Mazatlan to Guadalajara/ Erika Rowe

The heat and humidity in Mazatlan were overwhelming after our night at sea so we quickly scouted for a hotel. We ended up right on the beach in a run down, once grand behemoth of a hotel. It covered a whole block but only a few wings were in use. On our side we had a row of creepy abandoned rooms and lots of bats. However the view of the ocean made it worthwhile. I experienced my first tropical storm and got hustled at pool on the same night. Luckily there was no money involved and I even got a free drink out of it, so maybe I was the Hustler after all. Mazatlan is cute, but the humidity was driving Yaniv crazy so we headed out.

There are two roads between Mazatlan and Guadalajara, the Libre (free) and the Cuota (toll). We started out on the toll road because we were told it is much faster. However, soon the costs became too high and we got off as quickly as possible. We ended up paying between 6-700 pesos and weren’t yet half way to Guadalajara. That’s about twice our daily budget. Anyway, the free road was much more interesting and beautiful. We drove through dense jungles and small villages until it started getting dark. Earlier in the day, when we stopped for lunch, a guy told us about a big fiesta in a little town Ixtlan Del Rio. Since we were there anyway we decided to spend the night and check out the party. It turns out this fiesta is a big deal because bands come from all over to play in the little square. There were maybe 30 different bands vying for space and almost all of them were playing at the same time, sometimes only five feet apart. A Mexican family that has been living in the states for the past few years adopted us for the night and even hired a band to play for an hour. This means the entire hour someone from the family would be dancing so the band wouldn’t feel insulted. Our clumsy polka dancing got a lot of laughs.

me losing at pool. the margaritas helped the pain

From Crossing the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan

tropical storm from our hotel window

From Crossing the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan

market in Mazatlan. not a happy butcher

From Crossing the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan

Yaniv´s dream ride

From Guadalajara and the Area

look safe to you?

From Guadalajara and the Area

Tequila tasting in Tequila

From Guadalajara and the Area
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