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Published: August 22nd 2007
The Aerovega Cessna
An easy trip to Puerto Escondido in this little plane.
Tuesday 21st August
The taxi ordered by the hotel was waiting for us at 8am and had us at the airport by 8.30. There, an officious young lady searched our belongings quite thoroughly before we were eventually allowed to board a twin engined Cessna with 4 other passengers. Even if we were armed, bomb-carrying terrorists what real damage could we do? Perhaps this whole terrorist thing is being overplayed!
Nice easy flight, 29 minutes to our destination. Unfortunately the plane's perspex windows were crazed and sun-damaged so we could see little detail below. On arrival at Puerto Escondido
we noticed there were holes in the leading edges of the wings, crudely patched with fibreglass! Glad we didn't see that before we got on.
The bus alternative wouldn't have been pleasant - over 7 hours for 300 km over & down twisty mountainous roads. When lying under a tree, sipping a beer and overlooking the swimming pool at our hotel about an hour later, we congratulated ourselves on our choice of transport.
Puerto Escondido was the setting for a film many years ago and became the place to be for some time. Since then it has lost
In the plane
Rags was put up the front but Judy had to sit in a low seat at the back of the plane.
this popularity and is now looking very tired. We are staying at the Hotel Ines, run by a German lady, Ines. True to her background, the rooms are spotless, unlike the first 2 hotels where we looked at rooms before deciding to keep looking. Our room has a balcony overlooking the thatched roofs of the bar and dining area near the pool. This might sound like noisy place but it wasn't. The whole area is quiet and peaceful and there weren't any bells to awaken us here like there were in Oaxaca.
Nevertheless we are really enjoying this place, low key and relaxing as it is. We are real oldies here with young surfers and the scantily dressed girls in abundance. Both of us are enjoying the scenery!
Waves of the legendary “Mexican Pipeline” just offshore test the mettle of surfers far and wide. For swimmers the water has a lethal undertow and isn't for the boardless. The hotel pool for us!
Besides tourism, fishing seems to be the only other industry and we walked past the boats as they were being prepared for the night's work on our way up the beach to the main part of
This amazing meal was a Burrito Loco - we'll have this again!
town. We are staying at Zicatela Playa (Beach) and after walking along the Principal Playa we think we made the right choice. This reminds us a little of Bali but is smaller and obviously offseason as there are few people around even thought he weather's great.
After our walk Judy's clothes were dripping with perspiration which is unusual for her and we couldn't wait to get into the pool and then lie back and sip a couple of cocktails during the Felix Hora (Happy Hour). We looked at the menu here but it seemed very much aimed at the tourist and we love trying the local dishes so we walked a hundred metres to El Cafecito where Judy had tacos, unlike anything we have had at home and Rags had something we hadn't seen on the menu before and can't spell now - this turned out to be a very thin tough steak over a wonderful tomato and cheese sauce enchilada.
Wednesday 22nd August
Today was a total day of rest. We felt like we'd been on the move for ages and Rags ankle needed some quiet time as well. Judy asked for the key for the wireless
The fishermen on Principal Playa were getting ready to take the boats out when we walked past about 6pm.
network we'd disovered so we spent the morning checking email, uploading and making sure the share market had indeed started returning to normal.
In the afternoon we put our feet up on the balcony and read our novels. What a lovely relax!
In the early evening, we ventured out and strolled along the beach once again to the main beach and town where we bought a t-shirt for Rags and ate dinner.
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