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Old 12-28-2012, 02:10 PM   #46
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Bacalar

On our way to Playa del carmen for a few days of sun we spent a day at Laguna Bacalar.


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Old 12-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #47
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Wow! Awesome pictures!

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:47 PM   #48
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where are we now

We are in Panajachel Guatamala. I was very lax on ADV posting. I was just able to keep up with HU and our blog. But we have a month off to rest and catch up. Thanks


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Old 12-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #49
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Playa del Carmen/Cancun/Cozumel

We drove north up the coast to Playa del Carmen for some relaxation on the Beach. The sand is white and the ocean is azure blue. After the last few weeks in Mexico where there were few tourists Playa was a shock to the system. Actually we could not get out of here fast enough.


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We frequented our favorite place El Fogan for amazing tacos. Daniel's cousin and her husband are living on Isla Mujeres so they met us for lunch in Cancun.


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Our Mexico City BMW club friend Fred was in the ironman Cozumel so we took the ferry over to cheer him on and got wrapped up in the excitement and energy of the event.


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The new Xplor park is a great way to spend a day. They have off road vehicles, 14 zip lines, and swimming and rafting in rivers running in underground caves. They also have beaches and hammocks to rest up on.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:08 PM   #50
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Chichen Itza

Leaving Playa we headed back towards Tulum and then on to the cute litte village of Piste in the central Yucatan.


Chichen-Itza by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Chichen-Itza by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

People are super friendly here. Looking at their signs you can see their sense of humor. We had some great meals at a small restaurant near the main square.


Chichen-Itza by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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The main attraction here is the nearby ruins of the mayan city of Chichen Itza. This is on e of the most visited Mayan sites in Mexico. We luckily got there at 8 when it opened. This was before it got very hot and absolutely mobbed with people. We did find a German bike parked beside us, but we unfortunately never saw the rider. (update we actually ran in Juaquim on the zocolo in Antigua , Guatemala over a month later and again on the beach in Samara, Costa Rica 2 months after that).


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Old 12-28-2012, 09:23 PM   #51
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Just found you guys today & signed up for the trip, had a laff when I saw you at Montezuma castle here in Arizona , you were just 7 miles from my house, sorry I missed you , you could have had a hot shower,good bed & filling meal had I known.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:28 PM   #52
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Merida the Capital of the Yucatan

Driving thru the jungle from Piste to Merida we hardly saw another vehicle and luckily very few tope.


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This is a lovely small city with several nice squares and churches. People are super friendly here like everywhere in Mexico and several stopped us on the street to offer us advice on sights to see in town.


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This is the first place we have seen free public wifi in all of the parks. There is also free entrance to a number of museums and galleries.


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The Cathedral is all lite up at night and with the full moon it was spectacular.


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Old 12-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #53
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Celestun and 30,000 flamingos

After leaving Merida we rode west to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at Celustun.


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It is famous for Octopus hunting and the almost 30,000 pink flamingos that flock here. We saw a few birds from the bridge, but hired a boat for an hour tour of the estuary. This got us up close to the flamingos as well as herons, and huge Canadian pelicans. We also toured thru the mangrove forrest.


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The town itself has a chain of restaurants along the white sand beach where we had amazing prawns and ceviche.


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Old 12-28-2012, 09:49 PM   #54
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Uxmal ruins

We rode south and west again to Uxmal. Travelling on the back roads involved some pot hole dodging. Got to love an amazing drive thru the jungle on an almost deserted road. Dan was very uncharacteristically swerving on the road and it was not until he stopped a few minutes later that I found he got stung on the face by a bee that came thru the crack his viser was open.


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We managed to get a super deal at the Hacienda Uxmal which is located just outside the park.


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The ruins here are really amazing with very detailed facades.


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It was neat hiking thru the restored and unrestored parts of the site.


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There was a huge number of very big iguanas all over too.


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After the moring in the hot sun, the best part was arriving back to the hotel and being treated to a cold limeade and a ice cold scented towel to freshen up with.


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Old 12-29-2012, 08:52 AM   #55
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Campeche City

It was a short but fun drive to Campeche City the capital of the state.


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This place has a very European feel especially inside the ancient stone city walls where the building are all painted bright colours. It is also famous for amazing seafood.


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There are ruins of a number of the forts that defended the city. We visited the Fuerto San Miguel.


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Other nice sites included the lovely 17 th century Cathedral as well as a number of other churches in the city.


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The remains of the old walls include the "Sea Gate" and the "Land Gate".


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The waterfront has a 3 km long walking, running, biking path along the sea shore.


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Old 12-29-2012, 08:57 AM   #56
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Villahermosa and Tabasco

We had to start the long ride back to Morelia to see the Monarchs. From Campeche city it was 770 km over two days to Tuxtepec in the 34 degree heat.


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We had one of our best on the road meals at the food stand at the Bodega Grocery store for 40 Pesos.


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At a check point we also strangely came across a circus truck with two tigers in the back.


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On the road there were also hundreds of pilgrims in groups of 3 to 10 all riding bikes towards Mexico City for the Celebration of the Guadaloupe on December 12.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:00 AM   #57
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Puebla

We decided to go the back way to Puebla.Well this was one of our most difficult days since the Dempster.


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It took 9 1/2 hours to go 450 km. The first 4 hours were over curvy mountain roads thru small villages with hundreds of topes.


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The last 180 km included 50 km of road that was almost all potholes, a long stretch thru an industrial zone with heavy truck traffic and a huge amount of oil on the road, and the rest at dusk in traffic with the uber aggressive Puebla drivers.


