Ed's Third Trip to Mexico (this time the Yucatan)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by edstoll, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. yokesman

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    why is it bad, no heat?
    thanks for the great report, Mexico is on our list for next winter.
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  2. eakins

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    Next time you're down that way check out the other punte. Unreal adv hike
    Puente De Dios
    Carretera San Juan del Río Xilitla Km 179.8, Centro, 76340 Jalpan de Serra, Qro., Mexico
    https://maps.app.goo.gl/Z9rhk
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  3. edstoll

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    It's not horrible. No heat is a biggie when it's this cold but they did give me an extra blanket. It is old. I am not against old but it is in need of rebuilding. You could probably walk right through my door. Having said all that I don't mind for the price charged. My wife would never stay here but it is fine for me.
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  4. Sjoerd Bakker

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    ""My wife would never stay here but it is fine for me.""":jack

    That's the attitude Ed , you saw the other fancier tourist hotels around the plaza of the Reloj Monumental a block to the north and you chose to sleep with bike security next to the room for 30% or less of what those luxe hotels cost. . It's called cultural immersion and indoor camping :D
    It paid for the book in one night and you added to the reserve to splurge on later days.

    Re: failure of maps.me to show a particular small road . Perhaps , but did you give maps .me enough time ?
    I find that with the region loaded on the iPhone when I am on an obscure road it is possible to zoom in to the maximum possible resolution and after a short waiting time it eventually appears.
    The small back roads never show if I open the app and only use the resolution level first presented. When zooming in do be careful to keep it on the target or you wind up looking at a blank .

    PS: The day after doing TEOTIHUACAN
    do try to take the side trip north maybe 40km to Tepeyahualco to view the marvel of "Roman engineering "
    in the form of the very long , high aqueduct ( see my photo of it in the book ) details here http://geo-mexico.com/?p=13390
    Once you locate it you can ride right to it to explore around the base and walk on top of it for a stretch.
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  5. edstoll

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    Great tip Sjoerd! That's what I did. Now in Puebla City at Hotel Catedral. They just keep getting worse . I tried for Hotel Ritz. That place looks good but they told me they were full up.

    Maps.me has been fabulous. But there were areas yesterday the smaller roads did not show up no matter how much I zoomed in. Back to good today though.

    Thanks for the aqueduct tip.
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  6. Cal

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    Ed I have stayed at the Hotel Catedral and my personal opinion is it has gone way down hill and is a shit hole. Go have a look at Hotel del Paseo on Avenida 5 PTE. and Ave. 3 poniente alsmost to Calle 11 Sur
    It is a little more at 550 pesos but it is very nice with a giant glassed in courtyard and a big parking lot. It is a 6 block walk to the central park.
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  7. edstoll

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    Thanks Cal but l just be here for the night. I will bet this place was a palace at one point.
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    Tacos Arabe is right across the street from your hotel if you have not eaten, it is excellent
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  9. edstoll

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    Day 14

    Pachuca - Teotihuacan - Puebla City

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    Then I took a few more when I went out for breakfast.

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    The ride this morning not as picturesque and definitely cold.

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    It wasn't far to today's goal Teotihuacan. It is a very large well attended archaeological site.

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    Pyramid of the Sun.

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    It is a steep climb.

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    View from the top.

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    I sat down on top facing home and just contemplating how cool it was to just be there. Then I started getting homesick so I thought I better get up an go. I wasn't going to be up there much longer anyway because a kid had one of those shrill bird whistles the venders there sell. He was blowing it right by my ear. Down I went and over to the Pyramid of the Moon. On the way there I took pictures of the other things in that complex. The puma is cool.

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    This one was even steeper. Almost like climbing a ladder.

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    You don't get to go to the top of this one.

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    There were people clapping at the pyramid and it was making the craziest echo. I've never heard anything like it.

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    I took a lot more pictures but once again this is something you need to come see for yourself.

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    Thanks to Sjoerd we get a bonus today. One hell of an old aqueduct.

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    This picture only shows about a third of it.

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    Incredible. See the little motorcycle?

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    The ride to Puebla City was uneventful. Seen them working on this plane. I doubt it flies again.

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    Holed up at Hotel Catdral for the night. $12.97.

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    The days stats.

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  11. henderson

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    enjoying your photos..
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  12. edstoll

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  13. davidaid

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    Just chiming in to say I enjoy your reports (I've read the others) and the photos.
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  14. shotsprockets

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    This is wonderful Ed. Can’t wait for more!
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  15. waverunner800

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    Those pyramids and aqueduct are clearly the work of aliens.

    Great pictures!!
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  16. edstoll

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    To those of you chiming in thanks. It means a lot to know somebody is listening. Hopefully you are getting some good out of it.
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  17. edstoll

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    Day 15

    Puebla to Tehuacan

    Not a big milage day but thanks to a great tip from @DavidM1 it was a great day.

    First off I want to mention Pueblas plaza. One of the best I've seen. I walked around last night and again this morning. Very nice.

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    The ride to Tehuacan was uneventful. A couple of things that caught my eye.

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    I showed up here at just past noon. I was the only one there besides staff. It is a beautiful facility and as I learned through the day a very special place. I was given the gold treatment. After watching a couple of movies they loaded me up in a truck and took me to the far end of the place where an English speaking guide walked me back through it all. He spent over two hours with me and I learned so much . All at no charge ! I am going to post some pictures here of some very important stuff. I hope if you like this kind of thing you are able to come see it. It is a great place and they are obviously very proud of it.

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    The ride out to the site.

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    They have a lot they haven't even begun to uncover. This is an important site. They are finding things that have not been found elsewhere.

    This is my guide.
    Damn I can't remember his name now but he was great.

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    This is how the parking lot looked when I can in and it was the same when I left some three hours later. Not much public.

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    When you get to town just look for this great twisty concrete road going up the mountain. It will dead end at the museum.

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    I found Hotel Plaza Iberia in Sjoerds book and checked in. Great hotel about $17. Secure bike parking.


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    They have a fantastic restaurant in the lobby. I had a well presented fabulous three course meal with two Coronas. Less than $6. I may stay an extra day here. It is a modern and seems to be prosperous town.

    Okay chores are done. I think I will go see what the Plaza looks like.

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  18. TDC_ERock

    TDC_ERock Been here awhile

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    Good stuff. I'll try to visit Puebla next time work takes me to DF, er, CDMX.
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    Awesome pics as usual Ed!
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  20. DavidM1

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    That sounds great. I'm glad it worked out. I like the statues.

    Edit: that hotel looks a good find, noted, if I'm ever in the area. The more expensive one on the square looks good too (I'm nosing around on Google street view).
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