So yesterday morning, we hopped into the collectivo and first made our way to the beach.
The collectivo picks us up right at Alfredo's mother Sylvia's house. It's a pickup truck that has a special covered box on it with benches. It costs 8 pesos (68 cents) to take the collectivo all the way into town, or for any distance along the way.
It's actually gone up in price quite a bit. I think it was 6 pesos last time we were here, but the price of gas has continued to rise in Mexico so of course that's reflected in the price of transportation.
Ruth, and the back of the collectivo.
Ruth and the front of the collectivo.
We got off at the turn to Playa Zicatela and walked down. The sun has returned, and boy is it hot. Really need to stay in the shade when the sun is out! We made our way down to Alfredo's uncles place where he owns a hostel and restaurant on the beach. We've been here before, and have even parked the motorhome here a couple of times.
We each had a big glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.
And we sat and enjoyed the view for a while.
We're actually looking for somewhere to stay next week. We enjoy staying with our friends in La Barra, but it's not ideal. There are seven of us sleeping in the one room that contains 4 beds. Alfredo, Mary, and their children Nataly (6) and Gael (2 1/2). Also, Mary's sister is staying in one curtained off corner of the room. So, it's a little crowded for us. We knew this going into it and figured we were good for a week or so but we need a little more privacy than that. In all honesty, we're missing our motorhome!!
Anyhow, we knew that Alfredo's uncle would give us a room for a great price, but we're not sure we want to stay there either. Seems the quality and care of the place has gone down, and now we think it's a little expensive for what you get.
We hopped on the local bus to get from Playa Zicatela into Puerto Escondido.
We wandered the central area, and stopped into a busy restaurant for some lunch. We had chicken empanadas and I had a beer and Ruth had a pineapple juice. Total price for the two of us was 90 pesos ($7.65).
Then we checked out a couple of other hotels. We found one hostel that was quite nice. Decent cooking facilities, a nice swimming pool, walking distance to both the beach downtown, and a nice private room. If we stay for eight nights we can get it for 350 pesos ($29.75) per night. We'll check out a couple of other places today, but I think it's going to be tough to beat that one.
We met Mary when she finished work and we went to a computer repair place to see if they could salvage anything of the hard drive from our old laptop. Long story short, it's not looking good. The entire partition seems to be blank. Haven't given up all hope yet, but I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that the files and photos are gone. We've still got most of them because the pics have been posted to this blog along the way. But there are quite a few files that I would have liked to have saved. Not a disaster...we'll move on.
They've been doing a lot of cooking for us, so we wanted to supply some food. We bought two whole roast chickens. They come complete with salsa, rice, onions, peppers, and tortillas for 60 pesos ($5.10) each! Then we bought the making for a salad, and a half of a flan for dessert. We fed ten people for under $20. Not bad!
The roast chicken guy!