Our Monthly Wrap #3: 27 August 2014 – 26 September 2014

Another month, another whirlwind 30 days and incredibly, we still find ourselves in Mexico (that’s 84 days in this vast country and still counting)!

Hanging out at Xochicalco on the 1st day of our 3rd month

Hanging out at Xochicalco on the 1st day of our 3rd month

Countries Visited:                           1             (Mexico)

Okay, as already mentioned, we’ve done it again. Another whole month passes, and we still find ourselves in Mexico…

Cheapest Bed:                                Hostel Erni, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, 180 pesos ($15.00AU)

Cheap it may have been, but Hostel Erni (which was really more like a homestay) was actually one of our favourite places we’ve stayed in the whole trip!

The Mexican breakfast Juan our host put on the table for us was a delight (as you can see further down the page)

Most Expensive Bed:                     Viatger Inn, Campeche, Mexico 360 pesos ($30.00AU)

Spotlessly clean, you couldn’t real fault this place but it lacked any atmosphere, feeling a lot more like a medical clinic…

Highlight:                                          Chichen Itza, Mexico

Hmmm, there was a little debate over this one. For Sarah it was always Chichen Itza, no brainer. I wasn’t so sure, as Yazchilan we went to with no expectation (after finding the Palenque ruins a bit overhyped) and it blew us away.

Still, Chichen Itza always had the hype, and it delivered in spades! (We can’t believe how many people we’ve met in the Yucatan and Chiapas who chose to skip it and we feel, therefore missed out)

A truly wondrous place, Chichen Itza

A truly wondrous place, Chichen Itza

Lowlight:                                           Not finding an affordable trip to Calakmul from Campeche

This was a disappointment, no doubt. We had such high hopes, but when the best deal we could find was just $1200.00 pesos per person, simply for transport there and back (no food included or entrance fees) we just had to walk away.

We’re still hoping it can be our last Mexican hurrah if we can arrange something from Chetumal…

Favourite New Food:                     Mexican breakfast of shredded Chicken (with Tomato, Coriander, Potato & Onion)

Home cooking. Our delicious Mexican breakfast served by our host

The aforementioned Mexican breakfast served by our host at Hostel Erni

Best Beer:                                                Superior Rubio, Mexico

There was a point when we worried we wouldn’t find anything new this month, however in the last week or two, Superior appeared in stores (and bars/restaurants) and it’d probably be one of the better beers we’ve had in Mexico!

Most impressive Church:              Templo de Santo Domingo, Oaxaca City (Mexico)

There were a few candidates this, in fact the small town of San Juan Chomula produced a couple just on its own (admittedly one was in ruins).

But for its lovely façade and incredible ceiling, the Templo de Santo Domingo gets the nod.

Potentially part of a family tree…

Would you look up at that ceiling…

Bucket List Items:                        0

New Bucket List Items:                  1 (Yemen’s Socotra Island)

Highest Elevation:                            1940m San Cristobal, Mexico

Days in thongs (flip flops):           30

UNESCO Sites:                                 8 (Xochicalco, El Tajin, Mitla & Yagul, Monte Alban, Palenque, Campeche, Uxmal, Chichen Itza)

Setting the bar even higher this month with some impressive sights (this monthly tally will be difficult to beat), to be honest there are many non-UNESCO sites that have wowed us just as much!

Number of towns:                          16

Number of beds:                            14

Nights in transit:                            3 (3 buses)

Three over night trips, and all on buses (that’s the Mexican way of getting around). Mexico City to Papantla to kick off the month, Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal, then finally a very short night bus from Valladolid to Chiquila (a 02:30 in the morning 2 hour bus ride to get the ferry to Isla Holbox)

Randoms:          

  • Like California, USA to the north, much of Mexico is littered with Eucalyptus trees giving Australian travellers a glimpse of (and smell from) home on many occasions!
  • I’m not sure exactly where or when it occurred, but at some latitude in Mexico, towns and cities main squares ceased to be called Plazas and are now all referred to as the Zócalo.
  • Mexicans are in love with the recline feature on seats. Be it a car or bus, as soon as they settle down, it’s pretty much back as far as it will go. This can make it especially difficult in the seat behind to eat, drink, read and on some occasions, just get out of your seat!
  • Dreams of speeding on the back country roads? Dream again! Mexico applies the Tope (speed hump) to roads like a child scatters sprinkles on an ice-cream. They are everywhere, and when one, or perhaps two would have sufficed, they’ll use five or six.
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