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Old 12-26-2012, 07:55 PM   #31
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Zacatecas,

The 350 km from Satillo to Zacatecas in straight as an arrow but smooth as silk. Thank goodness for GPS or finding our hotel in the warren of narrow cobblestone streets would have been a nightmare.



Screen Shot 2012-10-08 at 6.55.50 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





zacatecas plate by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We are 2 blocks from the Cathedral in the cultural center. We spent a lot of time just walking around since there was a new stunning sight around almost every corner.


Hotel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



view thru the window by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


our view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


relaxing by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We also visited several of the other major churches including the Tempo de Santa Domingo and Tempo Jesus.


Cathedral de Zacataces by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


dome 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral de Zacataces 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral de Zacataces 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There are so may new delicious foods to experience.


prckly pear by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pedidos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There is a Festival de Teatro with venues all over town and we took in a Cirque like show.


pole by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Museo Rafael Coronel is a must see. It is located in a partially restored ruin and houses an incredible collection of traditional masks.


Musee Raphael Coronel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 8 copy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 6 copy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 5 copy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 2 copy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel copy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Musee Raphael Coronel 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We walked up the hill from the hotel to take the cable car across the valley to the summit and then walked down the "the walk of the cross".


hill side by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We came upon a parade of people in traditional costumes.


dancers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


girl by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This is really a very lovely city.


fountain by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


fountain copy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


feeding pigeons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


aqueduct by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


angel statue by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The Gorditas at Dona Julia are so good we had to go back again just before we left for San Luis de Potosi.


Dona Julia by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:50 AM   #32
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Alaska to Zacatecas in 3 pages of gorgeous photos. Very Cool! Looking forward to more...
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #33
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Thanks for the responses

Thanks for commenting you guys!!!! UpST8 and pdedse



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Old 12-27-2012, 07:58 PM   #34
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San Luis de Potosi

It was 190 km to SL de Potosi again on a good road without any checkpoints. The temperature was great for riding at 24 and partly cloudy. We again have a hotel on the edge of the Zona Historica.


Screen Shot 2012-10-11 at 9.46.09 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


plate st Luis by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There are dozens of Churches here including the Iglasia del Carmen and the Cathedral de San Luis de Potosi and most have beautiful squares out front.


bell tower by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia del Carmen 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia del Carmen by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral of San Luis de Potosi by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We strolled along the ancient pedestrian avenue to visit the Tempo of the Virgin of Guadalupe.


aqueduct avenue by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Tempo of the virgin of guadalupe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Tempo of the virgin of guadalupe 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We also visited the San Franciscan Convent and the Plaza Aranzazu.


Tempo de Aranzazu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Tempo de Aranzazu 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

You feel like you are in a European city here with the beautiful architecture, music, food, and people out having a good time.


segway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Plaza del Carmen by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Plaza de Almas by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Halloween by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


fans by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02218 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dia de Muertos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dans treats by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:08 PM   #35
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Jalpan de Serra

Starting out from SLP we had our first rain in weeks, but it was very short lived. (read rain suits on then off). Daniel found us a nice secondary road to get us from the city and out into the country towards Rio Verde. Then we had 100 km of steep windy mountain roads to Jalpan de Serra.


Screen Shot 2012-10-13 at 10.42.03 PM copy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Screen Shot 2012-10-13 at 8.34.13 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


plate by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The locals are driving 80 km in a 40 and passing on the corners. You know there is good motorcycling here when you arrive at your hotel and there are a bunch of bikes parked out front.


bike parking for the hotel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This is a quaint mountain town situated around one of the five 350 year old Franciscan Monasteries located in this area.


Santiago de jalpan 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Francisco del valee de Tilaco by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Santiago de jalpan nave by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We had a quiet garden in our hotel where we could enjoy a drink.


Mission Hotel courtyard by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Lunch in the main square.


lunch in the square by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We travelled east to the Valee de Tilaca with the amazing view of the valley from the top of the pass. Here we visited the San Francisco monastery.


DSC03227 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC03228 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC03229 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC03236 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

On our return to Jalpan we stopped at our third mission Santa Maria del Agua de Landa.


landa by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Santa Maria del Agua de Landa 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Santa Maria del Agua de Landa alter by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:19 PM   #36
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San Miguel de Allende

Now for adventure…..we planned a route not on the map or the GPS. It was epic however. We had almost 200 km of twisty curved road.


