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    • Day 88

      Escape from the humididy

      December 4, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      After some days at the coast, we decided to head inland again. Our destination was Colima where Dave and Marcia live. They are friends of our warmshowers hosts in Bend.
      We left before 7 already as we had a long day ahead of us. Dave had send us a gpx track, so navigation was easy this time. First, we followed a cuota again. So bikes are theoretically not allowed, but noone cares. It was relatively flat and had a broad shoulder. The sunrise over the lagune was quite nice as well. We stopped for a coconut after about 50km before turning into a small, quiet sideroad which led to Colima. We had to climb all day, but as it was a constant 2%, it wasn't actually too bad. We even forgot to take a picture of the 7000km on the bike computer, as we were in our constant climbing mode.
      In Colima, we got a warm welcome at Dave's and Marcia's house. For dinner, we could even join Dave's cycling friends at a birthday party. Eduardo, a guy of the cycling group, has been in Germany many times and knows about German culture and the German way of life. He (and hopefully also the other guests), had a lot of fun while listening and singing to Herbert Grönemeyer, Die Toten Hosen and Helene Fischer 😂
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    • Day 89

      Private tour with Eduardo

      December 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Today, we explored the region around Colima. Eduardo had offered us to take us to some nice places, so - of course - we didn't say no to a private tour led by a local. We started with a typical Mexican breakfast: Chilaquiles rojos, spiced coffee and aqua fresca. The location, food and staff were great, so it was hard to leave. But there were more things to see. Afterwards, we went to Comala, one of the pueblos magicos, famous for its white houses. It's actually a very pretty town with interesting architecture and beautiful patios as part of the houses. Next stop was the Museo Universitario Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo in Nogueras. He was a Mexican artist and his works is displayed in the museum. Next door is his family home, an impressive hacienda which we visited as well. Eduardo then drove along a curvy mountain road which climbed towards the volcano Nevado de Colima. We stopped at a restaurant with stunning views where we had guacamole while observing the eagles. Usually, we would have seen the volcano real close, but unfortunately it was covered in clouds. Still an awesome place!
      Thanks, Eduardo, for showing us around and telling us so much about Mexican history, culture and customs. We are looking forward to seeing you again, maybe on your next visit to Germany 😊
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    • Day 90


      December 6, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Today was a route planning day. After breakfast, we spent long hours over analogue maps, on Google street view and different weather and climate statistics in order to plan out our route through the rest of Mexico. In the end, we had a good idea about our route: we are going inland through more mountaineous terrain because the climate is just way better for cycling. The diagram below says everything 😉
      In late afternoon, we visited the city centre of Colima. Nice old buildings, a busy plaza with food and Christmas markets (at least the Mexican version of it...) and - as the Virgen de Guadeloupe holiday is coming soon - another parade with traditional dances in front of the church.
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    • Day 28

      Manzanillo, Mexico

      January 8, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

      New-to-us Port #3

      Manzanillo is the self-proclaimed sailfish capital of the world … and that is evident from the statues interspersed around the waterfront … including at the end of the pier.

      Disembarking shortly after the ship was cleared at noon, we headed off to the beach. The tourist beaches — in the old hotel zone of Las Brisas and the new hotel zone near the Santiago Peninsula — require transportation … public bus or taxi … both of which are readily available from near the pier.

      Instead, we decided to head to San Pedrito, a public beach about 30-minutes away on foot. Seeking shade where we could find it, we came to the beach and rented an umbrella — complete with a table and chairs — from El Marino, one of the restaurants on the beach.

      That the place is rustic goes without saying. No food but plenty of “bebidas” (drinks). One of the other restaurants will bring food if you want. We plan to have an early dinner in town, so no worries.

      That it is noisy also goes without saying … lots of families with kids enjoying their Sunday on the beach. Add to that the crowing roosters and the surf crashing ashore. No crazy music, though. And the vendors hawking their wares do so quietly, graciously accepting our “no, gracias” without quibble.

      Somehow none of this bothers us today. We’re amongst the locals … away from the touristy part of the city. Life is good.
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    • Day 7

      Cabo Pearce

      April 19 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Um 6 Uhr hatten wir wieder aufzustehen🙈 aber was soll man sagen es lohnt sich. Dieser Teil von Socorro ist schön anzusehen und unter Wasser. Mantas ohne Ende und zusätzlich noch ein paar Delphine. Bei diesen Bildern geht einem das Herz auf. So schön und elegant diese Fische. Liebe GrüßeRead more

    • Day 8

      Mazatlan, Mexico

      December 28, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      Mazatlán is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. It is located on the Pacific coast across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

      For today, I booked a private tour of the city and, as it was described, lunch at the resort.
      We arrived pretty late in the day, so by the time we meet our guide, it was 10:30am. The traffic to reach the city was extremely heavy. We drove along very beautiful Molecon lined up with sculpture to the city, We stopped for 15 min to see divers.
      Another stop was 30 min in the city to visit
      We stopped at The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Mazatlán Cathedral Is the main religious building in the city of Mazatlan, Mexico, and home of the Catholic Diocese of Mazatlan.

