Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
24Trip End Jan 03, 2008
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We had heard about Mazunte from the manager of the hotel we stayed at in Oaxaca city. We told him that we were planning on heading to Puerto Escondido or Zipolite. He assured us that Mazunte was absolutely beautiful and also not nearly as touristy as the other beaches. We were not disapointed. Mazunte is a very small beach town, the main drag of which runs for about 100 yards just inland from the Pacific Ocean on the southern coast of Mexico. There is not much to do there... at all. No fancy resorts, no parasailing, no night clubs, no throngs of tourists assuming that everyone speaks english. Our hostel was perched atop a rock wall right on the beach, and we had absolutely beautiful weather every day we were there for 4 days. The sunrises were stunning, and one evening we hiked over the hills on the west side of the beach with the Mariosh and Luisa (the couple from Poland) to see the sunset (which was beautiful, but not nearly as good as the sunrises). Joerg was staying in Zipolite (a beach town just east of Mazunte), and one afternoon we took a collective over there to meet up with him for a few beers and lunch before he hit the road
When we finally left Mazunte, we were heading for Palenque with a stopover in San Cristobal de las Casas. As it turned out, Mariosh and Luiza (I don't know if I'm spelling their names right - sorry guys!) were planning on the exact same thing and we ended up being on the same bus as them. As we waited in the bus station Mariosh and I watched the division finals soccer game between the Pumas and Atlante in Cancun. It was an extremely exciting game that went to extra time, and unfortunately we didn't get to see the end because our bus was leaving. It's probably better that we missed the end because the Pumas lost, which is who we were rooting for
We had been toying with the idea of going home for christmas for some time, and it was in Mazunte that we finally bought plane tickets from Cancun to Dulles airport. We also decided that there was very little chance that we were going to make it all the way to South America considering the pace that we were setting. We had originally planned on 2 weeks in Mexico, and it was looking like we were going to be there for almost a full month (and STILL we felt like we were rushing a little bit). Also, we figured that flying all the way to South America just wouldn't be worth it for anything less than 2 months travel down there, which we definitely wouldn't have if we wanted to travel around Central America more. So, it was in Mazunte, relaxing in on the beach in the tropical sun that we decided to go home for Christmas and to slow everything down a bit and take our time enjoying Central America. South America will have to wait for another trip...