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Cindie's Travel Journal for The States of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, Mexico
(June 1 - July 17, 2002)

 
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June 1 Wow, Zacatecas immediately impressed me.  The first thing I noticed was a big cross lit up on the highest hill around.  Most of the roads in Zacatecas are cobble stone, not the easiest surface to ride on.  We rode up and down hills, past an old aqueduct, and into the central district.  This is our first Silver City and the architecture is magnificent.  I am glad we are not paying for film because Tim is taking a lot of pictures.  Today, Saturday, is market day and oh what a gathering of merchants, everything from strawberries, which I am very tempted to eat but have not, to cheese, to videos and walkman.  We went window shopping and found a wedding store with the most beautiful dresses.  I have noticed that through out Mexico, there are more young women then young men around.  We are staying at Hotel Zamora located close to the center of town. It costs 125 pesos ($13.25) for the night, it is a bit stuffy but we love the location..  
June 2 Tim woke up feeling under the weather, possibly  a case of the tourista.  So we decided to have a mellow day of sight seeing.  First we went to the Pedro Coronel Museum, it was housed in the former Jesuit College.  The Jesuits were kicked out of Mexico in 1767 by the Spanish crown because they felt threaten by the highly educated and compassionate priests.  The Jesuits tried to help the plight of the indigenous people.  In this area, the indigenous people were forced to work in the mines 12 to 18 hours a day from as early an age as 10 until their death which occurred in their mid 20s.  After the museum we decided to tour the local mine El Eden.  We met Paolo on our tour and she translated from Spanish to English for us.  The mine was dug by hand with a chisel and hammer.  The laborers would chisel a hole in the rock and then insert a piece of wood with the chisel then they would wet the wood, when the wood expanded it would break apart the rock.  There were multiple levels of the mine and each level had a shrine to the patron saint.  The miners would pay homage to the saint for each day that they got out of the mine alive. 

Paola is on a fellowship here in Mexico.   It was very interesting to talk with her about the changes going on in Mexico.  We talked for hours about Mexican politics and customs.

 
June 3 Cruised around Zacatecas looking for a laundry and never did find one.  We strolled through a different part of town today.  Monday's are a very busy day and there was hustle and bustle everywhere.  We ended up doing our laundry in our room.  As we were leaving for dinner we met Jose, the owner of the hotel and an avid racing cyclist.   He showed us around parts of the hotel that are not currently in use, there were beautiful views from the roof top.  He said that he would take us to the top of La Bufa, the highest point in Zacatecas, tomorrow by car.  
June 4 We strolled around Zacatecas in the morning and tried some of the local cuisine.  Fruit vendors are everywhere and I had to try some.  The fresh fruit available was papaya, mango, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and hicama.  I decided to try cantaloupe, the locals put red chili powder and fresh lime on their fruit.   I though, what the heck, I'll try it.  Wow, what a combination of sweet, sour and hot all at once.  I am hooked.  The next thing we tried was roasted corn in a cup with cream, red chili, lime and goat cheese on top. A meal all in itself.  We met Jose and his wife and they took us on a trip to the surrounding mountains.  We ended up at a little church out in the middle of nowhere.  This church was near the very first mine in the area. Jose said that the conquistadors trotted along these same cobble stone roads.  We learned some more Spanish along the way.  Jose was very animated and enthusiastic about life.  
June 5 Zacatecas - Panfilo Natera.  We set out from Zacatecas towards San Luis Potosi today.  The ride through town was fast and on a three lane highway.  It was intense getting out of the center of town.  We have been off the bike for a while and I soon forgot how nerve racking it is riding in heavy traffic.  We did not have any close calls and I relaxed after a couple of kilometers.  After we got off the main road to Aguacalientes the country side turned to farm land intermixed with large prickly pear cactus and very large plants that looked like Joshua trees.  The weather turned to stormy in the early afternoon and we were again riding into a head wind.  Tim is a great wind block and makes the riding much easier on me.  We got to our turn off and found a truck stop with a hotel.  Given the weather conditions, we decided to stay the night, it cost 100 pesos ($10.60).  We had a huge thunderstorm come through in the middle of the night. 33 miles
June 6 This is the first day that we wanted to ride but decided against it because of the weather.  The weather was wet and cold in the morning and rainy in the afternoon.  We decided to wait a day to see what the weather would do.  The monsoon season is obviously just around the corner.  We walked into the town of Panfilo Natera, population less than 5,000, and it was obvious that they do not get many visitors.  However, everyone was very friendly and we did meet someone who had worked in Las Vegas.  I am amazed at how many people, mostly men, have worked in the US.   We guess maybe 1 in 5 have worked in the US.  I'm sure that most of them do not have green cards either.  
June 7 Panfilo Natera - Noria de los Angeles. (see full description at One Fine Day Down The Road) Woke up this morning to find that the hotel was full of cyclists.   There was a group of ten riders from Guanajuato staying the night, they had their families with them.  Unfortunately they were on there way to Zacatecas, where we had just come from.  The cyclists ranged in age from teenage to retirement.  It was nice to see a group of recreational cyclists, it reminded me of the Chain Gang, a local cycling club in Prescott, Arizona.

