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We went off to see the lighthouse museum.

Turtle pit out front.





Giant Iguana's roam the grounds and climb the trees and they ask you to stay off the grass and leave them alone. Couldn't get close enough for a good photo.

Lighthouse shots.










Of course I took photo's of the new lighthouse and none of the old historic building.

Along the waterfront there men try to sell you tours out into the lagoon to see dolphins, sea birds, and to visit shell island. I was asking for passage up to Palizada, a town on one of the rivers but all they wanted to sell me was a 800 peso tour. Abril was raised on a lighthouse (several in fact) on the west coast of Canada and for years I was a commercial fisherman so touring birds, dolphins and seashells just wasn't for us. Now lunch.... we could tour lunch.


Restaurante Zazil Ha"s version of Camarones a la Veracruz.






Not as good as up at Sabancuy so we ended up at Abril's pet monkeys place for

dinner that night, about a 40 km drive.

Fish in Veracruz sauce. Think it was 120 pesos. Too much to eat.

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Gary, this is a great TR, maybe your best yet. I especially love the food pics. I love how you travel, just wandering around the peninsula, taking your time and soaking up the real Mexico. When I retire I would love to travel like this. Keep up the good work!
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Gary, this is a great TR, maybe your best yet. I especially love the food pics. I love how you travel, just wandering around the peninsula, taking your time and soaking up the real Mexico. When I retire I would love to travel like this. Keep up the good work!
Hey Dan-O, Thanks and I decided I won't have time to wait until I retire. Luckily my work is somewhat seasonal allowing the time to travel. And after I have seen how these poorer people live, I scaled my lifestyle way back at home, moved into the basement and opened a summertime BnB upstairs, developing revenue to cover the travel costs. Plus having Miss Abril come on board on last years trip extended the budget. I love moving around aimlessly and seeing whatever comes up. This country is really full of contrasts, will keep on posting...
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Champoton

Next morning dawned cold with occasional heavy rain so I put off hopes of a boat trip up to Palizada and made plans to drive up to Champoton, a tourist destination up the coast towards Campeche city.


One of the hotel Iguana's parrots gives me the eye.





A simple breakfast at a place on some corner.




And we off on our way north east up the coast, past Sabancuy, and past the place where I came across the head on collision last year. I guess I will always think about that when I am on that section of road. The people stopping and taking pictures of bodies on the road and driving away, of trying to save the girl and of her dying in the car on the way. Makes me appreciate being alive for all the days I have yet to live.

So I think I should mention here one important aspect of driving in Mexico. Drivers here seem better at times than drivers back home in that they are more co-operative in making everyone get by and usually safely. When on the highways vehicles being overtaken usually move to the right and drive along the shoulder and put on their left hand turn signal if they think it is safe for you to pass. Oncoming traffic generally also moves over to the right hand shoulder allowing for an extra lane in the center, even on a double solid line. This may seem alarming at first especially when sharing the road with heavy trucks at night. When passing, please use your headlights but also very important when someone in the oncoming side is passing... move onto the right hand shoulder. Obviously one should strongly avoid stopping on the shoulder at any time, pull clear of the roadway.

What I figure happened with that accident is that someone did not pull to the right when the oncoming car was passing and they ran head-on into one another. That section of road has long straight stretches and wonderful views of the beaches (again empty) along that coastline. I have seen some cars off the road along there due to excessive speed but the road is very good.

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Champoton is best known for tourism I guess and I find it expensive to stay at. Went by the square and shopping for pliers at the Mercado.

Square





Stopped for seafood along the waterfront. The ladies I know there were off that day and the caldo seemed to lack flavor.




Abril had camarones a la plancha, were delicious.





Abril thought it strange that a travelling food vendor would walk into someone else's restaurant and sell food, but, this is Mexico and such things are common.
Bought dessert, a meringue and a coconut cookie.




A little selection of sauces..


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Crab legs

Finishing things from 12 January

Leaving Champoton heading back south there was a lady selling cooked crab legs in plastic bags by the roadside. Sorry no pics but they are the reason I bought the pliers as the shells are very tough. That type of purchase is also a good reason to carry an ice chest with you although I have yet to get sick from any roadside food

Eventually we arrived back at Isla Aguada , rested up, and after some dinner across from the lighthouse,






Those are bottles of horchata, very common drink, and good.





