Mexico
Cruz del Calvario

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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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  • 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

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