On to Vera Cruz...Misty, humid, jungle like landscape. Very green and beautiful. Took an unplanned detour (got lost)...backtracked to Pozarica where we ate lunch. Found a restaurant right in the city but back a side alley. The best pork plate I've ever had...really tender and delicious...came with salsa, beans, and tortillas...Carmalitta, the parrot and a Tucan were in cages nearby.
Tajin ruins were spectacular! Walked through the museum first then on a short trail to the ruins. The air was misty and wet as we walked through the jungle landscape. A most memorable experience that stayed with me more than any other ruins we visited.
Very rough road from Tajin to San Rafael...completely stopped at times for construction. Started getting late and I was getting nervous that we may be sleeping in the van on the side of the road...but made it to Hotel Dubai in San Rafael ($450 pesos for 3 people). The front lounge was very elegant and expansive with marble floors. Great beds and bathroom. The bathrooms in Mexico have the toilet and shower all together...usually don't have a curtain or anything between the two. The beds were just foam on a platform...very firm, but quite comfortable.