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  • Day95

    Semi magic

    December 11, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Our route today passed two "pueblos magicos" again. After a lot of climbing on the highway in the morning, we arrived at the first one: Patzcuaro. The town is so beautiful! Most of the houses are painted in white and brown as it's supposed to be in a pueblo magico. The main plaza was full of huge puppets, already arranged for Christmas. Plus, there were lots of markets and great food (especially fresh warm bread). The town is also located at a lake. In the middle of the lake, there's an inhabited island, Janitzio, with a Christ statue on top of the hill. We got a pretty nice view in the morning when it was still in clouds. There's boat rides to the island, but we decided to spent an extended lunch break in town to observe people and enjoy the atmosphere.
    In the afternoon, we continued our journey to Tzintzuntzan, the second pueblo magico for today. The ride was pleasant, a little rolling along the lake through some villages and no traffic. The village itself wasn't too impressive except for its local crafts. At least it's quiet and cool, so we should be able to get a good night's sleep 😉
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  • Day96

    Virgin de Guadeloupe

    December 12, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    It's the 12th of December, the day of the Virgen de Guadeloupe, a big fiesta in Mexico. We decided to leave early in order to be able to stop at some festivities on the way. And indeed, we passed the first procession just 5km outside of Tzintzuntzan: a school class had to run behind a truck carrying a huge picture of the virgen. Our next stop was in Morelia. We decided to cycle through the city rather than taking the highway around as we were hoping to see some more festivities. There was nothing particularly going on. However, the historic centre of Morelia is Unesco World Heritage and worth a visit with its colonial style buildings, street art and atmosphere in general.
    We then continued to Zinapecuaro, our destination for the day. Here, they celebrated the Virgen with a procession, lots of food and fireworks. People, especially the kids, were all dressed up in traditional clothes. The food was great as well - we tried 3 different regional dished for less than 4€ in total.
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  • Day92

    Police encounter

    December 8, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    5:30am - we are sitting up straight in our bed. Penetrating church bells and fireworks woke us up and didn't stop making noise for the next 45min. I really don't know when the Mexicans sleep. When we went to bed at about 11pm last night, music and party were still on, so it took us forever to get to sleep... What a start in a day of 100km of cycling with an elevation gain of over 1600m 😥
    Luckily, the route today was a really small road with beautiful mountain views and no traffic at all. It would have finished with a great 1200m descent as well. Unfortunately, the road was in bad condition with uncountable potholes, so the downhill was not smooth at all.
    Just before Tepalcatepec, we had an interesting encounter with the police. They stopped us at a regular check point (usually, we never had to stop). Then they asked some questions about where we came from today, where we were going, what our plan for the next day is and so on. I tried to answer their questions in my broken Spanish. Obviously, none of them was a cyclist. Even today's route sounded to them way too long to make it by bike. Let alone a destination like Argentina. So they asked more and more policemen to come over and look at us weirdos. I asked them if there was a problem, but they only replied that everything was fine, they just want to talk with interesting people - and ended up taking photos of us to remember 😂
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  • Day93

    Italia?

    December 9, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After a good night's sleep (no party in the village we stayed yesterday), we started fresh into the new day. The route led along a mountain range to the North which we'll have to climb tomorrow. The area we are going through does not see any tourists at all, so people usually look a little puzzled when they see us.
    For lunch, we stopped at a fruit shop for some bananas and a cold drink. The owner was very excited about our trip. When we left, he gave us 7 avocadoes and a big bag of peanuts on our way, so that we get enough calories. So sweet!
    We arrived in Nueva Italia at about 2pm. Our hopes were up high when we had picked this place due to the name. However, the town basically concists of a very busy road, a statue on a busy roundabout, a church and lots of Christmas markets. Not exactly what we expected to see in "new Italy" 😏
    When I googled the town, I got some hits saying it's located on the main drug route in Mexico. Hmm, maybe good we are staying only for a night...
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  • Day97

    Zitacuaro

    December 13, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The last few days, we cycled above 2000m again. It's awesome! Mornings are cold and we have to wear jackets again. But at least we don't sweat from just breathing anymore 😉 We also enjoy the landscape, it could almost be like we are cycling in the lower Alps... Today's route was quite picturesque and not too much traffic on the first 80km. Unfortunately, this changed on the last 28km when we got closer to Zitacuaro. The town itself is quite interesting with lots of markets, good food and friendly people. They also seem to grow the world's supply of nochebuenas here, at least I haven't seen that many anywhere else before...Read more

  • Day98

    Mariposas

    December 14, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The road out of Zitácuaro was small with few traffic, so a lot nicer than the one into town. There was only some old VW vans that are used for public transport here.
    We headed to the Monarch butterfly sanctuary Cerro Pelon in Macheros to see this species. It's actually quite impressive: every year, the Monarch butterflies travel about 4500km from the US and Canadian forests to Mexico where they stay between November and March. As butterflies don't live very long, it takes 3 generations to travel back and forth.
    It's obligatory to take a guide to enter the sanctuary. Our guide was Mauricio, a local from the village. We could choose between riding a horse or hiking. Of course, we decided to hike to the butterflies, as we were happy to not having to sit for a while. The first place was a meadow where we saw the butterflies flying around. There were millions of them, so we were surrounded by the little orange animals and had to be careful not to step on them while they were resting or drinking. We then hiked further up in the mountains to see the butterflies sleeping in the trees. It first looked like brown autumn leaves, but it's actually millions of butterflies hanging on the branches. Quite spectacular!
    In the end, the hike was longer than expected. When we were back at the entrance after 3.5 hours, we realized we had climbed more than 800m and were above 3200m at the second spot. Our legs were tired, but we still had to cover another 30km including a 500m climb in order to get to our stop for the night. It was quite exhausting, but in the end we made it and found a nice place to sleep for the night.
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  • Day94

