Quebec to Panama 2017-2019

(North and Central America)
16 months - solo travel - Suzuki DR650

Selected region: Mexico

Yucatán Peninsula 3/3  —  2018/02/19  —  Mexico

Here is a fantastic show from Mother Nature. Looking at this small hole at the bottom of the hole, it's easy to think it's boring. Indeed it is. However...
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Yucatán Peninsula 2/3  —  2018/02/17  —  Mexico

Here are some interesting archeological sites in the Yucatán Peninsula. They are less-visited sites and for some of them, the highlight is the road to...
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Tulum  —  2018/02/14  —  Mexico

Tulum is a small town, a spectacular beach, and an archeological ruin.Yucatán is famous for its idyllic beaches, but Tulum has been the only one where...
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Ek' Balam  —  2018/02/12  —  Mexico

The city of Ek' Balam reached its peak in the 8th century, then it was suddenly abandoned. The X'Canché Cenote was more interesting than the ruins. I...
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Chichén Itzá  —  2018/02/09  —  Mexico

Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by at least five cenotes that are an important source of water in this arid region. For...
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Yucatán Peninsula 1/3  —  2018/02/07  —  Mexico

Cenote Kankirixche Cenotes are natural pit, or sinkhole, in a specific type of rock. They are mostly found in North and Central America, more specifically...
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Uxmal  —  2018/02/05  —  Mexico

Uxmal is one of the most important Mayan sites in Mexico. The city once had a great influence on the region and its neighbouring towns such as Sayil...
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Ruta Puuc  —  2018/02/04  —  Mexico

Ruta Puuc means Road of the Hills. It's a series of roads in the Yucatan Peninsula where several ruins with similar architecture can be seen.Labná Archaeologists...
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Campeche and Comalco  —  2018/02/02  —  Mexico

Campeche In 1517, when the Spanish arrived, Campeche was only a small Mayan village named Ah Kim Pech. The Mayas of the area were very hostile toward the...
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Palenque  —  2018/01/31  —  Mexico

Palenque is one of the best examples of Mayan architecture. Moreover, the site is even more interesting since it is located in the dense jungle.The name...
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Lagunas de Montebello Area  —  2018/01/26  —  Mexico

This superb region is a mix of lakes, ruins, and forest. There are dozens of lakes to see and some old Mayan ruins. A lake at the border of Guatemala...
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Comitán and Tenam Puente  —  2018/01/23  —  Mexico

Comitán The nice colonial town of Comitán is very nice, especially its central park.Tenam Puente Small Mayan ruins near Comitán. This site may have...
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Around San Cristóbal de las Casas  —  2018/01/20  —  Mexico

San Juan Chamula The region around San Cristóbal is dotted with superb villages and fantastic landscapes. One of the villages, San Juan Chamula, is very...
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San Cristóbal de las Casas  —  2018/01/18  —  Mexico

San Cristóbal is a splendid town known for its colonial architecture. Around the town, there are numerous traditional villages with ancient beliefs and...
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Chiapa de Corzo  —  2018/01/16  —  Mexico

The town of Chiapa de Corzo was one of these places where you stop at random and where you end up staying much longer than initially anticipated. At first...
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Chiapas  —  2018/01/13  —  Mexico

Chiapas is a low-lying region covered in jungle in the eastern part of Mexico. Among the poorest states, it is mainly populated by indigenous people...
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Sanctuario de la tortuga la Escobilla  —  2018/01/11  —  Mexico

In the beginning, I thought my stay at the Escobilla Turtle Centre would be short. I witnessed to the release of baby turtles with other tourists, and...
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Oaxaca Coast  —  2018/01/02  —  Mexico

Lagunas de Chacahua What a lovely place to spend a few days during New Year's Eve. While my Canadian/Quebec compatriots are freezing in temperatures around...
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Oaxaca de Juárez  —  2017/12/23  —  Mexico

Oaxaca is a pretty city in the mountains known for its culture and food.Surrounded by villages, markets, hiking trails, and interesting archeological...
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Monte Albán  —  2017/12/22  —  Mexico

Monte Albán is one of the most important archeological sites of Mexico. It competes with other great sites such as Teotihuacán, Palenque, or Chichén...
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Mitla and Yagul Ruins  —  2017/12/21  —  Mexico

Mitla The ruins of Mitla are located in the centre of the modern village of San Pablo Villa de Mitla. The ruins date from a few centuries before the Spanish...
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Hierve el Agua  —  2017/12/20  —  Mexico

Located at an altitude of 1,800 metres, this site is a splendid bubbling mineral springs. A natural infinity pool was created next to a cliff, offering...
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Tlacotalpan  —  2017/12/18  —  Mexico

Tlacotalpan is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's a colonial town from the 19th century, well preserved and renovated. The colour palette of...
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El Tajín  —  2017/12/12  —  Mexico

This site was probably founded in AD 100 by the Totonac culture, El Tajín means thunder, lightning, or hurricane in the Totonac language. The city reached...
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Cuetzalan  —  2017/12/10  —  Mexico

Superb village in the mountains. Its name means Place of the Quetzals; a quetzal is a forest bird from Central America. The village's public market is...
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Cantona  —  2017/12/09  —  Mexico

Cantona is one of my favourite archeological sites. The Mesoamerican site stretch over 12 km2 and was inhabited from AD 600 to 1000. No mortar...
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Puebla  —  2017/12/08  —  Mexico

Puebla is a city of 1.5 million inhabitants known for its historic centre with more than 1,000 colonial building and no less than 70 churches. The city...
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Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park  —  2017/12/07  —  Mexico

