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Hasta Luego Mexico: Hauling A$$ Across the Yucatan

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As the 336km from Palenque to Campeche slowly slipped behind us, a pain was growing deeper inside of Dane. Was it the curry we made last night? The fruit in our oatmeal this morning? Eventually he decided it was the peanuts he had been testing as he toasted over the fire the night before. It's gotta be the peanuts. Whatever it was, once we arrived in the colonial city of Campeche the bed slid out and he slid in, all the while making circles on his stomach whilst letting out groans and moans under his breath. He gave me his ...
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Chasing Waterfalls + Ruins in Chiapas

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It was hard to believe this place wasn't on the "gringo trail", it looked like a still frame from Disney's Jungle Book fairytale where Balu might start singing at any moment. But, before reading about it on iOverlander, we'd never heard of it before. At the end of our long drive into the state of Chiapas, which turned out to be an all day affair, we were chasing the sun and praying the gate wouldn't be locked over an hour past closing time. As you guessed, we got lucky and even caught the last bits of daylight in the canyon ...
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Whoa, Oaxaca! Monte Alban, El Arbol del Tule + Hierve el Agua

In México, North America by Dane + Penny2 Comments

We battled morning rush hour traffic, looping around Oaxaca City, to be the first at the hilltop ruins of Monte Alban. As we neared the site, locals were busy walking their dogs and running the trails that surround the site and a few keen cyclists were challenging the incline while the air was still cool and crisp. Monte Alban, which translates to "white mountain" is perched high on a hill overlooking Oaxaca city and the surrounding valley. Now ruins, the structures once served as Zapotec political and religious buildings over a period of nearly one thousand years, making it one ...
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Artesan Markets in Oaxaca

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As Dane was accepting the package from DHL with our new rear control arms, I was throwing our things in the van, eager to begin the drive towards Oaxaca City. This area of Mexico is renowned for its artesan markets filled with leatherwork, pottery and textiles and the small towns we pass through would be where it's all from. Each town typically specializes in a specific craft and the best deals can be found there, instead of at the larger markets. But, the big markets would be a great place to start so we could get to know the artesans ...
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Installing Mosquito Nets in Our Custom Camper

In Camper Conversion, México, North America, The Van by Dane + Penny2 Comments

Temperatures had been rising and so had the number of mosquitoes, ever since we hit mainland Mexico. We had two options: roast in the van with the windows up protected from the little disease carrying pests or offer ourselves up to them on a sweaty platter in an effort to catch a breeze and pray we don't get dengue, or zika, or chikungunya... or malaria. Penny's legs were covered in bites and despite our efforts with coils and spray, she couldn't keep them off her. So, we bought a roll of mesh netting as defense. Not sure what to do ...
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Surf Paradise + Hippie Delights: Oaxaca

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We limped Diego into Puerto Escondido where we found refuge at an old hotel just off the highway where overlanders can camp under coconut trees (at their own risk, of course). For less than $10 we had wifi, washrooms and a pool to give us reprieve from the intense afternoon heat. We were setting up our kitchen when we heard voices rise, a fist fight nearly ensuing between the pool owner and the hotel manager we had just paid. As it turned out, the pool actually belonged to the neighboring hotel and they had some un-agreed upon agreement to share ...
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The Price of Haste in Chacahua

In México, North America, The Van by Dane + Penny3 Comments

There we were, bombing down a dirt road to the remote beaches of Chacahua, a place only accessible by boat. Clearly it is in fact reachable overland, although you can (and should!) cross the river in a lancha (small boat) to explore the most remote parts of the town. Once the road turned to dirt we quickly found out why many say it’s only accessible over the sea: it was tracked out so bad it felt like we were driving down railroad ties without the rails! Even aired down, we could feel poor Diego shaking apart at a slow pace ...
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More Than We Imagined: Mezcal, Michoacan + Guerrero

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If you do a quick google of Mexican states Michoacan or Guerrero you're more likely to read about drug cartels, missing women and murder than anything to do with tourism. But, soon after crossing the border into Michoacan we were taken away by its beauty, albeit still studying our rear view a little more carefully than usual. But, after a couple nights on the coast and a little mezcal on our lips, our apprehension subsided. We can't explain it really, especially since the surf was a little big for us, but we really loved it here and we stayed for ...
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Discovering Sayulita’s Secrets

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Once it was a quiet little fishing village. Now Sayulita's a bustling tourist town known for its beachfront surf and sandy shore. After Ben and Chica continued on down the coast, we had a couple days to kill before Dane's brother, Rhett, and his buddy, Chris, would meet us here to catch some waves and consume copious amounts of fish tacos and cold cervezas with us. So that we wouldn't be tacoed and touristed out before they arrived, we decided to explore the surrounding area. After some scouting, we found the areas a short drive North or South made our ...
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Making Moves in Mainland Mexico: Nayarit

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We arrived in Sinaloa, one of Mexico's most dangerous states, after an extremely delayed Baja Ferries crossing of the Sea of Cortez. With an hour and a half to spare before sunset, we set off in convoy with our new buddy, Ben. We weaved through crazed Mazatlan rush hour traffic, windows up through the plumes of diesel fumes, destined for a sandy strip of palm tree plantations we had spotted from the ship while it docked. With direction from a few locals, we took a dusty dirt road which, as it grew narrower, passed through clusters of humble homes with ...
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Beyond the Baja: The Baja Ferries

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We arrived in the port city of La Paz a few days early so we could sort out getting ourselves and the van to the mainland. We'd read the wayward stories of other overlanders and knew the process can take a few days; ferries may be booked up and it may take days to get clear directions to the Banjercito. So, we found wifi, slurped back some iced coffees and prepared ourselves. Despite our good intentions and help from Google, we still spent a couple hours pounding the pavement in search of a Banjercito that could process our Temporary Vehicle ...
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Betting On Baja Sur

In México, North America by Dane + Penny2 Comments

Rolling through Northern Baja we would drive for hours on end through the desert, between highway pueblos and the odd surf town, along the Pacific coast. Reviewing the map, Baja Sur looked to hold a bit more diversity as it traverses back and forth from the rugged Pacific coast to the sheltered Sea of Cortez. One side with gorgeous sunsets and uncrowded surf, the other with calm waters, endless snorkelling and sunrises worthy to set an alarm for! To tell the truth, the only thing I had ever heard about in Baja Sur was party-central Cabo San Lucas and the ...
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Northern Baja: Go There, You Won’t Die

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We pulled up to the Tijuana border on a Tuesday afternoon. Delighted to find no wait ahead of us, we pressed the push button inspection and held our breath waiting for the electric glow of the green light. Of course, it illuminated red. We sighed and hoped they would be kind - and fast. The "inspection" was pain-free with a quick peek through the slider door, followed by several questions about our odd right hand drive van. We played a quick game of "chicken" crossing the lanes of traffic coming into Mexico and continued through customs and immigration at their ...