We spent almost 2 weeks enjoying Mexico while speaking only rudimentary Spanish in a car with US license plates. We did not exactly blend in, yet we traveled freely throughout the country with no issues. No bandidos, no corrupt cops, nothing but fun and great memories.
We decided to cross the border into Guatemala via Tapachula, Mexico. Tapachula is the largest city in Mexico that is close to the Guatemalan border (it's about 19 miles from the border) and like most border towns, it's not the most welcoming.
By the time we made it to this quaint town, Tag, Elle and I were done. Done unloading and loading the car. Done staying in hotels and filling multiple water bottles every day. Done walking new cities and exploring quaint alleys and markets. Done. Done. Done. So needless to say, Oaxaca was a quick trip.
The Zocalo or City Center of downtown Puebla, Mexico has a lot to offer. For starters this colonial city is colorful and feels almost European at times, plus it has an entire street filled with candy shops.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl (Nahuatl for "artificial mountain") is massive and primarily covered by earth. We spent the day exploring both the outside and inside of this phenomenal site.
We visited a cool spot in Puebla called Cuexcomate. Cuexcomate stands 13 meters tall and is debated to either be the smallest volcano or the largest geyser on the planet. Either way, it was a very cool stop and we'd recommend it.
I woke up early on Sunday AM so I could get a run in before the family got up and about. When I looked out the window I saw a very long and large pack of runners. What I soon found out really impressed me.
I've been wanting to go to Mexico City since I was in college. The size and scale of the city have always fascinated me so when planning our route through Mexico I knew we'd need to stay a few days here. We did our best to cram a lot in during our stay...it was exhausting.
After our long drive to San Luis Potosi, we spent our first night in Mexico at a nice hotel. The charm of the hotel made our first night extra special, and we always felt safe. Best of all, we had a ground floor room about 20 feet from the pool.
After much research and reading about others’ experiences, Ken determined the border crossing at Laredo would be best for us. We could easily connect to the Pan-American highway that runs through the center of Mexico, and they are often noted as the best and safest roads
Costa Verde Hotel near Manuel Antonio. The red airplane is actually hotel room. The white one will be too. #puravida #expatlife #travel #airplanehotel
They are not lying...this place has tons of monkeys. Very cool. #puravida #wildkingdom #expatlife #dinnerguest
This is a real store in San Jose, Costa Rica. Note to store owner...the name does not quite translate. #puravida #expatlife #lostintranslation #icon
Sweet. I found the Internet. #www #puravida #expatlife #foundinternet
This is not only accessible to 4x4. You can always run it! #puravida #expatlife #Running #thankyourunning
Feliz Dia de las Madres! Happy Mother's Day! We found out a few days ago that Mother's Day is celebrated today in Costa Rica. The kids made a card and bought hot coca mix. #puravida #expatlife #family #mothersday #diadelasmadres
A BIG grasshopper in Costa Rica. #puravida #nightlife #grasshopper
Costa Rican center piece at a local soda. A pineapple speared with marshmallows topped with grapes and strawberries. #puravida #soda #expatlife #centerpiece #fruit
What a croc! No this is not in a zoo. We took this standing in the middle of a nearby bridge. #puravida #expatlife #swimminganyone #crocodile
Praying Mantises considering a grasshopper. #puravida #expatlife #dinner #insectlife #prayingmantis