Hot springs, the invitation of a warm-hearted family and our first Aztec ruins …

At Lago de Patzcuaro we stopped for one day by a campground in the town. There we met two French guys and two Mexican girls with an old Volkswagen Westfalia. Two of them are married teachers. They are travelling around to different schools for teaching children about history and geography of the places they are travelling, also the language French and about the European culture. So long how they are allowed to. This could be one lesson or a week. Great idea and we wish them good luck with their project. Facebook: Edu Car T

Next day we went to Agua Caliente close to Hidalgo. There were hot springs all around and at our campground they had pools with 20° (68°F)and 40°C (104°F) and we really enjoyed relaxing there. A nice family recommended us some places to visit. We had some chili con carne left from the day before and so we invited them for a little snack. Conversation wasn’t easy. Only Angie speaks a bit English like we speak Spanish 😉 They were so happy about our invitation, so they invited us to their home in Zitácuaro the next day.

Close to 2:00 pm we arrived at their home. With their car we went to a restaurant with a trout farm. You place your order and then you can watch them, how they fish and prepare the fresh trout. Delicious! Then they showed us the main historic place of the city. With this monument they appreciate Ramon Lopez Rayon, who invented after a rebellion and fights in 1812 an independent government for the town and region.

It was nearly 6:00 pm when we came back to their home. They wanted to show us other places the next day, but we had a long way to go the next days. So we said politely no and continued the same day to Parque Estatal El Ocotal close Atlacomulco. Since our travels we have never felt so familiar. Their hospitality and kindness to completely foreigners was indescribable. We hope to see them one day again. Their lunch packet was awesome. It remembered us at home, how our mothers often prepared pork. Many many thanks to Maria, Angie, Oscar, Ami, Hermana and Angel!

For about 80 km we needed nearly four hours. It got dark at 7:30 pm and less sight, bad roads and much elevation made it boring. Never again driving when it’s dark in Mexico! The park was nice, but it was out of season. We enjoyed the autumn temperatures in about 2600 meters and being the only camper in a huge park again.

On the way to Teotihuacan we had two police inspections. By the way the police and military are very present everywhere in Mexico. In the early afternoon we arrived at a nice campsite in the town. We shared it only with a Swiss couple, who were travelling about two years with their camper in North and Central America. The Aztec ruins were only two kilometers away. On the way getting there we ate some Tacos and arrived late at ruins. We had less time for exploring this huge area, but we got at least some great impressions of these fabulous constructions. Unbelievable how they built it nowadays!

One night we stayed at the Centro Vaccational IMSS La Trinidad close to Tlaxcala. It was a very nice and quiet facility with outdoor pools and tutored lawns. The water was too cold for swimming more than ten minutes, but extremely refreshing in the morning. The same day we climbed up to a campsite at the Parque National Go Cofre del Perote. In 3400 meter it got really cold in the night. There is a trailhead of 24 km long trail to the summit of the volcano with an elevation of 4100 m. First we hesitated to go, but then we were simply too lazy. 😉 Destination for the next day was Boca del Rio at the Golf Coast.

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