04th – 08th October of 2017
The first impression of this country was very positive. Mexico City is locates more than 2200m over the sea level and has a population of 20 Mio people and is one of the biggest Metropols on earth. For an European Landei like me, I have absolutly with nothing to compare this experience with. The first two days I had the feeling the city never sleep and is constantly hectic and loud, but after a few days I got a bit more used to it – 24 hours music, dance, demonstrations, policesirens, traffic, everything without an end. I spent two whole days with sightseeing in the historic centre of the city an visited the National Art Museum. The last day we drove around 50km with metro and bus together with a guy from our hostel to the ruins of Teotihuacán. Today our next flight is to Huatulco, where we will get picked up from our Vermieter of our Appartment in Manzunte and escape in a more relaxed region.
BTW: My bag did not yet arrive in Mexico and Brithis Airways tracked it the last time in Copenhagen, where I checked in five days ago. I hope they soon find it, because it is just scheisse – but at least easier to carry. GT!!!
8th – 22rd of October 2017
Mazunte is a very small village in the region of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. It is located on the pacific side of Mexico, in the middle of the jungle. It took three days for us, to get used to the clima, food and the animals. In Manzunte I have been taken spanish lessons for two weeks. In order to come to the school you had to walk through a dried river and climb up a little stony hill. Up there an amazing view over the jungle, the sea and a lovely team was waiting. Our teachers are on a good way to get the next Guidos from Mexiko. Initially I had grouplessons with one australian and one british guy, and later private clases. Åsa experinced some medical issues and had to go to the doctor – his praxis looked like a garage, but it was a really nice and knowledgable young guy and he even invite us to dinner at home. Ottmar never did that!
We lived this two weeks in a palapa – a open, tiny house. The volume and sounds from the animals were constantly load, but over our bed we had a mosqito net for protection. Kolibris, iguanas, scorpions, snakes, spiders, opposums and of course mosquios were our neighbors, but our house keeper José was day and night awake and took care of us. We sometimes talked for hours, even when we could not understand each other. One night we got a thunderstorm, so intense that I thought this would be the last night for our little house and make the Abgang. We lived directly on the beach and I got to know the power of the waves in this surf area. A special spot is Punta Cometa: From there you can see an amazing sunset in the evening over the stones and the big waves of the Pacific. Our last trip went for a boat tour through the mangroves in La Ventanilla. Just when we entered the little wooden boat that should carry us around the area, a crocodile came out of the water.
23th of October – 4th of November 2017
By bus and collectivo we arrived in the middle of the extreme noon heat in Puerto Escondido. Puerto Escondido is a smaller city in Oaxaca and a famous surf location, especially Playa Zicatela. We explored the city a bit and went to our Hostel, owned by a German couple. We spent the most of time on the beaches Playa Carrizalillo and Playa Manzanillo. In the night we went by car, boat and flashlight to„Laguna de Manialtepec” for night swim with planktons – an lightning organism under water.
With the night bus we continued to the capital Oaxaca City from 32 degrees to around 15 degrees and 1500m over sea level. 10 hours with night bus sounds hard, but we got some wonder pills in Puerto Escondido, that was actually against nausea. However, we do not know what happened, but 10 minutes after taking two of them, we were knocked out and the bus driver woke us up on our final destination Oaxaca City without any memory of the drive. There we had a quiet hostel and planned a bit for the next weeks. The city is much nicer than Puerto Escondido and we visited the big markets, historical places and got a bit a background of the political system in Mexico, because of different demonstrations on the street. In the evening we visited a concert on the market place and ate the traditional food of Oaxaca – different types of langostas called Chapulines.
After two days we went with another night bus from Oaxaca to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas. This time the drive was a bit longer, but two pills and adios amigos. San Chistobal is located on an altitude of 2100m and is even a bit colder during the nights than Oaxaca and right now the favourite place from our journey. We enjoyed the awesome vibe of that place, a very nice centre, extremely friendly people, every day parties with dance and music on the streets and just nice to sit in the sun in the streets and watch. We did a hike with four guys we met about couchsurfing to the „mammut cave”and to the „arcotete cave” with a stop in a Mayan village. Two of this guys were German and it was really nice to talk in German for a change, instead of a Spanish Rumgegruze. The next day we booked a tour in Sumidero Canyon National Park and went by boat through a huge canyon full with crocodiles, monkeys and pelicans. On the way home we visited the village Chiapa de Corzo just for one hour and lunch, before we went back to San Cristóbal by bus. A Mexican told us a bit about the history of Chiapas and the Mayas and their religion and there are so unbelievable stories. There still exist a village, that still use dead penalty by the local law and the goverment accept it more or less. Its a shame that we had not more time here. The next bus went 15 hours to Chetumal and from there to Bacalar in Quintana Roo. We rented a kayak, swam with turtles and use the sand as a special good effect for your skin – at least the locals told us. From the 31st of October to the 1st of November is the biggest holiday here and the Mexican celebrate “The day of the dead”, but in this part of mexico this tradition is not so spectacular than in other regions. By bus we drove today 5h to Cancún, where our trip in Mexico end and continue tomorrow to San José, Costa Rica. As usual you can see the pictures on the country page/s.