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Near Puerto Ceiba

Just east of Puerto Ceiba which is very close by there are all kinds of places beside the road selling "smoked" oysters and you just can't pass by without eating some.

They are not so much smoked but more just heated through on a fire of palm fronds.






The menu was a bit confusing for me as I did not know the word "tapesco" but in the end I decided it must be the cooking method.







An orden is one plate.. see below and an arpillo is 12 orders, usually sold in a bag.





Also tried an order of clams (Almejas) cooked the same way, but liked the ostiones better as the clams are almost too large for this style of heating. Ok if you like em half raw I guess.





Still we gobbled them down...



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I was looking at a few there in the central Yucatan, prices were ranging between $7500.00 to 35 k Canadian with no rhyme or reason value wise why. Some of those guys see me and jack the price right up...rich Canadian thing I guess. One guy wanted over a million pesos for a dump on the main drag.
I'm just not sure I am ready to settle in just one place. Once I buy somewhere I might feel I have to spend a bunch of time there. Still, $7500.00 is a drop in the bucket... just got to be sure to get title as some folks there sell and buy without them.
The benefit of settling in one place is u get to know the locals, but I agree with you when we decide to winter in mx we will rent so if things do happen to go south a person can always pick up and move to a different place or get a change of scenery from year to year, besides that from what a person usually spends for one or two weeks can be stretched to stay for a few months from what we have seen. Always find myself opening up google maps and using street view to walk around some of the places you mention. Very interesting to say the least. Thanks again.
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The benefit of settling in one place is u get to know the locals, but I agree with you when we decide to winter in mx we will rent so if things do happen to go south a person can always pick up and move to a different place or get a change of scenery from year to year, besides that from what a person usually spends for one or two weeks can be stretched to stay for a few months from what we have seen. Always find myself opening up google maps and using street view to walk around some of the places you mention. Very interesting to say the least. Thanks again.

I find with just being around Jose Maria Morelos the relatively short time I have over the past couple of years that quite a few people already know me or know who I am. Outside the strip club I had guys greeting me by name and I know I had not met them before.. someone must have pointed me out to them. People walk up and introduce themselves, saying they have seen me around town. Very friendly people and place.
But yes, the road calls to me (as I have said elsewhere she is a potent seductress) and I have to follow her for now. One day, maybe I will find a place that can keep me.
The spending as you say can be stretched out. Resorts and tourist places are expensive and I always run out of time before I run out of money.

And I use google maps extensively, street view included, both to find my way and to research where to go next. I keep a window open on google search as well so I can enter place names from maps and get even more detail as to what might be interesting in the area... still I pass so much by, I know.

I am glad you and the others are enjoying the report. I wasn't sure I would do one this time as a lot of things that seemed special to me at first have now become commonplace. I mean cultural things and they way things are done.

So its about 8:30 am right now in Juchitan and we are heading down to the square... will get back to posting later. Thanks for following!
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Thanks for sharing your travels, I so love your style. I just wish I had the gumption or the knowledge of the language to feel secure in travelling like you do. Until then I live vicariously through your words.
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Thanks for sharing your travels, I so love your style. I just wish I had the gumption or the knowledge of the language to feel secure in travelling like you do. Until then I live vicariously through your words.
Well.... you could always send me a PM, stuff some clothes in a bag, and take a plane, bus or whatever to a meetup spot. Thats how Miss Abril came on board last year. There is an extra seat. Just pay your share and we be all good. The worst that could happen is that I might sell you to the slave traders in Veracruz.
You only live once my friend... make it a good one😊.

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following along...........

I too am following along and enjoying your travels!! Thank you!!!
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Just caught up , what a great report ! Just sat here for 15 mins zoned into your words and pics.

Heading to Vegas in the morning for a friends 60TH birthday.

I will catch up when I get back. Safe travels and exploring
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So happy to stumble on your latest TR! So sorry you both had such a rough start but glad you guys are better. Your style of travel is very similar to ours however we have never rented a car in Mexico. Loving all the yummy food pictures! I know how time consuming it is so wanted to say thanks so much and keep up the great work.
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I too am following along and enjoying your travels!! Thank you!!!

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Just caught up , what a great report ! Just sat here for 15 mins zoned into your words and pics.

Heading to Vegas in the morning for a friends 60TH birthday.

I will catch up when I get back. Safe travels and exploring
Enjoy Vegas, but stay safe there. It can be a very dangerous place. I'm not sure I would ever go there.
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So happy to stumble on your latest TR! So sorry you both had such a rough start but glad you guys are better. Your style of travel is very similar to ours however we have never rented a car in Mexico. Loving all the yummy food pictures! I know how time consuming it is so wanted to say thanks so much and keep up the great work.
Yep, I remember you from last year and have read your reports as well. Today (25 jan) I have decided to head west to Salina Cruz and points beyond, dragging the widder McGregor along, kicking and screaming...... not

And I was kidding when I mentioned the slave traders in Veracruz... they are actually in Tabasco.
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Well.... you could always send me a PM, stuff some clothes in a bag, and take a plane, bus or whatever to a meetup spot. Thats how Miss Abril came on board last year. There is an extra seat. Just pay your share and we be all good. The worst that could happen is that I might sell you to the slave traders in Veracruz.
You only live once my friend... make it a good one😊.

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AWESOME! I wasn’t expecting an invite
I am actually in Playa now, but unfortunately have other commitments so will follow for now.
Godspeed
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Later That evening we went by one of my favorite watering holes in Parasio.

El Calamar





And yes, you read that right... caguama's are only 23 pesos.

They are around 940 ml

Caguman's like the one here are 1.2 litres and a bit more dinero.





We ordered one but after a while a local came over and bought us more. He worked as a chemist for Pemex and we rambled on a bit with my poor Spanish. Occasionally the subject of Abril and I being married comes up and they always seem amused when we tell them we are "amigos con benificios".

Next morning we started backtracking towards Frontera turning through the Reserva de la Biosfera Pantanos de Centla on our way to Palizada. If I can't go there by boat, I guess I will just have to drive.











The interpretation center was closed and it is a road in not very good condition, riddled with topes, passing houses on either side. The whole time in the reserve we only saw one lizard run across the road at the state police checkpoint.

Jungle view.

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Palizada

We arrived at Palizada and it is billed as a "magic town".




There is a walkway along the riverfront and it is clean for a Mexican town but beyond that there is not much to see.

The statue of liberty has a little sister and she lives here.






This statue of a mother with kids has six fingers on her left hand?






River view.


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Had a decent feed in a place alongside the malecon.

The cheese botanas are tasteless.











Booked a river tour for the following day.




And after some searching and viewing of rooms in different hotels we settled for what seemed the best.... but turned out to have wifi that hooked up to no internet, cold showers, and it came with giant grasshoppers and cockroaches as roomates.
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AWESOME! I wasn’t expecting an invite
I am actually in Playa now, but unfortunately have other commitments so will follow for now.
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All good! Maybe we will see you around PDC when we eventually tire out.
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