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Belize big iguanas and rising rivers

Belize big iguanas and rising rivers

Down near the Southern border of Belize lies Punta Gorda, an interesting little town. It has a very Caribbean vibe.  But many people speak Spanish, as it shares a jungle border with Guatemala.  In PG (as the locals call it) this strange house towers over all the...
Belize- week one

Belize- week one

We received an email telling us that the animal import permit was ready, so we packed up and headed for the border.  As soon as we arrived a “border helper” met us and walked us through the steps.  He also led the dogs, on their leashes, into the...
Quintana Roo- also known as the Riviera Maya

Quintana Roo- also known as the Riviera Maya

This area of Mexico is certainly the most touristy that we have seen.  And with tourist zones come higher prices.  We first noticed it when we stopped at a toll booth and were charged $245pesos (approx $14) when we had become accustomed to tolls of $45p (approx $2.75)...
Pok ta Pok- the Mayan ball game

Pok ta Pok- the Mayan ball game

One of our highlights in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico was the opportunity to witness a fully costumed performance of the traditional Mayan ball game.  Each of the ruins we have toured featured a large, elaborate ball court.  But there was little or no explanation of the...
Pan-American Highway to Palenque

Pan-American Highway to Palenque

We waited out the roadblock in Ocosingo (see our previous post).  It was an interesting experience and we never felt unsafe at all.  When it cleared and we were done with coffee and granola we hit the highway again.  This highway is called the Pan-American Highway...
Our earthquake update:

Our earthquake update:

We are fine. We are safe. We are behind on our blog posts!  The shaking lasted long enough that we had time to look at each other (nope, not wiggling) and Zeb (snoring). Then we felt a little panic that perhaps someone was outside trying to pull our bikes off the...
Oaxaca City, Oaxaca.

Oaxaca City, Oaxaca.

This city is in an ideal climate zone. It is surrounded by lush green mountains that send gentle breezes through. It blessed with a light afternoon rain almost daily and a torrential downpour occasionally. Although the valley can also become very warm, we found it to...
Mountain village scenes (Veracruz and Oaxaca)

Mountain village scenes (Veracruz and Oaxaca)

Somewhere in the jungly mountains of Mexico lies the line between the states of Veracruz and  Oaxaca. I suppose there is a sign on a highway somewhere that marks that state-line. But we did not travel on a major highway. We drove smaller roads through villages...
Veracruz state- police encounters!

Veracruz state- police encounters!

Mexico has 31 States and one Federal District. Many of them are named the same as the capital city. Leaving the city of Puebla and driving through the state of Puebla we crossed into the state of Veracruz on our way to the city of Veracruz. In Estado Veracruz we had...
Itza-Popo: Volcano area, followed by silence!

Itza-Popo: Volcano area, followed by silence!

Outside of Mexico City lies a sleeping giant.  Volcán Popocatapetl lies waiting to cause destruction again.  Popo slept for centuries, but awoke in 1994 and has spewed ash, rocks and steam every few years since then.  Next to Popo lies Volcán Iztaccihuatl which is...
Mexico City-  a huge city, full of fun.

Mexico City- a huge city, full of fun.

The fifth largest city in the world seemed a little intimidating to us.  But there were a few things there we wanted to see and do.  Yet there were a few things we were afraid of: traffic, crime, expenses, traffic and crime (yes, I meant to repeat that! HAHAHAH).  We...