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Mexico City DF Area: Including the Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan and the floating gardens of Xochimilco
(September 18 - Oct. 11, 2002)

 
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Sept 18 Amecameca - Mexico City.  Took the bus from Amecameca to Mexico City for 18 pesos ($1.90) one way.  We got to the bus station and a taxi cab driver tried to lead us away from the official taxi booth and over charge us.  Then the cab driver said that there was construction around the Zocalo and he would not drive us up to our hotel.  So he dropped us off at the Zocalo in front of the Cathedral. We had to carry our luggage two blocks to find a hotel.  We went out to eat and then retired for the night.  However, they are jack hammering outside our window until 12:00 at night. I went to bed wearing ear plugs.  
Sept 19 Mexico City.  Went shoe shopping, did not buy anything. Tim looked into renting climbing equipment, not possible.  Took the metro to the race car track and got caught in the rain.  Met a Danish couple from Copenhagen.  Had some delicious draft beer at a pub.  
Sept 20 Mexico City.  Searched for a good pair of outdoor shoes.  I ended up buying a pair of Nikes for about $85.00 a little more than I wanted to spend but my feet were killing me.  Sandals do not give the support you need for long term travel.  Tim and I went to the Mexico City velodrome, where the 1968 Olympics occurred and Eddy Merckx set the hour record.  The track is still in use and in pretty good shape.  I am anticipating Patti's arrival tomorrow.  
Sept 21 Mexico City. We picked Patti up at the airport today.  We rode the metro to the airport and while changing stations Tim and I get slammed into a car and our pockets were searched. We had nothing in our pockets so there was nothing to take.   We moved to the Hotel San Antonio, it was 220 pesos ($22.00) a night for a triple.   The rooms were adjoining with one shared bath.  The room was comfortable and clean.  The draw back was the construction going on in the Historic District.   Jack hammers were going 24 hours a day, 6 days a week.  The dust was miserable too.  
Sept 22 Mexico City. It is Sunday and we toured the Zocalo today and watched the Aztec dancers perform.  We visited the Templo Mayor archeological site located next to the Cathedral and Zocalo.  Impressive, I did not realize how brutal the Aztecs were.  I got the impression from Neil Young's song, Cortez the Killer, that war was never know.  Guess you can not believe every song you hear.

In 1487, the ritual of sacrificing captured warriors during the dedication of the Temple after the new construction reached a frenzied pace.  Michael Meyer and William Sherman write in "The Course of Mexican History":  In a ceremony lasting four days sacrificial victims taken during campaigns were formed in four columns, each stretching three miles.  At least twenty thousand human hearts were torn out to please the god ....  In the frenzy of this ghastly pageant, the priests were finally overcome with exhaustion.

 
Sept 23 Mexico City. Teotihuacan.  We had to take the metro to the Autobus del Norte station and then it was a 45 minute ride out to the ruins.  It seemed like Mexico City extended all the way out to Teoteohuican.  We could see the ruins from the bus stop.  Tim and I got in the ruins for free with our student cards and Patti paid 35 pesos ($3.50) to get in.  Well worth the money.  Our guide book said that we could get an English speaking guide for free but it turns out that it cost 250 pesos ($25.00).   We decided to read the signs instead.

