From the jungle at the Pacific coast to the volcano Parakutin

Our transfer to Mazatlan included a cabin for the driver and not for the second guy. So Peppi had a fabulous night without sleep in the cabin with a snoring Mexican trucker and Kali had to suffer on a crowded floor in the public area, trying to get a sleep. At your travels not everything smells like roses. Of course sometimes you are fed up with some days. Good sleep is rare, especially in the heat of the last days/weeks/months and in this case with air-conditioning and other guys. We were done next morning! It wasn’t our plan, but so we stayed one another day in the city at very cool hostel.

There we met nice people from all over the world. Listening to their and talking about our travels was a great experience. A guy recommended us a restaurant, where you can get great and cheap seafood. It was a kind of garage, but yes indeed: It was delicious. Rest of the evening/night we stayed at the beach and Malecon. We enjoyed people and party life. It was a nice city, but we decided to go next day.

We were busy to make some kilometers, because a friend from Austria wanted to visit us in end of October in Yucatan. People said we are stupid, because we will miss so many great places. Yes, but everywhere are great places and we can’t stay everywhere! So we decided to go fast and try to catch the Pacific Ocean, bit jungle, highlands with volcanoes, Aztec ruins, Golf of Mexico, Maja ruins ….

At the little fisher town Teacapán a family gave us shelter for one night in their garden beside their restaurant. We shared it with a little pig, but we were glad to find a place there. Cevice was great in the restaurant! For next night we asked locals in San Blas for a campsite and they told us a dumpy place to stay. The owner Luis (afterwards they told us he is the trash man of the town) was a really nice and helpful guy. We prepared in the rain a barbeque and shared it with him. His interest and kindness to foreign travelers was great.

Maybe the food wasn’t so good or the cause of hundreds mosquito bites … Kali became diarrhea for the next two days. In San Francisco (locals say San Poncho) we found a rudimental campsite in the town. They had at least the most necessary belonging those days: A toilet! The guys there recommended Kali a tea with leaves from a special tree. Maybe this was a reason, but it became better. Peppi was the first day for a while in the town and at the beach and did surfing the second day.

Then we started to cross the main land. We knew bad roads, but these ones were worse. For 360 km we needed nearly nine hours. Unsigned speed bumps, going up high elevation, slalom on the road in cause of missing parts and trees hanging into the road makes you crazy. We stayed overnight at a campground by the Laguna Chapala, the biggest lake of Mexico.

It was already dark when we arrived and continued next morning to Angahuan for staying at the volcano Parakutin. We read about the ruins of a church, which was (nearly) completely destroyed of a lava stream about 500 years ago, when Parakutin erupted the last time.

When we arrived at the Centro del Touristico, a guy with horses came along and offered us a five hours ride to the volcano and to the church with a guide for 350 peso/person. We couldn’t remember when we rode a horse the last time or if we ever did before. OK, for about 17 Euro we fixed it for the next morning. At 8:30 we climbed on the horses and followed a little path for about 1 ½ hours. We passed thickest forest, avocado trees and saw some locals living in their rudimental houses.

The last kilometer to the top of the volcano you have to go by your own It was really breathtaking, but it was almost worth it. On the summit you have an awesome view around. Lunch was great with this surrounding. Down you go on a wide steep sandy path. Next time we take snowboards with us.

Then we visited the ruins of the church. Only one tower and some walls remained after the lava stream. It is unbelievable that the stream stopped two meters in front of the altar. Until today the locals always decorate it with flowers. Afterwards the trip we were glad to get off the horse. It even hurt two days after the ride.

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