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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Puerto Escondido to Playa Ventura

We hit the road at 7:00am on Saturday morning, so did not have time to do a blog post that morning. So... a quick update about our activities on Thursday and Friday...

Thursday night, we went to see the bio-luminescence in the Manialtepec Lagoon west of Puerto Escondido.

Now, Ruth and I had seen this strange natural effect when we were on the coast in South Africa, so we had an idea of what it was going to be like. When we saw it in South Africa, it was pretty neat. So we had that to compare it to.

This time, I was underwhelmed. Yes, you could see the effect when you sloshed your hand through the water, and even more so when you went swimming. But not to the point where you could make it show up in pictures. Even so, some of the group really enjoyed the experience, with one person even stating that it was the best thing they had seen so far this trip. So what do I know?!

We had visitors Friday after lunch... David and Marina stopped by, they are from Perth, Ontario. We have bumped into each other several times while in Mexico in past years. Nice to see them again!

Then, we also met Linda and Brian with their daughter Sierra. Brian's mother reads this blog, and she suggested they stop by and say hello. We're glad they did!

Friday afternoon, we went over to our friend Silvia's where she and daughter Leticia made tlyudas for us and the five others who came with us.

Cooking the meat.

Got the fixings ready.

This is Mikayla, Olivia's daughter.

Silvia, making tlyudas.

Mmm. Yummy. 

Ready to eat!

Saturday morning, we hit the road at 7:00am. Partly because it's cooler then, but also because it's a 276 km (171 miles) drive on a very twisty, curvy road and we always leave with a plan to get to our destination by 2:00pm.

Little mototaxis are popular in this area.

 Some nice views.

Highway 200.

Highway 200 is the main route along the Pacific coast of Mexico. In a lot of places, it's just a narrow two lane road with no shoulders. They are trying to improve it, and they have some parts widened and with shoulders... but they have a long way to go!

Rural cemetery,

Welcome to the state of Guerrero.

Guerrero is one of the Mexican states that both the governments of Canada and the United States have a travel warning on. In fact, they say Guerrero state is Level 4: Do Not Travel!

But, they have been having these warnings ever since we first came to Mexico by RV eleven years ago! Can you imagine how much we would have missed if we followed their advice? 

Through the busy town of Cuajinicuilapa.

Scenery along the way.

Four of our rigs have an ocean view.

There are no RV parks in Playa Ventura. There are a couple of beachfront restaurants that will allow you to park. We found an empty lot beside a hotel where they charged a whole 50 pesos ($2.70 USD, $3.50 CAD) per rig per night.

We were just getting ourselves parked up when an official looking couple came up to us. Turned out it was the Director of Tourism for the area (Antonio and Yolo), and they welcomed us to Playa Ventura. They said we would be totally safe, and we were welcome to stay as long as we want for 50 pesos per night!

The beach in front of where we parked.

Looking for sea life.

I tried to take a photo of a whale, but this girl got in the way!

Pretty wet boat ride!

More sea life!

Everybody goes to watch the sunset.

Sunset selfies.

End of another great day in Mexico.

Yesterday's drive, 276 kms (171 miles).


And in Canada...


  1. Replies
    1. Glad you enjoyed the pictures of the sea life here. ;-)

  2. The tlyudas look awesome, can you elaborate on what's in them? The bum floss aint bad either…

    1. Tlyudas are prepared mostly in the state of Oaxaca but can be done slightly different depending on where in the state they are made. For these particular ones that Silvia made you start of with a large round tortilla shell that is rather hard and spread some fat/lard over it, rather like buttering bread, then you spread refried beans, place some sliced cabbage and radishes, shredded Oaxaca cheese and your choice of meat. After that you place it over hot coals and heat it up, fold it in half and cook on both sides. It was delicious and very filling. :-)

  3. Often when you talk about an excursion offered, you say that ten folks went along. It it the same ten people?--because somebody is missing out on a lot! Your pictures and text sure make us all want to be there too.

    1. No, not the same ten people! Although, there are some in the group who want to take part in everything... and others who pick and choose, which is exactly the way we wanted it to be. People can do what they want to do without feeling obligated.

  4. Did you feel the earthquake the other day?

    1. Surprisingly no, nobody in the group felt the earthquake.

  5. Great visit from the tourism board and what a welcome. Sea life varies depending on the photographer!

    1. It was really nice of them to stop by and greet us. They even wanted a picture of us altogether. We were definitely a show stopper. It is rare that they would see one motorhome there but to see eight of us altogether was certainly quite the sight.

      We did see other sea life but unfortunately I wasn't quick enough with the camera. lol! ;-)

  6. Still don't see the whale... hehe.
    Great photos, love how you are perched on the beach like that, great view!

    1. I know right, it was right there and then that girl photobombed the picture, lol!

      Even though that spot was just a dirt parking lot, it was a great. :-)

  7. Mexico is full of beautiful women, who all seem to like getting their pictures taken so I am sure these girls don't mind at all. Surrey in BC has numerous murders almost daily....a transit policeman was shot just 2 days ago. And yet there is no "do not travel to BC" advisory due to our gangs...Mexico always gets such a bad rap and it simply isn't the truth.

    1. I mean it is true but not aimed at tourists so the real truth should come out

    2. The media like to publish all the bad stuff, not the good stuff and much of the reporting these days is opinion not fact like it used to be. They really like to skew things and people just gobble it all up!

  8. The small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico has a fantastic bio-luminescent bay, Mosquito Bay. It has been reported as the brightest in the world. The brightness does vary due to weather but seeing it 3 1/2 years ago was one of the most memorable things I have done. Thanks for continuing to share your travel experiences. It is much appreciated.

    1. We have heard this and it looks like we are going to have to go to Puerto Rico and see this for ourselves. It sounds like an amazing place. :-)


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