We first explored the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.  A pyramid beneath the seventh and final pyramid was excavated to exposed a smaller pyramid with carved feathered serpents coming out of flowers and two fanged creatures believed to be the rain god Tlaloc.   The rooms and patios around the Temple were believed to be used for administrative purposes.  We then walked almost a kilometer (.6 miles) to the Pyramid of the Sun.   The Pyramid of the Sun is the world's third largest pyramid.  The pyramid was built in 100 A.D., from stone and brick without the use of pack animals, metal tools or the wheel.  The pyramid was painted bright red, remnants of the paint can be seen in a few areas at the base of the pyramid.  Even though this pyramid is called the Pyramid of the Sun there is new evidence that this pyramid may have been built to worship the rain god, Tlaloc.  The new evidence includes the remnants of a moot around the base of the pyramid and the sacrificial remains of infants found at each corner of the pyramid. We climbed the 248 steps to the top of the pyramid and enjoyed breath taking views of the Pyramid of the Moon and the entire valley surrounding Teoteohuican.  We then walked up the Avenue of the Dead, named for all the tombs located along the walkway, to the Pyramid of the Moon.  The Pyramid of the Moon is not as high as the Pyramid of the Sun but the steps are larger and steeper.  We were only allowed to walk up to the first tier.  To the southwest of the Pyramid of the Moon is the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl (quetzal butterfly) was a residence of a high priest. The patio inside made a great lunch spot out of the sun.  We then toured the Palace of the Jaguars and Temple of the Plumed Conch Shells.  We made a quick dash to the museum because the park was about to close.  The museum had an impressive model of the site.  We caught the bus back to Mexico City.  On the subway ride from the Autobus del Norte station we experienced another attempt by the pick pocketing thieves. This occurred at the Hidalgo stop on line 3.

Tim started to have a sore throat today and was overall tired.

 
Sept 24 Mexico City. We decided to hang around the hotel room today.  We were all pretty tired from exploring Teotihuacan and climbing the many steps up to the top of the pyramids.  Went to the Zocalo in the evening and watched the Aztec dancers perform to the beat of the drums.  It looked like a good work out to me.  
Sept 25 Mexico City. Xochimilco is where pre-Hispanic people piled up vegetation and lake mud in the shallow waters of Lake Xochimilco.  This is an area where food was grow for the Aztec empire.   We took the subway to the end of the line at Taquena and then a street car to Xochimilco.  It took about an hour and 15 minutes.   We followed the signs to the embarcaderos and found a boat launch area.  We did not like the price we were quoted (180 pesos/ hour) so we moved on.  We wandered the streets of Xochimilco and came across another boat launch site with the cost of a boat ride announced on a sign (110 pesos/hour).  There were decorated boats everywhere for hire.

While Patti and I were in the bathroom, Tim waited outside.  He had some vendors come over and try to sell him their wares and try out their English.  One vender yelled, "Hey Lady" Tim ignored him until he realized that he was say "Hey Lady" to him and he had to correct the mans English in front of the other venders who thought that this was a very funny mistake.   Tim said, "Damas is lady in English and hombre is man in English. Yo soy hombre".  Everyone had a good laugh.

Our boat driver was Nacho and he gave us a tour of the canals.  It was hard to imagine that all of Mexico City once looked like this tiny piece of paradise.

 
Sept 26 Mexico City. We went to Mexico City Zoo today, it is located in Chapultepec Park.  It was free to enter the zoo and we thought that we would stay for just a little while.  The zoo was very impressive, spacious, open and very green, a welcome relief from the smoggy and noisy historic district.  We spent some time around the Giant Pandas and viewed animals from Africa including lions, zebras, giraffes and elephants.  We also saw wolves, lynxes and turtles.  My favorite was the Giant Pandas and Polar Bear.  Patti gave us a little summary of each animal, she watches Animal Planet and manages to remember everything.

After the Zoo we went to the National Museum of Anthropology.  The museum is so immense that I think it is difficult to see the entire thing in one day.  We concentrated on areas that we knew like Teotihuacana, Mexica, Tolteca, and the Origins room.  Unfortunately, the Mayan exhibit was closed.  At the end of the day we watched the Voladores perform their ritual of flying around a pole until they reached the ground.  Our feet were pretty tired by the time we got back to our hotel.