We headed down the road towards Pinos, we were heading east and again we had a head wind.  We stopped in Noria de las Angeles to take a look at Tim's crank because it had been making a clicking noise all day.  As we were sitting there we saw 15 buses turn towards the town plaza.  We just had to investigate.  It turns out that it was a political rally.  They had bused in people from the surrounding area.  There were hundreds of people milling around the square.  They had a band set up and a rally was in progress.  I set off to look at the local church and it was the most breath taking church I have ever seen.   Beautiful paintings every where with numerous statues.

When we first got to town no one noticed us but as soon as we began talking to people the kids just mobbed us, there must have been thirty kids around us.  In the middle of it all a women asked us if we needed any thing and we said yes, anything to disperse the mob.  Off to her house we went with at least twenty kids in tow, she was kind enough to let us use her bathroom.  When we were done we sat down next to the police officer and talked with the kids for a while.  Tim asked the police officer if there was a hotel in town.  He said no but we could camp next to the police station.   We rode around town looking for a restaurant and could not find one, so we were once again back at the police station asking if there was a restaurant in town. We got directions but had difficulty finding a restaurant.  We rode past a dog barking at us from behind a fence, he was wagging his tail so he didn't look particularly mean.   When we rode by again suddenly a goat jump up to take a look too.  Just to cute.  We spoke with a group of women outside their house and she said she did not have any chicken today.  We said we would be happy with eggs.  She invited us into her house and we ate at their kitchen table.  Three young boys lived in the house and they had lots of questions for us.  We talked through dinner and beyond.   We finally set up our tent just before sunset.  Then the boys came over and asked us if we wanted to take a shower at their house.  Of course we did.  Mean while we met Victor a local teacher.  The women who made us dinner happen to be his grandmother.  We could of stayed up all night talking but I was exhausted so off to sleep we went.   Sombrero.

