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Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza is often called one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and rightfully so. This place is incredible. It’s another UNESCO World Hertiage site, and although I have been before, I’m looking forward to the return visit. I remember it as a hot place and that characteristic of this place seems to have remained the same.
Chichen…

Budget: Mainland Mexico

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Campeche, Mexico

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On the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, and the western side of the Yucatan Peninsula, lies the capital city of the State of Campeche, Campeche the city. It is another UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was originally founded around 1540 by the Spanish. It’s a lovely colonial city and I’m so glad it happened to work out that…

The Ruins at Palenque

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Palenque is one of the many Mayan cities in Mexico. It was a center for government, commerce and life in the 7th century. Palenque was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site almost 30 years ago, and it’s an incredibly place to visit. The Temple of the Inscriptions was built in the late 670s as a tomb for Janaab Pakal, who…

San Cristobal de las Casas

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Some friends I met in Mazatlan who have been on the road for 7 years on their bikes, gave me a short list of their faves for Mexico and Central America. At first they were pretty insistent that they wouldn’t name any “must see” places as they didn’t want to change my experience or influence it in any way. They…

French Quarter Fest

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New Orleans has never been better.   
Sadly, i have.  Im so far off 100% that its tough not to simply stay in the room all day, but once i muster the strength to tape up the toe, pop some decongestants and hobble out onto the street… i couldn’t be happier that i did.

Jen and i have always loved…

back to travel and exploration

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We’ve been so heads down with the garage project that we haven’t thought about or done much else.    We’ve been plowing through the details to get the place “finished” before our trip but still have a few things left undone…despite their being among the top of the list.
I installed shelves in the kitchen, but have one set left…

Mainland, Mexico: Camp Site List

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We spent a five months in Mexico, and the majority of it was all camping. This is a big list of places where we stayed on the main land — maybe too big! You can also check out our Baja Camp Site List to see all the places we stayed in Baja. We’ll try to help get these organized on…

The Riviera Maya- Our last stop in Mexico

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Along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico lies some of the most beautiful white sand beaches you will find anywhere. The only problem is that they are far from undiscovered. In fact, most of this lovely coast has been taken over by fancy resorts and all inclusive hotels, making this area one of the most expensive places…

The Yucatan- Cenote adventures

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Visiting cenotes is a must if you have time why you are exploring the Yucatan peninsula. They come in all shapes and sizes, from large open air cenotes, to dark underground caves (my personal favorite).
A cenote is a natural sink hole in limestone that gets filled by fresh rain water through underground aquifers. Because the water is rain water…

Uxmal- Ruta Puuc

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After Palenque and Yaxchilan done in close succession, we were not sure if we were going to visit any more Mayan ruins while in Mexico. We had visited Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba during past trips and thought we had seen the best of the best. We were wrong! Uxmal, another UNESCO World Heritage site along the 41 kilometer Ruta…

Top 5: Best beaches in Baja, Mexico

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As we’re nearly ready to leave Mexico and cross the border into Belize, we’ve been reminiscing about our favorite beaches in Mexico.  Turns out, there are a lot.  So let’s just cover our favorite beaches in Baja.
What makes a great beach for us?  Well, we love to swim, so if the surf is too big, this can make it…

Campeche- You had me at pirates…..

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Before this trip I had never heard of Campeche. But in prep for the PanAm I have been cutting out articles for years from my favorite travel magazines as inspiration for this trip. I read one while we were in Palenque on this pastel UNESCO World Heritage site that talked about a walled city and pirates. You had me at…

Chiapas Part 4- Palenque

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Before we started this trip and even during it (even after we had spent three weeks in hot spot Michoacan!) I was worried about driving through Chiapas. Fear is a funny thing, it can take on a life of its own. We had read about a couple that ran into some trouble in Chiapas about seven months ago, and only…

Chiapas Part 3- Ruta Lacandona, Las Nubes and Yaxchilan

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Las Nubes
This is a place that without your own vehicle it would be rather difficult to get to. It is tucked away off dirt roads in the Reserva Biosfera Monte Azul, but totally worth the trek to get to it. It was steamy hot here, around 90 with intense humidity. As we hiked along the river and through the…

Chiapas Part 2- Ruta Lacandona, waterfalls and lakes

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After a week in and out of the XP sick bay, I was getting totally stir crazy and wanted desperately to move on even though I was not fully recovered.  I am a really stubborn person, and I convinced Sam (who did not get as sick as I did and was mostly recovered) that I was ready for more adventures.…

