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Old 01-31-2011   #31 (permalink)
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I love your pictures Jimmy! AWESOME trip report!
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Excellent, as always

You need to visit Chamula, but I prefer Zinacantan (a mere 5-10 minutes ride) which is much more laborious and spectacular.

Alvarado is a fishing town, it has the renown of being one of the foulest mouthed places in Mexico, but when I stoped one night I didn't hear a single curse word, the people are very friendly.

You may want to make a detour between Villahermosa and Escarcega on the gulf road, Pantanos de Centla is full of wildlife.

Have you ever stoped at Balamku or Calakmul? Really neat and totally different.

How is Ms Gracie taking the heat/humidity?
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Love this TR!! Great photo's felt like I was right there with you!
Traveling with Vikki, I can assure you, there's a whole lot more to the story. I shot at least 4,000 photos and several videos but I'm posting less than a tenth of them. We went with a positive attitude, had a ton of laughs, and met some interesting characters along the way. If we'd had the time, we would have made the drive last an entire month.

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Excellent, as always

You need to visit Chamula, but I prefer Zinacantan (a mere 5-10 minutes ride) which is much more laborious and spectacular.

Alvarado is a fishing town, it has the renown of being one of the foulest mouthed places in Mexico, but when I stoped one night I didn't hear a single curse word, the people are very friendly.

You may want to make a detour between Villahermosa and Escarcega on the gulf road, Pantanos de Centla is full of wildlife.

Have you ever stoped at Balamku or Calakmul? Really neat and totally different.

How is Ms Gracie taking the heat/humidity?
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my friends wanted to kill me when we ended up there
i thought it was a really fortuitous "mistake"
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Excellent, as always

You need to visit Chamula, but I prefer Zinacantan (a mere 5-10 minutes ride) which is much more laborious and spectacular.

Alvarado is a fishing town, it has the renown of being one of the foulest mouthed places in Mexico, but when I stoped one night I didn't hear a single curse word, the people are very friendly.

You may want to make a detour between Villahermosa and Escarcega on the gulf road, Pantanos de Centla is full of wildlife.

Have you ever stoped at Balamku or Calakmul? Really neat and totally different.

How is Ms Gracie taking the heat/humidity?
Mexico is a big country and I keep adding new sidetrips to each successive drive.

Been to Alverado now at least 4 times and on the return segment of this trip report, I'll be dishing up some pretty interesting footage. The town came as a total surprise to me! You might say I was more than impressed by the discovery.

I've never been to Calakmul or Balamku but I always see the signs for them and wish I wasn't traveling in the middle of the night. One of these times I'll make it there. Just this year after multiple close passes, I finally made it to El Tajin... it was also my first time through downtown Papantla. Thoroughly enjoyed that day and the ruins were way better than I ever expected.

My next trip down will definitely include Xalapa, Coatepec, and Xico. I keep going over the maps but it looks like the easiest way for me to get there is to back track from Cardel.

My other current interest is the mountains and coast northeast of Catemaco... places like La Barra de Sontecomapan. The photos I see online of this region are nothing compared to the photos I've seen in various establishments around town. I also never knew the movie Apocalypto was filmed there, so it's on my list to see now.

Like I mentioned in my trip report, I prefer to limit my research til after I've visited a region. Just need that initial experience to be totally fresh. Later on, when I return, I'll have the opportunity to check out whatever I missed during the first round. For Vikki's trip back to Dallas, the research I did in the interim really paid off.

If you have other suggestions along my travel route, I'm certainly all ears!

Jimmy

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Hey Jimmy,
Great report and photos. I really enjoyed it. You make it look and sound so easy

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Jimmy - amazing trip report! Thank you for taking the time to post it!
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What an amazing report!

I enjoyed every minute of it. Photos and narration were excellent. Thank you! I'm sure you'll be amazed to hear I elected to spend my lunch break with your report as opposed to going outdoor in -20 wind chills
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Wonderul trip report! Thank you so much for sharing. I felt like I was riding along with y'all and Ms. Gracie. It's such a beautiful countryside that we never get to see or hear about. Loved all the pics.
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Vicki and Ms Gracie are beautiful ladies to travel with. Jimmy, thankyou for a great TR.
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Been to Alverado now at least 4 times and on the return segment of this trip report, I'll be dishing up some pretty interesting footage. The town came as a total surprise to me! You might say I was more than impressed by the discovery.
Good, I noted the dates of the trip, glad you already visited that little town.

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I've never been to Calakmul or Balamku but I always see the signs for them and wish I wasn't traveling in the middle of the night. One of these times I'll make it there. Just this year after multiple close passes, I finally made it to El Tajin... it was also my first time through downtown Papantla. Thoroughly enjoyed that day and the ruins were way better than I ever expected.
If you enjoyed Tajin, I'm sure you would spend a lot of time in Calakmul.
For Balamku, if you pass during the day, it's just 3km from the highway and mostly no visitors,

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My next trip down will definitely include Xalapa, Coatepec, and Xico. I keep going over the maps but it looks like the easiest way for me to get there is to back track from Cardel.
Yup, the best would be from Cardel. In the area: Jalcomulco (White water rafting)

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My other current interest is the mountains and coast northeast of Catemaco... places like La Barra de Sontecomapan. The photos I see online of this region are nothing compared to the photos I've seen in various establishments around town. I also never knew the movie Apocalypto was filmed there, so it's on my list to see now.
Never been beyond Nanciyaga, but the area you mention is the most Northerner healthy jungle of it's type in Mexico. And there are several eco-touristic projects going on.
Ecoturismo de Catemaco y Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz

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Like I mentioned in my trip report, I prefer to limit my research til after I've visited a region. Just need that initial experience to be totally fresh. Later on, when I return, I'll have the opportunity to check out whatever I missed during the first round. For Vikki's trip back to Dallas, the research I did in the interim really paid off.

If you have other suggestions along my travel route, I'm certainly all ears!

Jimmy
Sure, that's why I'm not extensively describing any of those places in detail, just a little taste for you to discover the beauty when you visit.

In Chiapas I'm planning to hit some rivers near the border with Guatemala, will report later if I go. Names: Lagunas de Montebello (been there and it was wonderfull), Las Nubes, Las Guacamayas.
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Good things are worth waiting for Jimmy! Good job!!!
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One of the best trip reports ever ! Thanks for posting this

I love Ms Gracie !!!
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HELP! I've checked 4 times and can only see what appears to be about half the pics, the rest are little blue boxes with question marks. I really want to see all of the pics!

Any suggestions on what I need to do, it's driving me crazy!!!
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HELP! I've checked 4 times and can only see what appears to be about half the pics, the rest are little blue boxes with question marks. I really want to see all of the pics!

Any suggestions on what I need to do, it's driving me crazy!!!
I will guess that you have a slow internet connection. If you don't get all the pics, hit the "Reload" button of your browser, that normally works.
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