Category Archives: Mexico

Tierra del Sol, or Pablo’s Permaculture Paradise

Tierra del Sol, 12 miles east of Oaxaca is a permaculture farm, education centre, bed and breakfast and ‘warmshowers’ refuge for cyclists. Ex-pilot and all round awesome guy, Pablo opens the doors to his wonderful straw bale house and enjoys … Continue reading

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Mad dogs and Englishmen out in the midday sun

10th – 13th March: Reluctant to leave sleepy Puerto Angel we embarked upon the coast road towards the state of Chiapas. In the blistering heat, we three continued our voyage – the small effort of lifting our panniers onto our … Continue reading

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Journey to the centre of the Earth (or the central Oaxaca coast at least)

5th – 8th March: After about seven weeks of traveling through semi-arid central Mexico we were extremely excited to get going on the next leg of our journey – down to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. That’s an understatement, … Continue reading

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Oaxaca: a whole new world of culinary delights, and a new friend to boot

1st-4th March: We’d been looking forward to Oaxaca for ages, we’d heard so many good things about the city. Although our stay was all too brief, it didn’t disappoint. As is our wont when taking a break from the bikes, … Continue reading

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The lawless roads

In borrowing Graham Greene’s book title for exaggerated effect, I must confess that the roads in Mexico are not lawless. There are rules to be followed – they are just different to those we were used to back home. Having … Continue reading

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Notes on arable farming: from the slopes of the volcano to the banks of the river

On leaving Mexico City, and drawing closer to the awesome volcanoes, evidence of crop cultivation increased as urban sprawl decreased. Despite the very arid looking environment, on the banks of the volcano there was a lot of corn growing activity. … Continue reading

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Puebla to Oaxaca: 320 kms in four and a bit days (and cheers to an unknown bus driver)

Day 1 Puebla to Tehuacan (70km by bike, 4 hours 14 minutes and 70 km by bus – about 1 hour 30 minutes!) Day 2 Tehuacan to Teotitlan – 65 kms,  3 hours 40 minutes Day 3 Teotitlan to Santiago … Continue reading

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Animal welfare in Mexico

Whilst in Mexico City we stumbled across a small yet vigourous protest moving through the Centro Historico. The cause for concern: animal welfare and vegetarianism. Now, with all due respect, Mexico is not known for its kind treatment of animals. … Continue reading

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Into volcano country

If we had known what we were letting ourselves in for when we decided to take Everardo’s cross-country route to Puebla, we would probably have stuck to the highway. Oblivious of what lay ahead we prepared to leave Mexico City … Continue reading

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Scoffing and Quaffing in Mexico City

As well as the conventional sightseeing we spent a lot of time in Mexico City eating and drinking. Thanks to Everardo and his parents we were very well fed during our stay with them. And naturally every time we ventured … Continue reading

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