costa rica to nicaragua

We love doing the borders without guides/helpers.  Our spanish is so limited, so if you know even the smallest amount of words, you can do it yourself.  Remember these words:  No nessisita ayuda!  That said, we went made it and stayed in a great hotel called Hotel Hex in Esteli, Nicaraguua and then into Honduras and stayed the night in Comayagua at  a decent hotel where we met some Americans who work there for a government contractor.  They made me feel much better about Honduras, as I have always been a bit leery of my safety here.  You may be wondering why we have been staying at hotels recently-answer, our solar has not been working so if we can’t find a campground with electricity when our batteries are low, we need a hotel.  Also, sometimes in a few of these countries, there is not a campsite with electricity. We are so looking forward to getting back into Mexico where we have more camping options.  Anyway, Nicaragua and Honduras are beautiful.  Now into Guatemala and then into Belize.

 

 

Monkeys and other critters of Costa Rica

February 14, 2015 Valentines Day.  Wes topped at a place along the Costa Rican coast to do a monkey tour.  Glad we did, I got to feed the wild monkeys and one climbedintot he boat we were in an sat on my head while the boat guide fed it a banana.  Yes, I am obsessed with these little critters.  While on the boat, we also saw a 5 foot crocodile, which would have been kind of cool, but they are one of two predators /enemies of the monkeys.  The other is the black boa constrictor.  Don’t go near the water little monkeys!!  As we left there and drove back through Jaco, two macaws flew right over us.  I love Costa Rica!.  We are it to our destination of Junquillal Bay, which is about an hour from away from crossing the Nicaraguan border.  WE stayed 2 nights.  On the ride in we saw monkeys along the road and several other times while camping here.  The campground is right on the beach and was filled with some families tent camping.  At night, we saw 2 Mapache (raccoons) up by the bathrooms and on the way out, we saw more coatimundi and a couple of Agouti (they look like giant Guinea pigs).  Made it through the Nicaragua border in just under 2 hours, no help needed thank you.  Stayed in Esteli.  On to Honduras tomorrow.

wild monkeys in Costa Rica

wild monkeys in Costa Rica

Monkeys playin in the trees on our walk through the jungle-Junquillal Bay, Costa Rica

Monkeys playin in the trees on our walk through the jungle-Junquillal Bay, Costa Rica

watching the monkeys playing in the trees-Costa Rica

watching the monkeys playing in the trees-Costa Rica

these birds were really cool-Junquillal Bay, Costa Rica

these birds were really cool-Junquillal Bay, Costa Rica

Iguanas are everywhere

Iguanas are everywhere

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Junquillal Bay-Costa Rica

Junquillal Bay-Costa Rica

Junquillal Bay-Costa Rica

Junquillal Bay-Costa Rica

wild monkeys in Costa Rica

wild monkeys in Costa Rica

wild monkeys in Costa Rica

wild monkeys in Costa Rica

baby 5 ft crocodile  in Costa Rica

baby 5 ft crocodile in Costa Rica

long nosed bats  in Costa Rica

long nosed bats in Costa Rica

panama pictures

locks at the Panama Canal

locks at the Panama Canal

Windmill Hostel in El Valle, Panama.  It was great

Windmill Hostel in El Valle, Panama. It was great

Windmill Hostel in El Valle, Panama.  It was great

Windmill Hostel in El Valle, Panama. It was great

5,500 miles to get my Taco Bell fix in Panama!

5,500 miles to get my Taco Bell fix in Panama!

Poor little monkeys in the zoo in Panama-not the most humane of zoos.

Poor little monkeys in the zoo in Panama-not the most humane of zoos.

the flowers of Panama-beautiful

the flowers of Panama-beautiful

the flowers of Panama-beautiful

the flowers of Panama-beautiful

Panama - the waterfall

Panama – the waterfall

Panama on the way to the waterfall

Panama on the way to the waterfall

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Returning to America

After 5,400 miles from Buckeye, Arizona to Panama we are returning home.  Our plan is to go up through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, the Yucatan (Mexico) and then up through Texas to Arizona.  It has been an amazing trip so far.  We have seen so many things that it is hard to put into words and pictures just don’t do it justice.  The people have all been helpful and friendly, the food has for the most part been very good, and the wild life has been amazing.  From the desert, Baja Peninsula and the mountains of Mexico, to the beaches of Central America, walking through the jungles of Costa Rica and Panama-all the ancient ruins we have seen and have yet to see, this has been the trip of a lifetime and we will always treasure it.  When we started this trip, we were a little concerned that the camper would get a bit cramped and we may just kill each other along the way.  Surprisingly, the camper seems to have grown and when we have stayed in hotels for various reasons, after a few days we get antsy about getting back to our “casa”.  Stay with us for a bit as we have a month or so to go and new terrain to visit.

