The Transnistria parliament building with a statue of Lenin out front. In the city of Tiraspol, Transnistria. Photo taken December 9, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A fun "day off"...

There is an island in the middle of Lake Patzcuaro that is a popular tourist spot on weekends. In fact, it's so busy on weekends that we're glad we waited until Tuesday to visit!

Out of our RV caravan group of nineteen people, twelve of us made the decision to take the boat trip over to the island. Despite a couple of glitches, we think that everybody had a good time.

Tuesday was a day off from the RV caravan group itinerary, but Ruth and I always try and organize something that some people might be interested in. And since we're familiar with the area, we figured a visit to the island might go over well.

So we called on a local "collectivo" van to pick up the 12 of us and bring us to the boat launch area. There are actually two embarcaderos (marinas) in the area, and we went to the San Pedrito one. We were among the first to arrive, and by 10:50am we were the only ones on the boat headed towards Janitzio Island...

 Boy, that's a lot of happy looking people. They must be in Mexico!

Headed for the island.

Almost there.

We arrived, and our boat captain told us we had to be back in one hour. Huh? That's enough time to climb up to the statue, but not enough to have lunch. I went back and asked him for some extra time, and he was fine with that. So I'm not quite sure why he made the hour stipulation to begin with. Oh well, it all worked out.

Colleen, climbing the steps to the statue.

We're going to climb into the viewpoint high up in his hand!

Inside the statue, looking up.

The walls are all painted with Ramón Alba de la Canal murals.

And, the view from the top!

We went back down found a place to have lunch. The bill for the 12 of us was 620 pesos ($49.60 CAD). Including beer. I love Mexico!

On the boat ride back, we had some local musicians to entertain us. Turn up your volume...


When we got back to the marina, I asked about the big parking lot they have there and if it would be possible to overnight there in an RV. As is usually the case in Mexico, they said "sure, why not?" No charge. So we'll keep that on our list of boondocking spots in Mexico. Pretty close to downtown Patzcuaro.

GPS 19.546001, -101.62294

When we got back to the RV Park, this man was washing his horse. 

Up early this morning with a long drive ahead of us! We're heading the RV caravan out at 8:00am and we're doing just over 350 kms (217 miles) to get to the Chimulco Water Park at Villa Corona, just outside of Guadalajara.

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18 comments:

  1. That was a nice day trip to the island, now another fun travel day. !

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    1. We had a wonderful little trip to the island and I think it was even better because we were with a such a fun group of people.

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  2. $49.60 CAD for 12 people is amazing. It costs more to eat at McDonalds!

    That statue is amazing. I love the paintings on the wall.

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    1. Actually 3 of the couples shared a plate but all in all it still fed 12 people and with much healthier food than you would get at McDonalds!

      The paintings were amazing. Not sure how long it took the artist to complete the whole inside of the statue, that would definitely have been a big task.

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  3. Excellent pictures inside the statue! A nice outing.

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    1. Thank you Peter, we had a wonderful day.

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    1. Thanks Contessa, it went well but was a long day all the same, especially for us because we aren't used to doing long drives like that.

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  5. Beautiful, I put that island on my to see list.
    Safe driving

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    1. The island and the town of Patzcuaro definitely have to be on your must see list. There is actually a lot to see in the area.

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  6. Beautiful statue! I'm so enjoying your caravan journey. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad that you are enjoying the journey with us via the internet.

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  7. The piece the musicians played seems to be very popular in Mexico. My dad used to play it - called Celito Lindo I think!

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    1. Yes, that is a very popular musical piece here. They also played it the night that we went out in Guanajuato with the strolling minstrels.

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  8. I'm enjoying all the scenery and arts on your adventure. The artwork in the statue is incredible. Safe travels to your next destination.

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    1. So glad that you are enjoying it! There is definitely lots of arts here in Mexico of all kinds.

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  9. Once you get settled in at either Chimulco or Roca Azul we can highly recommend some side trips your group might enjoy. Some highly acclaimed artists are in the area around Lake Cajititlan. We posted a blog about them a few years ago. Detailed info . . .

    http://www.briansue2.blogspot.mx/2014/01/day-trips-from-roca-azul.html . . . .

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    1. I am not sure that we will be going Lake Cajititlan. We have set tours that are done by the caravan company and have to follow those tours. Any free time is ours but we only have two personal vehicles that can drive anywhere as people were told not to bring a tow vehicle on the tour for ease of getting around and a couple of the trucks are new so they can only be used under a full load because of the diesel fuel down here. Those things may be something that would be better done on their own another time. I know for us we will definitely stop by here another time as we drove right by it yesterday and thought it looked like a beautiful area.

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