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North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City November 15th 2010

On Monday morning we had been looking forward to our second free* walking tour. We were to discover the historical centre of Mexico City, and gain a greater understanding of its' history and culture. Unfortunately the guide had a car accident on the way to work meaning that our tour was cancelled. The other guests who were booked on the trip decided to do the hop-on-hop-off bus tour for the day, but this really wasn't our cup of tea, so we decided that we would visit the pyramids just outside of the city, at Teotihuacan. At the advice of the hostel receptionist we took the electric bus to the north bus station. This was by far the dodgiest place that we had been, as there were so many tramps and drunks hanging around that we literally ... read more
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Mexico City from the Latino Tower
light show

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City November 11th 2010

Before leaving the UK, we had heard nothing but negative remarks about Mexico City; 'Oh don't go there, people get killed all the time- you will get mugged/ pick-pocketed, kidnapped/ stolen from the street and sold as slaves' etc. Cautious as we are, our original plan had been to arrive in Mexico City the day before our flight and get the hell out of there as soon as possible. However, after our recent experiences we now laugh in the face of danger. Therefore we decided to make our way to Mexico City a whole week before our flight out, giving us seven full days to explore one of the largest cities in the world, and giving the vagrants of the city seven full days opportunity to take their chances on us. Actually nothing bad happened to ... read more
man weaves in market
wrestling midget
typical Mexico City

North America » Mexico » Guerrero » Acapulco November 7th 2010

We had been having a really great relaxed time in Puerto Escondido after spending so many hours on the bus over the past week, but we were keen to continue travelling. We had not been very impressed with the standard of the beaches at Puerto as they had a lot of black sand and the currents were too strong to swim in the sea on the main beach at Zicatela. It was also far too dangerous for beginners to surf, so we were unable to rent a board. We had originally planned to stay in Puerto Escondido for five more days to take some Spanish lessons, but we had not found a school to enrol in time. We decided to move on to Acapulco, as it was kind of on the way to Mexico City, our ... read more
most impractical taxi ever
Acapulco strip from Club del Sol roof
Caleta beach

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido November 3rd 2010

We decided to leave Oaxaca after Day of the Dead as we were missing the beach, and we wanted to see the surfing resort of Puerto Escondido. We took the collectivo from Oaxaca, which was rumoured to take around 6 hours, covering a distance of near 250km. We booked our ticket for 150 pesos which we thought was quite a good price. In total the bus journey actually took around 8 hours, and was extremely uncomfortable as the roads were windy and up in the mountains. There were so many pot holes that we did not reach speeds faster than 30mph for pretty much the whole journey. Near the end of the journey it started to rain, and with the conditions of the road, and the fact that there was evidence of recent mudslides, it was ... read more
view at breakfast
Zicatela beach
coconut cocktails

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca November 1st 2010

We arrived in Oaxaca early on the 1st of November. Even in Chiapas we had seen posters advertising Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, it was supposed to be a massive event. It had been so busy that we were unable to find any hostels with online availabilty before we left San Cristobal. Fortunately our Swedish friend Daniel had checked into a hostel the previous day, and had been able to make a reservation for us too. We would be staying at Casa de Don Pablo, and it turned out to be a really great place. Upon arriving in Oaxaca we were surprised. From what we had read on the city we thought we were headed somewhere even more quaint than San Cristobal- we had expected to be stepping back in time to see ladies dying ... read more
banners in the Zocalo
Oaxaco zocalo
Oaxaca cathederal

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Sumidero Canyon October 31st 2010

We woke up early ready for our boat trip into the Sumidero Canyon. We were not sure what to expect as an Israeli couple that we had met the previous evening had told us it wasn't worth doing. We decided to make our own way to the port by collectivo, as opposed to taking an organised trip as we thought it would be cheaper. When we arrived at the collectivo rank our driver was very excited to have 'Inglesa' on the bus. He was loudly advertising this fact to Mexican people who were getting on other buses, trying to use it to get their custom. We started driving through the mountains; our destination was completely in the hands of the driver as we hadn't any idea where the port was. After a while the air outside ... read more
heading out to the canyon
driving through the clouds
approaching Sumidero

We stepped off the bus and were shocked- it was freezing. People were wearing scarves and winter jackets. When we had got on the bus it was sweltering outside; we had climbed up the mountains and here we were in minus figures (well not quite but it felt like it). It was close to midnight and we had no reservation. Fortunately, the local hoteliers turned out for us and were in their element flicking through their A4 folders showing us their accommodations in which we could stay. As it was dark we didn't want to take any chances; we turned down a lift from a friendly Mexican (whose hostel we weren't staying at) and attempted to catch a taxi to Rossco Hostel, which was part of a group of hostels of which we had already stayed ... read more
Trick or treat
church in the plaza

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque October 29th 2010

The bus journey to Palenque went ok. We were a little apprehensive due to all the negative reports we had heard about night buses in Mexico, but it wasn't too bad. At one point we were stopped at a police check point in the dead of night, in the pitch black, in the complete middle of nowhere. A policeman got on the bus and flashed a spotlight over all the passengers. Upon spotting our white faces he came over and demanded 'passport' to each of us. He then inspected both of our passports for a long while before handing them back to us. We next saw him wake up some Asian people behind us to ask for their passports. After rummaging in the overhead compartments the policeman got off the bus and left us to continue ... read more
Palenque ruins
Palenque waterfall
streets in Palenque

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá October 26th 2010

For the third day running it was raining in Merida. We had wanted to visit the nearby cenotes (sinkholes underground) which you are able to swim in, but had been told they were only worth going to if the sun was out, as the sun shines through small holes in the ground which lights up the caverns. As this was the only trip we really wanted to take in Merida, we decided to cut our losses, and made our way back towards Playa del Carmen, via Chichen Itza. We were advised in our hostel that we could take the second class bus to the ruins for half the price of the first class bus, and that it would only take an extra 45 minutes. We decided this wasn't too bad, and made our way to the ... read more
Playa again
huge cocktails

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida October 24th 2010

We arrived in Merida around 6pm; the sun was going down and the streets were empty. It was raining, and the end of town where we arrived was run down and eerie. However, it was a Sunday evening, so we were not surprised that everything seemed dead. Merida is the capital of the Yucatan, so we were sure that the following day we would see lots of activity. We started to walk in the direction of calle 68, where our room for the night was located- at Yucatan Vista Inn. There seemed to be nobody around, and the inn was a good walk, so we turned back and decided to catch a taxi. As we were driving down the road, the street lights became fewer and farther between. All of the buildings were flush along the ... read more
Typical downtown Merida street
yellow building

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