We went over to El Forestal where we downed a few cerveza. El Forestal can be a little rough at times, but was good this time by.


Ok so it is Jan.23 and I am signing off for now and we are driving up to Juchitan, Oaxaca, from Tonala, Chiapas today. Will post more up later.

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Great report and pics Gary. Thanks for sharing your detailed and interesting adventures!
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Great report and pics Gary. Thanks for sharing your detailed and interesting adventures!
Yes the forum seems much quieter than I remember, its good to add some content. I'm glad Rubio's got his thread up and running too.
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So we continued westward along the coast of the gulf stopping at beaches along the way.

First April had this nice breakfast.





At Isla Aguada they have a toll boothe for the long bridge.





They are driving steel columns into the bottom of the bay for a new bridge.





Looking back across the bay to Isla Aguada.





Long bridge...

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So we continued westward along the coast of the gulf stopping at beaches along the way.

First April had this nice breakfast.




Long bridge...

Thanks for your trip report! It will form the basis of our next trip to Mexico. We've explored a bit, but not near what you are doing.

The picture of the bridge reminds of our trip to Ixtapa/ Zihua 30 years ago.

We were driving north and had to stop at a bridge where the officers made a prefunctory search. When he was done he asked if I was aware that this was the longest bridge in Mexico.

I looked and it was about 90 feet across. I looked at him and he said it takes one hour to cross it!

Then , he laughed. We were about to cross the Pacific/Mountain time zone border!
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Attempts have been made to control erosion. Still, there are nice beaches along Isla Del Carmen.











While the mangroves weave their thick rootmat into the swamp on the other side of the highway.


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Ciudad del Carmen

I once had an oil platform worker tell me Ciudad del Carmen was a hole. Guess he didn't like the place and I must say it didn't have much appeal to us either. I have passed through before but this time I thought maybe a stop along the waterfront and Mercado might be in order and I was still hoping to find river passage to Palizada.

Turning along the malecon waterfront at the mouth of Laguna de terminus you come to a large, make that a very large sculpture/statue called the Stella Maris.





12 meters high (plus it's 10 meter base) it is a tribute to the Virgen del Carmen.





Other artwork is in evidence.









And we wandered down to the Mercado. Now I am pretty used to getting the once over look from locals and Miss Abril attracts her share of looks being so tall and with white hair but I left her alone in the Mercado for a bit and this one guy just became fixated on her and was following her around and walking back and forth in front of her. She didn't see it as any threat, just a point of interest that we can look unusual to locals even though we try to fit in.

In front of the Mercado a few boats have been abandoned at their moorings... for some time.



I made inquiry's as to boat travel to Palizada but was told it had been discontinued and everyone just went there by combi now.

We had some cool drinks and headed out of town....





Evening was closing in as we crossed the state line into Tabasco and by Frontera we should have probably stopped for the night. But after some weird burger thing we pushed on to Paraiso.






And got a hotel room on the square. Went up to Pepe's bar (over the grill) for cerveza's .




Only thing is they seem to have strange brands there like craft style beer (why wouldn't you at least stock some normal beer?) and we left and cruised the square eating junk food. Turned out to be a long day.


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Thanks for your trip report! It will form the basis of our next trip to Mexico. We've explored a bit, but not near what you are doing.

The picture of the bridge reminds of our trip to Ixtapa/ Zihua 30 years ago.

We were driving north and had to stop at a bridge where the officers made a prefunctory search. When he was done he asked if I was aware that this was the longest bridge in Mexico.

I looked and it was about 90 feet across. I looked at him and he said it takes one hour to cross it!

Then , he laughed. We were about to cross the Pacific/Mountain time zone border!
Ha! Good story! I am glad you may find some use out of these travels and I have posted some others up in previous years where I have gone different places. Some places I never reported though and maybe I will hit those ones again someday.
I like having a car as it gives you so much more flexibility to go where and when you want and you can stay as long as you please if you don't restrict yourself to a schedule.
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Thank you so much for deciding to do a trip report. Fascinating read!
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Parasio

I have been through Parasio several times and it is a nice area to visit. On the square there is a good restaurant, Fiesta Brava.

In the morning, was Sunday I think, was a buffet breakfast.







And in the nighttime the steaks just melt in your mouth. Abril said this was the most tender steak she had, anywhere.






View from the hotel room balcony. Rain, at times heavy.

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