the weekend there and enjoyed the roofterrace Bar Fly.

Puerto Escondido

On sunday (21th) we headed for Puerto Angel, recommended by many Mexicans as well as Zipolite (next to Angel) with it’s nudism beach. Although a nice Bahia village we were not impressed. By then we already figured that we want to visit San Cristobal and Palenque and left next morning. Yesterday we reached Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, observing very strong winds at the end of the day making driving difficult.

This morning we got up early again and continued towards San Cristobal. Again very strong side winds, almost blowing us from the road. Unbeleivable! But when we saw all the windmills we thought it might be windy over here more often.

Tomorrow we will make it to San Cristobal. The plan is to enjoy the colonial city, visit maya stuff, and service our bikes and treat these old ladies with some fresh oil.

El mazzel.

HOT

Going loco down in…..

Acapulco.

Don’t read latest news about this place…. On Monday (15th) we arrived around sunset after a long hot day, just in time to say a proper cheers on Steve’s birthday. But what happened before…

We left Puente Perula after one night and drove to San Patricio Melaque.

Melaque

This little beach village has St. Patrick as their Saint and celebrates this the entire week before St. Patricks day (17th march). Lucky us! As good travelers we wanted to join the local community and started off with el Sol Bucket (2,5 euro for the Bucket!!) and later joined the local party at the plaza with fireworks.

el Sol bucket

After the fireworks people started to run for their lives….We soon found out why, when they were aiming fireworks at people. According to some local this is the funny part and they do it every night. Funny Mexicans….

Next day (12th march)we headed for La Ticla, a place not on our map, but known to surfers.

Ticla

A tiny village at the beach where we could stay in a beach cabana. Next day we did a similar tour to a similar but even better place, La Nexpa. Again we could get a beach cabana and enjoyed the hammocks and most beautiful sunset.

Coastal route

Hammmmmmocks

sunset

Sunday we headed further south. But it’s better to say east, because the coast bends east so we barely move more to the south. It really amazes us how stretched this coastline is. We drive for days and are still miles away from the border. The heat really makes us go slow. So, when we saw the sign of Troncones (which we recognized from the lonely planet), we decided to stop there.

Monday (15th) was a long hot day. We hit the road before 8 so we could make some miles before the hottest hours. In the afternoon, approaching Acapulco, Bas’ bike stopped and we had to pull over to start troubleshooting.

kill-button gate

After an hour in the sun, checking the sparkplug, bobine, CDI etc etc, we changed the sparkplug…….and switched the kill-button back to RUN (#$$%@!@#&*##!!!!!). You may think of this what you want, but we still blame the sparkplug (we kept the old one, because it still worked fine….).  Just before sunset and after a week of driving we arrived in Etel suites in old Acapulco. A nice apartment with a double seaview, overviewing Acapulco. Finally it is time for a birthday beer. Steve’s birthday wasn’t the only party in town, there was also something going on named spring break……..

We stay a few days in Acapulco to relax, wash our clothes and ofcourse, update the website from our balcony…..

website

Hasta luego!

Punta Perula

Punta Perula,

A place not even on our map, but when we saw a hotel sign, we were happy that this little place does exist. It was a long day today and it seemed even longer because we passed a time zone again. It looks already weeks ago since we’ve left Mazatlan….

The day we left Mazatlan, after a good night in Joe’s Oyster bar, we headed for Teacapan. A small village on a peninsula and worth a visit according to the lonely planet. Never have we been in a place this dull in our lives. We left early next morning. We arrived in San Blas (6th March), a nice village at the beach. A place where some artists, former hippies and retired drugdealers now live.

at the beach

We spent three days in San Blas although we wanted to leave after two….but Steve suffered from some bad seafood he ate, but Bas and Roel thought it had more to do with the Tequila night before. No more tequila’s for Steve…

Tequila

So after three days we left San Blas (9th march) heading south to Puerto Vallarta. The road south is terrific, riding through jungle with mountains on our left and the sea with best views on our right. We stopped for lunch in Sayulita and soon we figured this would we the final stop for the day. A little paradise!

our campsite

Surf spot and touristic, but still with a genuine Mexican charm. We camped that night 50 meters  from the beach after a sunny afternoon with some proper refreshments….

refreshments at the beach

camping under the palmtrees...watch out for coco's

Next morning (10th march) we woke up with an ocean dive and hit the road to make some k’s further south. After a long hot day, we found this place at Punta Perula.

Punta Perula

The pacific west coast is really beautiful with so many places where we should stop. The smallest fishing villages and paradise-like beaches….Already we found out that a year is way too short to see it all. We could spent a year in Mexico alone. It might sound sad that we have to skip a lot of places…but for us it’s a reason to come back one day.

Adios Amigos.

Mazatlan

Hola amigos!

We’ve made it to the Pacific coast. The last few days brought us the best driving so far. After Steve’s bike had stopped us at Guadalupe Victoria, the next morning we reached Durango without any trouble. The small changes to the carburettor seemed to have worked. In Durango we stayed downtown. Although a nice old city centre, we decided to leave next morning. But before we hit the road, we got our three bikes properly cleaned for just a few euros. A shiny bike is a happy bike…

happy bikes

After that we had a great ride through the mountains heading towards Mazatlan.

nice ride

We ended halfway in what seemed the middle of nowhere. We stopped at a little restaurant and luckily we could rent a cabana. So there we were in the mountains with our own cabana.

our cabana

After a freezing cold night we headed further towards Mazatlan. The ride was even more impressive than the day before. We climbed over tops of 2800m and crossed the espinazo del diablo (the devils backbone). Not a straight piece of tarmac longer than 200m, only curves. A biker’s delight.

curves

greatest views

Slowly we were descending to sealevel and it got hotter and hotter. We reached Mazatlan just in time to check in old-Mazatlan’s Belmar and to enjoy sunset from our balcony.sunset

This is the life for us!

Adios Amigos!

ps. Because we couldn’t bring Martins “staande schemerlamp” as special feature for this trip, we found something else….which is even useful, based on all the budget hotels we found without one……..

toilet seat