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Today at my children school I was asked by one parent "What are you doing for the holidays?" I said we are traveling to Mexico.
So the following question came Are you going on a cruise? or resort? I said Frankly NO. We are going into Adventure to Mexico.
(I hope the parent didn't have heart attack). Almost every time we said we are going traveling to Latin America, we get questions Do you have family
there? why you are going to dangerous place? What is there to see or do?
Frankly, Mexico is an enormously varied country, and traveling from one part to another can seem like traveling between different worlds.
We are amazed by the Pyramids and the culture around it so we thought visiting Vera Cruz and starting in the North part and making our way to middle of the state.full-veracruz_l.jpg
This trip We are focusing on El-Tajin which was home to the Totonac Civilization between AD 700 AND 900.
We will start our Backpacking Adventure.....

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In search of the Oysters

Trip to Oaxaca and Puerto Escandido in Mexico

sunny 28 °C

So as Usual I booked our flights 6 months in advance to Mexico. This time I was lucky enough to have areo-mexico Sale on tickets
So I booked the round trip tickets for 5 of us....If you are wondering if I spend me too much money....I can just let you know that it is cheaper
to go to Mexico than go to Las Vegas.
We started our Journey with 3 bags as usual....so we don't need to check any bags....Dec 23 we left to Mexico City from Los angeles the flight is about 3and half hours then we connected to Oaxaca city which took about 50 minutes....
Once we arrived in Oaxaca we went to Hostel called Don el Nino which located in buento Juaerez about 8 minutes walk from the center. It is clean hostel with many backpackers that come from Europe. The night cost about $60 for private room just for us and bc it is holiday season.
for single bed it cost $16. We began our walk of the city and the first thing that you notice is the colorful walls everywhere....Oaxaca is famous for the artist movement and use of colors to paint figures usually of animals......The food is so amazing in Oaxaca.....You eat taco in the street carts or even hamburgers and hot dogs and everything is delicious.....Moreover, the typical Oaxacaian food is great such as Mole verde, Mole rojo, etc....
In the Mercado, you go inside huge warehouse that full of mini kitchens and every one try to grab you to their kitchen....You smell all the food you can think of.....Well we wanted to head out of the city to Puerto Escandido...for its beautiful beaches. The ride from Oaxaca city to Purto Escandido took about 7 hours with car sick all the way.....It such a rough road with curves all the way until reaching your destination. OMG, we made it with 3 kids to Puerto Escandido in Dec 25. The sea is so clear and the sand so fine that it is fun to just look at it. The kids jumped right in the ocean it is warm water
and the kids stayed all day in the beach. We even had the chance to visit the turtle Reservation where volunteers take care of Turtles that got sick in the ocean. The kids had the chance to see huge Turtles. We ate fish all day long. from fish taco to fish fillet to fried Fish....all caught in the same morning from Puerto Escandido. Fresh and cheap... We have been to Puerto Escandido 6 years ago and I recall that by walking on the beach there is usually man with buckets full of Oysters. This time, I looked for the Oyster man but nowhere to be seen....The following day we went to different beach that have almost nobody there about 2 miles north of Puerto Escandido....There we saw Huge formation of the rocks and beautiful private beaches for anybody to use.... so we just hopped in and sat down in one of the most relaxing beaches ever....The kids played in the water looked for shrimps, crab, and fish....which is by looking by your bear eyes you can see all of the above.... to go back for my search for the Oysters and Oyster catcher....By walking and jumping in the water I noticed a man cleaning something behind a rock so I approached him and Voila This was the Oyster Man. I ate 12 of them for 100 Pesos that equals $10. A little history about Puerto escandido, it is fisherman village that was discovered by the hippies in 70 and everything still relatively cheap however recent years a lot of Americans and Mexican from D.F comes every Dec to spend their vacation in Puerto Escandido so Prices sky rocketed since our last visit 6 years ago.
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Puebla, Tezopitlan, TAXCO in Mexico

