Blogs from Mexico, North America - page 2


North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Lo de Marcos March 23rd 2015

The rain storm that led to washed out bridges and roads making it impossible to pass through Puerta Vallarta brought us to A beautiful bay of Blue , shallow, warm waters and white sand a small Mexican town Lo De Marcos. A population of 2500 increasing to 3500 in winter is a clean, cobble stone streets, quiet with the most tropical setting so far, flowers parrots and budgies flying about. Yesterday visited some out skirt towns Punta de Minta, Menzecule and manzanilla hope to see Sayulita today. Weather is great an average of 30 deg with a breeze from the ocean just cooling things nicely.... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 18th 2015

What a welcome site this place is, probably very touristy, but so pretty! This ship company just don't get it right, only 8.00-3.30 here today, so much to see and such little time! We would definitely like to come back here, so relaxed, lots to do, great restaurants and bars. Took a private tour with two other couples, sooo good - our tour guide Hugo was such a gem and loves his city, even with all the changes over the years - he would have been at least 65 years old - so friendly and I bet he has a sore throat, didn't stop talking for 4-5 hours - took us to the newer parts of Puerto Vallarta, the old and into the rain forest and also to a Tequila Distillery, more samples!!! and margaritas as ... read more

North America » Mexico » Michoacán March 18th 2015

Over the weekend of my dad's and my birthday, I traveled to a ranch called San Cayetano in Zitácuaro, Mexico, to observe the migration of billions of monarch butterflies. The trip was a birthday gift to my father. I was expecting that the ranch we went to would look more like a farm with cows, stables and fresh hay, which was a scene I remember from my trip to south Germany, but I was surprised of how different the ranch looked compared to my memory. When I arrived on the 28th of February 2015 with my parents and some friends that accompanied us, I found myself in a paradise soaked in sunshine, which had a humungous colorful garden, which was calm and filled with silence because a forest enclosed it. It was as if I were ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum March 18th 2015

We just spent a week in Mexico. Our five-year-old son was excited since he loves Mexican food (especially quesadillas, but we found the local equivalent, "gringas". Not a joke - that's what they call it when you put cheese and meat in a tortilla.) We chose to go down to Tulum, to avoid the Spring Break crowds, and I'm glad for it. Tulum is a nice chill town, with interesting people-watching. It's quiet, the kind of place where moms walk their kids home from school, alongside dogs running in the streets, many people (tourists and locals) on bicycles, and the cars go slow enough to avoid accidents. It's the kind of place where a rooster awakens you in the morning. We stayed at the Posada Yum Kin, with its gracious hostess, Graciela. This inn is very ... read more

North America » Mexico » Sinaloa » Mazatlan March 18th 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 As always, Todd is up and earlier (5:15am) to work on his computer before everyone else. Since this is my first morning on the ship, I needed to find a location on the ship that was quiet and where is a power source. Instead of going to the Piazza, I decided to head up to the Horizon Café. There is a coffee and the buffet should be slow. I was able to locate a place to hunker down for a while. It was quite peaceful, though I could not see outside because it was still too dark. I returned to the room around 7:00 am to get everyone up early. We were going to our first port, everyone else’s second port, Mazatlán. After everyone was up, dressed, and ready to go, we ... read more
Family photo - Salsa and Salsa Tour - Santa Fe Ocean Suites
The salsa making crew - Salsa and Salsa Tour - Santa Fe Ocean Suites
Jenny and Michael with Sophia - Salsa and Salsa Tour - Santa Fe Ocean Suites

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Melaque March 18th 2015

San Patrico 8 day celebration ending on Saint Patricks Day, had a little glitch this year as 2 days of down pouring rain flooding the streets with the rising water levels of the lagoon caused it to burst sending the crocodiles out to sea. March 17th the final day held beautiful skies of hot drying sun. San Patricio is named after the battalion of mainly Irish who fought against the Americans in the Mex-American war 1846-1848. The town of Melaque ( San Patricio) is the root of the celebration of kindness for the Irish and the honor of their Families. Parades, fire works and the unity of Families fill the streets in celebration. We are leaving early this morning heading North hopefully to Puerta Vallarta but the storm has washed out the bridges so we are ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 17th 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Today is the big day, we are able to finally able to board our cruise ship. The day started early for Todd. He headed to the lobby of the hotel at 5:15 am to work on miscellaneous items. Today there was no rain, rather a cool Pacific Ocean breeze blowing through the lobby area. It was so peaceful with the waves crashing on the shore and the jazz music playing in the lobby. I went to the 24 hour coffee shop to get my morning java. Everyone was up by 7:00 am this morning. We wanted to ensure that we were packed and ready to head to the ship. Today we ate breakfast the Blaze restaurant. This was the restaurant we ate the first evening for dinner. This ... read more
Breakfast View - Pacific Ocean - Hyatt Ziva
Breakfast View - Jenny and Michael - Pacific Ocean - Hyatt Ziva
Breakfast View - Pacific Ocean - Cindy and Todd - Hyatt Ziva

This album features a variety of monuments, fountains & statues often found in the plazas in the city's historic center.... read more
The monument honors Dona Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez
The plaque
Tree of Friendship

North America » Mexico » Yucatán March 17th 2015

4. März, Cancun Hä, wie viel Zeit ist eigentlich? Anscheinend war es schon später als gedacht, da Cancun erst seit neulich die Zeit umgestellt hat und weder das Handy noch das Macbook diese Regel kannten. So gabs schon fast einen Brunch für uns in einem Cafe in der Nähe des Hotels. Gegenüber befand sich eine Autovermietung und wir wollten nur mal die Preise abchecken gehen. Je länger wir mit dem Vermieter sprachen, desto günstiger wurde das Auto und den ersten Tag kriegten wir auch noch gratis. Für die nächsten 13 Tage haben wir ein Mietauto, das erste Mal in 6 Monaten auf unserer Reise. Wir nutzen die Gelegenheit und fuhren zuerst im Walmart einkaufen und dann zu einem öffentlichen Strandabschnitt an der Hotelzone von Cancun. Leider gabs viel scharfkantiges Seegras im Wasser, dafür waren die Wellen ... read more
Chaaktun 2
Chaaktun 3
Chaaktun 4

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco March 16th 2015

There is something about North America. After witnessing the unforgettable Pacific sunset in California, our first evening in Puerto Peñasco was met with an almost equally stunning display of celestial beauty. E and I arrived from the US into Mexico via the small border town of Tecate. The most common point of crossing from California is Tijauana but we'd heard that it can take up to three hours to get through the security procedures; when in Portland, Stacey had told us of Tecate as a quieter, quicker route through. She was right. With nobody else crossing, we breezed through the paperwork and security procedures in 15 minutes. Our next step was to catch a bus to Mexicali, a major city east of Tecate and Baja California's gateway to mainland Mexico, and for that we needed pesos. ... read more
Charles Dickens' Mexican brother.
Street monsters in Mexicali.
Armando and Lulu.

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