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Puerto Angel is a small fishing village on Highway 175 which branches off the 200 and heads to the coast. Narrow and with lots of tight corners it also serves such places as Zipolite, San Agustin bay, and Mazunte before looping back up to the main highway.

Puerto Angel also relies somewhat on tourism and has a nice sheltered bay.
We took a room at Cordelias hotel, above graveyard beach.






Out the window...







Beach is right out front.







A trail connects you to the rest of town if you don't want to drive, along the cliff at the left.








No cantinas but there are a couple of restaurants right close by and underneath.


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Tourist pricing is in effect there and I paid the most I have ever paid anywhere for a simple fried fish.






April liked it there...






And the morning sunrise was great.



Tried to stay another night






But the room was booked and they had no others so we moved along.

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We went up by Zipolite checking hotels, looking for something that appealed. Saw some naked people on the beach but didn't find a place. Some cool artwork around there.










Looked around Mazunte. Tuna stuffed avocado is popular on menu's around that area.






Beach at Mazunte.







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Apart from Puerto Angel, all those other towns have a real tourist feel and their cores are so dense they feel claustrophobic in a way. Someone or some people had suggested Puerto Escondido so went up that way.


Puerto Escondido is a definite tourist beach town with the cobbled streets and junk stores down by the waterfront.





Still.... Google helped me find a cool place to stay.


Hotel Paraiso Escondido











Even has a pool.








The driveway to the parking area.





Check out this neat stairway.


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Check out this neat stairway.


I love all of your pictures, but I think this stairway is very cool and look at the beautiful lady at the top!! :o)
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Apart from Puerto Angel, all those other towns have a real tourist feel and their cores are so dense they feel claustrophobic in a way. Someone or some people had suggested Puerto Escondido so went up that way.


Puerto Escondido is a definite tourist beach town with the cobbled streets and junk stores down by the waterfront.





Still.... Google helped me find a cool place to stay.


Hotel Paraiso Escondido











Even has a pool.








The driveway to the parking area.





Check out this neat stairway.


I’m loving this trip report Gary…I could never travel to many of the little towns you venture to, so this is the closest I’ll ever get to any back country in Mexico….and with that said thank you for taking all of us who are sitting comfortably in our homeland on this magic carpet ride.
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I love all of your pictures, but I think this stairway is very cool and look at the beautiful lady at the top!! :o)
I couldn't believe all the little details in that hotel. Lots of hand painting of highlights and trim. I will post a bit more up. Miss Abril, the "widder McGregor" always looks good.



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I’m loving this trip report Gary…I could never travel to many of the little towns you venture to, so this is the closest I’ll ever get to any back country in Mexico….and with that said thank you for taking all of us who are sitting comfortably in our homeland on this magic carpet ride.

Well never say never mouse. I'm 63 and am just getting round to these places. Abril is 69. And I'm beginning to think I should start offering tours... I am open to suggestions...

Just booked flights back to Canada on March 3rd. We are overnighting tonight in Chompoton and driving up to Merida to extend the rental car contract tomorrow. Just so everyone knows, if you rent a car from America rent a car, they will extend your contract over the phone one time for a period up to a month. After that you have to go to one of their offices, pay up in person, and renew. I already had one extension so gotta go to Merida, the closest location. I wonder if Roni and Cathy are going to be around home?

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The main beach in Puerto Escondido.





Food options can seem pricy there, especially after one has been living in the "peso economy".

We ended going uptown to "La Tropicana".


Their version of frijoles charros (bean soup).






I think most of the time we live on taco's.






And beer... can't forget the beer.







Home made potato chips from a street stand.





And more beer.






We were walking back to the hotel so needed yet another break. Found a place called 7 Mares.

Did I ever mention that Abril never drank beer before she met me?


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There is another beach in PTO Escondido called Zicatela.









These rocks just seemed photogenic.







There is this cool mirador (viewpoint)








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Went by the Mercado uptown and was checking out the chicks.






And noticed a couple of Cacao stores.

They can grind some up fresh for you.






Kinda reminds me of a corn Molina that they use to grind up corn to make tortilla's from.





They sell product various ways.










We bought some in boxes as well as a couple of malted drinks.


20 pesos each.




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Went back to the hotel...



















To rest up a bit as we were going bar hopping along Zicatela Beach that evening.

There is a huge long row of "bars" along that beach but most of them are just restaurants and lack any real "bar" to sit at.

The Palapita bar is famous for these pineapple drinks, sold at 80 pesos.





And it has one of the few bars there are.





Still it lacked people, just like all the other places along there. Maybe there is too many bars for the number of patrons or is it that beers are 35 pesos so people go uptown somewhere?
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We had been by these bars up in the main town earlier but they had no one in them at that time. Just for interests sake that person in that last doorway showing all the leg (and covered in makeup) isn't female. We were welcomed inside but with no other patrons it just didn't appeal.





Around the corner is 3 or 4 other bars, all lined up together like that so we thought maybe night time would be a good time to visit. When we went by later the place was heavily populated by hookers so we kept on moving back down to the seven Mares. April did get to see her first ever transaction between a "client" and an escort on this adventure though and she tried to get some candid pics but they didn't come out.


Taqueria food rounded out the evening. We were moving on soon.






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I had been dwelling on which direction to take to cross back over the continent to the gulf of México side. A trip through Oaxaca city might be interesting but the roads sound awful.
In the end I decided to head back through Salina Cruz and turn up and over the Chivela pass. In this way we could maybe visit another beach or two.

We left the hotel, I never did get to meet whomever lived behind this little door.





Oh and I should post a pic of a tlayuda which is a local food in the Oaxaca region.

A giant taco type thing served on a very large tortilla was about 40 pesos and I could only eat half.







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Well never say never mouse. I'm 63 and am just getting round to these places. Abril is 69. And I'm beginning to think I should start offering tours... I am open to suggestions...
I don't know if you follow any blogs, but here is the link for one that I follow:

Travel with Kevin and Ruth!

The couple in the above link is from Canada and they are presently leading an RV tour through Mexico for a Mexican RV tour operator.

As much as you like driving through different parts of what I call the REAL Mexico, and knowing the area, I think you could definitely be some kind of tour guide. Maybe you could lead your own tour of people in their own rental cars, but you could set up the route and arrange for hotels, restaurants etc. in each city you plan to visit.

Just a thought!
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Sorry folks, am having issues with no wifi and cant post from laptop. Am in Merida and going to Isla Arena tomorrow. This place we are staying at, Technohotel, obviously doesnt have their tech issues in order.
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