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Taking a New Look at Mazatlan

Taking a New Look at Mazatlan

If I’m being honest, Mazatlan has never been our favorite city. It is widely popular and does offer long, stunning beaches, but for a variety of reasons, we have never embraced this Pacific coastal town. However, after braving the Devil’s Backbone and...
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...
Lago Zirahuen- a few days at the lake!

Lago Zirahuen- a few days at the lake!

Upon suggestion from other travelers and a person that lives in Michoacan, we decided that Lago Zirahuen might be a good destination.  It has been a long time since we aired up the stand-up-paddleboard and this lake seemed like a possibility to use the board!  We...
Patzcuaro and Isla Janitzeo

Patzcuaro and Isla Janitzeo

Visiting Patzcuaro felt a little bit like camping at a farm! The place we chose to stay had a wide variety of farm animals roaming free on the large property. The location was beautiful, on a grassy hill above the city. We had sweeping lake views and big shady trees...
Tula-

Tula-

When we finally left San Juan Teotihuacan, we didn’t go far. Just a short drive away is the archeological site of Tula in the town of Tula de Allende. It is often overlooked, because Teotihuacan is so popular. But we wanted to take the time to look at the Toltec...
New Years and New Plans

New Years and New Plans

We left our stunning lakeside retreat at Lagos de Colon and headed for San Cristobal for Christmas. New Years called for new plans, but we had fallen in love with this city on the way south, and heading north found her no less magical. That is other than the fireworks...