26 miles
June 8 Noria de las Angeles - Pinos.  We woke up to the sound of burros - eehhhww, roosters cockadoddledoo, ducks quack quack, assorted birds tweet tweet, and cows moo.  "Todo I think we are in Kansas".  We set out late this morning, Tim's crank is making a clicking sound, not good.  We again had a head wind.  I could use a tail wind right about now.  In addition to the wind we climbed 1500 ft. and the last 300 feet was in the last 1.5 miles.  We went to the Plaza as usual and met Francisco and his family.  Francisco looked about 7 years old and he had a million questions.  He didn't look bad in my helmet and glasses either.  He looked like my nephew James, it made me miss my family too.  We found a hotel, carried our bikes and bags up two flights of stairs and landed in the hotel room exhausted.  We decided to have a beer and Tim went off to the local liquor store.  He was gone longer than usual and I began to wonder what he was up to.  Tim came back with the beer and told me that the boys at the liquor store gave him a couple of free shots of the town's pride and joy, home-made mescal.   Mescal is considered hallucinogenic by the Mexicans but in reality it is a popular liquor made from an agave plant.  Tim said that "I wasn't in the mood to drink mescal", but when a Mexican offers you a free drink it is considered a great honor so out of respect Tim didn't turn down the shots.  The mescal came from a large oak barrel with a gravity tap and sealed with a cork on top.  Well maybe Tim should have turned down those shots.  Although Tim was not drunk, he got extremely sick with stomach cramps, nausea, fever, and dreaded diarrhea.  He was up all night with a fever.  I don't think the oak barrel was very sanitary.  Tim thinks the worms were floating at the top of the barrel instead of at the bottom of the barrel where they should be. 25 miles
June 9 Pinos.  Tim wasn't in any condition to ride so we decided to stay another night.  We pretty much slept for most of the day because we were up most of the night.  
June 10 Pinos.  Tim is coming around, but is still pretty weak.  We watched the World Cup in Spanish.  You don't need to know much Spanish to watch a soccer game.  A huge thunderstorm came rolling in during the middle of the night.  
June 11 Pinos.  I was ready to ride put the weather was not favorable.  Oh well we can watch more world cup.  We went strolling around Pinos some.  Some people can understand our Spanish and some people can't.  It is so frustrating not to be able to communicate beyond my basic needs.  
June 12 Pinos - Ojuelos.  Oh joy the weather cleared and we could ride.   I was itching to head down the road.  Tim was feeling better so we were both were ready to ride.  We headed down into the valley towards Guanajuato.  We steadily went down hill and it was one of our most pleasant riding days yet.  The wind had decided to stay home today and it was calm.  We got to Ojuelos sooner than we thought.  As we turned off the rural road on to the highway we noticed a huge increase in truck traffic.  The dreaded semi trucks was everywhere.  We weren't on the road for two minutes and I hear the air brakes behind me and move off to the right as far as I can.  It was so close yet it didn't touch us.  We passed mountains of ceramic frogs and even a tweetie bird curios so Tim had to stop for a picture.  As we rode into town a dog came out to do battle.  Again, I went to the front and Tim rode towards the dog.  I heard a vicious dog barking and Tim growling back, then Tim spit on the dog and the dog ran off.  For some reason spitting on the dog works. Tim said, "I won", I get the feeling that Tim enjoys these battles.  In to town we went looking for a hotel, and took the room on the ground floor.  This room was way over priced and wasn't worth the 200 pesos ($21.00) it cost.  Then we go to get gas for our stove and a guy yells at us "you suck, Go back to America".  Hmm not a very friendly jester, I thought it was going to be another dog attack so I put Tim between me and the truck.  People who yell things out of a cars as they drive away are just cowards.  However, it is still disturbing to me and Tim hates racism. 32 miles
June 13 Ojuelos - San Felipe.  The morning started as badly as yesterday ended.  Tim went to get water for his coffee and no water came out of the faucet.   Tim was furious, it was the last straw and he wanted to get a refund.  I don't often see Tim get mad and he was on the warpath.   So we woke up the women we paid yesterday and he demanded a refund.  Tim said he would pay 100 pesos, no more.   All in Spanish too.  To my utter amazement, she refunded our entire nights bill, but complained about having to wash the sheets. So Tim gave her 100 pesos and we got out of there as soon as we could.  We ate breakfast and set off for San Felipe.   As we were heading out of town we were once again chased by not one but two dogs, Tim had one on each side, he raised quite a racket growling and spitting at those two dogs.  Again, the dogs backed off.  Tim comes riding up to me and said "I won".  I was never more glad to get out of that town.

The scenery has changed to greener fields with mountains riming the valleys.  The clouds began building and the humidity started going up.  As we topped a hill the rain began to come down.   First, in droplets here and there and then a complete down pour. We ditched to the side of the road and pulled the tarp between the two bikes, staked down the tarp, and dived in for cover.  It rained hard but not for long, I even found it enjoyable.   This was the first time we have been catch riding in rain since we left Prescott on March 30, 2002.  The sun came back out and down the road we went.  We were in San Felipe an hour later.  San Felipe is a pleasant town with people riding bikes every where.  Every one from the town hammer to mom toting her two kids around were out enjoying the day.  We got a room at the Hotel Posada for 150 pesos($15.70)