 
Sept 27 Mexico City. Patti and I went shopping at the Artisan market today.   The crafts ranged from silver jewelry, Oaxaca wooden animals, blankets, cheap T-shirts, table cloths, wooden boxes to paper mache fruit and vegetables.  We spent the rest of the day packing and lounging.  Patti leaves tomorrow back to Albuquerque, New Mexico.   We plan to head on back to Amecameca on Sunday.  
Sept 28 Mexico City. We took Patti to the airport and I have to say she left with a bang. It took us an hour to get to the airport via the subway.  First we had to wait until the metro cars did not look like sardine cans.   Then we finally get on and a minute later the train came to a complete stop and the lights turned out.   This was new to me so I looked around to see what everyone else was doing, no one said a word, but no one was upset either.  The temperature rose and so did my anxiety.  Finally we started moving again.  Patti got to the airport with plenty of time to shop in duty free.  We took only 30 minutes to return to the hotel but we were pretty exhausted.  We went shopping for a T-Shirt for Tim because the maid accidentally threw out one of his shirts this week.  Opps.  Tim wanted something in Spanish and large enough to fit him.  All we found were T-shirts with Chee and shirts with sexy sayings with a condom taped to the shirt.  I guess it is always best to be prepared.  Anyway, Tim found a T-shirt for the local soccer club America who won this years championship.  It turned out to be a big hit with the guys and opened the door to lots of conversation.  
Sept 29 Mexico City. Another Sunday in Mexico.  We toured the National Palace, something like going to the House of Representatives in Washington DC.  It was beautiful, it was like a city within a city.  The second floor had numerous Diego Riviera murals depicting the Spanish Conquest and the history of Mexico.  Very enlightening, my favorite mural was of pre-Hispanic Mexico City in the background.   The city seems to be filling up with more smog, I will be glad to go back to Amecameca and cleaner air.

Reflecting back on Mexico City I was truly surprised how friendly and helpful people were.  When ever we were wandering around in the subway wondering which way to go, someone would ask us if we needed help, I guess it was obvious we were foreigners and lost.  They would always directed us in the right direction, in English.  People were patient and seemed to appreciate that we tried to speak Spanish.

The metro (subway) at times took my breath away, literally.  Pickpockets attempted to acquire some of our belongings on three different occasions and never did succeed.   Once while Tim and I were on the way to the airport to pick up Patti at Pino Suerz metro station on line 2 and twice with Patti; once at the Pino Suerz metro station and once at the Hidalgo metro station on line 3.  It was a similar maneuver each time.   We would be standing on the platform ready to get into the subway car, when the doors opened, a group of young men showed up from no where, and then we would be pushed for behind with great force.  We were all pushed off balance and it seemed that innocent people were used as shields for the would-be robbers to hide behind.  While we were off balance, hands would be in and out of our pockets and trying to open zippers on our daypacks.  We knew better than to carry anything in our pockets.  We were packed into the car like sardines, someone was up against every part of my body.  Patti had her day pack worn backwards on her front, like many people do while on the Metro.  While she was being squeezed by all the other passengers, she saw tiny little hands reach from behind another person and go for her zippers.  She did not have anything of value in her outer pockets, but it still surprised her. Luckily we had warned her of this possibility. 

Once we figured out that the best way to ride the metro was with as little valuables as possible it was an easy and cheap way to get around Mexico City.