Yes, a park's name quite difficult to pronounce, but with incredible scenery. Iztaccíhuatl is a dormant volcano while Popocatépetl is active and its...
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Malinalco  —  2017/12/05  —  Mexico

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Taxco de Alarcón  —  2017/12/02  —  Mexico

Taxco became rich from numerous silver deposits exploited during nearly 400 years and still harbour a rich colonial heritage. Nowadays, these deposits...
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On the road - Butterflies and food  —  2017/12/01  —  Mexico

Monarchs' Sanctuary at Macheros The monarch's sanctuary hasn't been a great success. I visited the sanctuary during the butterfly high season, but by some...
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Mexico City  —  2017/11/28  —  Mexico

How do I feel about a city of more than 22 million inhabitants? Some suburbs are very nice, but the population density and especially the traffic jams...
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National Museum of Anthropology  —  2017/11/26  —  Mexico

The National Museum of Anthropology showcases an impressive art collection on Mexican cultures from prehistory to modern times. The most interesting sections...
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Teotihuacan  —  2017/11/24  —  Mexico

The pyramids of Teotihuacan are among the most famous and most visited of Mexico. The site is located 50 km north-east of Mexico City and is a UNESCO...
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Edward James's Las Pozas  —  2017/11/21  —  Mexico

Las Pozas is the creation of the British poet Edward James. It's a garden with surrealistic structures built between 1962 and 1984 in a subtropical forest...
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Real de Catorce  —  2017/11/17  —  Mexico

The road before entering the town The road to the town is 24 km path made of cobblestones. Imagine all the work to do it.It's a nice road, but it is a...
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Zacatecas  —  2017/11/15  —  Mexico

Zacatecas, founded in 1548 by the Spanish, is another city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like Guanajuato, the wealth of the city is due...
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Aguascalientes - Museo de la Muerte  —  2017/11/14  —  Mexico

In the previous blog, I told you about the fascination Mexicans have with death. Here is another example of it, a museum entirely dedicated to the death.In...
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Guanajuato - Museum of the Mummies  —  2017/11/12  —  Mexico

WARNING: If you don't like what you see at the beginning of this blog, don't go any further. There are mummies of babies and very young children below...
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Guanajuato  —  2017/11/11  —  Mexico

Ah Guanajuato, what a fantastic place! It is a very photogenic city, and you will quickly understand why it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.The city of...
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San Miguel de Allende  —  2017/11/09  —  Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful city with a colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and superb lighting of certain buildings at nights. In 2008...
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Morelia  —  2017/11/08  —  Mexico

Morelia is the state capital of Michoacán and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historical centre is superb and very well preserved. Morelia, founded...
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Pátzcuaro  —  2017/11/07  —  Mexico

When arriving in Pátzcuaro, one has the immediate impression that something is different in this town. Indeed, it has not been founded by the Spanish...
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Volcán Paricutín  —  2017/11/06  —  Mexico

Volcano Paricutín is still quite young at 80 years old and with a height of 2800 metres. On February 20, 1943, while a farmer was labouring its field...
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Pacific Coast - Michoacán  —  2017/11/04  —  Mexico

Highway 200, also known as Carretera Pacífico in Spanish, follow the Pacific Coast for about 2000 km and crosses seven Mexican states. Here are a few...
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Guadalajara  —  2017/10/31  —  Mexico

Guadalajara is the second-biggest city of Mexico with 1.5 million people; 4 million when counting the greater metro area.The city has a superb downtown...
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Puerto Vallarta  —  2017/10/29  —  Mexico

I am not a fan of beaches, but here I am in a very touristy seaside town resort. To my great surprise, I loved this town. The beaches are nice, the waterfront...
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Durango  —  2017/10/26  —  Mexico

Durango is a pretty colonial city in the state of Durango. Located at an altitude of 1880 metres, in a semi-arid climate, average annual temperatures...
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Francisco 'Pancho' Villa  —  2017/10/25  —  Mexico

Who is Francisco Villa, nicknamed Pancho Villa? He is one of the most famous historical figures of the Mexican Revolution in the years 1910 to 1920.I...
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The Mennonites of Chihuahua  —  2017/10/23  —  Mexico

At the beginning of this journey, during our crossing of the United States on the Trans-America Trail, Alvaro, Thierry and I have met a Mennonite community...
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Copper Canyon region - 4 of 4  —  2017/10/20  —  Mexico

Divisadero In the last part, I present you the classic Copper Canyon. It is the touristy part where most people go. The train starting from Los Mochis...
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Copper Canyon region - 3 of 4  —  2017/10/18  —  Mexico

Urique to Batopilas Up to now, the trail from Urique to Batopilas, has been the most difficult one that I drove in solo. Before starting the trail, I...
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Copper Canyon region - 2 of 4  —  2017/10/17  —  Mexico

Cerocahui to Urique The landscapes in the first part were fantastic, but those I was about to see after Cerocahui were even more impressive. A few kilometres...
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Copper Canyon region - 1 of 4  —  2017/10/14  —  Mexico

The Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre, in Spanish) is a series of canyons located in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua. Six canyons and...
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Álamos - Pueblo Mágico  —  2017/10/11  —  Mexico

The Pueblos Mágicos are villages or towns that offer a 'magical' experience with their beauty, culture, or history. Álamos is the first magical site...
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First days  —  2017/10/06  —  Mexico

I entered Mexico by the border post at Tecate. On the American side, there is no real village, but on the Mexican side, there is a bustling town.Crossing...
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