Costa Rica-return trip

The border crossing was crazy as we to there behind the tour buses, so the long was line.  The border agent made Bob’s day when she looked at his passport and then held up a note to the window wishing Bob a happy birthday (she didn’t speak any English).  We decided to stick to the Main highway and go up through San Jose instead of staying close to the coast like we did on our first trip in order to see some different terrain.  It was a beautiful trip through the mountains and we did see lots of monkey crossing signs this way, although we didn’t see any monkeys.  We ae hoping to camp at a spot we heard about along the Junguilla Bay before crossing into Nicaragua.  Hope it is still open.  Today is Valentine’s Day and the first day of Carnival, so we are hoping the roads aren’t closed anywhere along the way.

Panama continued

We decided to veer off the main highway and go up to see the waterfall at El Valle, a mountain town about 30 km off the highway.  The road up was winding and very steep-not looking forward to the ride down this mountain, but that will come later.  We went to the water fall, the botanical garden and a zoo.  Very disappointing at the zoo after seeing the monkeys and macaws in the wild as I felt sorry for them, and we didn’t feel this was a very humane zoo.  Definitely not up to the care standards that we are use to in the US.  We decided to have lunch up in the town before making the treck down the mountaintop the highway.  While getting out of the truck, an American guy named Robert came up to us and said that if we hadn’t found lodging for the night, he ran the Windmill Hostal next door and had an area where campers could stay in the back.  By the time we found a nice little restaurant to eat lunch, it was pushing 2pm and decided to go check out the hostal.  What a great find!  All the rooms were full, but the camping area was great.  You can park on the grass and there is electric hookup if you need it by running your electrical cord into a window in the back.  Also has full water and use of the pool, showers, bathrooms and common rooms.  It was $5.00 per person without any hookup and $10.00 per person with hookups.  We would highly recommend this place.  Robert told us of a different way that was not found on our map or GPS to get back on the highway at Penonome that would cut about 40 kms and a couple of hours off our trip and wouldn’t be as steep.  It was the most beautiful drive and we were glad we took it.  It was steeper going up the mountain leaving town that when we came into town, but not as steep going down as it would have been the other way.  Once back on the highway, we saw a least a dozen or so signs warning of monkey and armadillo crossings.  They had the road all torn up for construction, so we didn’t see any, but the signs were fun.  Madde in back to David, Panama and heading across the border into Costa Rica tomorrow.

Panama

The Panama border crossing went pretty smooth and we made it on through to David, where we spent the night.  There is actually only one real highway crossing through Panama, but we hope to take some side trips after going to check out the Panama Canal.  We went down to the canal to watch the big ships go through the Miraflores Locks, and that is quite an engineering marvel to me.  Tomorrow, we will start working our way slowly back up to the states, going through Belize and then up the opposite side of Mexico from where we entered.  While still in Panama, we are hoping to check one of the waterfalls and do some birdwatching if we can.

Costa Rica continued

We went to the Manuel Antonio Preserve and along the drive in the small town before the preserve, we saw a monkey crawling across the electrical line from one side of the street to the other.  After we saw him, we looked up and saw two more sitting right in the middle of the street on an electrical line.  So Cool, Monkeys!!!  We got to the preserves and waited in a sweltering line to buy tickets, but they were closed for a little while, not sure why.  We about melted waiting in line and decided to give up and go get a drink at the bar down the little road.  Just as we got to the bar I looked up and saw a troop of about 12 monkeys playing around the roof and pool of the bar/hotel.  No tickets needed.  The pictures did not come out well as we could see them swinging through the trees, playing along the railing and climbing on the roof.  Oh well, we saw them.  Spent a week at Mark’s house in Costa Rica and loved it.  Ate some great food, saw monkeys and macaws, went zip lining through the rainforest, etc.  What a beautiful, if a bit humid for us Arizona folks, place.  I could have stayed here longer, but time to move on to Panama.

