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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.
Interesting article found on BootsnALL written by a traveling family about their time in Mexico
Cool report and good for them.
(All their positive comments reflect my view as well. Had a great time in 2011 and plan to be back down there soon as my Dr. Zook is outfitted.)
I thought this was an interesting line from the report:
"Too often the locals living in the tourist areas are jaded due to repeated exposure to haughty, frightened, rich vacationers who view their country as being dangerous and poor".
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More good info!
I just posted the Harley bit on my FB page. I'm not worried that anyone of my Harley friends will kick my ass because they are not coming to Mexico
TC are things cooling off out there yet? Saludos, Jim
Looks like Mexico is not safe from something, judging by the lumps in this snake. Remind me tell you some time, the joke about the rabbit and the boa. Bet a KLR rider could make a tire out of that.
From today's paper:
APARECIÓ UN MOSTRO!
30 August, 2013 07:39:00
Boca del Río.- Vecinos de la colonia Miguel Alemán, de la ciudad de Boca del Río, pidieron el auxilio de Protección Civil del municipio debido a que avistaron una serpiente de gran tamaño en los patios de algunas viviendas.
Al lugar se trasladaron efectivos de Bomberos Conurbados quienes buscaron entre la vegetación del lugar hasta dar con el animal comprobando que se trataba de un ejemplar de gran tamaño, atípico para la zona.
Tras varios minutos de maniobras, los elementos de la corporación lograron capturar a la víbora que fue asegurada y trasladada a la comandancia para entregarla a las autoridades ambientales.
Los primeros informes indican que es una Boa Constrictor que pudo llegar hasta el área urbana después de las inundaciones provocadas por la Tormenta Tropical Fernand.
Todavía se investiga si el ejemplar no escapó de alguna vivienda dado a que algunas personas gustan tenerlas como mascotas exóticas.
Es probable que la boa sea entregada a la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) para que sea canalizada a una Unidad de Manejo Ambiental.
It's going to be 103 in College Station for the A&M/Rice game, ergo its not cooling off anywhere
Mike , now that you bring up the snake story I am curious
if Mexico has any controls on owning or breeding such truly
dangerous exotic species. I know they are trying to educate
the public to stop putting wild birds in cages but still keep seeing
the poor things suffering . This past march a small bike passed us with
a full cage of small green parrots blown to one side against the mesh,
I was shocked, sad and angry , " You rotten SOBs" I yelled in my helmet.
These snakes may not be venomous but grown full size they can kill
smaller animals and people. Just recently in Quebec an escaped
pet shop boa strangled to death two small boys living in the apartment
above. And the problem of discarded " pet" boas ( and many other animal
species) let loose in Florida wreaking havoc on the native wildlife are a well
known tragedy unfolding. One would think people would have learned from
the earlier mistakes of introducing foreign wildlife in Australia and many other
places .But I guess stupidity and vanity demand that people have such wildlife
to show off and brag about how tough and cool they are and greedy suppliers
will breed them or plunder natural sources to make millions from the insanity.
Just like drug trade. And ignorant foreigners trying to buy Mexican parrots etc etcetc is the same story of stooopidity! Raccoons, mink, muskrats and skunks from the Americas are now in Europe!
With Mexico's climate these kind of exotic animals would have a heyday, breed as fast as people and totally ruin the Mexican ecosystems.They are all wonderful animals, but they do not belong in something other than their original environment.
Camping would not be safe !
How sad .
Yesterday we rode through Rayones to lunch at La Casona in Galeana then on to Aramberri for the night. Leaving shortly for Real de Catorce.
I see you found that funky old place in Aramberri; hope its as nice as it looked when Miltone and I stopped in a few years ago.
Was wondering if you grizzled gringos and seasoned Mexicanos would be able to offer some advice. In about 3 weeks I will be riding down to Oaxaca.
I will be getting my TVIP, tourist card and insurance online this week.
I will most likely be entering at Matamoros.
Was wondering if there are any preferred border crossings? Or preferred aduanas for when I'm leaving (to cancel the tvip)?
Any preferred routes south or routes/towns to avoid?
Any hotels to recommend in Oaxaca or Puerto Escondido?
Looking forward to your advice.
Well, at least TVIP & insurance
Still in the high 90's most days with humid days. But the clock is ticking down to Dia de Independencia on the 16th. Miraculously, the monsoon breaks, things dry out and cool off. August becomes a memory
You can start by avoiding Matamoros. Not really on any route to anywhere. Consider Pharr or Anzalduas Bridge depending on your route south. Do you have a trip profile to share? That would help seeking advice. I'd avoid the coastal plains in favor of a highland route. Unless you just enjoy the crinkling sound of brain cells dying from boredom. Better vistas, better roads, better climate in the mountains. Fresnillo has been hot lately with Zeta activity. Not that it would affect a gringo riding through. Recently stayed there with no troubles. Go around Mexico City unless you really want to see it. Can be tough navigating on a bike.
A route through the Sierra Madre Oriental to Puebla and/or Veracruz then on to Oaxaca is my input for starting your route planning. PM me if you want more detailed input.
Good to be back in Hotel El Real with my friend Tyler. Had him take lead on the cobblestone to Ogarrio tunnel just to watch him figure it out. I then led to the hotel. He was quite impressed with riding through town. We got the last two rooms. Had the Conejo Cazuela (sp?) in the restaurant. Enjoyed Spanish, food and drinks with a Mexican family on the roof. The now-anticipated "unexpected blessing" that Mexico faithfully delivers each and every trip.
Introduced myself to la dueña as a friend of y'all's. She remembered and was quite pleased. I recommend the place but will likely try out the cabins at the cascada next time just to see it.
Hi Sjoerd, that snake was a wild one that was likely displaced by the tropical storm (Fernando) that blew through here last Sunday. This happens quite a bit when there is flooding. During hurricane Karl, a couple of years back, a poorly run local alligator farm was destroyed and all the stock got loose. At first, they thought people would capture and return the alligators, yeah right!
Finally, the offered a bounty and then everyone became an alligator hunter.
One of the gators was found outside the Bimbo bread plant here.
People pretty much do what they want as far as animals and anything else goes. There are laws which are only enforced for political reasons. Private zoos are quite common among the bored wealthy elitists. From time to time, an animal or two gets loose, it usually ends up shot or killed somehow during the capture. Mexico is fairly strict on importing dangerous species but doesn't have a lot of success.
The bird problem is tragic. I have often seen, in the Tuxtlas, the capturing of birds and then the sale in the local markets. They use very fine nets and generations of families are experts in trapping birds.
Ask the Mystery Rider some time what he thinks about neighbors with avian pets (pests?)! LOL!
Thanks for that info. I had only picked Matamoros in the interest of making time, which unfortunately, I will not have much of on this trip. I suppose I could stay on 10/35 a little farther on the US side and enter through Nuevo Laredo, then on to Monterrey, and on to Ciudad Victoria?
I've heard its best to avoid Tampico.
There are a couple of historical sites I wanted to check out in Coyoacan if I have time. Otherwise my plan is to head to Puebla then down to Oaxaca, where I'll meet my wife at the airport. I'm trying to accomplish Nuevo Laredo (or Pharr) to Oaxaca city in 4 or 5 days.