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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca April 1st 2014

Hello again. Condensed blog since I have to rewrite the one I wrote but lost. We arrived in Oaxaca at 8am after 14 hours through the mountains. Arriving it looked like another big city that we prob wouldnt like. We were wrong. Oaxaca which we were still having trouble pronouncing was laid back and like all places we have been to very family orientated. They also love their churches and they are on every corner. The next day we decided to get out of the city. There were heaps of places offering tours out to the Mezcal distillaries. Mezcal is kind of the brother of Tequila but from the Oaxaca area. Fun fact true Tequila bottles will never contain a worm, Mezcal will. We were told we could get a collectivo from out the front of ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Guadalajara April 1st 2014

Hola, so we have gone off our planned course of heading to Acapulco since we had not heard great things about it and going to Tequila was just way more cooler. After a pit stop in Mexico city, thankfully only 12 hours in the smelliest room, we headed to Gaudalajara. This is Mexico's second largest city but you wouldnt know it looking at it. There are no big high rises and people are more chilled out. They have some fantastic old buildings. One thing we noticed is there are Chinese buffet restaurants everywhwere. They were always full of locals and we were craving a change from Mexican so we had to try it. The food was amazing and Daz was very happy to get some vegies. We are still a little confused as to whether the ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida March 30th 2014

Hola from on board our fancy autobus with wifi. Can finally catch up on blogs. From Valladolid we had a short bus trip to Merida. We scored ourselves a sauna room at the hostel with only the noisiest fan. They had a pool but there was no way I was putting anything more than my feet in it. Merida was another colonial type town quite larger than Valladolid. The night we arrived was the start of a festival so the roads around the main square we closed off and full of makeshift restaurants and street vendors. On on street there was a band and all the oldies were dancing. There is such a great family vibe in Mexico. We organised our bus tickets to Palenque for the next day so needed another night accomodation in Merida. ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque March 30th 2014

Hola. After a 9 hour bus trip from Merida, we decided to skip Campeche, we arrived in Palenque. It was quite different to all the othe town. Firstly we had gotten used to grid fashioned streets which just had numbers as names so it was very easy to get around. Palenque is very small but hilly and tge streets have names like 2a Novembre and it is next to another 2a. It is a bit confusing at first but we finally found our Posada. Next morning we headed to where the collectivos gather, have I mentioned how awesome collectivos are? We got in one and headed over to the Palenque ruins. Although we got there early it was already pretty hot and really humid. The ruins cover a massive area but they have only uncovered from ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid March 26th 2014

Que tal! Had a shortish bus trip from Playa to Valladolid. Been very impressed with the bus service here. I had read that in Valladolid very few people spoke English so was excited to practice our spanish which I think we are both doing quite well...along with hand gestures. Valladolid is a cute colonial type town and our hostel was next to a nice square and church. In the middle of Valladolid is a square full of trees where allthe local families hang out instead sitting at home in front of a tv like we all do. The buildings are all painted diffrrent colours. From Valladolid we did a day trip out to Chichen Itza and Il-Kil, a sink hole you can swim in. We got to Chichen Itza early to beat the crowds and the ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato March 24th 2014

Guanajuato A prononcer "Guanaouato"sans trop insister sur "ou";en fait il faut enchaîner le tout d'un seul souffle sans s'arrêter.A éviter de prononcer le "j"comme Juan le pins...rien à voir.Bon voilà pour la linguistique,passons aux caractéristiques de cette ville qui en recelle plusieurs. D'abord une topographie tout à fait particulière qui a donné lieu à un aménagement urbain qui suit le lit du Rio Guanajuato sous la ville.Une multitude de tunnels se faufilent partout avec deux grandes artères qui vont d'est en ouest,en sens unique il va sans dire auquels se connectent des entrées et des sorties ,une autoroute quoi!. On y rencontre même des intersections....vous dis pas c'est qui c'est tu qui a la priorité??Vous devinez pas....allons ,allons un petit effort les futés,c'est pourtant simple....on est au Mexique....oui,oui vous l'avez... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum March 23rd 2014

Hola! It is much easier to ask how to get somewhere if you pronounce it correct. Saying Tul um instead of Too lum got us some weird looks. We eventually realised we just had to walk around the block from our place where all the collectivos hang out. They are kinda like mini van taxis that when they have enough people will head off to where you want to go stopping to let you off whenever you wanted. They then cut each other off on the hwy to pick up more people and therefore more money. We landed in the back of one which unfortunately was really hot and not full of tourist which would have meant an express to Tulum. Instead we seemed to stop every 5 kms as someone got out and someone new ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 23rd 2014

Hola again. We arrived back in Mexico city late and had to get the metro back to the hotel to pick up our main packs. The metro is so easy to use and mega cheap and there is always people on each carriage selling what is quite literally crap but they need to make a buck. This trip a shirtless guy got on put down a sheet of broken glass bottles then did a backwards body slam into the glass, the most most bizzare type of busking I have ever seen. He was covered in scars so obviously been doing it for a while. Had booked another place to stay so headed over there knackered to find our private room at the hostel (we have either got old or snobby) had the smallest single bed. There ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen March 23rd 2014

Hola, quiet night in with free wifi so catching up on blogs. Left Cancun on the ADO bus which have all been really easy to work out and book. They are really comfy although they crank the aircon. Only took about an hour to Playa. We had booked an awesome place run by a couple of hippies which was really quiet while being close to everything. 5th Ave is the main walking street full of restaurants, bars and shops. We fell in love with the place straight away. There are cheapish places right on the beach which is what Cancun lacked cos it was all resorts. We walked from one end of 5th ave to the other and then back via the beach. At one end you can watch the guys play beach volleyball. We sat ... read more
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We got an early start this morning so we could have a full day to enjoy the ride. Everyone showed up at the house promptly and we loaded up the food, drinks, and kids into the van. We managed to fit 15 of us into the minivan which is no record for Mexico but it was a personal best for me. I cringed at the thought of all the children wedged into the back cargo area. Our daughters sat in the middle row on our laps. I had already messaged one of the url=https://www.facebook.com/pages/XOCHIMILCO-RECORRIDOS-EN-LAS-TRADICIONALES-TRAJINERAS/126104895887trajinera companiesin Xochimilco so we knew which embarcadero we were headed for, the very last one it turns out, Embarcadero Nativitas. They offered us a discount, the boat ride all the way out to the Island of the Dolls for 1350$ pesos. The ... read more
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