The first time we stopped in San Juan del Rio on the way to the Gulf Coast we stayed in a nice hotel. Opting to save a few bucks, this time we took a room at the hotel down the street (bad idea). First, we noticed the missing toilet seat (in a mildly disgusting bathroom where the shower sprays the whole room) and the mattresses with spiked springs. Next, we left for dinner and returned to find a cockroach sitting on top of my backpack (ick! - it was a very dramatic momement!). Figuring "what else could there be?" we watched a movie (the Anniversary Party, totally worth a rent) and started getting ready for bed
. It was then that I noticed a redish-brownish film that coated the wall over the bed complete with particulate matter. Was this the blow back from a gunshot, remnants from a TB patient or perhaps the remains of some amatuer adult film production? I don't really know, but suffice it to say this was the most disgusting, foul hotel I've ever stayed in overnight. It makes the place from Monterrey look like the Ritz Carlton. I awoke after a fitful sleep (in my sleeping bag, I wasn't touching anything in this hell-hole) at 5:30 a.m. thinking the sun was up because of the glaring flourescent light pouring through the window. It didn't matter, we were going. We emerged to the parking lot to find our bus blocked in "3 deep" by cars. I did not care I was leaving! In a feat of wonder, sometimes seamingly defying the laws of physics, I backed the bus through the maze of cars. 15 minutes later we were on the road and out of there!
Post Trip Script (PTS report) - After another 25 countries and countless guest houses, hostels and hotels, this place is still by far, the mos disgusting!
Another nine hour day of driving with an overnight stop in San Juan del Rio. Highlights would be passing the tallest peak in Mexico (Pico de Orizaba), and enjoying the splendor of the high desert landscape. Only one picture is needed as it never really changes.