Chiapas Part 1- Canyons of trash and a crazy carnival

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Canon del Sumidero
I am torn about this place. It was really beautiful and we took the boat ride through the canyon and visited all the five miradors (overlooks) in the national park. The problem is the river is FULL of trash, mostly plastic bottles. Islands of trash. So much trash in places the boats had to zig zag to…

The Oaxaca beaches- A Goldilocks tale

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One thing I am learning after traveling for over seven months, take all advice, from the Lonely Planet guide books, to other travelers tales of paradise or hell, with a grain of salt and an open mind. Because everyone has different perspectives on places. Also, places can change daily with the weather or with crowds, you just never know what…

The villages around Oaxaca

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There are so many great places to explore around Oaxaca, and we just got to some of them while my Mom was visiting. However, if you have the time the villages are definitely worth exploring to get a sense of how the fifteen plus indigenous groups that inhabit this area live.
Teotitlan del Valle
This Zapotec village 17 miles from…

How To: Getting Water in Mexico Part 2

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I wanted to quickly update my original post on getting water in Mexico.  Although water purification centers seemed to be everywhere in Baja, we’ve had a bit more difficulty finding them on the main land.  It’s not that they don’t exist, it’s just that the towns on the mainland are bigger and more crowded.  In addition, many of the purification…

In Honor and with Respect

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So let me start by saying that anybody willing to ride for any reason in this Seattle monsoon season gets my respect.   But today was special.  It wasn’t really about us as riders, rather the men and women previously serving our country with their most precious lives. This ride was supported by many in the motorcycling community and brought many…

Oaxaca- The food post

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I was not sure if I was going to do another food post after Mexico City, but I got a lot of great feedback (apparently I am not the only person obsessed with good food), so I thought I have to do one for the most famous food city in Mexico, Oaxaca.
I first learned about Oaxacan food from Rick…

Oaxaca city with Mom

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My parents had both be planning on visiting us in Oaxaca for nine days, but unfortunately my Dad had to cancel because of the death of his Mom, so it was us solo with my Mom. For the last few months we have been sending things to my parents house we need for the XP and our trip. My poor…

Around Oaxaca- Monte Albán and Hierve el Agua

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Hierve el Agua
About and hour outside of Oaxaca is Hierve el Agua which means the water boils in Spanish. It is a groups of “waterfalls” that has been created by calcium carbonate building up over time as the water trickles over the cliffs. It is in a stunning location and is a unique natural wonder. If you are driving…

I Can’t Belize We Left Mexico

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Yes, we did it.  Funny blog post name about Belize:  Check!  We spent 4 months in Mexico and, although we loved it, were ready to explore some new territory.
As soon as Ash’s parents were on a flight back home we blasted out of the Yucatan ASAP.  It was time to get on with our regularly scheduled adventure.  Our last…

The Oliver Family Visits the Yucatan

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After leaving the jungle in Palenque we started on the long trip to Playa del Carmen.  We had a few days before Ash’s parents were flying in and meeting us there, so we hopped in the truck and headed to the Gulf of Mexico side of the peninsula.  After an 8 hour driving day to Chichen-Itza (where we camped in…

Cholula- Hot sauce, pyramids and murals

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Let me start this out by saying we never found any hot sauce stores in Cholula (one of our favorite brands of Mexican hot sauce in the states). How are they not capitalizing on this? I need to teach some sales courses at the university….
We stopped in Cholula to break up our very long drive to Oaxaca from Mexico…

Mexico City Part 2- The sites

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Mexico City has a really bad wrap, the department of tourism needs to work on some rebranding. Most people think of it as a place that is crime ridden and polluted, where you get kidnapped in taxis and choke on car exhaust. We found it very safe, clean and really charming. There was a heavy police presence in the touristy…

Mazatlan – The Old Port and El Faro

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At the southern end of the peninsula where Mazatlan rests, there is a pyramid of an island with a lighthouse perched on top. It is known simply by the Spanish word for lighthouse, El Faro.

The small hotel we are staying at is filled with ex-pats, snowbirds, and travelers from all backgrounds. One thing most of them seem to share…

Palenque – Welcome to the Jungle

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We stopped at a great little campground (Rancho Camping San Nicolas) in San Cristobal de Las Casas where we met Shannon and Josh from The Next Adventures and Wilson, Sarah, and Ace who we have been meeting throughout different parts of mainland Mexico.  San Cristobal de Las Casas was our last little colonial town in Mexico with a really cool…