Screen Shot 2012-10-14 at 9.35.30 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


plate by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The first part was well travelled and we saw many guys on crotch rockets. It was like the dragon but ten times longer and there were the donkeys on the road for an added thrill. The second half was on a road not on the map and on which we did not even see another car during 100 km of curves. We were a tiny bit concerned at one point that the amount of rock fall on the right side of the road and absence of traffic might mean an impassible washout was up ahead, but no such obstacle was found.


river crossing by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cactus by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


la canada by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


valley on the way by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


road thru the mountains by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Arriving in San Miguel de Allende we met the steepest cobble stone street ever, thank goodness for the knobby tires. The B&B is off on a quiet side street with a lovely courtyard. It is just a 5 min walk to the central square and all the action. There is so much to explore here.


window pots by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


window pots 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


water spouts by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


tree in street by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Templo de San Francico by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Templo de San Francico 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

street by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There a many beautiful churches and squares. We wondered the side streets to admire the beautiful doors and windows. There are lush courtyards behind many of the doorways.


Parraquia de San Miguel Arcangel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Parraquia de San Miguel Arcangel 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Parraquia de San Miguel Arcangel 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Parraquia de San Miguel Arcangel 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Miguel Allende by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We happened upon a techno band playing in the main square and there were several roaming bands of musicians.


IMG_1232 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Things were really getting ready for the day of the the dead.


huge puppets by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


doors by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


day of dead by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:07 AM   #37
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Toluca

We were sad to leave San Miquel de Allende, but south we went. After paying our first ever cuota or toll on the Mexico 55 we found that the road surface is not only not better it is much worse than the libre (free) roads. The trip to Mexico City area is however MUCH too long if you do not use the toll roads. The driving on these roads can be a little nerve racking however since the locals drive at about twice the limit.



Screen Shot 2012-10-22 at 1.55.10 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC03667 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



This place is famous for one of our favorite foods Chorizo and we had the most fantastic tacos here near the Opera house. The other spicy thing we see a lot of is the weather girls.


Chirizo quesadilla by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Weather Girls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Luckily Garry Dymond had suggested that we visit the Cosmovitral, which is a stained glass mural and botanical garden. So we found a hotel near by which turned out to be a great location for the city. We were very near the Cathedral and the Mercado. The gardens are very peaceful and the walls and ceiling are made of amazing stained glass. The theme depicted by the windows centers on the struggle between life and death, good and evil, day and night and creation and destruction, all shown in continuum.


Botanic Garden by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



stained glass by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




stained glass 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





stained glass 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Botanic Garden 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



stained glass 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



There are several nice churches and squares here too.




Cathedral San Francisco Grande by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Church by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




main square by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




main square 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



In Mexico they are getting ready for the Day of the Dead, which is a celebration focusing on the remembering of friends and family members who have died. It takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.



day of dead by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



day of dead 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





day of dead 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





day of dead 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




day of dead 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:40 AM   #38
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Mexico City….Don’t be so scared you miss out!

Garry Dymond kindly met us at Lerma BMW to guide us back to his home in Chamontoya, Álvaro Obregón, Ciudad de México. Garry and Yvonne settled us in and were amazing hosts! We may never want to leave “Garry's Hostel”.


Screen Shot 2012-10-22 at 1.58.01 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Hostel Garry by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Garry & Yvonne Dymond by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We ventured out (yes in MC and on our own) to connect up with some fellow BMW riders we had happened to meet at a Pemex on the way from Jalpan to San Miquel de Allende. Diana and Frederick invited us to the Moto Expo.


Expo Moto by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dan Expo Moto Dakkar bike by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dan Expo Moto by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


They also introduced us to many of their friends including Juan.


Expo Moto gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We managed to find our way “home” in the dark without needing to make one of the famous “we found 2 of your lost Gringo” calls to Yvonne. Then we had our first of several late night visits to SUPER TACO.


Super tacos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Plus to our delight Grandma had made us a delicious flan for dessert!


Dan Flan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


After a delicious breakfast by chef Garry we set off for downtown by bus and Metro.


breakfast Chez Garry by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Vancouver metro add by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We arrived in the Zocolo to find a huge book fair and writers expo. The Cathedral was crowded with a special celebration with live music and singing.


Cathedral MC by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral MC 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral MC 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The National Palace houses the spectacular murals of Diego Rivera and several permanent and temporary art exhibits.


Palacio national by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Palacio national 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Murals 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Murals by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Murals 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Walking down Reforma to the Plaza of the republic, there were several interesting churches including the Cathedral of San Francisco Grande where there were massive paintings on canvas. We wandered around the Zona Rosa and again made it easily home if a bit late. Luckily not to late for super taco!