    "Cuota" all day long

    December 10, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    The idea of climbing all day long made us decide to take the cuota again. It's quite loud with the traffic, but at least it is a constant climb and usually not more than 6%. So we left early again and cycled for about 40km until we needed a first short cookie break. We just stopped on the shoulder as there was no rest area, when a car pulled over. The guy asked if everything was ok and if we needed water. Nice that he cared! About 10km and 1.5 hours later, we had our lunch break at a petrol station. We enjoyed the breeze as we were already at 1000m elevation by then. Back on the highway, we had to cross millions of little pieces of glass as a truck had just lost a load of...? (maybe mirrors...) After some 70km, we've had enough of climbing and got a room in Ziracuaretiro. What a little paradise after last night: surrounded by mountains, great climate, a nice church, old buildings around the Plaza, friendly people and almost no cars - so peaceful and quiet!!Read more

  • Day835

    Día del Muertos

    November 1, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Wow, was für ein unglaubliches Erlebnis! Ich habe lange gewartet und in den kleinen Örtchen Santa Fe de la Laguna bis zum Día del Muertos gemütlich meine Tage verbracht. Als die Ausländerin, die auf dem Stein am Berg sitzt und die Aussicht genießt, war ich sogar schon richtig bekannt 😅.

    Aber das Warten hat sich gelohnt. Zusammen mit Ben aus London (der erste Europäer hier nach langer Zeit) ging es Nachmittags auf nach Tzinzunzan.

    Alles war noch prachtvoller mit Blüten geschmückt als zuvor, die Straßen waren voller Menschen und es herrschte allgemeine Festtagsstimmung.

    Manch einer bemalt sich das Gesicht zum Skelett, selbst die Polizei hat Spaß daran.

    Doch dann geht es erst richtig los. Eine Festtagsparade mit zahlreichen Spielumzügen und bunt geschmückten Bildern, die an die diesjährig verstorbenen und deren Vorlieben erinnern sollen, macht sich auf zum Friedhof. Es wird getanzt, gelacht, getrunken.

    Leider verzögert ein Platzregen den Einzug, aber als wir dann, über die einem Fluss gleichkommenden, Straßen den Friedhof erreichen, reiht sich ein wunderschön verziertes Grab an das nächste. Millionen Blumen, Kerzen, Opfergaben. Da kann es schon mal sein, dass auf einem Grab mehrere Bierdosen gestapelt wurden. Da die Familie meist die ganze Nacht neben dem Grab sitzt ergibt sich nach meiner Nachfrage, Ja, der Verstorbene hatte eine große Vorliebe für Bier.

    Daneben immer wieder unglaublich laute Musik von bestimmt 10 Bands gleichzeitig auf dem Friedhof, direkt neben den Gräbern. Nach deutschem Verständnis unvollstellbar so die Totenruhe zu stören, ich finde es aber beeindruckend und einfach klasse. Warum nicht so wie zu Lebzeiten ein rauschendes Fest mit den Lieben feiern. Ob tot oder lebendig.

    Unsere Party geht auch weiter bis zum Morgengrauen.
    Lebendiger als das Leben!
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  • Day828

    Janitzio

    October 25, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Da ich mich entschieden habe bis zum Dia de Muertos in Santa Fe zu bleiben, ist erstmal Sightseeing angesagt. Die Inseln auf dem See sind hierbei beliebtes Ausflugsziel. Die Schmetterlingsfischer fischen zu Showzwecken & die Insel ist rappelvoll mit Souvenirständen. Den Mexikanern scheint es zu gefallen und es wird gesnackt, getrunken und Mitbringsel gekauft.

    Mexikaner essen gerne würzig. So kombiniert man Chillisoße, Käse und Früchte, isst gerne stark gewürzte Chips und auch die Getränke bleiben dabei nicht verschont. Hier trinke ich einen Mix aus Orangen- & Limettensaft, Limonade, Wein, Salz und Chilli. Dekoriert mit einer Gurkenscheibe.
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  • Day830

    Tzintzuntzan

    October 27, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    In ganz Michoacan, aber vor allem rund um den See Patzcuaro findet sich auch heute noch das indigene Volk der Purépechas. Die Sprache hat überlebt, wird untereinander gesprochen und hat rein gar nichts mit dem Spanischen zu tun. Auch die Traditionen werden noch groß geschrieben. Frauen tragen die traditionelle Tracht und der Dia del Muertos wird hier besonders groß gefeiert. Morgen geht es offiziell los, aber die Vorbereitungen sind bereit in vollem Gange. Ich bin gespannt.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Estado de Michoacán de Ocampo, Estado de Michoacan de Ocampo, Michoacán, Mich, Michoacán de Ocampo, Michoacan, ミチョアカン州, 米却肯州

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