100 Impressions from Mexico
The last three weeks have past rather quickly. We spend the time with a lot of driving, lovely spots and still more amazing people. Mexico has already taken a special place in my heart. But now it is time to leave the country and start our Central America adventure in Guatemala!
Playa el Tecuan has once been the site of a beautiful hotel. Developed by Mexico’s Secretary of Defense in the 1950’s, the property was originally a present by the President himself. Since the late 90’s it is abandoned and was looted and raided several times. Today it served us as a really interesting camp spot, including a giant empty beach and the remains of the old hotel.
On our way towards the volcano Nevado de Colima, we stop at this nice little waterfall to take a refreshing bath:
View towards the volcano from the road.
We take an adventurous dirt road, which climbs up to 3200 meters in only 18 kilometers. Often I can only continue with Jirka out of the car and pushing from behind. Just before we reach the end of the road, we have to abandon our car and hike the rest of the way. It is just too steep for the heavy load we are trying to drive up the mountain.
The following view is as far as I make it that day. Not enough sleep and the extreme elevation gain are too hard on me. Jirka continues for a while, but returns completely out of power.
In beautiful Morelia we get invited by these two lovely girls to stay overnight and also for a nice breakfast, before continuing to Mexico City!
In the capital we use Couchsurfing for the first time on this trip and get hosted by Gerardo, who can unfortunately only pose with us on one photo, which includes a parking boot in front of his home… :)
In Teotihuacán we take a look at some old temples:
On our way south we visit Cholula, where you can have an impressive view over the city and the surrounding volcanoes from the worlds biggest pyramid. In the 16th century the Spanish build a church on top of the pyramid, which is now a major pilgrimage site for Catholics. We are lucky and even see the active Popocatepetl blow out some smoke while we are enjoying the sunset.
Along our way we drive through a valley with uncountable cactuses.
Famous for Mexico and a great danger to every driver: Topez! (Speedbump)
Typical Mexican street food:
And more old temples: (Monte Alban)
We take a swim at Hierve el Agua, where water oversaturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals has formed natural pools in the stone:
Finally we are back at the ocean and relax around Mazunte. On a secluded beach we find a little bar and play the dice while drinking from fresh coconuts.
Camp spot near the Aqua Azul waterfalls:
Even more temples in Palenque:
For the last temples in Mexico (Yaxchilan) we have to take a boat ride along a river in the border region to Guatemala. Therefore the temples are in the middle of the jungle and much nicer to explorer than the previous ones. Monkeys climb around in the trees above us and make a lot of noise. A really nice last stop in Mexico, before we head over to Guatemala!