Mexico
Cabo Corrientes

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  • Day84

    Mexican variety

    November 30, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This morning started with eggs and salsa roja for breakfast, so we were ready for another exciting day on the road. We first went to Puerto Vallarta, a pretty big, but quite interesting harbour city. When entering the city, we passed everything that is huge and famous: Walmart, The Home Depot, the cruise ship terminal with a huge cruise ship anchoring, the Hilton and Sheraton, shopping malls... Getting closer to the center, the names of the shops and hotels became less famous, the buildings are colonial style and the beach is public. We were a bit overwhelmed by the amount of people and bars and restaurants, but enjoyed the atmosphere. Because of the boat people or because it was Saturday or just because it's Mexico, there was music and artists everywhere. In the end, it took us quite a while to pass Puerto Vallarta, as we stopped several times for photos and watching people. But also, because there was a lot of traffic and because the roads were bad cobblestone - a nightmare to cycle!
    Leaving Puerto Vallarta, we first cycled through the gay quarter with hotels catering for the LGBT community, before passing more luxury resorts located along the Southern coast.
    We stopped in Boca de Tomatlán for lunch, a cool fishing village with some restaurants on the beach. Touristy, but relatively quiet after the hustle bustle of Puerto Vallarta.
    Afterwards, we left the coast again and climbed up in the mountains. Bad timing in the middle of the day, but luckily it was shady under the trees. On the way up, we stopped for fresh traditional bread, prepared in a firewood oven. Our destination for the night is El Tuito, a sleepy mountain town famous for its cheese. The only ATM was out of service, but we were able to find a shop that provided cash out (for quite some commission fee though...). Anyways, we could at least to pay the hotel and some food 😉
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  • Day164

    Mayto Beach and Tehualmixtle

    January 13, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We had a long gradual descent in mind when we left El Tuito at 600 m in elevation heading for the beach, but ended up climbing and descending numerous shorter steeper hills. The road was surprisingly good for the first 20 km (given that it didn't appear on our maps) so when it deteriorated to washboard and sand for ~10 km we were not that surprised or upset. Once down in the valley we got back onto pavement and made our way to the stunning Mayto Beach. Apparently you can regularly take part in the release of newly hatched turtles on this beach in the evening but we were turned off by the 200 peso camping fee that was being asked, so made our way around the headland to Tehualmixtle. This sheltered bay is better for swimming and boasts some massive oysters for sale at the beachside restaurants, and we managed to set up our tent for free under a palapa on the beach and enjoy another beautiful sunset swim.Read more

  • Day163

    Fiesta in El Tuito

    January 12, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Ernesto from Velo Bikes had recommended that we aim to make it to El Tuito for the night of January 12, as they were celebrating the Fiesta of our Lady of Guadeloupe - delayed by a month due to the proximity of the huge celebrations held in Puerto Vallarta - with music and rides and street vendors. With our errands, the hilly section along the coast out of Puerto Vallarta, and a big climb up to El Tuito from the coast, we quickly realized that we had no hope of making it by dark, so stopped short in Las Juntas y Los Veranos, only to meet Jorge who offered to take us along with his family who were heading up to El Tuito by van to the festivities for the evening. And we are lucky, because we had such a great night sampling fried bananas, salchipulpos (deep fried hot dog tacos), calientes (hot chocoloate spiked with Kalua and moonshine), gorditas de nata (thick breads made from cream and flour) and sweets - with Jorge's cultural translations of the origin or the contents of each specialty -, watching kids on rides and playing festival games, taking in the fireworks and trying to stay as energized as Jorge's 3 year-old son Raphael until well past our bedtime. After the festivities, around 11 pm, we had a delicious traditional Mexican dinner at a restaurant owned by a relative of the family along with Jorge, his wife Rosario and their mothers. We crawled into our tent, pitched on Jorge's back deck, before 1 am, tired, but happy with an evening spent celebrating in good company.Read more

  • Day164

    Las Juntas y Los Veranos

    January 13, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    We stopped in La Juntas y Los Veranos to find a place to camp on our first night out of Puerto Vallarta. Lucky for us, the person we asked for information or a place to camp was Jorge. In excellent English he excitedly explained that we could camp close to the river in a few spots and even have a swim, then invited us to come to El Tuito for the Fiesta of the Lady of Guadaloupe with his family when he learned that we were interested in doing that. As a result, we slept in our tent on his back deck, and got to meet his wife Rosario and boy Raphael, along with more of the family. Jorge and the family take care of a refuge for birds, in particular, a local variety of macaw. He explained all about their work to protect the macaws from poachers, and to increase the population by building giant nests that they hang in pine trees. Jorge was a kind of cultural translator for us: in the short time we spent with him he explained many things about the local food and culture that we had been wondering about. One of these things was the name of their town. Las Juntas means two female things that are together, in this case refering to two giant boulders that we had noticed in the river going through town, and Los Veranos can mean summers, but in this case means productive land along a river's edge. After sharing breakfast and tea with the family we continued pedalling up and up to El Tuito.Read more

  • Day164

    Pastries for Climbing

    January 13, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Jorge recommended that we stop at a particular panaderia on the long climb to El Tuito. In the tiny village of Columpia this family produces delicious pastries from their wood fired oven and sells them for a whopping 5 pesos a piece (less than 50 cents CAD). Needless to say, we bought a bunch, and enjoyed watching the family in action rolling and baking the pastries and even pressing sugar cane into juice. Fueled by our bread break we rode over a 730 m summit to El Tuito and found our way onto the hilly road towards Mayto Beach. Karl got a kick out of riding by two bulls as they butted heads through a two strand barbed wire fence.Read more

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