Acapulco, Guerrero to Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca
Dec 9, 2008
|Needless to say, after our experience yesterday we were not too enthralled with Acapulco. It did not take any debate to decide to get back out as quickly as possible.
We loaded up and took ride along the waterfront of old Alcapulco before winding our way around the bay past the high-rise hotels and condos. Boy did we make the right decision.
The upscale side of Acapulco is characterized by huge hotels and American style party spots such as Hooters, Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood and of course McDonalds, Burger King, etc. Not our kind of place at all.
Despite there being no traffic jams this morning it still took the better part of an hour to get clear of the city and into the countryside. We found it a little disturbing that just minutes after leaving the glitz of Acapulco we were once again going through villages that were so very poor.
One village seemed to have an “industry” selling rocks. I am not kidding. They were all sorted by size and painted, then sold in sacks. Later we met a couple at a gas station who had bought a bunch of these rocks. They had a campground and used them to line their driveways.
About noon we decided to stop for lunch in one of the bigger towns along the road. The restaurants here consist of open air places with thatched roofs and a fire pit at one end for cooking.
We were going to have a light lunch but the owner talked us into having the house specialty. We determined it was some sort of beef with accompaniments for two people. Why not?
Well, it turned out to be the anniversary dinner we missed last night. He delivered a huge sirloin steak that was grilled over the hot coals in the fire pit. It was accompanied with roasted onions, chillies and assortment of vegetables, freshly made tortillas from the fire pit and several different salsas. Everything was delicious! You just never know what you might find in these little restaurants.
After lunch we decided to try a back road out to a small village the ocean. We would hate to drive by only to find later we had passed a pristine, hidden beach. It was about 10 km and mostly paved but the last couple of km were sand/dirt.
As we reached the ocean the road was being dug up and repaired. There was a water truck drenching the road ahead of us and coming our way. The village consisted of a few shacks on the beach and did not look very appealing.
We decided to turn around but not before the water truck got ahead of us turning the road to mud. We could wait for it to dry or try and blast pass the truck. I gassed it and ploughed through the muck, saw an opening and went for it. It was a good test for our new tires. We skimmed by the truck and were once again on dry dirt/sand, which now seemed pretty easy compared to the mud.
Back on the highway we continued south to a small town called Pinotepa Nacional in the state of Oaxaca. We took a run through town and found it kind of busy and unattractive.
We opted for a hotel out near the entrance to town instead of near the central plaza as we usually do. It was cheap, clean and had a restaurant/bar. It also had A/C which we needed. It is pretty hot and humid all the time now along the coast at least.