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Apr 12, 2016 - Campeche - WHS Colonial City

The roads from Uxmal are backroads. Scarcely any traffic. We pass through small towns that share little with the lights of the tourist coasts. Not much to see; so MUCH to see. We stop in a small town for the Saturday market. The highlight here appears to be the visit of the Corona Girls. Campeche - World Heritage Site Campeche was once the major port of the Yucatan. Today it retains a good deal of its Colonial charm. To repel frequent pirate attacks eight baluartes (bastions) were built and today are converted into various uses from...

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Jan 27, 2016 - west coast of Yucatan not a beach destination!

Our hotel in Campeche is tucked into a residential area on a small but surprisingly busy little street. The room is spacious and after a few inquiries (sign language mostly) we now have a couple of pots. One holds 2 litres and the other about 50 litres but at least we can manage. Some cutlery even showed up after a request in Spanish. They always nod and say si, si for any request but you are never sure if they can understand our pathetic Spanish. It usually involves some badly accented Spanish words followed by something that resembles...

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Dec 3, 2015 - Catemaco to Isla Aguada

Catemaco to Villahermosa - 310 km (8:30-4:30); Quotas cost: 142 MX (11.5 CAD) After spending an overcast and drizzly day in Catemaco, we were looking forward to some heat in the state of Tabasco. Catemaco, at an elevation of around 1200 feet, is typically much cooler than any place at sea level along the Gulf Coast. We asked someone in Catemaco how hot it can get in Villahermosa (our next stop) and they said it can go up into the 40s in the summers. Yikes ... As we descended from Catemaco toward the BIG quota highway 145, we enjoyed the...

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Mar 5, 2015 - Campeche

Thursday 3/5 We left the jungles of Palenque and headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, entering flat lands on mostly good roads. We reached the gulf and took the road along the shore, passing lots of open land and a few extravagant houses on the beach. We stopped at a restaurant on the beach for a relaxing lunch, and some of the group went swimming—we went wading. Lovely warm water and beautiful blue/green sea next to the soft sands. Pretty nice! After our break, we continued on along the coast to the city of Campeche. This is a very bustling...

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Nov 16, 2013 - Stage 2 - still raining

Cities roll by: Vollidad - Old Mexican colonial town that serves up a great breakfast Merida - Beautiful city with crazy drivers who accelerate when see Al ...resulting in no damage, no injuries, no policia, AND no problems Uman - Amaing small town with mix of Mayan and Spanish architecture ...families having a celebration! Campeche - final destination at only 82 miles of DUMPING driving rain add an oil spill on the highway and Al's only headlight is high beam it was a memorable white knuckle ride! In Campeche ...nearly impossible to find a...

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Tour de Mexico

Oct 24, 2012 - Campeche

Campeche A beautiful colonial port town, a UNESCO world heritage site full of colour, amazing churches and city walls. After a hectic bus ride ( 4hrs of air conditioned snoozing, snacks and movies) we check into a beautiful hotel as the storm hits. Biblical rain through the courtyard of the hotel makes flip flops and tiled floors a Pluto on ice Disney cartoon. Headed for a bar to 'taste test' 4 local beers and a 200ml measure of tequila in an hour. Sight seeing is so much more enjoyable when you can see two of everything. Waded into another...

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Mar 14, 2012 - Back in Escarcega

There are buses travelling towards Isla Aguada every couple of hours but we were told that there are only two per day going back towards Escarcega at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. This doesn’t make any sense to me but it seemed to be the case. We got a ride from the beach to the town centre in a motorcycle taxi. It even had a stereo system in it and the driver had a collection of CDs to play. It is visible in one of the photos. Once in town we flagged down a colectivo. This is a large van that usually carries nine to 12 passengers. They travel along...

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Find Tom 4

Mar 12, 2012 - Isla Aguada

Travelled by bus today from Escarsega to Isa Aguada (Aguada Island). Although it is an island, it has bridges linking it to the mainland on both ends. On one side of the island is the Gulf of Mexico and on the other side is Laguna Terminos, a huge salt-water lagoon. It is really nice here but surprisingly expensive. We got a very nice hotel right on the beach but it cost 850 pesos (about $65) which is very expensive for a hotel in Mexico. Although there are some luxury hotels along the Mayan Riviera that are priced in the hundreds of...

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Mar 11, 2012 - Escarcega

Today we travelled by bus and stopped for the night in Escarcega in the state of Campeche. We are heading for the Gulf coast. The bus from Chetumal did not leave until noon so it was impossible to get an early start. If we could have left early in the morning, we could have made it to the coast all in one day. Nothing of interest to see in Escarcega but we did find a really nice hotel just a few blocks from the bus station. Hotel Tutul Ha is the nicest hotel we have stayed at in all our travels around the Yucatan and Belize and is also one...

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Dec 16, 2011 - Campeche

Today we went by bus to Campeche. Campeche is the capital city of the state of Campeche. This is the third state, along with Quintana Roo and Yucatan that make up the Yucatan peninsula. We arrived to find out that the hotel where we had made a reservation had gone out of business. After much searching and first moving into one hotel and then out again, we ended up at Hotel Lopez. A very nice place but about three hours wasted and lugging suitcases before we got settled. More about Campeche tomorrow.

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Jun 10, 2011 - From San Cristobal to Merida

San Cristobal de las Casas, unseren ersten Stopp zurück in Mexico erreichten wir per Bus. Vorbei ging es an zahlreichen 3000m hohen Vulkanen. Der Grenzübertritt war wieder mal total einfach und schnell erledigt, die ganze Grenze wirkte wie ein großer Markt. San Cristobal hat unser ‚Käferfieber’ für Mexico entfacht…..drei Tage durchstreifen wir die schöne Kolonialstadt immer die Kamera abschussbereit. Wir besuchen ein cooles Reggaekonzert und sehen seit langem mal wieder Filme im Kino. Auf unserem Weg von San Cristobal nach Merida nehmen wir...

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Bikefeeling

May 16, 2011 - San Franciscu de Campeche

ein weiterer notwendiger zwischenstop, um nachtbusse zwecks verkehrs- und persoenlicher sicherheit- zu vermeiden, welche teils unabdingbar scheinen um mexikos grosse distanzen tagsueber zu ueberbruecken. nicht immer sind es die distanzen. umso weiter man sich von den ueblichen touristengebieten fortbewegt, desto staerker ist die militaerpraesenz und die daraus resultierenden checkpoints an den hauptstrassen. es scheint, es wird zeit mich wieder mal zu rasieren. irgendwie erscheine ich den militaers immer "sehr verdaechtig" und werde oft...

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