 
Sept 30 Mexico City to Amecameca.  We sent a package back to the USA today, it weighted about 10 lbs. and cost US 40 to send.  We decided to venture on to the metro with all our bags and go to the bus station.  A cab to the TAPO bus station from the historic district cost 80 pesos ($8.00) and the metro cost 4 pesos (40 cents).   When the subway car arrived in front of us at the Zocalo station I heard a little girl screaming and noticed that her hand was caught in the subway door.  It must of gotten sucked in between the door and the wall of the car.  Several people tried to help, finally someone told the conductor and they quickly closed the door and freed the girls hand.  The girl appeared to be shaken but alright.  We waited until the next car.  The ride to the TAPO bus station was uneventful and that was a good thing.   The ride back to Amecameca took approximately an hour.  What a difference an hour on a bus makes.  The air was clean, it was raining and I was happy to get back to my bike and other belongings.  
Oct 1 Amecameca.  Gathered our gear together and started working on the bikes.  
Oct 2 Amecameca.  It seems that we are never going to leave Amecameca.  I woke up with the flu this morning and realized that it may take another day or two before we leave.   We still have a lot of bike work to do.  We need to replace all four tires, change Tim's bottom bracket and crank, and clean the bikes.  I would say about a half day of work.  Then we would like to ride unloaded before we go up to Paseo Cortez.   I am beginning to get the travelers itch, as for Tim I think he could stay here.  
Oct 3 Amecameca.  Woke up with the flu again.  I had a fever, overall achy feeling, sore throat and stuffy nose.  I should pass in a day.  
Oct 4 Amecameca.  Woke up this morning with my throat on fire.  I think it is time to get some antibiotics.  Tim has a sore throat and is coughing up blood.  I went to the pharmacy and explained to the pharmacist our symptoms (in Spanish).  He gave me an antibiotic called ampicilina with a brand name of pentrexyl.  
Oct 5 Amecameca.  Still sick with the flu/sore throat.  Slept a lot.  Tim still has a sore throat.  
Oct 6 Amecameca.  Still sick, it feels like a very bad cold, our throats are feeling better.  The infection is starting to move into my chest.  Tim's sore throat is going away and he has stopped coughing up blood.  
Oct 7 Amecameca.  We can not seem to shake this cold, we are just going to have to wait until we feel better.  I feel trapped in a room in Amecameca.  We have our Central America books and I am once again dreaming of far away places.  It hailed pretty hard today and the electricity was out for a while.  
Oct 8 Amecameca.  We are still on antibiotics, in general we feel better but we still do not have any energy.  My nose will not stop running.  The hotel staff is wondering what I am doing with all the toilet paper I ask for.  
Oct 9 Amecameca.  This is our last day of antibiotics, I hope what ever is infecting us has been wiped out by the antibiotics.  I would love to go riding but do not have any energy.  
Oct 10 Amecameca.  No more pills to take, just a slight feeling of a cold left.  The weather is terribly gray today.  My sinuses still ache but the runny nose is gone.  We have talked about a number of scenarios on how we are going to leave Amecameca.  Our visa is running out and we need to leave the country by November 9.  We also need to take care of some business with the United States that requires a signature.  We spent the day talking with Federal Express, sure they deliver anywhere. But I have no way of dropping off my package back to the United States.   Some things are just so much easier in the United States, I will never take for granted the mail system we have in the USA, fast, and secure.  A novelty in Mexico.  
Oct 11 Amecameca. I woke up with a head cold, my sinuses still ache.  Tim appears to be cured.  We went out to our favorite restaurants for our last lunch. They said that they were serving Panacia that day.  Neither Tim or I  knew what that was but the cook assured us that it was very flavorful.  I really did not care what I ate, I could not taste anything anyway.  I had a good view of the kitchen and watched the cook make our lunch.  They pored a red sauce into a large pot.  Then the cook stuck a fork into the pot and pulled out a large piece of something.  At that point I suspected that it was a cow intestine.  I watched him cut this white rubbery thing and suddenly realized, oh no, that is our lunch.  Juan was also eating lunch, we knew he spoke some English.  So I asked him, what do you call Panacia in English, he did not know.  I asked, "Is it the same as Menudo", he said, "yes".  Menudo is a soup made with cow intestine.  My stomach sank, my appetite left, and I had a sudden urge to beat feet out of the restaurants.  Out of respect for our wonderful hosts, we stayed and wondered how we were going to get out of this one politely.  Suddenly a bowl of chopped up cow intestine, you could still see the cilia, was placed before me.  Ahh, I sipped on the soup, which was very tasty.   Mean while Tim had to give a detailed explanation of what I was looking at.   Enough, we had to explain to our hosts, that we did not like Panacia.  The cook looked disappointed but gave Tim some beans because he was still hungry.  As for me, my appetite left when I say the white rubbery thing come out of the pot.  I guess it is time to leave Amecameca.