there is a little monkey on the red roof

there is a little monkey on the red roof

I picked breakfast-great fruit trees here

I picked breakfast-great fruit trees here

cool plane now a restaurant

cool plane now a restaurant

little monkey on the roof ready to jump onto the smaller tree

little monkey on the roof ready to jump onto the smaller tree

see the monkey on the red roof? Left hand side of the red tiled roof

see the monkey on the red roof? Left hand side of the red tiled roof

monkeys playing on this white building.  we must have seen about a dozen or so, wish the pictures showed them better.

monkeys playing on this white building. we must have seen about a dozen or so, wish the pictures showed them better.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Fun friends in Costa Rica

Fun friends in Costa Rica

Costa Rica fun

Costa Rica fun

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iguana's in the restaurant.

iguana’s in the restaurant.

crocodiles in Costa Rica

crocodiles in Costa Rica

coatimundi along the road in Costa Rica

coatimundi along the road in Costa Rica

Volcano at Lake Arenal in Costa Rica

Volcano at Lake Arenal in Costa Rica

Volcano at Lake Arenal in Costa Rica

Volcano at Lake Arenal in Costa Rica

so cute

so cute

coatimundi

coatimundi

coatimundi on the mountain road in Costa Rica

coatimundi on the mountain road in Costa Rica

coatimundi on the mountain road in Costa Rica

coatimundi on the mountain road in Costa Rica

sunset in Costa Rica

sunset in Costa Rica

sunset in Costa Rica

sunset in Costa Rica

watching the surfers at sunset in Costa Rica

watching the surfers at sunset in Costa Rica

Bob and Mark on the Beach in Costa Rica

Bob and Mark on the Beach in Costa Rica

lunchtime visitor in Costa Rica

lunchtime visitor in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Oh my, it is beautiful here!  We stead the first couple of nights at a hotel at Lake Arenal, where we found a great bar/restaurant at our hotel that was having a Super Bowl party.  It was a really good time, and we wandered over to the volcano for the day as well.  On our way back from the hotel, we came a cross a huge group of Coatimundi.  I got some great photos of them and will post when I can.  We are heading to Jaco, where Bob’s friend Mark lives to spend some time staying at his house.  On the road to his home, we came across some crocodiles and sat in a restaurant where we were visited by several large iguanas.  While in the pool at Mark’s development in the late afternoon, we saw two Macaws who were squeaking and playing around in the tree behind us.  So cool!  We went zip-lining in the rainforest, which was amazing.  We are going to check out the Manuel Antonio preserve later this week and hopefully see some wild toucans.  We could spend a month just in Costa Rica!

Nicaragua

Bob’s friend Mark told us about a cool place in Nicaragua to hang out.  The town was Granada in the state of Granada.  Beautiful town square area and this place was full of Ex-Patriots from the US and Canada.  WE stayed 2 nights at 2 different hotels and found an old guy with a secure parking lot where we left the truck for $3.00 per day.  Not bad. On to the worst border crossing we have had so far as to how long it took us.  We were on the Nicaragua side of the border almost 3 hours because the immigration office was extremely slow and disorganized.  We usually spend hardly any time exiting a country, most of the time is on the country we are entering, but once we made it to the Costa Rica side, I would say it took about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to get through, including the vehicle

Honduras

This border crossing was very frustrating.  We were cornered by a couple of con artist “guides” who offered to help us get throughout he border.  They kept trying to get us to give them all our original paperwork while we waited in the car and they would take care of it.  Not going to happen!  They tried to get us to do all this stuff we didn’t feel was necessary and we got frustrated after a bit, and took off on them to do it ourselves.  Once we got through the El Salvador side, we went into the Honduras side without any problems.  We stayed in a hotel in Choluteca, Choluteca.  It was ok, nothing fancy, and the floor was filthy, but the bed was clean.  Nothing to note here as I said we are just flying through these last few countries.  The drive to the border was only 30 miles, but took well over an hour because the potholes are big enough to hide a Volkswagen in.  At the border on the Honduras side, we were bound and determined to do it all ourselves.  We had a group of guys who attached themselves to Bob, following him along and he just ignored them.  the guy followed us onto the Nicaragua side and was madder than hell that we would not tip him. He did nothing for us other than tag along after we kept telling him to go away.  The Nicaraguans kicked him out!  On the Nicaraguan side, a really cool kid of about 14 helped us, got us through really fast and never came right out and asked for a tip, so of course we tipped him well.  He was such a professional polite young man and his too little brothers watched the truck for us.  We were ready to adopt these kids!