Traveling to Mexico from Dec 23-31

602888_101..963671628_n.jpgI am always in the look for cheap tickets to any destination. I have found tickets to Mexico for about $300 a person via volaris website.
We took our flight via Volaris airlines to Puebla. This city is about 2 hours from Mexico city and very charming and quiet place
compare to the capital Mexico D.F. As usual we don't do any reservation in any hotel in advance....we just go with the flow. We took Taxi from the airport
that cost about 150 Pesos which is $12 USD. In small towns usually we ask the taxi drivers to take us to hotels that they are familiar with. We checked in Hotel called El- Senorial which cost about 600 Pesos which is about $47 USD it is walking distance to the famous Puebla Market and the Artist quarter.
You could spend 2 days in Puebla in order to complete the whole town. For us it was great to meet Roberto local couch-host who showed us around and took us to different places around the city.
The next day we went to Tezpoitlan in Curanvaca. This place is famous for the Pyramid on the top of the mountain. The hike to the Pyramid is about 1hour and half. It is steep mountain with many steps. Traveling with kids, they are going to complain, cry and fuss...we went through all this however once we arrived in the top it was worth it....There we stay in someone's house for about 500pesos about $39. The next day we packed and took taxi that took about 2 hours staright to TAXCO...the taxi cost 1000Pesos about $78USD. TAXCO is known as the Silver town for its famous silver mining. Taxco is in State called Guerrerro. It is very narrow town and its church is seen from all over the town. I think one day is enough to explore the whole town.

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Driving to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

So much fun driving to Ensenada

Driving South across the border is such an adventure in itself.
From Los Angeles to San Diego it took us about 2 hours with stopping for breakfast which was Hummus and pita bread in a resting area.
Then heading to Tijuana. The minute you cross the boarder you already feel you are in different culture and that is great b/c just 2 hours and half from Los Angeles and you are in Mexico. There are two streets one called "Couta" that means toll highway (which we took) you need to pay $2.30. Between Tijuana to Ensenada there are 3 of these station. You end up paying $6.60. The other alternative is the old street where it goes through the small towns and you don't have to pay.
We stopped in Down-town Ensenada for Lunch...Eating Taco "el-pastor"...the kids are so happy when food is coming to the table...and it is great not to cook during vacation. We continue to our destination which is "LA Canada" which is camping ground that have all the facilities that a family needs.
The kids swum in the pools, ate fish tacos, and had ice-creams. Yury and I did Canopy. It was great experience for both of us.
In this trip, we discovered the old route of wines...It appears that Baja California has more than 60 wineries.
We went to one of the Winery names Santo Tomas. We had wine tasting, cheese, bread. Bader, my husband bought some wine to take with us home. I didn't know that Mexico has good quality wine and for cheaper price.

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Traveling To Chaipas, Tabasco, Vercruz

April 2012 Vacation

Our passion for travel took this time to place that we fall in love with 2 years ago.
So meeting Monica, a couch-surfer from Chiapas and taking us to her home was such a neat experience.
Landed in Chiapas and went for dinner in the center of the city where we had a local Chiapasan food
that has rice, beans, pork, however with different flavors that we are used it to it here in Los Angeles.
One night in Chiapas then we moved the next morning to Tabasco. In Tabasco we walked around the city
and looked for hand made Jewels. We had Lunch Taco El Bastor and Ice-cream....We found a park next to the river
where the kids enjoyed it very well. Vilahrmosa city is nice with its colorful buildings. In the evening we met Alejandro who
took us to his home and enjoyed the night relaxing while the kids slept so peacefully. In this town that is 20 minutes away from Vilahrmosa
we discovered ancient Pyramids. After 20 minutes wondering around the Temples in the Nice Jungle. We headed to the bus station to go to Veracruz.
We arrived in Small town Called Catemeco where it is Big lake that connected to the Gulf of Mexico. There we enjoyed relaxing days at the shore of the lake.
Public Transportation is great way to go around Mexico. The people were very helpful and nice.

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