This morning, we are going to drive the 66 kms (41 miles) to Uruapan and spend a couple of nights there.
Yesterday's drive, 35 kms (22 miles)
Saying goodbye to Jorge and his dog Chuco.
When we got parked up, we walked only 5 minutes over to the Bodega Aurrera (a Mexican chain owned by Wal-Mart) and did some shopping. This is a convenient spot. Then, after lunch we went for a hike. We had read about an overlook at an extinct volcano that gives a fantastic panoramic view of the lake and the city. We also read that from the overlook, you can climb even higher...via 400 steps!
The hill we are going to climb.
There is actually a road leading up to the overlook, but it would be a bumpy slow drive over the cobblestones. Besides, much more satisfaction involved when you hike all the way up!
Ruth, hiking up to El Estribo Grande.
There is a gazebo at the overlook.
Panorama view of the lake.
Panorama view of the city of Patzcuaro.
We sat and admired the fantastic view. What a beautiful, perfect day it was. There were several families at the overlook enjoying picnics, but it was not what you would call busy. Then, it was time to tackle the steps. From the overlook, you can climb the 393 steps to the top of the extinct volcano.
393 steps to the top!
Kevin and the view of Patzcuaro from the top. There is just a sheer cliff two feet from where I am standing. No railings, no warnings. Most of the time in Mexico, you are responsible for your own stupidity!
View looking the other way. You can see the toll highway to Uruapan that we will be taking later this morning.
On the way back, we took a slightly different route through the central area, and stopped for a paleta (ice cream popsicle) and sat in the busy central plaza. A lot of families enjoying the beautiful day, and there was quite a bit going on, with dance displays, and bands playing.
Some traditional dancers.
Made it back to the RV park, and we had been gone for 3 1/2 hours! We guessed we had done about 10 kms but found out later that it was more. We invited Wandering Mike over for dinner, and he introduced me to a very cool website called www.mapmyhike.com. Here, you can use their software to map out and save your hike, and it tells you both distance and elevation. Turns out we hiked 12 kms (7.5 miles)!
Yesterday's hike, 12 kms (7.5 miles)
So, this morning we are off to Uruapan. Lots to see there, so stay tuned!