As good US citizens, we used to ignoring the jumble of warning signs we find at home. This is not recommended in the Ixtapa Marina.
After our time up north, it was nice to soak in the warm.
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In Chiapas, we had the opportunity to visit some Mayan ruins. There are thousands of Mayan sites scattered across Central America. Many are part of or border on farming communities or are hidden in jungles. A relatively small number have been excavated and original structures repaired.
We had been anticipating our crossing of the Tehuantepec---an area that experiences a high percentage of gales. The Mexican terrain focusses weather systems in the Caribbean to funnel strong winds into this notorious Pacific coast bay.
For us, the Tehuantepec experience included a nice evening barbeque before having a delightful sail into our last Mexican port.
Our last port in Mexico was Chiapas, close to the border with Guatemala. Great care was taken by the Harbor Master and the Navy to assure all of our paperwork was in order and that we were not smuggling any drugs.
Along the way, we had a number of hitch hikers enjoying the wonderful sunsets and sunrises with us.
School is almost out for the day!
In our travels in Mexico, we never experienced any of the crime publicized in the US press nor did we ever feel threatened. Of course, we did follow the local advice and stayed away from questionable areas. To put everything in perspective, the only trouble we had with theft was in a marina in Bremerton, Washington.
Oh my! The yachtee lifestyle in Mexico was hard on us!
Occasionally, we enjoyed exploring in our dingy. On our jungle cruise in Tenacatita when the dingy scraped mangroves on the port and starboard side it was time to turn around. (The big splashes on shore might have also had something to do with it!)
We could always find fresh food cheap.
Mmmm! Homemade tortillas and homemade tamales using wood fired ovens! The tamales especial even had a little local cocoa!
Sailing to the Ends of the Earth
We had fun visiting a small family-owned chocolate factory in southern Mexico. The chocolate we sampled was made using the same techniques used for centuries in this area since the time of the Mayans.
These fishing pangas were everywhere. At night, we saw them bobbing along on their drift nets often 20 miles out to sea. We had to take great care in navigation to avoid the nets as their navigational lights were not exactly to USCG standard.