We’re going to Tuxpan Vera Cruz, on the east coast. On the way, we drove through Barranca del Cobre, Copper Canyon. It is bigger and deeper than the Grand Canyon.
We stopped in Durango for the night. The rain did not leave us, but at least it wasn’t cold. In the evening we visited the city and tried Mezcal. We spent the evening in a very nice pub and met Janek Józek (Juan José), the name of our polyglot waiter in Polish.
Travelling through Mexico we tend to use less our own accommodations. Lack of places (and a sense of security) for camping in the wild, drive us to choose cheap motels, hotels and guest houses. Prices vary, but you can find accommodation for as little as $ 12. They are much more expensive in the cities, but still below the European average. Sometimes they are very modest rooms, almost empty, but they are always very clean, with fresh linen and towels. Sometimes we can get hot water and, if we are really lucky, showers with the right pressure.
Do you associate Mexico with mountains? We did not, but reality shows that it is. We are still driving uphill since we entered the country! The roads are not as bad as we thought they would be. Some are in a pretty good condition, others in need of a new asphalt layer and some can’t be really called roads! But in all of them, and we mean ALL of them, there are speed bumps, in Poland the so-called sleepy policemen. But here in Mexico, each bump appears to have, at least, five policeman sleeping in top of each other! 5 km /h is already too much speed to cross over them. What if you don’t see one? – well, you will know how Małysz, the flying moustache, felt when jumping in the Winter Olympic Games! The car, however, just feels pain and expresses that by emitting very loud screeches. Of course, with UMM, you feel absolutely nothing. That’s how good the suspension is :))
Driving through such a large country (six times larger than Poland) we passed some Pueblos Mágicos – Magic Places (cities, towns, villages). It turns out that it is a government program to promote places worth visiting due to culture, tradition and gastronomy. So far we visited Zacatecas and San Miguel de Allende.
And when it comes to food, Sergio, almost quit cooking after crossing the border into Mexico! Our fridge is now full of fruits and juices! We mainly eat street food, sitting on stalls, tables set in front of houses, where the housewife cooks and sells her cooking to all who wants it. Prices are very affordable, traditional Mexican food, from tacos to Gorditas and other dishes that you cannot find in a restaurant. And no tourists. It’s us and the locals. Sergio, a fluent speaker of many, many languages (polish not being one of them), ends up having long nice conversations with the locals. Portugal is no stranger for the Mexicans, as for their close relation to Spain and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. Poland, in the other hand, is something very exotic. Polaca? Ah. Sounds like Marzena is from another planet!
And since Mexico is somehow luxurious for us, it’s high time for a SPA in beautiful natural scenario. Details soon, in the next post.