40 miles
June 14 San Felipe - Dolores Hidalgo.  We set off earlier today hoping to miss the afternoon rain.  The scenery is beautiful, rolling hills with river crossings. In between towns there is miles of farmland.  They are growing corn, peas, of coarse chilies, and beans.  We made it to Dolores Hidalgo in 2.5 hours, a record for not stopping.  Dolores Hidalgo is the home of the Mexican independence movement from Spain that took place in 1810.  It seems that every Mexican makes there way here sometime in their life.  We got the smallest hotel room yet, we had to take off our bags and park our bikes at the foot of the bed.  It is amazing what I can put up with for just one night. 32 miles
June 15 Dolores Hildalgo - Mountain pass near Santa Rosa.  We asked for directions to Guanajuato and the man we asked told us not to got that way.  "The curves are dangerous" he said.  The road from Dolores to Guanajuato goes from the high plains (6,200 feet) over a mountain pass (8,200 feet) and then descends rapidly down to Guanajuato (6,600 feet).  We told him we didn't have a problem with that and off we went.  We started climbing immediately.  We rolled through the foot hills and on into the mountains, the climb reminded me of the climb from Skull Valley to Prescott, Arizona.  As it turns out, the traffic was light and the road surface new.   Sure we went around switchbacks, but nothing we have not done before.  This is another example of how motorists don't understand what it is like on a bike.  We stopped when we thought we were close to the top, more like my legs didn't want to go anymore.  We found a great place to camp for the night among the scrub oak with vistas of the plains below. 23 miles
June 16 Mountain pass near Santa Rosa - Guanajuato.  We didn't think we had much climbing to do today, but we were wrong.  We climbed steadily for an hour.   It was a quick descent into town.  Town is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets with lots of one ways and tunnels that go underground.  An underground tunnel is not a place for a bike.  Luckily as we stopped to contemplate which direction to go, a street parade with musicians and dancers went by and closed off the street.  We pushed our bikes down a one way the wrong way, a common occurrence in Mexico, and stumbled onto the main Plaza, Jardin de la Union.  Whala! we made it.  We met several Americans this afternoon.  It was great to have a conversation in English.  We wandered around the streets for a couple of hours looking for a cheap place to stay.   We finally found Posada De la Condesa for 140 pesos ($14.65).  It will do for the night.  Somehow, we are going to try and stay up tonight because it is US vs. Mexico in the world cup.  It figures I have a Spanish entrance test in the morning.   This should be old hat for Tim, it reminds him a lot of college although I don't think he can stay up as late. 15 miles
June 17 Well so much for the soccer game.  Instead I got my first case of Montezuma's revenge.  It started suddenly with nausea, the heaves, fever and then in the morning diarrhea.  Ugh I felt like a punching bag.  So much for the first day of Spanish school too.  I had to send Tim on ahead.  I stayed in the our room, the dungeon, because I didn't have the strength to do anything.  We call it the dungeon because the room has no windows and two suits of armor great you at the door of the hotel.  Welcome to Guanajuato.  I have decided not to drink the water here at all.  In the past we would filter the tap water but I think that this tap water has more problems then bacteria, so it is best to stay away from it.  This area has heavily mineralized soil so I wouldn't be surprised if the water was mineralized too.   Mineralized water is not good for the digestive system.  
June 18 Luckily for me my sickness only lasted 24 hours.  I feel a little weak today but not near as bad.  We looked for a better room at a decent price but couldn't find one.  We decided to eat out only once a day to keep in our budget.   We found the large modern grocery store.  Tim had a donut attack and we bought ten donuts and/or cookies for 20 pesos ($2.10).  I had my first day of Spanish school and realized that this is going to take a lot of work.  So for the next three weeks I don't intend to have extensive journal entries and may do a summary of Spanish school at the end.  It looks like we will be moving to the hotel associated with the Spanish school.  Casa Mexicana usually charges 95 pesos ($20 total) per person for a room.   We declined and stayed in our originally room, the dungeon.  When we went to school they said that there was a room coming available on Thursday and would we be interested.  Tim said only if it is 140 pesos or less.  They said they would rent us the room for 140 pesos a night because we are going to school there.  Tim says it has more to do with the principals of supply and demand.  We will take a look tomorrow but will most likely move on Thursday.  
June 19

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July 17

 

Well we stayed in Guanajuato longer than we wanted.  However, we met some great people at Spanish School and definitely got to know the town.  We tried to ride daily until I got sick for a week and then Tim got sick the following week.  We ordered a new water filter from REI and it arrived quickly.  We decided to order Tim's crank from Performance Bikes too.  We waited  7 days for a package that never came.  We ordered the crank over the internet, Performance usually sends an email when they ship an order and when I did not receive an email, I sent another email to customer service.  Still no reply, after waiting 7 days I called Performance customer service, not a cheap endeavor, and they said that they do not ship to Mexico.  I was a little more then mad, what, then the customer service rep said that he could not find our order, how convenient for them. Since we were not waiting anymore, we decided to leave the next day.  
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Cindie and her new friends

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Cindie on her way out of the city of Zacatecas.