El Salvador-La Libertad

The border crossing here took about 2 hours, which seems to be about our norm.  The drive not the El Salvador side was beautiful and Bob said it reminds him of Costa Rica.  I will have to take his word for it.  I have had travelers illness since arriving in Guatemala and it seems to be getting worse.  We found a hotel for the night and ended up spending 3 nights here so I could recuperate.  The hotel has good secure parking and is right on the beach, so it was fine. In case you are wondering, we will be staying in hotels until after Costa Rica because our solar controller went out and without an electric hookup, which are few and far between on this leg of our trip, we cannot pop up the camper.  Once I was feeling a little ether,we got up on the 4th day and headed off to Honduras.

Guatemala

We are trying to get into Costa Rica as soon as possible so that we have somewhere to watch the super bowl, so Guatemala through Nicaragua will be a quick pass through and we will catch more of it on our way back up to the states.  It took us about 2 hours to get through the border check and right before you get to the border we passed through huge Chiquita banana plantations.  By the time we got onto the Guatemala side, wit was starting to get dark, so we needed to get to a hotel pretty quick.  We found a hotel that looks fairly safe for the night, but no restaurant near by.  I grabbed some bread and peanut butter from the truck, and that was our first meal in Guatemala.  The hotel was interesting and when we checked in, they gave us one flat sheet, two towels a bar of soap and a roll of toilet paper.  I put the sheets on the bed and discovered a suspicious looking glob of something on it.  Hmmm… well we flipped the sheet over, scooted the gecko that had fallen from the ceiling onto our bed onto the floor and called it a night.  The second night in Guatemala was spent in Jalpatagua, Jutiapa in the courtyard of an auto hotel.  The armed guard let us use one of the “rooms” bathrooms.  It was pretty busy with people coming and going throughout the evening.  For those of you not familiar with this kind of establishment, they rent by the hour.  The hotel had rooms with a bed and basic bathroom, and each room has a privacy gate in from of it so that you can pull your car in without your wife finding you:)  Then you do your business, pay for the time you used the room, and leave.  It was pretty busy from about 3pm to 9pm, then quite the rest of the night.

Puerto Arista, Mexico

January 20 through January 23.  We finally have an internet connection, so I will be backtracking on this.  Internet connection is not strong enough to upload pictures-so those may come later.  We stayed at Jose’s Cabanas and RV Park, 1 block from the beach.  The park is run by a Canadian who has lived in Mexico for the past 40 years.  The restrooms are clean, the shower are cold.  But after a hot, humid sweaty day, they feel just fine.  Jose will cook by request, and the food was really great, but there is no internet.  We hung by the beach, drank at the local beach bars and up at Jose’s bar and restaurant.  Met some really good folks from the states.  While sitting outside by the cashew trees (these are really interesting), the largest iguana I have ever seen came down out of the tree and ran past us.  I never knew they could be so fast!  This is a good place to hole up before heading across the border into Guatemala.

Cholula and Oaxaca Pictures

IN DOWNTOWN PUEBLA

IN DOWNTOWN PUEBLA

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yamids

yamids

pyramid in Cholula

pyramid in Cholula

underground the pyramid in Cholula-tight space.

underground the pyramid in Cholula-tight space.

this treehouse was the best home on the street!

this treehouse was the best home on the street!

church in Puebla

church in Puebla

HMMM, LUNCH!  GRASSHOPPERS IN PUEBLA

HMMM, LUNCH! GRASSHOPPERS IN PUEBLA

garden in Tule

garden in Tule

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El Tule's little sister!

El Tule’s little sister!

