Chiapas Part II: Along the Guatemalan border

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

Two of the main stops for any overlander or tourist in Chiapas are San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque. The direct highway that connects the two, 199, has a number of roadblocks set up by the Zapatistas. Though harmless, what we had read led us to think they were just frustrating and possibly expensive […]

Chiapas Part I: Aguacero, Sima de las Cotorras, Cañon del Sumidero and San Cristobal de las Casas

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

Chiapas is a spectacular state in Mexico full of waterfalls, wildlife and Mayan ruins. From the first day we were enamored by the region. Not long after crossing into Chiapas, we were waved over by a friendly guy that saw our Swiss plates and wanted to meet us. He had a truck full of watermelon […]

Estado de Oaxaca

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

Our first stop in the state of Oaxaca was a reserve protecting Green Military Macaws, or Ara Militaris. The birds often return to a canyon in this reserve for the night and it is possible to see them through a guided hike in the late evening. While the hike was hot but beautiful, we only […]

Zona Archeológica de Cantona

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

Cantona is a large and remarkable archaeological site that is much less visited than the other large sites of Mexico. Cantona was a large city with an area of approximately 12 square km and full of many pyramids and ball fields. The most significant feature is that these were all built without plaster or mud […]

Izta, Popo & La Malinche

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in Mexico | One Comment

Just outside Mexico City are the two big volcanos Iztaccíhuatl (5230m) and Popocatépetl (5426m), also called Izta and Popo. They are respectively the 3rd and 2nd highest mountains in Mexico. They form a National Park and Izta can be climbed whereas Popo is closed due to volcanic activity. The road leading up to the basecamp […]

Mexico City

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

From Teotihuacán looking towards Mexico City, you see a daunting thick cloud of smog. As you drive through the outskirts of the city, the sky seems to darken a bit as you enter that smog… and we thought, one or two nights will be enough here. But after we got into the center of the city […]


Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

We have visited many archaeological sites at this point, from active excavations to well maintained sites with detailed museums. Now we were heading for probably the most famous site in all of Mexico, Teotihuacán. This city used to be home to over 100,000 people, making it the largest pre-Columbian American city, and one of the […]

Querétaro and Hidalgo

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

After our long stay in Guanajuato, we were happy to hit the road the again. Our first stop was the city of Santiago de Querétaro. The town has a beautiful old city and long viaduct that used to transport water into the city. The city is also home to a great brewery our friends Tyler and […]

Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Mexico | No Comments

Ever since crossing the border to Mexico, we had been planning to stop for an extended period in Guanajuato to take Spanish lessons. We chose Guanajuato because of the city size and good reviews of the town from other travelers. Guanajuato was also on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2018 – sounded […]

Nayarit and Jalisco Highlands

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Mexico | 2 Comments

  After a lazy Christmas along the Pacific Coast, we headed inland to Laguna Santa Maria del Oro, a beautiful crater lake. The lake and surrounding area were popular, but had a much more relaxed atmosphere than the coast and was mostly full of vacationing families. We walked around the lake, read books at our […]

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