In spite of being ill, we made the trip to Acapulco today as planned. I am feeling lousy which is a big improvement over how I felt for the past three days. My cold is somewhat better but now I have a bad cough. Laura is still ill also but decided that she wanted to make the trip.
First the long bus ride into the city. I say “into the city” but it is city all the way. Actually it is small towns and cities one after the other with nothing in between. If you were new here, you could drive one hour out of the city without realising that you have left. It seemed like one huge city to me at first but now I am beginning to learn where the borders are.
Once reaching the city, we took the subway from one end of the line to the other at the south side of the city. There are several bus stations in Mexico. You need to go to the south side of the city to find busses going to destinations in the south, and the north side station for busses going north and so on. This is a weary trip at the best of times but when ill it is exhausting.
The only bus leaving soon was an executive bus which cost about $12 extra. There was a regular bus leaving in another 90 minutes. As we were not feeling well and wanted to get going, I decided not to wait for the cheaper bus. The bus turned out to be very luxurious. Like the first class seating in an aircraft. The seats where extra big and there were only three across and each one came with a pillow. There was enough leg room to almost stretch my long legs out straight. I have never seen such a luxurious bus before. Unlike the big crowds before Christmas, there were not many travellers. There were only about 12 people on the bus.
The terrain for most of the trip was mountainous. Some areas were forested and other parts were dry like a desert.
The temperature for most of the 4.5 hour drive was about 22 degrees C. But as we entered Acapulco, the temperature shot up to 29 degrees. The strip along the coast is hot and humid. Just a few km inland it is much cooler. The night-time temperature here is about 20 degrees. That is about the same as the day-time high in Mexico City. Acapulco is in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
I got a deal on a very nice hotel right on the beach. Our room is on the beach side with a great view of the bay. We are on the 28th floor. I got it for $300 for four nights with breakfast included. The bay is lined with luxurious high-rise hotels.
The lobby of the hotel of open on the beach side. The building is triangular shaped, leaving a triangular shaped hole in the centre of the hotel. It is strange to look down this space from the 28th floor. (See photo).
We had supper in the hotel restaurant with is open to the ocean. We had a nice view of the bay and could hear the waves crashing on the beach.
So far I really like Acapulco. What a shame to be sick in such a nice place. I can’t even have a margarita because of the medicine I am taking. I hope we feel better tomorrow.