Please Weigh In on Some MX Travel Questions

Discussion in 'Americas' started by The Chief (tm), Oct 17, 2013.

  1. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Johnny, if you haven't seen one of those heads that you use in your avatar "in the flesh" so to speak, there is a couple of places not to far from here where you can see them.
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  2. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    Hey MikeMike...I don't want to take over this thread...but my avatar is an actual photo from La Venta. I was a tour guide in Mexico 20 years ago and used to go to every ruin I could in between tours...including hacking through lots of jungle in the Yucatan. Which place are you talking about? I need a reason to get back down there.

    Johnny
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  3. MikeMike

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    Tres Zapotes, Johnny. I bet you know it, well. Probably Quiahuiztlan, too.
    But have you ever been to La Cantona near the Veracruz/Puebla stateline? Or the ruins behind the priest's house in Tehuipango?
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  4. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    MikeMike - Holy crap...I had not heard of a single one of your suggestions and had to look them all up. I am not that familiar with the Veracruz area but it looks totally fascinating. Been to El Tajin a few times and climbed Orizaba about 10 times but never been to one of the places you mentioned. Now I need to really see this part of Mexico.
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  5. MikeMike

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    Johnny, take a look for El Zapotal and Las Higueras, too.:deal
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  6. kantuckid

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    Tripadvisor shows 12 hotels there. I like Hotel Real de Catorce. Not our business, I know, but is there a reason for the focus on PV? It's an OK place but far from my favorite spot. Lots of Mexico down there as already suggested...
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  7. The Chief (tm)

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    Kantuck,

    Fair enough question about PV!

    So I'd been to San Jose/Los Cabos on quick vacations, had motorcycled over once but only a lunch trip into Tecate. Was on a cruise a year ago, spent a day in PV, and just liked the size, the feel, the "safety net" of the city amenities vs. the accessibility to non-gringo-y areas up in the hills and/or right across the river, etc.

    In thinking about a "place to go" for the first Big Trip Down, and to hang out for several weeks/months or so, PV seemed to check all the boxes. And as I've been collecting ideas from all the other Inmates who've weighed in, I'll do some off-course touring on the way down, but quite a bit down around PV once I get established. Eventually, I'll leave via the Mazatlan-La Paz ferry (after a few days in San Jose), come back up through Baja, and have built a fairly good experience for the first time out. And I'll know I'll be back after building up the coffers again!
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  8. MikeMike

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    PV or not PV?

    Pssssst! The answer lies in staying away, really far away, from throngs of gringos.:deal

    You'll learn Spanish much faster.
    You'll eat better.
    You'll drink better.
    You'll spend less and get more.
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  9. The Chief (tm)

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    MikeMike,

    Yeah, I hear U (he admitted, sheepishly). Again, for a first-time effort, I promise I'll make the most of it, a little bit more "once I'm there and on the way back", rather than "on the way down". (Finances play a part.) But in PV you can trust me to be as un-gringo-reliant as I possibly can, unless I can figure out a way to make a buck out of it, which'd only allow me to stay there incrementally longer...
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  10. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    That's the way to think:clap
    You'd be surprised how you can do just that, and then you wake up one day and realize 20 years have gone by.:deal. Trust me on this one!
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  11. kantuckid

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    One word for me as a "replacement for PV ( I spent 4 days there & it's OK):


    :dealOaxaca:deal
    My fave Mexican city.

    Less gringos? While I love Mexico & the people too, being a gringo that may be a little over the top? San Miguel's nice but has too many gringos , find ways to avoid them...:D
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  12. MikeMike

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    That's only because you like drinking mezcal and eating grasshoppers and ants.:freaky
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  13. The Chief (tm)

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    MikeMike -- we can only hope! :evil
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    :norton

    Wait until you head to the Oaxaca central city market, you'll see what I mean.:freaky
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    Actually my fave places for food there is the two old ladies that do burritos on a hot stone near the old church at noonish & the buffet near the centro & the "ice cream plaza" @ night, just down the street from Dominos Pizza place. True homemade ice cream is appreciated by a guy that makes it whenever there's enough company @ home to justify it.
    Indio, yes. Pacifico,yes.Bohemian,yes.Es Special,yes.You get the idea... No Mezcal or bugs for me...
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  16. MikeMike

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    Gentlemen, the "once a year beer" aka Christmas beer aka Noche Buena is in stores now.:freaky
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  17. The Chief (tm)

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    Well, I do enjoy the mezcal when I can, and I have an amiga in the DF so mebbe I'll head towards Oaxaca at some pernt...
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  18. The Chief (tm)

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    Oh, I meant about "making a buck" off the gringos, but now that you mention it, mebbe I should look into this "grasshoppers & ants" thing...heck, under the influence of the proper amount of good mezcal, I'll betcha anything could start to look appetizing.
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  19. MikeMike

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    Well, personally, I'd draw the mezcal line in the sand at Pelosi.:eek1
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    Within reason, guy!
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