Mexico

AshLivin Video #7: Belize and Mexican Ruins

A lot has happened in the last 3 weeks. Here is the first video in a two part update. We're a little tired and cranky in the video, but we had a blast traveling through Belize with Mel and Dan, our new friends from Australia! After Belize, we headed back into Mexico and visited the ancient ruins of Calakmul and Palenque. Stay tuned for update 2 soon!

So many familiar faces!

After a month on the road with little more than ourselves, the last 2 weeks have been filled with familiar faces! Here are some highlights. 

 Eating a mountain of nachos with Rachel and Jordan in Cancun!  We got lucky - they had just landed and we were about to hop on a plane to the Caribbean. 

Eating a mountain of nachos with Rachel and Jordan in Cancun!  We got lucky - they had just landed and we were about to hop on a plane to the Caribbean. 

 We left El Chapulín in Cancun to cash in on some family time in Antigua (Caribbean) - so rare to get us all in one place. Congrats Anu and Trav on the engagement!!!!!

We left El Chapulín in Cancun to cash in on some family time in Antigua (Caribbean) - so rare to get us all in one place. Congrats Anu and Trav on the engagement!!!!!

 Met up with the wonderful Phillips family (Lee, Camille, Courtney, and Marla) for a relaxing day at El Pez and a tasty dinner at La Zebra in Tulum. Thank you for wining and dining us!!!

Met up with the wonderful Phillips family (Lee, Camille, Courtney, and Marla) for a relaxing day at El Pez and a tasty dinner at La Zebra in Tulum. Thank you for wining and dining us!!!

 Also randomly bumped into Hayden (Liv's friend from SF) and Justin (our new friend!) at a restaurant in Tulum and then spent NYE with them on the beach! Cooked them dinner out of the back of our car and danced the night away on the playa. 

Also randomly bumped into Hayden (Liv's friend from SF) and Justin (our new friend!) at a restaurant in Tulum and then spent NYE with them on the beach! Cooked them dinner out of the back of our car and danced the night away on the playa. 

 And now, back to Ash, Liv, and El Chapulín. Here we are camping on the shore of beautiful Laguna Bacalar, one of our favorite campgrounds so far. 

And now, back to Ash, Liv, and El Chapulín. Here we are camping on the shore of beautiful Laguna Bacalar, one of our favorite campgrounds so far. 

Xilitla --> Zacualtipán

Today was a hard one, guys: it took us 6 hours to go 100 miles. After traversing some of the worst roads I've ever been on, and always behind a Honda civic or VW bug that seemed to take no notice of the terrain, we got behind a dump truck that couldn't make it's way up the mountain through the mud. We sat for 20 minutes before it was our turn. El Chapulín worked her ass off slippin' and slidin' but she, and Ashwin, got us out of the mess with no scratches! It was another 3 hours of driving (at night, through fog, and on winding roads with sheer cliffs at every turn) before we made it here: a gas station hotel with this amazing street food vendor out front. She and her posse made us quesadillas with Oaxaca cheese and homemade corn tortillas...and were even crazy sweet enough to heat up a can of our pinto beans at their house next door! It was the most stressful day yet but look at the smile on this guy's face. He's in heaven.  (And so am I.)

¡Mexico!

Hola!

We crossed the border into Mexico about a week ago and (almost) everything has been amazing since! Next time we have good internet we'll post a new video, but until then here are a few pics!  

 

 Our first stop: climbing mecca El Potrero Chico

Our first stop: climbing mecca El Potrero Chico

 Making new friends in un pueblo magico near Monterrey - thanks for being such amazingly hospitable hosts Diego, Angel, and Manolo! 

Making new friends in un pueblo magico near Monterrey - thanks for being such amazingly hospitable hosts Diego, Angel, and Manolo! 

 Redefining street food - just made a last minute lunch "on the road"  in Ciudad Valles

Redefining street food - just made a last minute lunch "on the road"  in Ciudad Valles