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Tim riding in the backcountry in the state of Zacatecas.

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Tim and his 100 lb. rig make it to the top.

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Francisco is suited up and ready to go.

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Plowing a field the hard way with two burros.

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Our campsite high in the mountains near Guanajuato.

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Cindie looking down at the city of Guanajuato, where we hope to learn more Spanish.

 


 

 

INDEX #1: North and Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present
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(Before March 30, 2002)
Life in Prescott Arizona, USA

Cindie's Daily Journals
Life in Prescott Arizona

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Good bye Letter

Other essays by Tim
About Us
Our Bicycle Wedding
Riding In Prescott
Hiking in Arizona
Favorite Bike Movies
The Great Zorr Dog
Life in a $500 RV
The Plan
Good bye Letter

 

(March 30 - May 12, 2002)
The State of Arizona, USA
Prescott to Douglas, Arizona

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Cindie's Journal in Arizona, USA

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Our first week Down the Road!
Enjoying Arizona
Heading into Mexico

Other essays by Tim
The Day We Left
Lost Dutchman Mine
Ghost Towns
Tombstone
Chiricahua National Monument
Portal Arizona
Backpacking in the Chiricahua Mountains
Apache Wars

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- Arizona Photo Page #1 Prescott AZ - Tucson AZ
- Lost Dutchman State Park
- Arizona Photo Page #2 Tucson AZ - Tombstone AZ
- San Xavier Mission
- Arizona Photo Page #3 Tombstone AZ to Portal AZ 
- Tombstone Arizona
- Ghost Towns in Arizona 
- Chiricahua National Monument
- Portal Arizona
- Chiricahua Wilderness Area Backpack (Trek)

 

(May 13 - 31, 2002)
The States of Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico
Agua Prieta to Cuauhtemoc, Mexico

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The States of Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico

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Greetings from Mexico!

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The Problems with the Border Area Between Mexico and the USA
Paquime Ruins Casas Grandes, Mexico
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- Paquime Ruins - Casas Grandes, Mexico
- Mexico #2 Photo Page    Zaragoza to Col. Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
- The Mennonites of Chihuahua, Mexico
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- Barranca del Cobre or Copper Canyon Photo Page

 

(June 1 - July 17, 2002)
The States of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, Mexico
Zacatecas to Guanajuato, Mexico

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The States of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, Mexico

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Hello Guanajuato
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One Fine Day Down The Road
Learning Spanish at Casa Mexicana in Guanajuato, Mexico
Cindie's Car Crash: a Mexican Experience Guanajuato, Mexico

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- Central Mexico #1  Zacatecas to Ojuelos, Mexico
- One Fine Day Down The Road  State of Zacatecas, Mexico
- Central Mexico #2 Zacatecas to Guanajuato, Mexico
- Dolores Hidalgo, the Home of the Mexican War of Independence
- Guanajuato and the Mexican War of Independence
- Guanajuato, Mexico #1
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- Mineral Museum of the University of Guanajuato

 

(July 18 - Aug 22, 2002)
The State of Michoacan, Mexico
Guanajuato to Toluca, Mexico

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The State of Michoacan, Mexico

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Toluca

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- Guanajuato to   Penjamillo, Mexico
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- Patzcuaro, Mexico
- Patzcuaro to Cuidad Hidalgo, Michoacan, Mexico
- Morelia, Mexico
- Into the Mist Mexican highway 15
- Cuidad Hidalgo, Michoacan, to Toluca, Mexico
- Toluca, Mexico
- The Velodrome in Toluca, Mexico

 

(Aug. 23 - Sept. 17, 2002)
The States of Mexico and Morelos, Mexico
Toluca to Amecameca, Mexico

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The States of Mexico and Morelos

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So Close to Mexico City Yet So Far From Anything

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- Toluca to Chalma, Mexico
- Malinalco, Mexico
- Chalma to Amecameca, Mexico
- Cuernavaca, Mexico
- Amecameca
- September 16 Mexican Independence Day
- Various Extra Pictures

 

(September 18 - 27, 2002)
Mexico City Area
Including the ruins of Teotihuacan

Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City Area

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Six Months Down the Road

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Looking Deep Into the Eyes of a Thief Mexico City Metro (subway)
The Velodrome in Mexico City