Fountain on reforma by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral San Francisco Grande by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral San Francisco Grande 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral San Francisco Grande 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


On Saturday after Ivonne's amazing chilaquiles we set out for the City again. There is some pretty good neighbourhood graffiti in the barrios.


chiliquesles by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


graffitti by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Museum of Anthropology is a must see if you visit the capital.


Museum of Anthropology by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Mexico 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Gulf coast by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Gulf coast 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Mexico by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Botorini codex by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony that consists of dance and the climbing of a 30 meter pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. According to one myth, the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought.


Dance of the flyers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dance of the flyers 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dance of the flyers 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Mexico City Alebrije Parade is an annual event to honor Mexican handcrafts and folk art, especially a hard kind of papier-mâché called “cartonería” and the creation of fantastic figures with it called “alebrijes.” Alebrijes are chimera-like creatures painted in bright colors. They are up to four meters in height and three meters in width. The parade begins at the Zocolo or historic center of Mexico City and travels down the Paseo de la Reforma to the Angel de la Independencia. Musicians, clowns, and people with costumes and on stilts accompany the giant creatures.


Alebrije Parade 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Garry and Ivonne took us to the historic area of Coyacan to experience the festive weekend atmosphere and taste some of the delicious street foods.


coyacan churros by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sweets by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Sunday we had the deluxe tour of the pyramids at Teotihuacan by Garry, including amazing lamb soup and tacos on the way.


breakfast lamb 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


breakfast lamb by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

He took us to all the places the Gringo never experience, including the shaved ice man.


Dan and Garry pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Getting energy at pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


puma pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02358 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan museum by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


shaved ice by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We met up again with our BMW friends for an evening tour of the city and dinner with a lovely view of the Zocolo.


Zocolo view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zocolo view 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara & Dan Zocolo view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Biker gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Well we thought we were off to Oaxaca. Unfortunately Daniel's bike died, but luckily only 2 blocks from Garry’s and not 20 km away at Yamaha where he went to buy oil. They diagnosed the issue as the alternator, which we can get rewound here for about 1000 Pesos and keep as a spare. Fortunately we had friends coming from Seattle to bring us the new parts we needed to get the F800 back on the road. This gave us time to experience other local delicacies like huauzontle which is like a breaded vegetable that is sort of like broccoli and quince paste and fresh cheese.


Huauzontle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dulce de Membrillo con queseo by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We visited the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadeloupe. The ancient church is so lopsided you can feel it when you walk inside.


Virgin of Guadaloupe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe nave by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe tilt 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe Tilt by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe image by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe Candles by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe Candles 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe View by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Daniel spent his birthday installing the new stator. He carefully followed the instructions and we were so happy when the bike was working again. Now finally off to Oaxaca.


DSC02409 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
DSC02410 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02412 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02415 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02416 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02413 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Old 12-28-2012, 12:48 PM   #39
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Oaxaca for Day of the Dead

After a longish delay for the bike repairs in Mexico City we finally made it to “Southern Command” just north of Oaxaca city.


Screen Shot 2012-11-03 at 4.13.44 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


plate by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We were so grateful for the chicken mole dinner with a Birthday cake made by our friend Deb (last seen in Moab).


mole by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We had a week to spend with friend here for the Dias de Los Muertos. Iwona whipped us up some Delicious Pan Francais with crème fresh.


pan Fransais by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The gang headed into the city and stopped at the Mirador to overlook Oaxaca and the view of Monte Alban.


Mirador view gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mirador view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The Church of Santa Domingo, has one of the most ornate interiors. Located next door in the ex-convento is the museum of Culture that houses many of the relics from the ruins at Monte Alban.


Iglasia Santa Domingo by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Santa Domingo 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museo de la Culturas courtyard by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museo de la Culturas garden by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museo de la Culturas by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We wandered thru the downtown where there were several marching bands following groups of children in costumes. We explored the Zocolo and the Juarez Mercado.


Day of Dead Parade by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Costumes 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Costumes 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Day of Dead Parade 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mercado 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mercado day of the dead bread by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mercado 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mercado by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mercado 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Mercado 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Later at the church there was a very festive atmosphere with food, music, and dancing. The local young people had a street dance and offered us Tequila and Squirt!


