Winter Escape to Yucatan travel blog

Olmec Head


Our camp ground was so bad that the entire caravan voted to move on a day early. We were parked in so tight we had to wait for 3 units to move before we could. As quickly as we could attach the Jeep we were off. We met 2 others at the local Super Walmart, transferred to a free ride in the back of a pickup driven by an oil worker from Texas, and went to visit the Parque la Venta.

The park is the home of the Olmec Heads, and other relics of the Olmec peoples, brought from the fields where they were collected to protect them from development damage. The community predated the Totonac people, who’s ruins we visited a few days ago, by about 300 year. There is little left to see, except for about 30 stone heads. The park is also home to a small zoo.

After the park, I picked up a Mexican cell phone hoping to be able to use it to call Linda’s Mom, and perhaps the kids, at a lower rate than our AT&T International service. We headed into the traffic of Villahermosa and managed to exit the other side without delay.

Today was a relatively short drive. The drive was through extensive tidal marsh land. The roadside was loaded with blooming trees and marsh birds. This is typical of the area as Tabasco state is known for being a very wet area of Mexico. The driving was relatively easy, although the villages were full of traffic and topes. It did get very warm, and we had to resort to air-conditioning in the coach in the afternoon as it approached 90 with high humidity. We crossed 2 bridges that extended over 1 mile in length. Of course, all the large bridges are toll charged, with the tolls averaging about $3.

We arrived in Isla Aguada about 4 pm, and settled into our camping spot. After several small moves we were set. The gulf is a pale turquoise, and looked inviting, so we headed for a dip before dinner. It was a bit brisk but refreshing. I would guess the water was about 75 degrees. After a bit, we headed back for a shower.

Our RV has a feature that circulates the engine coolant past the hot water heater as we drive. This provides “free” hot water within a reasonable time of arrival. Se, hot water for the shower was easy. What was more difficult was the water supply, since the village was dry due to a broken pipe. We did turn out to have enough to get by, and the water came back on after dinner.

We will be here for 2 days, and plan to take a tour of the area, swim, perhaps fish and snorkel. Stay tuned for more.

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