We have decided to take the bus all the way to Villahermosa, Tabasco.  This will get us close enough to the border so we can ride the rest of the way.  One more bus ride is enough.  We do not plan on any more bus rides the rest of the trip through Central America.  Packing up our belongings for a bus trip is a major chore.  We decided to put everything in boxes and have a few carry on items.  First we took a second class bus back to Mexico City, from there we took a bus to Villahermosa.  We were charged an extra 100 pesos ($10.00) for our bikes.  The bus left Mexico City at 6:00 PM and was scheduled to arrive in Villahermosa. at 5:00 AM.  We were happy to see that a police officer joined us for the ride to Villahermosa.  I was feeling fine until we started to drop in elevation.   I could not clear my ears.  Neither of my ears would clear, I can not hear anything, when someone talks to me I feel like I am at the other end of a long tunnel.   I finally went to sleep for an hour or two.

 
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The Zocalo at rush hour.

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Close up of mural by Diego Riviera.

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The metro at rush hour, a friendly gesture is always welcome.

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Tier 1 of the Pyramid of the Moon looking southwest.

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Looking down the Avenue of the Dead at the Pyramid of the Moon.

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Xochimilco, on the river.

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Tree of Life.


 

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

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Cindie's Journal in Arizona, USA

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
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

Best Place to see Pictures
Thumbnail Page for Arizona Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- Pictures from the first day
- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
The States of Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Greetings from Mexico!

Other essays by Tim
The Problems with the Border Area Between Mexico and the USA
Paquime Ruins Casas Grandes, Mexico
Barranca del Cobre or Copper Canyon

Best Place to see Pictures
Thumbnail Page of Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico Pictures

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- Mexico #1 Photo Page   Agua Prieta to Zaragoza, Mexico
- Paquime Ruins - Casas Grandes, Mexico
- Mexico #2 Photo Page    Zaragoza to Col. Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
- The Mennonites of Chihuahua, Mexico
- Mexico #3 Photo Page 
- Barranca del Cobre or Copper Canyon Photo Page

 

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

Cindie's Daily Journals
The States of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, Mexico

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Hello Guanajuato
Adios Guanajuato

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

Best Place to see Pictures
Thumbnail Page of Zacatecas and Guanajuato Pictures

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- Zacatecas, Mexico
- 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
- Guanajuato, Mexico #2
- Mineral Museum of the University of Guanajuato

 

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

Cindie's Daily Journals
The State of Michoacan, Mexico

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
The Great Secret of Michoacan!
Toluca

Other essays by Tim
Into the Mist State of Michoacan, Mexico

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- Guanajuato to   Penjamillo, Mexico
- Penjamillo to Patzcuaro, Mexico
- 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
The States of Mexico and Morelos

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
So Close to Mexico City Yet So Far From Anything

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Thumbnail Page of The States of Mexico and Morelos, Mexico Pictures

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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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Mexico City Area

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Six Months Down the Road

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

Best Place to see Pictures
Thumbnail Page of Mexico City Area Pictures

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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

Cindie's Daily Journals
The States of Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Our Final Weeks in 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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Guatemala #1 The Highlands

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
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

Best Place to see Pictures
Thumbnail Page of Guatemala #1 Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- 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
- More San Pedro Photos Photo Page

 

(Dec. 16, 2002 - Jan. 6, 2003)
Guatemala #2: Northeast Towards the Caribbean
Antigua to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Cindie's Daily Journals
Guatemala #2
: Heading Northeast Towards the Caribbean

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Antigua, Guatemala to the Sea

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Thumbnail Page of Guatemala #2 Pictures

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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

Cindie's Daily Journals
Honduras

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Honduras: From the Guatemalan Border to the Nicaraguan Border

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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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