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March 4 & 5

After feeding us breakfast, Roberto gave us a ride to the airport outside Huatulco. We had a short flight to Mexico City where we got on a bus to Leon. Because we had flown into Leon, it was easier and cheaper to fly home from there as well. So we enjoyed a 4 1/2 hour non-stop bus trip to Leon. We got a taxi to our hotel, which was really a kind of studio apartment building, which you could rent long term or short term, as you wish. We walked a few blocks to a nice restaurant, where we had supper sitting on a roof-top terrace. Very nice. Then in the morning, we had the same taxi driver, take us the 1/2 hour trip out to the airport to catch our first flight of the day. We flew Leon to Houston, Houston to Denver, and then Denver to Saskatoon. The Denver to Saskatoon flight was delayed so instead of getting into Saskatoon at 11:00 pm, we arrived around 12:30! But Kalindi was there to meet us and we went home with her and crashed into bed. This morning we got up and drove home thru the snow. Back to winter!! A good trip with lots of interesting experiences.

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Last Day in Huatulco

March 3

This morning we went out for breakfast because Roberto and Bianca weren't up yet. He said he was hung over from the party last night. We found a nice breakfast buffet at a little Mexican hotel down the main street. Then Don went over to Intrada Beach for his last snorkel. He said it lived up to its reputation as a good place to snorkel. I did some walking around the area, checking out a street I had wondered about. It goes up a big hill to the hotels and condos on the top - I did it very slowly, cuz it seemed hot already and I didn't want to sweat too much.
Once we met up again at the hotel, we ate leftover bread and cheese from the party for lunch. We just cooled it all afternoon and then went downtown for our last supper here. We went to Terracotta restaurant, which was good, but a little pricey. Then we tried out the new rage in ice cream, Helados Fritos. This place lets you choose what flavours you want to put together, makes a milkshake of those flavors, and then freezes it into ice cream in a very cold pan, which takes 3 minutes. They said the pan was -40 degrees, I think they must use liquid nitrogen to get it so cold so fast. It wasn't the best ice cream I've ever eaten, but it is an interesting idea.
Making ice cream

Making ice cream


Just before we leave here, I thought I'd show you the kind of attention to detail that occurs in the building process. The floors have designs inlaid with rocks around the edges, and places you might slip if wet - like coming out of the shower. Very cool for cement floors.
Rock design in floor

Rock design in floor

A collectivo that looks more like the ones we used

A collectivo that looks more like the ones we used

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The Beach and the Oscars

March 2

We got up early to go to the beach with Roberto and Bianca and their dogs. The other Canadians staying here, Bernie, Valerie, and Jason, came along as well in their rental car. We drove along the coast to Copalita and visited Bocana Beach. This beach is a big sandbar between the river and the ocean. During the rainy season, the beach disappears because there is so much water coming down the river. It’s a lovely spot and early in the morning there weren’t many people around. There were an amazing number of black vultures congregated there. We also saw 2 women collecting tiny shrimp from the edge of the river. They used strainers and scooped up rocks and sand under the water. Then they picked out the rocks and washed out the sand and were left with tiny translucent shrimp to put in their pails. Bianca told us they cook them up with rice.
The beach from the road above

The beach from the road above

The shrimp ladies

The shrimp ladies

Black vultures

Black vultures


After we got back to the hotel, Don and I walked over to the Super Che (like Walmart) and bought some fruit. We sat in the shade and ate a couple of mangos before continuing on to downtown. We visited a market and ran into the Canadians from our hotel again. We had an Oaxacan lunch in a nice is variations on corn tortillas, bean sauce, and eggs. Very yummy!
We visited a second hand clothing store and actually bought a couple of things! I think these are probably second hand clothing from some other country that are shipped to Mexico. They weren’t as cheap as they would be in Canada, which is interesting.
We also had to test out the ice cream here and found it OK, if not as good as Italian gelato. We’ve been trying to figure out the bus system here, it doesn’t seem as frequent as other places we’ve been and no collectivos in town, apparently. We finally got on a bus to ride down to the traffic circle by our hotel, so we could walk the last couple of blocks. By then it was so hot, we had to go in the pool to cool off for awhile.
Roberto invited us to the Oscar party they hosted tonight, so later in the afternoon we went back to Super Che to buy food for the party. It was bring your own thing to grill and whatever else you wanted to eat and drink. So we got some stuff and then prepared it in our room. Our course, the Oscars had Spanish voice over, so we didn’t get a lot of it, but you can always tell what’s happening. All the guests staying here were at the party and lots of Roberto and Bianca’s friends came as well. They even made a red carpet out of paper to lead up to the TV.
View of the red carpet from our room

View of the red carpet from our room


This is a little Mexican family run hotel, which is cheap and missing a few amenities. But where can you stay for more money and get invited to the beach and the Oscar party and given a free tour? Very friendly and kind people!

