Mexico
Colima

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  • Day88

    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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  • Day87

    300% humidity

    December 3, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Again, a day with what feels like 300% humidity. Our bags were wet even though it didn't rain. But also another day of green hills and not too much traffic. We passed a huge coconut and banana plantation that was guarded by a small plane flying over it in circles.
    By about lunchtime, we reached the Northern beaches of Manzanillo and stopped for a coconut. From there, it was only another hour to the center. Manzanillo is a harbor town and not particularly beautiful. However, when we got out of our hotel after having cooked dinner, we were quite surprised: so many people on the streets, many of them dressed in traditional clothes. Plus, the Plaza Principal was full of food stalls. We walked around for a bit, watched people playing something like bingo just with pictures and kids posing on horses for Christmas card photos. Then, a parade started and we saw people dancing and playing music. It's actually a festive season here right now: on 12th December, Mexicans celebrate the day of the Virgen de Guadeloupe. And as Mexicans like to celebrate, they already start celebrating on 1st of December and have dances and music every night til the 12th. So let's see what else we can see in the next days.Read more

  • Day89

    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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  • Day90

    Colima

    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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  • Day14

    Manzanillo, Mexico

    March 7 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    So we arrived at noon at this port because their health officials wanted to inspect the ship’s records. We were required to drop anchor well away from the pier for them to do so. They boarded the ship, examined the records and two people of interest and declared we were good to go. Then the pilot made his way to the ship and bright is alongside the pier. We were then told that Customs officials still needed to board the ship. We have finally been cleared to disembark 70 minutes after our scheduled time. I guess some palm grease was in order.

    So hot here again.
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  • Day127

    Was hier so kreucht ...

    June 29, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wir sind noch einmal ein Stück in den Süden gefahrenund finden hier, auf nur noch etwa 500 m über dem Meer, noch mal wärmere Temperaturen als im Hochland. Dementsprechend gibt es auch wieder eine große Vielfalt an. ...

  • Day168

    Last Coastal Views

    January 17, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We rode through some huge coconut and banana plantations on the way to Manzanillo, where we met Angela and returned some keys she had left in a bathroom along the road the day before. We had no idea Manzanillo was such a big port town, so despite the beautiful beaches leading into town we didn't find the city itself very attractive, and just pushed on over a big hill and down the wide and flat cuota highway to Cuhuatlan for one last night on the beach. The powerful reflecting waves didn't make it a great swimming beach, but once again we camped for free behind a restaurant and savored the warm evening and beautiful sunset.Read more

  • Day169

    Colima State

    January 18, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After much debate we finally decided to leave the comfortable coastal life to experience inland Mexico. We knew this would involve a lot of climbing as Guadalajara is at 1500 m, so tried to prepare ourselves for a couple of big uphill days. We also decided to take the toll road instead of some narrower, hillier options to get to Guadalajara in the hope of reducing the grade and number of hills we had to climb. Things started off well with plentiful sweet shops along the road where we sampled many of the different forms of sweet coconut bars. At one point we rode over a bridge and got a good look at all the stages of brick making - from digging sand out of the river with an excavator to mixing and firing the bricks. We were very excited when we reached a watermelon stand outside of Colima (City) as we were running low on water, so we sat and chatted with the owner for a while and each devoured half a watermelon. The Colima Volcano came into view, and then we were surprised to see it erupt; we thought we were really lucky to have witnessed this powerful force, but we soon discovered that this was nearly an hourly occurrence and none of the locals seemed to notice. At some point during our climbing we also entered sugar country - we rode by fields and fields of sugarcane and started being passed by many heavily laden trucks hauling the canes to be processed.Read more

  • Day26

    A new month: Manzanillo

    March 1 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Back along the coast, I'm in Manzanillo, the largest seaport on the Mexican Pacific. For me it lacks some of the attractions of Mazatlan or its Gulf rival Veracruz but there are diversions. My hotel, the Colonial, echoes the styles of earlier centuries despite dating from only 1942. The city is squeezed by the hills into whatever apace it can get, as happens in Rio de Janieiro. It's famous for fish, despite the meaty menu on the wall and the seagulls standing on the dock of the bay. At dusk the Mexican flag is ceremonially lowered and folded.Read 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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