Catemaco and on to the Pacific
Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
27Trip End Apr 01, 2008
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When we left Vera Cruz, we drove to the town of Catemaco, a quaint town in the smaller mountains of Sierra de los Tuxtlas, at about 1200' elevation and right on Lake Catemaco.
The place we stayed at, 'La Ceiba', was right across the street from the lake.
That evening, the racket from the multitude of birds in the trees was the loudest I've ever heard. The huge Banyon Tree in Lahaina on Maui can't compare. Also, all through the night, I heard songbirds that I haven't heard before.
We drove around the town briefly, found a bakery with fresh bread and returned for an early night. The next morning we were able to fill our water tank with 'good' water (although we do add a small amount of bleach for extra protection). Then we started driving on towards the Pacific. We had been told that as we approached the Pacific Coast, the winds around La Ventosa, which means 'the strong wind', can be dangerous for RVs but it wasn't at all windy when we passed through.
Shortly after that we got to Salina Cruz and got a quick view of the Pacific. Then the road meandered, with lots of curves, and don't forget the multitude of 'topes', up the coast just inland enough to only be able to see a few salt flats, and occasional glimpses of the ocean during the next 115 miles.
Since it had been another time-consuming 140 miles across the isthmus from Catemaco and we hadn't gotten an early start, we decided to stop about 50 miles before Huatulco and spent the night at a Pemex, rather than arrive in Huatulco after dark.
For those of you that don't know, Pemex is the National, and only, fuel company, with regulated prices and are frequently used by RVers (and other travelers) for over-night parking. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to drive at night due to limited visibility for 'topes' and other obstacles that might be in the road.
Where I stayed
La Ceiba Hotel