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A Day on the Ocean

March 1

We had breakfast at our hotel, served by Roberto and Blanca. Then we walked over to the marina at Santa Crux to check out snorkeling trips. We were approached by one fellow, Able, who had his own boat and, apparently, gave us a good deal on an all day trip. So we got loaded into his boat and took off. He gave us lifejackets, but told us when we had to wear them – whenever a navy or police boat was in sight –otherwise he didn’t care. I guess he could be fined or something, he said “big trouble for me” if we were caught without them.
Able with his boat

Able with his boat


We went down the coast along the National Park, all the way to San Agustin. We stopped at Playa La India and one other un-named beach before we got to San Agustin. And at Isla Cacaluta, Playa Maguey, and Playa El Violin on the way back. So Don checked out the snorkeling at each of these places. He was in seventh heaven, just jumping over the side of the boat and cruising around for awhile and then climbing back in until the next time.
Don Snorkeling

Don Snorkeling


On our way out, we saw a few dolphins and Don saw a manta ray jump out of the water. On our way back, we saw two different sea turtles, swimming along.
Sea turtle

Sea turtle


San Agustin is a little beach town, pretty much just for the benefit of tourists. Restaurants line the beach and it seems every tour operator has a “friend” with a restaurant that they steer their customers towards. Able told me that he had been friends’ for 20 years with the people who ran the restaurant we ate at. When we arrived, Don went for his snorkel and I went and sat at the restaurant and had a beer. I had lots to watch, there were a lot of Mexican women tourists there, negotiating with the jewelry vendors and having a great time buying jewelry.
Then when Don arrived, we ordered lunch and ate. We ran into the other Canadian couple from our hotel that Don had met the night before. They had driven down to San Agustin for the day.
San Agustin

San Agustin

Man selling iguana photos on the beach

Man selling iguana photos on the beach


After we had returned to Santa Crux we walked back to our hotel, this was at 4:00 or so. We bought beer and water on the way, so we could have a cold drink when we got back. We just chilled for a couple of hours and then walked back to Santa Crux to go to Oro Negra Restaurant for supper. It’s an Italian restaurant and on Saturday nights have live music and Salsa dancing. When we arrived there weren’t many people there, but by the time we left, around 10 or so, it was packed. The majority were gringos, but there were a few Mexican couples who actually knew how to dance. It was lots of fun.

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Travel to Huatulco

February 28

We caught a collectivo to go to Pochutla and as we got partway along I realized I had left my purse in our room in Mazunte. I hadn't been carrying it at all because it was just to hot. So I got off the collectivo at San Antonio junction and Don went on with our luggage. I got in a taxi with a couple of other woman to go back to Mazunte. When I got back to David's and asked him about it, he ran up the stairs and met the maid coming down with my purse. So I went back to the main street and caught another collectivo to Pochutla. I shared that ride with a young girl from Ottawa who has been hitch hiking around Mexico with friends for a couple of months. (Went on a 2 week holiday which got extended due to all the places to go and sites to see!)
A collectivo

A collectivo

Inside the collectivo

Inside the collectivo


This collectivo was much more broken down and dirty than the ones we rode in, but I always forgot to take a picture of the ones we were in - due to the need to get in and out quickly, I guess.
When I got to Pochutla, I managed to find Don at the bus depot where he was waiting with all the luggage. We had to wait awhile for a bus, apparently one had gone while Don was waiting for me. But when we were on the bus to Huatulco, we had to stop and pick up passengers and luggage from another bus that had broken down. So we said that was probably the bus we would have been on, if I hadn't forgotten my purse!
Don waiting in the bus depot

Don waiting in the bus depot


We got a taxi from the bus depot in Huatulco which took us to our hotel. We got registered and then had one of the owners, Roberto, offer to give us a little tour of the area and take us into the centre of town to a restaurant. So Roberto and Blanco(?) took us around some of the nearby beaches and then downtown and dropped us off at Dona Lupita's for lunch. By the time we were eating it was 4:00 so maybe it was lupper or linner? It had cooled off enough by the time we were done that we walked around downtown a little and finally found some real vanilla to buy. We walked back to the hotel and drank a beer we had picked up along the way. Then we went down to the nearest beach for a swim. It's a very steep slope into the ocean, so a little dangerous - red flag - but I managed to only breathe a little ocean!!
Then we retired - no supper - the internet doesn't work very well in our room - noisy nightclub - and at 6:00 am a very loud sprayer started up. Yikes, not the best night in a hotel, but today's a new day.On our tour of the area

On our tour of the area

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