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- Mexico City
- National Palace and Zocalo
- The Velodrome (bicycle track) in Mexico City
- The Ruins of Teotihuacan #1
- The Ruins of Teotihuacan #2
- Xochimilco
- Mexico City Zoo
- National Museum of Anthropology

 

(Oct.  12 - Nov. 8, 2002)
The States of Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico
Villahermosa, Tabasco to Cuauhtemoc Chiapas, Mexico

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The States of Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico

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- Museum La Venta and the Olmec Heads Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
- Villahermosa, Tabasco  to Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico
- Palenque #1 Photo Picture Page
- Palenque #2 Photo Picture Page
- Misol-Ha Waterfall Chiapas, Mexico
- Agua Azul Chiapas, Mexico
- Tonina Mayan Ruins Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico
- Mexico's Day of the Dead Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico
- Ocosingo to Cuauhtemoc Chiapas, Mexico

 

(Dec 2 - 15, 2002)
Guatemala #1: The Highlands
Quetzaltenango to Antigua

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Guatemala #1 The Highlands

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Guatemala: Riding Through the Highlands

Guatemala: From Paradise to Despair

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Escuela de Idioma Español Utatlan, Spanish Immersion School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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- La Mesilla to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
- The Indigenous Highland Village of San Andreas Xecul
- Climbing the Volcano Santa Maria.
- Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
- Quetzaltenango to Antigua, Guatemala.
- San Pedro la Laguna Lago (Lake) Atitlan, Guatemala
- Lago (Lake) Atitlan Santa Cruz to San Marcos Hike
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(Dec. 16, 2002 - Jan. 6, 2003)
Guatemala #2: Northeast Towards the Caribbean
Antigua to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

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Guatemala #2
: Heading Northeast Towards the Caribbean

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- The Colonial City of Antigua, Guatemala. #1
- The Historical City of Antigua, Guatemala. #2
- The Active Volcano Pacaya, Near Antigua
- Antigua to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
- The Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala
- Livingston, Guatemala

 

(January 7 - 31, 2003)
Honduras
From the Guatemalan Border to the Nicaraguan Border

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Honduras

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- Honduras: The Border to Comayagua, Honduras
- Omoa, Honduras and Fortaleza de San Fernando de Omoa
- Parque Nacional Cero Azul Meambar, Honduras Page #1
- Parque Nacional Cero Azul Meambar, Honduras Page #2
- Comayagua to Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Tegucigalpa, Honduras to the Border with Nicaragua
- Odds and Ends

 

(Feb. 1 - 19, 2003)
Nicaragua
From the Honduras Border to the Costa Rican Border

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Nicaragua

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- Nicaragua: The Honduras border to Esteli, Nicaragua
- Esteli, Nicaragua:  the Stronghold of the Sandinista
- Esteli to Granada, Nicaragua
- Granada, Nicaragua #1
- Granada, Nicaragua #2
- Volcano Masaya - Near Managua, Nicaragua
- Granada, Nicaragua to the Costa Rican Border
- Isla / Island Ometepe, Lake Nicaragua
- Ernie, The Entertainer from Jamaica

 

(Feb. 21 - March 14, 2003)
Costa Rica #1
La Cruz to Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica #1

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Costa Rica #1 (incomplete)

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- Nicaraguan Border to Playa Tamarindo
- Liberia, Guancaste, Costa Rica.
- Playa Tamarindo
to Playa Samara
- Playa Samara to Playa Jaco
- Manuel Antonio National Park #1
- Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica #1
- Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica #2

 

(March 15 - April 10, 2003)
Costa Rica #2
Manual Antonio to Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica #2

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- Parque National Manuel Antonio, #2
- City of Santa Elena and Monteverde
- Butterfly Garden, Santa Elena, Monteverde
- Finca Ecological, Monteverde
- Frog Pond (Ranario), Santa Elena
- Santa Elena, Cloud Forest, National Park
- Sky Walk, Suspension Bridge, Canopy Tour
- Sky Trek Zip Line, Canopy Tour
- Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

 

(April 12 - 17, 2003)
Panama
Panama City, Panama

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Panama

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Panama (Incomplete)

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- Panama City #1
- Panama City #2
- Panama Canal

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