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Michoacan

After living it up in DF for nearly a week (thanks Emily) we needed to hit the road again but we weren{t quite ready for the beach, with memories of boredom and rain still fresh from Punta Pajaros. So after a recommendation we headed to Queretaro. This town is actually where I was first offered a job in Mexico, way back when we were in Honduras, a year and a half ago. I turned it down due for various reasons, one of which was the location. Well I was wrong to discount it because of that. Queretaro is a great city - there´s not really anything especially that stands out and there are no ruins, caves, beaches or tourist attractions of any kind. It´s just a normal Mexican city. However it is very well looked after. The colonial centre is perfect for strolling mor sitting in parks (there are at least 5) and as we are on a tight budget that´s about all we could afford to do. We spent two days just walking the centre and occasionally sharing one drink in a bar. We seemed to chose the places up high to drink, as you can spend more time just watching the world go past or, as Kerri likes to do, snap photos of unsuspecting passers-by.

Unsuspecting passers-by

Unsuspecting passers-by

We did make one day trip from Queretaro, to the Peña de Bernal. This is apperently the world´s third largest monolith, after Ulhuru in Australia and somewhere else. Basically it is just a big rock to walk up. It is set in the midst of rolling countryside and has a picturesque town at it´s base.

The Peña

The Peña

A dog followed us up

A dog followed us up

After Queretaro we headed into Michoacan, home of La Famalia cartel. Many people had told us that the drug violence was bad in this state however we don´t buy large (or small) quantaties of Cocaine so we thought we would be OK. There are some ´Tierras Calientes´(hot land) that I wouldn´t visit, but then there really is no reason to. Our first stop was Morelia, another beautiful colonial town.

Morelia´s stunning cathedral at night

Morelia´s stunning cathedral at night

Then we headed way off the map to visit our friend Nestor´s mum (Theresa) in his home town. This was an excellent decision and it was great to be in a house with a mum to look after us for a bit. She lives in a place called Tangancicuaro (try saying that with a mouth full of taco), a small town in the middle of Michoacan whivch probably see´s no tourists ever. Needless to say we are already used to being stared at having lived in a town that sees no tourst ever for a whole year. Teresa is a lovely person, she made us feel very welcome in her house and gave us a lot of really great food. We ate Chicken soup, sandwiches, biscuits, tamales, amazing yogurt with fresh fruit and even had milk and cookies before bed. We met some of Nestor´s friends and made papier mache models with them for the upcoming day of the dead celebration.

Teresa and Kerri

Teresa and Kerri

From Tangancicuaro we visited an ice cold lake and a boiling geyser. I had never seen a geyser before so this pretty cool. There, we swam in a nutrally heated lake. When the steam from the geyser falls it is very cold, so it was wierd swimming in bath-warm water in the freezing rain.

About to get cold

About to get cold

Kids playing next to the geyser

Kids playing next to the geyser

Finally after that rest up, we were feeling ready to head to the beach. So after a night stop in Uruapan and then two more long buses the next day we arrived here in Maruata. It´s super chilled and we are camped right on the beach for 3 quid a night. We are really trying not to spend any money (because we don´t have any) so we are eating a lot of bread and biscuits, and buying fruit of the the back of a pick-up when he comes around. Luckily we brought the hammock with us so we spend a lot of time in that. Again, there is not a single other tourist here. This sounds great but since we left DF we haven´t spoken to or even seen another traveller so there is none of the random meetings that really make a trip what it is. I suppose its our choice of destination. Apart from everything is going very well. Yesterday we were scooping baby turtles from the sand to be realesed later. Last night we sat and watched a mother turtle dig a nest and lay her eggs right next to our tent. It was so close we had to move the tent. The whole process probably took around 2 hours and looked like an incredible exertion on the mother´s part. There are so many turtles on this beach and it seems like the locals really protect them, which is good to see.

Unfortunately there is no way to upload photos from here so you will have to wait until next time to see Kerri next to a turtle and the pictures of cute baby turtles. 6 weeks or so to go now so look out England.

Posted by lewyandkerri 09:27 Archived in Mexico Tagged churches beach mexico lake geyser turtle michoacán

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