We timed it, and it took us exactly 15 minutes to crawl along the rough cobblestones up to the highway. Then, it was clear sailing to Chimulco water park. We had been here in March of 2009, and it's along our route so we wanted to stop in for a night.
Yesterday's drive, only 39 kms (24 miles) took us exactly one hour!
We got to the entrance, and they were only just opening up for the water park and it wasn't yet busy. We stopped at the office and tried to negotiate a deal without electricity, but they have only one price. 260 pesos ($20.28) for full hookups which includes admission to the water park. Definitely more than we usually pay, however when you consider that it costs 100 pesos ($7.80) for one adult to enter the water park for the day, and our admission is included, it's not a bad deal!
We took a site close to the office, and our wi-fi booster antenna is able to pick up internet from the office area, so we are happily connected campers, and the wi-fi is lightening fast. Without our antennas, they do have an outdoor covered seating area with electrical outlets for campers to walk over and use the internet.
Then we wandered over to the pools. They have three main pools, all with natural hot springs water. It's not hot really, but definitely warm, and it feels nice to jump right in. Then, they also have water slides, and a water play area.
Catching some rays!
The water play area. The huge bucket at the top fills with water and then....
...the bucket tips over and the water comes crashing down on people!
We spent the morning at the water, and then went back to Sherman for lunch. There were six other rigs here, in the 45 site RV area. One other from Ontario, and five from Quebec. Another Ontario rig came in later in the afternoon.
Sherman, parked up in site number 1.
Chimulco RV park
We walked into town in the afternoon. We passed another water park, but they said they do not allow overnight RV parking. Strange, because they have a large parking area. Oh well. So we walked in the central area of Villa Corona. Not much to see here, and we just sat in the central square for a while a watched the world go by. Then we walked over to the church, but it was closed and we couldn't get inside.
The church in the town of Villa Corona.
On the way back, we found a spot by a nearby lake that we could have overnighted at, but it's not ideal. Our thinking is that we will stay at the waterpark for this morning, and then head towards our next destination, an RV park in the country that is apparently only 100 pesos ($7.80) per night. It's only about 80 kms (50 miles) from here, so it shouldn't take more than two hours or so! But we'll be taking some backroads and we don't know what condition they will be in so it could be interesting. Always up for an adventure!