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We were greeted at the hotel by a fellow Canadian traveller who directed us to a local Cuban bar where we enjoyed food, drink, and a local musician. Puebla has I think has the nicest Cathedral I have seen in Mexico as well as a very nice Zocalo or central square.


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There is an entire street here filled with candy shops. We samples several of the local sweet treats.


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This is a nice walking city with a number of pedestrian walkways lined with shops and restaurants.


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There is actually a real Belgian bar here with a massive selection of Belgian beers. Ahhh Duvall.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #58
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Morelia

We were really on a mission to get to the Monarchs now. The 450 km drive to Morelia still took over 6 hours on the Archo Norte toll road. You are charged by time on the road and as you can imagine people drive incredibly fast.


Morelia 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Leaving Puebla we did see some puffs of smoke from the volcano.



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For the first time in weeks we actually saw other riders, but unfortunately on all 3 occasions they were on the other side of the toll road. We all did wave madly at each other of course.


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Morelia is known as the pink city because of all the buildings made from pink marble. It also famous for the birth place of La Michoacana, a massive chain of ice cream shops started by 3 illiterate brothers.



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Our hotel was very close to the main square and one block from the artisan market.




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We met for dinner with our BMW friends Diana and Fred from Mexico City as they were in town as part of their tour of the pueblos magico.




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The city was really gearing up for the holidays. The Zocalo is all decorated with lights, a nativity, and a huge tree.



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The Cathedral here is massive and we did visit it several times.



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We walked the length of the city past the famous fountains, the aquaduct, and the massive city park.



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It is quite an experience to see the pilgrims crawling on their knees towards the church of the Guadaloupe.



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There was a huge party atmosphere with food stalls, games, and stalls selling sugar cane.



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We were so excited to meet back up with our friends Garry and Ivonne. We had driven 1500 km back to go to see the Monarchs with them.




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An added treat was to meet Garry's brother Cliff who had come to visit from Britain.



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We took a tour by bus of the city and then enjoyed a few beers in a cafe on the square.




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Old 12-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #59
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The Monarchs at last worth the extra 2000km

On the first day of our team ride we woke to poor weather.





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We headed to the Monarch Bioreserve about an hour away.


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The altitude and a 45 minute hike up the mountain from 3200 to 3700 feet put us out of breath. We did see thousands of mariposa , but they were all clinging to the tree branches shivering in th cold.



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Needless to say we were all a bit depressed. the riding however was great thru the mountains to Angangaro. It was cold here! Thanks Garry for making us hot chocolate in the hotel.




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Awaking the next morning the sun was shining and the air was warmed. Ivonne suggested we try another Monarch reserve.


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We had another 50 min hike, but over easier terrain and were treated to the amazing sight of millions of butterflies on the wing and fluttering on the tree branches. Some of the team went on horseback.




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Female Monarch.



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Male Monarch.



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The view from the mirador over the valley was stunning.




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On returning to the parking lot we were treated to coffee made on Garry's camp stove.




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Cliff had left his keys in his bike and the local kids had been playing with them, killing the battery. Luckily Daniel has jumper cables.



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The ride back to Mexico City was only just over 200 km, but with the trip to the butterflies and a few other diversions on gravel road, thru towns crowded with huge parades for the Guadaloupe, and a meeting with the BMW club we ended up arriving chez Dymond after 8 pm.





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Let me tell you driving to and in Mexico city at night is a real challenge that I will not want to repeat.



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This did allow us to spend two more days with the Dymonds. They had invited us to join their family's first Posada. You travel "afar" and sing at the doors of the houses asking for shelter and Mary and Joseph did. We also had ponche (warm fruit punch) and Pinatas.


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Old 12-29-2012, 11:20 AM   #60
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Run for the Frontera Guatemala

From Mexico City to the border town of Tapachula it is 1500 km.


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The first day was an epic ride through the mountains to Taxco via tres Marias and Cuenavaca. When we thought it could not get better the next days ride to Marquelia was amazing curves all day.


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We stopped at Suzuki to buy chain lube, but they don't sell it. They had some for shop use and did our chains for free.




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Marquelia is a bit of a grungy town, but we got a nice little hotel with air con for 250 pesos. We sure needed it since it was 34 degrees and very humid. I never thought we would be served our dinner by a transvestite chicken diva in a town like this.


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We has another hellish hot 8 hour ride to Tehuantepec via Salina Cruz. We did stop once for 30 min for lunch in Puerto Escondido. Our final day towards the border was a 6 hour ride in the 34 degree heat to Tapachula. We arrived at Migration and easily had our Mexican import permits cancelled. The next step was one last night in Mexico and to exchange our Peso for Quetzal. This is quite a happening town with a lot of action in the main square.





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We had prepared everything we needed for the border and researched all the procedures. Despite this we were 2 hours at the Mexican side and 2 1/2 on the Guatemalan side. There were tons of people crossing the border with huge amounts of stuff they had bought at the Tapachula Sam's club.




Crossing into Guat, Finally by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


FYI procedure for us at Hidalgo. We asked others and got a different experience from everyone.

295 Peso each to exit and receive Mexican exit passport stamp (we did not know about this as it started Dec 1 and the bank machines were all down so we could not get it in Pesos. The border official said to go across and see if can get into Guatemala without the Mexican stamp. We did)

6 Peso each to cross the river on the bridge.

18 Quetzal each for bike fumigation.

10 Quetzal each for tourist entry and passport stamp.

160 Quetzal each for the bike importation.

6 Quetzal for copies even though the sign clearly says you do not need copies.

After all this we finally left the border at 115. We had only a 177 km drive that because of traffic, construction, and road conditions took us 5 hours driving as fast as possible to arrive at Panajachel.



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