"The Beautiful Lands of Mexico" Mexico by BorderHopper
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Guadalajara, Mexico to Mexico City Overland: With some additional info on Tijuana, Baja, and the northern border region.
March 2000: After weeks of preperation and anticipation Rafael, Ronnie and I were finally in Mexico. This was to be a much needed break from work and our lives back in Los Angeles. We landed in Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico at 5:30 am. The taxi ride from the airport to the main bus terminal was an assult on our senses. I had to agree with Ronnie when he commented that it smelled like we had just crawled up into the intestine of everyone in Guadalajara. We didn't need coffee at this early hour because we had the foul, putrid smells of untreated Guadalajaran sewage to wake us up. Within a weeks time we had accomplished what we came here for.... to stand among the pyramids of Mesoamerica's first metropolis, Teotihuacan. So, this is where our journey across the Central Highlands of Mexico begins...
From Guadalajara, Jalisco we traveled by bus to Zamora, Chavinda, Morelia, and Patzcuaro which are all cities and villages located in the state of Michocan. From Michocan we travelled by bus over beautiful mountains and countryside until we arrived in the megatropolis capital D.F. Mexico. We used Mexico City as a base to explore the ancient city of Teotihuacan and the spectacular Pryamids of the Sun & Moon.
I live only 2 and half hours from the Mexico border so it is very easy for me and my family to travel south of the border as we often do. We usually cross the border south of San Diego, California into Tijuana, Baja and head to our favorite weekend destination in Ensenada. There are only a few significant towns located on Mexico's nearly isolated stretch of Baja and a traveller could drive for miles without encountering another person. Baja is truly the outback of Mexico and an amazing place to explore.
- Pros:A vibrant, multi-cultural, & historic country. A gem of a country!
- Cons:cartels & drug wars. Over touristed gringo resorts.
- In a nutshell:There is more to Mexico than Tijuana & Tequila
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