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From today's Riviera Maya news:
"It has been unofficially reported that the large tourist bus suffered a tire explosion on the right front, which caused the bus to tip over and land on its side."
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I've also read that the driver dozed off. Sad and tragic.
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yes- very sad and tragic. And so close to Christmas (not that it really matters when it happens, but still ).

I have heard that there was one Canadian couple, not sure if they were among the dead or 'only' injured.
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From another article I read on it and a photo, it looked like it was on a small unpaved road. The shoulders are always steep, could easily see how a bus with some speed could skid or slip off.
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yes- very sad and tragic. And so close to Christmas (not that it really matters when it happens, but still ).

I have heard that there was one Canadian couple, not sure if they were among the dead or 'only' injured.
Just saw on BNN 4 Canadians died....So tragic for all involved...
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The road to/from (Cafetal sp) Limones to Mahahual is 2 lane paved with long gentle curves. Yes - some areas have a steep drop off. Supposedly the accident happened 5 km from Mahahual on way to "ruins". The article that I read from (sipse.com/novedades/chetumal/) indicated that the driver fell asleep. My question is: "How does a driver fall asleep 5 KM from starting point. That is kind of scary.
If it was a tire failure - that would be more understandable.
May the "fake" and "real" news keep coming.
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Just saw on BNN 4 Canadians died....So tragic for all involved...
News at noon here said 1 canadian died and 4 injured

Hopefully, we will get the correct info. So tragic esp when on vacation
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On a much less important note...apparently the airport shuttle carrying our Christmas week renters from the airport to PDC crashed into the Playacar Guard Gate last night.

No injuries reported but not a great way to start a vacation
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From Today's Riviera Maya News:
"The state prosecutor said that expert studies on the accident still continue, but evidence has been found that the unit “was driven with immoderate speed, which could be established based on the calculation made with the braking marks and injuries of the deceased.

Speeding, it looks like, caused the deadly accident.
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Supposedly the accident happened 5 km from Mahahual on way to "ruins".
Mahahual to Hwy-307 has to be the most boring drive in all of Mexico. There are maybe two kinks in the road... one a few miles out of Mahahual and another near the checkpoint on the other end. Easy to snooze on that stretch! Quite sad and surprising to see a tragic accident on that simplistic roadway.

As for drivers/driving in Mexico, I believe the biggest aberration is Quintana Roo due to the mix of tourists and locals on the road. Other parts of Mexico seem totally different to me. For instance, in Veracruz state the bulk of drivers are courteous and aware of each other, plus commercial drivers (buses & trucks) are extremely professional in road etiquette.

I just logged a bunch of miles touring CDMX, Puebla, Xalapa, Coetepic, Veracruz, Acayucan, Salina Cruz, Hualtulco, Zipolite, and Oaxaca. Unlike a lot of people, I find driving in Mexico City a relatively sane adventure. There are some extremely good drivers there who have probably learned via osmosis (isn't that really how we all learn?). It might seem a bit overwhelming for most newbies but a slight adjustment in driving technique does the trick. It's the viaducts that mostly frustrate me.

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Hi Jimmy!!!

Zipolite eh? Many pics from there?
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We celebrated Jan's birthday in Zipolite about a week ago. Did take a few photos there and the neighboring beach communities of San Augustinillo and Mazunte. It seriously reminds me of Playa del Carmen in early 2000. It's also one of my absolute favorite places in Mexico.

Our ocean front room in Zipolite was sparce but incredible... quite a value at $35 USD. I'll try to post some photos after the holiday. I know you've been to Huatulco a few times... next time you go, you need to put Zipolite and the other beach towns on your list for at least a day trip. The commercial center for the region is Pochutla and that is a bustling locals town... got some great coffee beans there.

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We celebrated Jan's birthday in Zipolite about a week ago. Did take a few photos there and the neighboring beach communities of San Augustinillo and Mazunte. It seriously reminds me of Playa del Carmen in early 2000. It's also one of my absolute favorite places in Mexico.

Our ocean front room in Zipolite was sparce but incredible... quite a value at $35 USD. I'll try to post some photos after the holiday. I know you've been to Huatulco a few times... next time you go, you need to put Zipolite and the other beach towns on your list for at least a day trip. The commercial center for the region is Pochutla and that is a bustling locals town... got some great coffee beans there.
We are going February 6-20!
We have two cheaper ($100 a night) hotels booked in Huatulco already, one week in each. (I get bored after a week at the same place.) But I can cancel one of those weeks, or at least a few days of it- the plan is to do just as you suggested. Where do you recommend staying as a base though- Puerto Escondido or one of the other beach towns?

My friend Dean's blog on Zipolite...(he is quite funny, enjoy)


https://routinelynomadic.com/2017/02...his-way-comes/


and Mazunte, San A, and Puerto Angel.

https://routinelynomadic.com/2017/02...somewhere-new/

He seemed to like Mazunte the best...
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We are going February 6-20!
We have two cheaper ($100 a night) hotels booked in Huatulco already, one week in each. (I get bored after a week at the same place.) But I can cancel one of those weeks, or at least a few days of it- the plan is to do just as you suggested. Where do you recommend staying as a base though- Puerto Escondido or one of the other beach towns?

My friend Dean's blog on Zipolite...(he is quite funny, enjoy)


https://routinelynomadic.com/2017/02...his-way-comes/


and Mazunte, San A, and Puerto Angel.

https://routinelynomadic.com/2017/02...somewhere-new/

He seemed to like Mazunte the best...
Thanks Riss. Good, funny writing with a couple of outright guffaws. Loved it.
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Thanks Riss. Good, funny writing with a couple of outright guffaws. Loved it.
He is in his forties, like me, and all he and his wife do is travel, almost year round. He owns an apartment building and the rents fund their lifestyle- lucky people!
He is a great guy and yes, so funny!

scroll down the page on the right hand side to click on all of the countries they have visited and read more blog entries, if you like.
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