Day of Dead parade 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


teen party 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


teen party 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Riding up to the parking lot at Monte Alban we met our first over-landers, Ulrich and Michael from Germany. This is an impressive site perched atop the mountain and overlooking the city of Oaxaca. Besides being one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, Monte Albán's importance stems also from its role as the Zapotec political and economic center for close to a thousand years. The city was founded around 500 BC.


Monte Alban by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Monte Alban 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Daniel and I explored some of the local Villages in the Oaxaca valley. In Zaachila the market was full of very decorated breads, flowers, and candles.


Zaachila flowers 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zaachila flowers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zaachila bread by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zaachila chocolate by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Next we rode to Cuilapan de Guerrero to visit the never finished convent who's construction started in the 1550's.


Cuilapan de Guerrero 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Late in the day we made it to Arrazola where they were having a big party in the square. We made friends with some of the kids. There was an entire family dressed in amazing zombie costumes and the kids even walked and moved like the living dead.


Arrazola kids by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


best hallowen costumes ever by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Later in the week we ventured farther from town to Ocotlan de Morales where there is a lovely church and a museum in the ex monastery next door. Next we headed to San Martín Tilcajete where they craft the colorful alebreje or painted wooden chimeric animals.


San Martín Tilcajete by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We really got into the spirit of the day of the dead with a visit to the San Agustine Etla cemetery. They have a massive battle of the band here where they wander from town to town and play all night long. There are lots of people in amazing costumes. They are famous here for dancing all night long in very heavy"suits" that are covered with bells. We had some great tacos with cervesas. You can buy a coke bottle full of mezcal from the tienda for 20 pesos (1.50$). They have painted the walls around the Zocolo or main square with several very cool murals for the day of the dead.


San Agustín Etla cemetary by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Agustín Etla parade by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Agustín Etla altar by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Day of the dead by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Agustín Etla beers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:18 PM   #40
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San Cristobal de Las Casas

There are not too many interesting sights on the 2- day drive from Oaxaca to San Cristobal except several in the Valley itself.


Screen Shot 2012-11-08 at 4.52.18 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We decided on a visit to the Zapotec ruins at Mitla. The buildings are covered with mosaic patterns of stones. There are several tombs that you can climb down into. Much of the rock and other building materials were pillaged to build the Cathedral also located at the site. The huge one -piece door lintels were mined in the mountain near here and somehow transported here intact.


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Mitla cathedral by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

On Day 2 we set out early to beat the heat, but it was already 28 c at 8 am. Mid morning we ran into a road blockade caused by protesting taxi drivers. Luckily Daniel found a way for us to weave thru some of the cars, down into a ditch, and then off the road thru a construction site to bypass the road -block. There was a massive back up and we could have been help up there most or all of the day.


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The scenery here in Chiapis is spectacular. There are high mountain passes covered with green vines or cultivated with corn. The indigenous people here wear beautiful woven clothing.


Chiapis 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Chiapis by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Chiapis road by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


View above San Cristobal 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


local girl by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Cristobal de Las Casas is located in a region that is mostly made up of mountainous terrain, but the city itself sits in a small valley surrounded by hills. The city’s center maintains its Spanish colonial layout and much of its architecture, with red tile roofs, cobblestone streets and wrought iron balconies often with flowers. We enjoyed the several pedestrian only streets that criss-cross the downtown. There are a number of very nice bakery/cafes, restaurants, and bars to enjoy here. We had a hotel on the Zocolo so we were near all the action.


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Oh La La by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Oh La La 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


hotel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


hotel view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


hotel courtyard by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This is a very colorful city from the buildings to the signage.


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Guadaloupe 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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We walked up the long staircase to the Iglesia Guadaloupe and toured the main Cathedral as well.


Guadaloupe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Iglasia Guadaloupe 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Cathedral 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Having breakfast on our first morning here there was a 7.4 earthquake to shake things up a bit.


breakfast by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Exploring the mountain villages around the town we ended up in Zinacantan, which is know for it’s beautiful weaving and the interesting fusion Catholic/indigenous church located there. We met a local man, Alan, who is about to set of riding his bike to Ushuaia too.


view above San Cristobal by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zinacantan 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Next we were off to visit San Juan Chamula, which is the site of the famous indigenous church with the pine needle floor. They believe that the camera can steel your sole and NO PHOTOS are allowed inside.


San Juan Chamula by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We set off up a mountain road to end up in the remote village of San Andes Larrainzar where there are stunning panoramic views.


San Andes Larrainzar 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Andes Larrainzar 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


San Andes Larrainzar by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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Gas for sale up in the mountains.


