Ruth, whale watching in Iceland. Photo taken October 4, 2012.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Yesterday was a driving day, but not a long one. Only 65 kms (40 miles) but of course it took us over two hours. Partly because we stopped for groceries at a Soriana just before we left Patzcuaro, but even on the toll road it was difficult to get over 70 km/h (42 mph).

The altitude drops from 7,200 ft at Patzcuaro to 5,200 ft at Uruapan in a fairly short distance, so most of the drive was downhill.

Yesterday's drive 65 kms (40 miles)

Downhill almost all the way.

Scenery along the way.

Follow the red line if you need to use the runaway vehicle ramp!

We were headed for the Hotel Pie de la Sierra, which was on the far side of the city of Uruapan. The only way to get there was on a congested road at the north end of the city. That 8 km (5 mile) section alone probably took a half an hour!

Busy road at the north end of Uruapan. We will have to use this road again when we leave here, but we will do it at sunrise and hopefully it won't be quite as busy.

We arrived at the Hotel Pie de la Sierra at around noon. This is really the only advertised option for RV parking around here, and it is on the road leading to the Paracutin Volcano that we want to visit this morning. And, it is a very nice hotel, however the RV parking is a bit expensive. They were not willing to negotiate their  265 peso ($20.14) price, but we are staying anyhow. Unless we find another option in our travels today, we may actually stay two more nights just for the convenience. As I say, the hotel itself is very nice, but the RV parking is really just a parking lot. We relaxed for the rest of the day, so the only pics we have to share are of the hotel...

Sherman, parked up at the Hotel Pie de la Sierra. There is only one other RV here, a small Class C belonging to Bruce and Julie, a couple we had met at Hacienda Contreras a couple of weeks ago.

The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool area, with water that is supposedly solar heated, but it is too cold for me!

Ruth and the flowers around the pool.

The hotel's restaurant has a nice view of the city of Uruapan.

And the other side of the restaurant overlooks the pool and grounds.

This RV parking area is really only good for units up to about 32 feet. There is a bit of a difficult entranceway for larger vehicles, and I think anybody towing a trailer or fifth wheel might have a hard time making the corner.

Today we are taking the bus to the town of Angahuan and the church that is buried in lava from the Paracutin volcano that erupted between 1943 and 1952. This is one of the things that has been on our Mexico "bucket list", so we're looking forward to seeing it. More on that tomorrow!


  1. The toll road looks very nice. Hopefully you got great fuel mileage...going down hill the entire way. The hotel looks lovely. Enjoy your sightseeing of the volcano.

  2. Very good highways. Be sure to visit the La Tzararacua waterfall, it is about 10 kms from Uruapan.

  3. Chris is right about the waterfall and I also took the 5 hour horse back ride to the volcano a bit sore on the rear end but worth it,,,it is one of the 7 Natural wonders of the world...Les

  4. Hope it's not like Scranton PA where I was born, Uphill out of town both ways.Can't wait to see the volcano pics, That is one of out likes too. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  5. Downhill is usually good for gas mileage. Looks like a gorgeous hotel and grounds. Looking forward to volcano pictures.

  6. Another wonderful travel day and new places to see, nice looking area.

  7. Although your parking and fees are not ideal this time around, you are in a very pretty area. Hope you enjoy the scenery and then move on to a place kinder to your budget.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  8. That is a beautiful hotel. The flowers are so inviting.

  9. So glad you are enjoying one of our favorite ares in Mexico.

  10. Hi guys! Looks like a beautiful spot and the church buried by the volcano sounds like a thing to see too! Can you tell me if the RV park has any washroom facilities? (for those of us with VW Westies)


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