Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz-Llave, Mexico
Jul 28, 2011 - Striking Gold!
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico As I mentioned in the gallimaufry of words in my previous entry, I had the distinct honor of riding La Bestia, or Riding the Beast, as we call it in the trade. After I completed my 13 hour marathon bus trip across the southern part of Mexico and arrived in Palenque, home of famous Mayan Ruins, I cabbed it over to the train station. For once luck was on my side. At least, that's how i saw it. The train had just arrived in the station at Palenque and was in the middle of its requisite stop in which they unloaded...Jump to full entry
Jul 28, 2011 - Riding the Beast!!!!
Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico I'm on the spine of La Bestia. My enthusiasm is slightly tempered, however, as I am super nervous that I will need to bathroom. Thanks to Allah, so far I am OK. I'm trying to envision the scene if I have to ask Jose and Paco to hold me as I pee off the top... It is hard to describe the exhilaration one feels riding on top of moving freight through the pictoresque mountains and valleys of Mexico. It's not a normal sensation that as a kid you desire, yet it is one of the most enthralling experiences. I recommend it....Jump to full entry
Jul 27, 2011 - along came a spider
At 1:30AM I arrived in Coatzacoalcos (another mouthful) bus station. I do not possess a map or a smart phone or a guide book, so I wasn't exactly sure of my coordinates. To my dismay, the bus station doesn't have a map of the Republic of Mexico hanging on the wall, as a unprepared vagabond would hope. All i know is that I'd been traveling for over 24 hours, spent the previous night on a bus and 5 hours riding 1st class on top of a train, which I'll get to later. I was exhausted, famished and dirty. To make matters worse, on long bus, train...Jump to full entry
Jul 6, 2008 - "Hotel Hollywood"
This "love motel" saved me from getting totally soaked in a downpour. Clean place and not a bad motel overall. There are lots of these type motels in Mexico which rent the rooms in about 5 hour blocks and they usually do not accept single overnight travelers.Jump to full entry