El Tule

El Tule

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this tree was he in Tule-you just can't tell from the picture

this tree was he in Tule-you just can’t tell from the picture

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

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Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Pyramids at Monte Alban

Oaxaca

We were torn on which route to take after leaving Cholula to head towards Costa Rica-across to Palenque, which is a must do on our list, or down through Oaxaca.  Since Oaxaca seems to be a quicker route, we decided to  head there and hit Palenque on the way back home.  We took the toll road as we got a late start and it was pretty uneventful and not as much culture to see, until…we came across our first “road block”.  At one of the toll booths, protestors had taken over the toll booth.  Some women were protesting something, not sure what, but I got a good picture of them.  They started at 100 pesos, but went down to 5.  We did not pay.  None of them spoke english, so after trying to talk us into giving them some money, they finally gave up and let us through.  At the next toll booth, there were more protestors, but this time they seemed more determined and one spoke english.  We asked what they were protesting and he said it was a strike-not sure what about.  Reluctantly, we gave them 50 pesos to get through.  Since the toll would have been 60 pesos, we were still better off financially.  Here is why I do not like to pay these people:  If they are collecting an average of 50 pesos per every 3rd car, that is a lot of pesos per day and what do they actually do with the money??  I think all it does is encourage this kind of extortion and gives all sorts of groups incentive to hold you up along the road.  Most of our fellow travelers would not agree-but I would rather buy something from them off the street of my own free will then be held captive until I pay.  Although I will say, the 2nd group was very polite and not thanked us for ur “donation” to their cause.  We found a great RV park that was not in Church and Church.  It is out on the website ioverlander.com though.  The park is in El Tule and is called Overland Oasis.  They prefer overlanders, not snowbirds who want to stay several months.  It was a little bit smaller than most, but a great place run by 2 Canadians, Leanne and Calvin.  Great hosts, decent wifi and the best bathroom/shower we have encountered.  I would have to say it may e cleaner than the one in my house:)  While here, we visited Arbol de Tule, a 2,000 year old cypress that is 164 feet high and 161 feet in circumference.  This is said to make it the largest tree in the world.  WE also visited Oaxaca Centro and went to Monte Alban to see the ruins.  They were impressive.  Uploading pictures is killing my wifi connection right now, so those will  have to wait.  Pushing on to Guatamala which should take us about 2-3 days.

Puebla

Very difficult finding Las America’s RV park in Cholula.  It was going pretty good for a while.  Our GPS, going forward to be referred to as Bitching Betty, was taking us right there along with using our trusty camping book.  However, the book and Betty didn’t account for road construction.  After recalculating about 6 times, Betty gave up and just wouldn’t talk to us anymore.  Somehow, we finally found it-still not sure how.  The park is nice, but kind of small.  Wi-fi works if you use it near the front gate by the fountain.  There is also a Lavanderia about 1/2 block away.  Some nice Canadians staying near us were heading into Puebla Centro for the day and invited us along to join them as they have a tow vehicle.  So we were able to go into the city without taking a taxi, as our vehicle would be hard to handle in the city.  Have you noticed how often I reference nice Canadians?  We run into Canadians at almost every place we  have been and they are the most friendly, helpful travelers we  have ever met.  When we got back to camp, we stopped and picked up our laundry, got prescriptions filled and decided to catch a movie.  We went to see “Let’s be Cops”, kind of a stupid comedy, but it was in English with Spanish subtitles, so it was fun.  After the movie, we saw that our fellow campers, two groups from France and our Canadian friends, were in the common room having drinks and chatting, so we joined them for a bit.  Off to see the pyramid in Cholula tomorrow.  Pictures will follow.

 

