Mexico’s Caribbean

Mexico’s Caribbean

We spent the last week of March on the Caribbean side of Mexico. Mainly hiding. It was Spring Break in the US and Semana Santa (Easter week) in Mexico. Everyone was on vacation. Eh. Vree. One. But I suppose we’re everyone too. Tulum We initially stopped in Tulum. Tulum is famous for having one of …

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Mayan Ruins, Part Dos

Mayan Ruins, Part Dos

Cenotes Thousands of cenotes — sinkholes, some swimmable, some not — pepper the Yucatán peninsula. Cenotes are formed when limestone collapses into a subterranean water source. A vast costal aquifer resides under the Yucatán. Hence all the centoes. We crashed at one for a night in route to Chichen Itza. We were famished when we …

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Mayan Ruins, Part Uno

Mayan Ruins, Part Uno

Well, we had our first mishap with the van, in route from San Cristobal de Las Casas to Palenque. The road was narrow, hilly, curvy, and infested with topes and semi-trucks. Semiremolques, as they state in Spanish on their rear doors. Slow going in other words. I must’ve passed dozens of, or at least a …

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San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

High in the estadio de Chiapas — 7,200 ft. base elevation — San Cristóbal embodies much of what I like in a town: Encompassing, evergreen mountains. Seasoned, stone buildings. Whimsical, walkable streets. And cute, craft shops and restaurants. It’s the type of town I could see myself loving. Living. A sister town of my soul. …

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La Jungle, Catemaco, Mexico

La Jungle, Catemaco, Mexico

This place almost became our personal Heart of Darkness. We arrived at dusk, after a tortuous drive on Highway 175. The road to the campground (see video below) was barely wide enough for our van. Barely driveable without four-wheel drive. Yet captivating. You wanted to see what was at the end of the road. You …

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The Cloud Mountains of Oaxaca

The Cloud Mountains of Oaxaca

The two-night locale. A location in route to another location. A stopover. A necessity. A spot between better spots. A spot that, if had it sucked, would’ve been a one-night spot. However, something about it, something cool or unique or something, added a night. Ecoturixtlan was a two-night locale. Ixtlán de Juárez We’d planned to …

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Russet-Napped Wood-Rail

Russet-Napped Wood-Rail

A bird of contrast: a flamboyant exterior and a shy interior. Bright pink legs. Delicate walk. Lime green and lemon yellow beak. Cautious eater. Bronco orange and blue body. Paranoid disposition. It’s a fun bird to watch, but if you move too fast, make too much noise, it will skedaddle.

Montezuma Oropendola

Montezuma Oropendola

Excellent name. Strange bird. Perhaps the strangest, most interesting bird I’ve yet seen. The males and females are both colorful — chocolate-colored overall with a vibrant yellow tail and white spots below their eyes and pointy, orange and black beaks — though the males are much larger. The males also — at least I think …

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico

We went, because they told us to go. They. The other tourists. Of course, we’re capable of making our own decisions. I think. We’re adults. Occasionally. Yet, the fervor, the conviction bespoken about Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-Ha-Ka) was convincing at the least. Darn necessitating at the best. We had to go. We’d miss the best food …

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Distrito Cholula de Rivadavia

Distrito Cholula de Rivadavia

A church on a hill? The world’s largest pyramid? If you answered (D), all of the above, you are correct. That bumblebee yellow church, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, is sitting on the largest (and possibly the most unearthed) pyramid by volume in the known world. Its base is four times the size of the …

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