The Albanian side of Lake Ohrid.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Shkoder, Albania on May 19th!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Etzatlan, Mexico (day 3)

Another beautiful day. Bonnie was driving into town early so we hitched a ride with her at about 8:30am. We wanted to hike up to the mirador (lookout) up the mountain behind the town.

There is a dirt road that winds it's way through the back of the mountains up to the mirador. There's also a hiking trail from the back of the town. But Bonnie said the trail is a bit confusing because it branches off at several spots. We decided to walk up on the road, and back down on the trail.

Ruins of an old mine site along the way. Etzatlan used to be a mining town, with a lot of silver and copper produced in the early 1900's.

The road actually goes back into the mountains before doubling back closer to the town. 

Our hike from town to the mirador. It was 4.1 kms (2.5 miles) one way along the road from the edge of town. Isn't Google maps cool??!!

Panorama shot of the town and valley. Beautiful!

View looking west of town.

Kevin, on the trail coming back down the mountain.

There were these huge grasshoppers living on this side of the mountain. They were at least the size of my thumb! Never seen grasshoppers this big.

We got back into town and walked over to the central square. Sat and had a snack and watched the world go by. Then we wandered over to the carneceria (butcher) and bought two ribeye steaks for dinner for 50 pesos ($3.90). Then to the fruit and veggie store where we spent 27 pesos ($2.10). Then 16 cans of beer for 130 pesos ($10.14) and a bottle of rum for 98 pesos ($7.64). We would have walked back home, but now we had too much to carry so we took a taxi for 30 pesos. ($2.34).

I know we go on about prices a lot, but between the prices and the weather I have to wonder why anybody would retire in Canada. Can't for the life of me figure it out.

We relaxed for the rest of the day and did some reading and played with the dogs. Then we cooked up our steaks. They were delicious and we will go back to that butcher and buy more before we leave here! Speaking of which, we like it here and we're going to stay on until next Monday. Bonnie has volunteered the use of her car so that we can drive to a ruins site not far from here.


  1. Google maps makes life SO much easier I find.
    I see you're getting lots of use out of the Weber.
    I really like ours. I don't think I'd have any other kind.

  2. Yes love Google maps.
    Looks like you had a great day, gotta love the weather and the prices there. And those steaks on the Weber look fantastic, great way to wind up the day!

  3. I would definitely be back at that butcher's in a heartbeat. Beautiful views from your hike.

  4. nice views..looks to me like you are thoroughly enjoying yourselves and embracing all that Mexico has to offer!..nice cheap prices too!!

  5. Looks like another great small town, and the steaks look great, we have a fold up grill like that, but it hasn't been out of the trailer yet. Looks like the weather is holding out for you guys too. Have a good time. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna....

  6. What a great picture of your trail. You have given me yet another idea. Thanks.
    I am not a grasshopper fan...thank you very much.
    I would like to place my order of two of what you are having. When will it arrive?

  7. Good hike, good views, good food. What a trifecta!

  8. I agree, why would anyone retire in Canada! Better be careful, those taxis might upset the budget!

  9. Nice ribeye. You got us beat on the price, we have two sitting in the fridge aging, probably next week in SMA.

    I like the satelite pic with your hiking route.

    Have fun!

  10. Fantastic you can do so much for so little. Thanks for regularly visiting my blogs and I appreciate your comments

  11. I love reading about your adventures. I would have a problem with those grasshoppers!!!

  12. Bob...Kevin loves all the different things you can do with Google maps. What did we do before Google maps? We won't buy anything different either, we love ours.

    Chuck and Anneke...Beautiful views!

    George and Suzie...Yep, what a great day!

    Jim and Sandie...We will head back there before we leave.

    Sue and Doug...We are taking it all in. Love the prices.

    Sam and Donna...The weather has been perfect. Couldn't ask for better.

    FULL-TIMERS...We like that Google picture too. Glad we were able to give you a new idea. I don't think the steaks would make it out of the country, you'll just have to come down here to enjoy them!

    Judy and Emma...Can't ask for much else. Life is good!

    Contessa...I think were can splurge every once in a while!

    Chris...They were too skinny though. Next time we will ask for thicker and only get one. They are huge!

    Paul...We like to show people this can be done inexpensively and still have great experiences.

    Lea...Thanks for following along Lea. Those grasshoppers were huge but interesting to wacth.

    Kevin and Ruth


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