Cuernavaca

After Angangueo, we are starting our trek down to Costa Rica and traveling through Puebla.  Our first stop will be Cuernavaca as I am trying to plot out our trip with stops not taking more that 4-5 hours of driving, and with a decent RV park.  We had to go through some steep mountains and toward the bottom of the largest drop our brakes went out.  However bad that seems, things turned out ok.  At the intersection, we heard a really load grinding noise and pulled over about 1 mile down the road.  Sure enough, the brakes were smoking and they were totally gone.  Oh no!  About 5 minutes later Mexican man pulls up and ask if we need a mechanic.  Si!  His shop was a mile up the road so we followed him in low gear.  Surprise-his shop was right at the intersection where the brakes went out.  His business is located in a coveted spot, I am sure.  We sat back and drank a beer while we  while we waited for he and his son to replace the calipers (is that what you call them?  Something like that.) I was a bit nervous, because we don’t like to drive after dark and the GPS was showing our spot about 40 minutes away and we were going to be cutting it close.  Once the brakes were done (about $500.00 later) we were off.  The RV park would have been hard to find if not for Church and Church’s book.  We stayed at El Paraiso and it was run by an 81 year old man and his wife.  They speak good english and the park was very nice.  Swimming pool, good shower and bathroom facilities, and gated.  We took a taxi into Cuernavaca the next day and went to Cortes’s palace (he lived here for several years), the Brady art Museum, and the beautiful cathedral.  Lunch was at an amazing resort in the middle of this huge city with peacocks, parrots and flamingos walking around you.  ok-on to Puebla where we will be staying at Las Americas RV park in Chulula.

Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca

Palace of Cortes Cuernavaca

Palace of Cortes Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Brady Museum in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Cuernavaca, Morelos

Cuernavaca, Morelos

Cuernavaca, Morelos

Cuernavaca, Morelos

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Peacocks at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Flamingo at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks in the trees at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks in the trees at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks in the trees at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Peacocks in the trees at La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

La Mananita hotel and restaurant in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Bob was fascinated by the elaborate cemeteries.

Bob was fascinated by the elaborate cemeteries.

 

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Monarca Mariposa

On to the butterflies!  We stayed at the Don Bruno hotel in Angangueo because there were no RV parks near where we wanted to be.  It was cold here in the mountains and our room had no heat.  We had to pile all the blankets from the 2nd bed in our room on top of us to keep from freezing. We took a guide up to Rosario to see the butterflies.  The walk from the parking lot to the nesting area was about 1000 feet straight up-at 11,000 feet, there wasn’t much air and we were feeling it, but it was worth it.  When we arrived to the nesting area, I was disappointed.  There weren’t any butterflies flying around as I had imagined.  Up in the trees, you could see them nesting in clumps.  But, as soon as the sun started to warm them out, out they came in all their glory.  The follow the sun trailing through the forest, and it was beautiful.  We could not capture it well on camera, but they were all around us.  We got real close to them and followed them to a stream where they were all over the ground getting a morning drink.  On the ride to Angangueo, we saw lots of cool stuff.  WE saw a woman crossing the road with her burro loaded down with laundry that she was taking down to the creek to wash.  How do I know that is where she was going?  Because for miles along this creek/river, we saw people washing their laundry there and hanging it in trees or along the bank to dry.  Wow.  Also along our ride, we saw some people carrying their crops (sugarcane, corn?) to the sunday market by burro.  These hardy little beasts were so loaded down, you could barely see their bodies.  In the picture below, look close-his face is on the right side of the picture.

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

hauling corn to market day on a burro-his face is to the right

hauling corn to market day on a burro-his face is to the right

On the way to Angangueo-taking her laundry to the river on her burro

On the way to Angangueo-taking her laundry to the river on her burro

 

Patzcuaro, Michoacan

The drive from Tequila to here was beautiful.  We climbed almost to 7875 feet to get to Patzcuaro.  We stayed here two nights before heading off to see the Monarch Butterfly Preserve.  Man, it got chilly here, no more sandals and short sleeves.  I actually had to put on closed toed shoes for the first time in about 5 months.  While here, we took a water taxi over to Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro.  There was a hugs monument and we climbed all the way to the top of its fist.  WE were the only English speaking people on this island, but we managed to get a few beers, buy our boat tickets and haggle over a purchase in the store.  The RV site we are staying at is Villa Patzcuaro, and it is pretty nice.  Greatest Wi-Fi signal I think we have had, clean bathrooms across a little bridge, and fairly quiet.

Patzcuaro

Patzcuaro

Patzcuaro-great restaurant.

Patzcuaro-great restaurant.

Patzcuaro-where are all the roofs?

Patzcuaro-where are all the roofs?

Patzcuaro

Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro-this thing was huge and we clibmed all the way to the top of his fist

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro-this thing was huge and we clibmed all the way to the top of his fist

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro

Isle Janitzio in Lake Patzcuaro