      After another 40 min drive, we arrived on extremely busy beach to eat our lunch. The promised resort was not what we expected.
      The lunch was served on shaky plastic tables with plastic chairs.

      After consuming some food, we drove back to the ship.

      Before boarding the ship, Eve had a chance to try few drinks. Highlight of the day.
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    • Day 32


      September 14, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Es mi tercera veces en manzanillo de México. He conocido a 2 Mizuan de México, Pablo y Martha Elena. Me enseñaba muchas cosas de México. Ahora ellos se van en manzanillo, ojalá nos veamos otra vez en México 🇲🇽

      El 7 de septiembre fue el cumpleaños de Chris, el coordinador de GET. Me acuerdo que pasamos su cumpleaños juntos también en 102. Es un hombre muy amable. Le dije que pasó en 114, él tiene el mismo sentimiento conmigo, me siento reconfortado.
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    • Day 40

      Manzanillo, Mexico … Redux

      January 20, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      This is our second time in Manzanillo on this voyage. Thus, it is no longer a new-to-us port. That’s not to say that we didn’t find plenty of new-to-us places to explore.

      The first time around, we stayed in Old Town and went to a public beach … San Pedrito. It was Sunday and the town itself was fairly dead. But we had a nice time on the beach with the locals.

      For this second stop, we were thinking of going to Las Brisas — the original hotel zone — and find a beach there. That was the decision when I left Mui to go do laps on the deck 10 track. After all, we had a morning at sea with an 11:00a arrival in Manzanillo … might as well get some steps in. Hah! Little did I know then that I’d be getting plenty more steps in town.

      When I returned to the cabin, Mui said that he’d changed his mind. He wanted to wander around Old Town instead of beaching it. Alright by me … I’m not a water person and would have just sat in the shade and read anyway (hence the walking on deck 10).

      We were first off the ship at 11:00a, hoping to at least get in a couple of cool(ish) hours of walking under our belt. Having scoped out the area, we knew to head in the direction of the zocalo (central square) and the “big blue marlin” that is the symbol of Manzanillo … the self-proclaimed “Sailfish Capital of the World.”

      From there, it was a meandering walk on downtown streets that were filled with locals going about daily life. Everyone seemed to have a smile and a “Buenas Dias” (or Tardes, as the case might be) for us … which added to our pleasure in being amongst them.

      Using the map we had picked up the first time we were here, we found our way to Iglesia de Guadalupe; art alley … with its colorful murals; Mercado 5 de Mayo … the central market where I found more murals and Mui found tiny, sweet bananas; and steps painted in every color of the rainbow … leading up to hillside houses painted in every color of the rainbow.

      We also went to the Iguanario Archundia … an iguana hideout that has been going strong since the owner began feeding the animals 20 years ago (free; donations gladly accepted). The granddaughter is now in charge and explained that they have hundreds of iguanas that are now fed thanks to the produce departments of local markets donating their left over lettuce to the cause. She also explained that it is mating season, otherwise we’d see a lot more iguanas out and about. No worries … we saw plenty … including several pairs enjoying some nookie while males in another area were chasing after females who wanted nothing to do with them 😄

      We had a wonderful day visiting Manzanillo. The temp was comfy early on, but when the wind died down, it became downright hot … Mui noticed that at one point it was a humid 84F … not sure if that was today’s high. We managed to find shade on the downtown streets. But the heat put paid to our plans to climb up to Mirador del Vigia … an overlook with panoramic views of the waterfront and the city.

      A tepid shower when we returned to Insignia was most welcome.

      Tomorrow is another port call in Mexico.
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    • Day 40

      Sunset in Manzanillo

      January 20, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      The skies gave us a kaleidoscope of colors for a sunset sailaway from Manzanillo. Alas Insignia did not cooperate.

      It’s now 7:20p and we are still at our berth. No announcement to explain the delay. Perhaps we are waiting on a ship’s tour to return to the mother ship 😉Read more

    • Day 34


      January 25 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Geburtstag. Machen einen Ausflug nach Barra de Navidad. Ca. 80 km von manzanillo entfernt. Mit Boot zu einem tollen Resort. Schöner Pool und
      Buffet. An PoolBar ein geburtstagsbier
      Getrunken. Boot zurück zum Bus und in manzanillo durch die stadtRead more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Estado de Colima, Colima, COL, Estat de Colima, Colima osariik, État de Colima, コリマ州, 科利馬州

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