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Palenque

The drive over the mountains from San Critobal to Santo Domingo de Palenque is under 250 km, but takes almost 5 hours because of the curvy road and the hundreds of topes.


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The Archaeologic zone is a 7 km ride up the mountain from the town. Palenque was a Mayan city whose ruins date back to 226 BC. It was abandoned around 1123 AD and it was overtaken rapidly by the jungle. Most of the site has been excavated and much of it has been restored.


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Palenque is a medium-sized compared to its rival city Tikal, but it contains some really nice architecture, sculpture, and carvings. Much of the history of Palenque has been reconstructed from reading the hieroglyphic inscriptions on many of the monuments.


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We were a bit disappointed by the number of vendors inside and the extent of the Disney-like manicuring of the park which both detracted from the magic of the site.


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Palenque - 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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The lower less visited part of the park contains several clusters of unrestored ruins.This also leads to the museum which is very well done.


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Palenque - 67 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Campeche State and the Ruins of Calakmul

We loved the drive into the state of Campeche because there are very few tope and they kindly fill the holes in the highway with white stones so you can see them from a long way off. The Calakmul Bioreserve is a huge area of land in south west part of the state of Campeche....read few towns, hotels, or Pemex stations. The Hotel Calakmul is described as nearby, but it is in the town of Xpuhil which is 48 km from the entry gate to the park.



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The adventure to visit the ruins of the Mayan City of Calakmul began with the 48 km drive on the highway west of Xpuhil. There are signs marking the bat migration path.



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Next there was the 23 km drive down a curvy road thru the jungle to the Calakmul museum.



Calakmul 2 museum by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




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Finally there is a futher 40 km thru the jungle to the archaeological zone.



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The core of the site of Calakmul covers an area of approximately 2 square km and contains almost 1000 structures. The well marked path winds thru the site so you get to experience the entire area without missing anything. The periphery of the zone is occupied by over 6000 smaller structures and covers an area of more than 20 square km. Calakmul matches the great city of Tikal in size and an estimated population of around 50,000. The city is located on a limestone dome rising above a large swamp. Structure II is a massive pyramid/temple, one of the largest in the Maya world. This site is unique for the huge number of engraved Stella many of which are disintegrating since they are made of limestone.


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There were only about a dozen visitor in the entire site. The main plazas are still covered with trees. There has been some reconstruction of the major structures, but the magic and "Indiana Jones" quality has been preserved. From the main acropolis we climbed up and were treated to a 360 panorama of the site with various large temples jutting out from the dense surrounding jungle.


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Calakmul 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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We saw lots of spider monkeys playing in the canopy above us and heard a many howler monkeys.



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Chetumal, Quintana Roo

We had a short 120 km drive to Chetumal Bay on the Caribbean Sea.


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This is a very nice little town unlike most port/border towns. This is a multicultural place with lots of ethnic restaurants. We saw our first Bubble tea shop since leaving Vancouver. English is widely spoken here since it borders Belize.


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Chetmal 12 piñata by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There is a fantastic museum here of the Culture of the Maya. It was actually closed as they are just completing renovations, but the director was fetched and she said that we could tour the museum as we had come from so far. It is set up on three levels with the daily life of the Maya described in the middle, the life of the Gods and the stars at the top, and the underworld located below.


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Belize

We hemmed and hawed about whether the hassles to get there were worth the trip. In the end Daniel won out since he has never been to the Caribbean before. We chose to make for Ambergris Caye and Tio Pil’s on the beach. Getting there is a bit like trains, planes, and automobiles. Finally after a 90 min ferry crossing we arrived if a bit late.


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Belize 6 beer by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This is a very laid back place. People walk around without shoes and drive golf carts in town. A fabulous spot for enjoying rum punch and a lot of hammock time.


Belize 4 Sara Boat by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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The big event of the island week is the “Chicken drop” on Thursday nights. You buy a numbered square on the board of 100 squares for 1 Bz= .50$US and you wait for the chicken to “drop”. Yup you stand around on the beach with a rum punch in hand and watch a chicken while praying that it poops on your square. Like I said "its laid back".


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Belize 33 chicken drop by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We joined the locals and rented a golf cart for the afternoon to explore as far north and south as we could go. The road is paved for about 1 km in each direction then its off roading in a golf cart. Having rained heavily the day before there was some adventure. Golf cart + mud = good times.


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Belize 43 off road with a golf cart by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Belize 52 heron by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Belize 47 iguana by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The big highlight for us was a day sailing to the even more laid back island of Caye Caulker with stops to snorkel the reef and at shark ray alley.


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