Jan 29 2009

Mexico – Mainland (Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2009)

Extracts from Stefan and Silke’s emails:

“We arrived to Los Mochis with the ferry, drove to El Fuerte where we parked Fender in a closed-in backyard of a motel. Then we rode the famous train “El Chepe” over the Sierra to Creel. Up there it was pretty cold at night and ice on the street. We met all these indigenous people selling food, arts or crafts. At the end of this trip we had to say good-bye to Gerhard and Kati – we had a delicious dinner – Gerhard cooked chicken with peaches and bananas, and rice with almonds.”

“Here’s an incredible story from Tequila:
We visited the destillery and when walking back to Fender, a very well-dressed man appeared and asked us if we were really from Germany? Yes, and we told him about our trip. He was the Manager of the Destillery Jose Cuervo and gave us an amazing present – the very first bottle of the “Reserva de la familia” 2008 – a tequila anejo. The highlight of the Jose Cuervo Distillery is truly their famous Reserva de la familia!!!!! The bottle is in a handmade and colored wood case and is closed with a sealing wax. You cannot buy this tequila.”

“We drove to Angangueo to hike among the millions of monarch butterflies. That was a gorgeous experience.”

“In the northeast of Mexico Ciudad are the ruins of Teotihuacan where we were visiting the sun and moon temple. In Teotihuacan we found a restaurant which guarded Fender for one night. We then went to Mexico City for 2 days and saw the anthropological museum, the historic center and “el Angel”. With the bus and metro it was easy to travel in the city and return.”

“On the way to Acapulco we stopped in Taxco – a silver town with a beautiful cathedral. You will never see more Volkswagens in one place. Perhaps 95% of the citizens drive a Volkswagen. You feel like you’re in a time machine!”

“We celebrated New Year’s Eve in Acapulco together with Silke’s friend Susanne who is visiting from Germany. We celebrated by having a dinner on the beach. Our table neighbors were showing us the traditional way of celebrating New Years in Mexico. It was fun and the fireworks in the bay were great. We danced till 4 o’clock in the morning.”

“We are now in Puerto Escondido – 400 km and 8 hours away from Acapulco – and much nicer as it’s less crowded and less touristy. We are renting a small apartment with two bedrooms, bath and kitchen. It’s in Spanish style architecture and really beautiful. The three of us are having a lot of fun, going to the beach each day, enjoying the big waves of the Pacific ocean and watching the people.”

“Two days ago in San Cristobal/Chiapas, we met Erik from Belgium – he is driving a 2005 Defender 110 HT. We decided to drive with him to the north of Guatemala. We’ll do some off-roading. Erik has to meet up with a Swiss guy in Costa Rica and at that point we will go to Belize and then to Yucatan. That sounds fun, doesn’t it?”

Jan 29 2009

Mexico – Baja California (November 2008)

Here are some extracts from Stefan and Silke’s emails to us:

“We communicate mostly in Spanglish and by using our hands and feet. We have met a lot of people from Oregon here in Baja. One woman was from Bend and she remembered seeing “Fender” when we were there with you guys.  We stayed a week on a beach called “El Arborito” near Carbo Pulma where we went diving and snorkeling. Now we are headed towards Bahia Concepcion between Mulege and Loreto.”

“We met Horst and Elke from Germany who gave us some good advice and maps from Mexico for our Garmin GPS. One the Baja we have been to these places: a) Capo Pulmo where we were diving and snorkeling - we met two brothers from Austria and one girl from Germany (all backpackers), Stefan was stung by a scorpion – he’s ok but it’s painful. In the biosphere near Capo Pulmo we relaxed at a waterfall.  b) Playa Santispak: Equipped with food, water and firewood we stayed in Santispak and tested our new saw. We met Jack, an American helicopter pilot, who has lived six years on a sailing boat. c) La Mona: On the way to Bahia de los Angeles we stopped at a old mission called San Francisco de Borja from 1762. In los Angeles we stayed at a beach La Mona with an American community (they have spent all their holidays there for 25 years now), dolphins in the bay and hummingbirds around us. d) La Reunion: Driving south again we passed San Ignacio and visited the nice mission there. At playa La Reunion we met the dog Negro (see photo above) and a couple from Germany – Gerhard and Kati. At this beach we stayed longer than planned. Had some very good camarones/shrimps! e) From La Paz we took a ferry to Topolobambo or rather Los Mochis (because Topo… well, nobody can pronounce that).”

“We have to tell you about the German couple we met on the Baja – Gerhard and Kati. They are traveling in a big MAN truck. They are amazing and we like them very much. We took the same ferry and did the train ride with El Chepe together. They have planned to go to Guatemala as well. So perhaps we’ll meet them again. We are still in contact. We got a lot of literature and maps of Central and South America from them. They want to visit these countries as well but have to go to Germany first (knee surgery etc.) and they can buy the travel books and maps one more time over there. It was definitely our luck and fun to meet them”

“It’s not as dangerous in Mexico as some people claim. Mostly you can camp on the beach for free or for a few Pesos. We were diving and snorkeling at Capo Pulmo with the only coral reef in Baja. There were dolphins in the bay and we watched them for hours.”

Jan 29 2009

Hola Mexico (November 2008)

On November 3, 2008 Stefan, Silke and Fender crossed over the US-MX border to begin three exciting months of exploring the vast and beautiful country of Mexico.