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Old 01-10-2017   #46 (permalink)
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Wow Gary, I was hoping you would do another report of your travels. !!

Thanks ,Cant wait to see your journey
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Gary, you da man! La Crucera.... sweet!

Love how you get off the beaten path and arenīt afraid to see the real Mexico, warts and all. Great TR! More, por favor.
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Wow Gary, I was hoping you would do another report of your travels. !!

Thanks ,Cant wait to see your journey

No problem Steve. I will try to keep up a bit better this year. I'm only about two days behind and If I can keep it that way it will be good.
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Gary, you da man! La Crucera.... sweet!

Love how you get off the beaten path and arenīt afraid to see the real Mexico, warts and all. Great TR! More, por favor.
You got it Dan-0.
I forgot to warn people about the noise in La Crucera. They play music constantly with the volume on "stun". Next time I'm taking earplugs.
Yes its pretty real day to day life and culture I'm seeing.
Warts?..... which warts... where?
I will continue the adventure soon.
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Isn't it noisy everywhere in Mexico? I mean only where there are Mexicans, of course, haha.

Very interesting. Thanks for writing!

Not a way I would want to travel (too much of a princess- my idea of 'roughing it' now is having to sleep on a queen bed instead of a king ) but I sure am grateful that you do these reports so I can live vicariously through your journeys!

Have you done similar travels on the west coast anywhere? There are states I wouldn't be venturing off the beaten path these days, but Q Roo and the Yucatan are safe enough, to do so, luckily.

The white conch in that ceviche looks like tofu to me. I've never had conch, is it good?


I love that legend about the Ceiba trees. Are those the trees with the ficus/strangler vines that grow all over them?
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Isn't it noisy everywhere in Mexico? I mean only where there are Mexicans, of course, haha.

Very interesting. Thanks for writing!

Not a way I would want to travel (too much of a princess- my idea of 'roughing it' now is having to sleep on a queen bed instead of a king ) but I sure am grateful that you do these reports so I can live vicariously through your journeys!

Have you done similar travels on the west coast anywhere? There are states I wouldn't be venturing off the beaten path these days, but Q Roo and the Yucatan are safe enough, to do so, luckily.

The white conch in that ceviche looks like tofu to me. I've never had conch, is it good?


I love that legend about the Ceiba trees. Are those the trees with the ficus/strangler vines that grow all over them?
Yes there does seem to be this need to blast music out as loud as you can from stores etc. Must be a cultural thing.

I think there are a few people travelling like myself but most of them are from Mexico or another Spanish speaking country. I frequently sleep in good hotels in King sized beds but for far less money than in zones catering to tourists from the U. S. or Canada. And so I am not sure I am off the beaten path... just on one less travelled by people who only speak English.

As far as safety, I think everyone should be careful, locals and tourists alike. I try not to demonstrate wealth and try to dress so I fit in. Take the usual precautions you would as if you were travelling somewhere dangerous.... like into places in the United States where muggings etc. are common. Generally the people are very friendly.

I have done limited travel on the west coast, years ago when I needed a phrase book to get by and close to tourist areas.

Conch has a distinct but delicate flavor and the guys said it would go better mixed with some prawns. I'm going to try some more when I get over to the gulf coast.

Ceiba trees were/are central in Maya mythology and home to many gods. Maybe do a google search for pics and more legends.
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La Aguada

After leaving that farm we went to check out some unexcavated ruins (La Aguada) back in behind Saban. The site is unmarked and it took us some driving back and forth on the back road and asking locals passing by to locate it.





Bit of a climb for this old guy...





Here and there steps poke out of the jungle duff, placed by the Maya long ago.




There is a long dangerous climb up the largest tower and we encountered a cave into the center near the top.

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Up at the top the center is hollow and I wondered if fires had burned there in previous days, fed from wood dragged up the forest far below.




View from the top is amazing and the drop is almost sheer.







We went down to check out the lake/swamp we could see from the top. Check out this giant tree toppled over.




Down by the swamp edge the Maya had built some kind of structure. I'm not sure of its function.




Your jungle boy GaryD standing in the lush vegetation.

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That is just too cool Gary.
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That giant tree toppled over is incredible and the view looks amazing. Looks like it was a great day!
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Great Gary, enjoy your explorations
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Your trip reports are the best, Gary. Do you ever sometimes wonder if the stork made a wrong turn at Albuquerque and wrongly dropped you off in B.C. instead of Yucatan?
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Later on made it to another goat farm.

They keep these male goats.




Separate from the females and kids.




They are soft little buggers when they are young.



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The "hitchhiker"

So in the previous few days I had been contacted by a woman who was in a resort north of PDC with her friend. And not really having a good time.
So she was wanting to throw in with me for a bit and have some adventures.
We worked out the details of her paying her share, and of how to split the bed. Next day I drove over to pick her up.

I stopped by Carrillo for lunch.

Street clown.




Items to eat at the Mercado are 12 pesos each this year.




Selection are in tubs and coolers.

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