Feb 11 2009

Leaving Mexico (March 2009)

Feb 10 2009

Mexico – Yucatan (February/March 2009)

Having put Belize behind them, Stefan and Silke are now back in Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Here are their email comments and photos: 

“We found a really good wildness camping site south of Tulum. That was not an easy task because they have built a lot of new buildings (e.g. a touristic park or hotel, resort & spa) and the access to the beach is not possible. At one restaurant they would only allow tents on the beach and we would have had to stay between a noisy generator and the stinky bathrooms. So we said to ourselves: it’s early in the afternoon, let’s find another place. And we got lucky. On the way to Punta Allen (south of Tulum) you pass the Biosfera Sian Ka’an, and after 3 Kilometers we found a nice beach. So we camped there between the palms for a week. Silke was working for three days on updating the trip diary. We went swimming, barbecued and relaxed a lot.”

“Then we went to Punta Allen and met Oscar and Paola from Mexico. They have a yellow labrador retriever dog like your Lucky, but this one is only a 4 month old puppy named Pancha. So cute looking and she likes to play all the time which is why she reminds us a lot of Lucky. Oscar is our age and an arts grafic designer like Silke, but now he is making awesome masks of palms. The couple invited us to their home in Playa del Carmen. On the way we watched for free Dolphins in Puerto Aventura and went snorkeling. We learned a few more words and sentences in Spanish, but most of the time we speak Spanglish with the use of our dictionary. We had such a fun time. Oscar cooked fish and prepared Ceviche for a picnic on the beach the next day.”

“As we were about to leave they decided to join us and we all went to Puerto Moreles for two days together. They also told us about Isla Mujeres where we are still enjoying the Caribbean Sea. On this island we met Kyle from California again. He’s the guy we know from the campground in Oaxaca. He is helping Lori, the owner of the Mango Cafe, and her Mexican boyfriend Polo. So each day we enjoy a great breakfast. We are having such a great time here with the following people: Oscar, Paola, Kyle, Lori, Polo and Zoe (Lori’s daughter). Zoe is a cute-looking girl with funny hair and from the time when Lori was living in Africa. We went with them to the movies in Cancun and watched “Slumdog Millionaire”, we visited a turtle farm, went more snorkeling and ate a lot of good food. So we are getting “fat” again. We should take Francis’ advice and go on an all Ceviche and vegetarian food diet. But tomorrow we have to leave, otherwise we will want to settle down on this nice little island.”

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?”