Costa Alegre

After a pretty long night on the ferry (loud, warm, and bright),we arrived in Mazatlan on a beautiful summer morning. Originally we had wanted to drive southwards right away, but first we helped Jimmy from Australia to find a new inner tubefor his motorcycle. We had met him on the way to Pichilingue when he had had a flat and just barely managed to make in onto the ferry. With his surfboard and a friend, he is on route a similar to ours, but has less time available. So we got to know the old city of Mazatlan before arriving unusually quickly inSan Blas via the expensive highway. This is a small fishing village known for its good waves and relaxed beach life. We had had no idea beforehand what kind of landscape would await us on the coast – it was green and kept getting greener, a myriad of butterflies were whirring around, and finally we were immerged in a real jungle with big trees, lianas, and coconut trees. The last few kilometers along the coast, we drove along a narrow street through a tunnel of trees.

Around San Blas, you find jungle, mangrove swamps, and a magnificent animal kingdom. The dominant species in the region has wings and a little sting to pester any two-legged creatures around, and it quickly drove us away from the beach.As we continued southwards, we discovered a crocodile farmalong the way and were amazed when we saw that crocodiles up to about 23 feet (7m) long live in the coastal waters. In a fenced-in part of the river, you can go snorkeling with turtles, pikes, and other fish between roots and fallen trees, and it also gave us our first fresh water swim in a long time. A bit further on, we found a great spot for spending night on a beach with acoastal river flowing into a bay with the longest waves in the world – provided that the wind and the current are right.

We didn’t manage to stay in one place for long. It was still pretty warm, and the nights were very hot, humid, and full of mosquitoes buzzing around the Bremach. Our way further south led past innumerable resorts and goals for expatriates until we got to San Patricio de Melaque, a typical vacation destination for Mexicans with the typical weekend atmosphere– loud music day and night coming from all possible sources, drunk, sunburned Mexicans, and an all-day party under the umbrellas at the restaurant tables. In between, they cooled off in the ocean every once in a while, sometimes in swim suits, sometimes with the clothes they happened to have on at the moment. It was an interesting experience to wind up our time on the Pacific coast: beautiful, isolated and harsh beaches with coconut palm trees in the north, typical resorts with high walls and fences, armed watchmen to protect an idealized world inthe middle, and then the wild and inaccessible Costa Alegre,with its steep mountains, remote villages, and lovely, sporadically accessible bays. We’ll see when the next time is that we get to set eyes on the Pacific.

Compatible with the lush vegetation, there are fresh mangos,pineapples, coconuts, and so on –you can just buy the fruit from a pickup that is driving by. Other things can be bought from stands along the road. There are usually a lot of stands one after the other, and they all offer the same things at the same price. The stands are often grouped around a tope, where you have to slow down drastically anyway. At the next tope,several kilometers further on, there are more stands, all selling different things from the tope before, but all selling identical things at identical prices. We still haven’t understood the logics behind this system.

Our longing for a cool, dry, mosquito-free night kept growing greater, so we left the coast in Barra de Navidad and drove to the biggest lake in Mexico.  Laguna de Chapala is located at an altitude of 5,248 ft (1600m), a good distance from the coastand on the way to Guadalajara. The first thing we did was to put our feet up and just enjoy the more pleasant climate. In the coming days and weeks, we will be looking a the colonialcities in the Mexican highlands.

 

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One Thought on “Costa Alegre

  1. Arne Wendtland on Monday October 14th, 2013 at 03:13 AM said:

    Hallo Zusammen! Ich habe eine Frage bzgl. des Bremachs, da ich in Italien das gleiche Model erstanden habe wie Ihr. Wir wollen im nächsten Jahr für mindestens 6 Monate auf große Reise damit gehen. Auf der Suche nach Ausbaumöglichkeiten bin ich dann auf euren Block gestossen und hoffe Ihr könnt mir ein paar Tips geben, bzw. habt euch vielleicht mehrere Angebote eingeholt und könnt mir evtl. Informationen darüber geben. Wieso habt ihr euch für den Koffer von Ortec entschieden und wie seid ihr damit zufrieden? Ich denke das beste wäre, wenn ich euch mal irgendwie telefonisch erreichen könnte? Skype?
    Über eine Rückmeldung würde ich mich sehr freuen.

    Gruß
    Arne Wendtland (Landsberg a. Lech)

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