Mexico: Palenque, La Victoria and Pueblo ( 13th to 16th February)

After Chichen-Itza I could not wait to see the Mayan runes at Palenque as I heard they were even better. The ride to Palenque was good, easy and just fun.

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The Mayan runes were breathtaking, I was just blown away at how stunning they are. I love seeing old runes, temples, castles etc and these were certainly up there in my top 10. What I loved was that you could go inside one of them and see into others. You could climb up them and see what they are like up at the top as well as some great views. I just highly recommend them I had a great day seeing them and spent hours walking around.

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The town of Palenque is also nice with a lot of good restaurants and a lot nicer than Chichen-Itza so I was happy to spend two nights there to have a whole day free for sightseeing.

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After he mom swept outside her shop this little guy got the broom and started sweeping, too cute. Maybe he thought she didn’t do a good job.

After Palenque I headed out to Lago Catemaco. I had simply chosen this spot as it was too far to ride from Palenque to Queretero and knew I would need 3 days so just looked at the map and chose 2 spots each roughly a third of the way, but worth seeing and at least one off the beaten track. So I ended up at lake Catemaco and what a lovely surprise.

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The lake is stunning and the road there and then on to Pueblo is a small secondary country road so travelling though small villages and over hills, with amazing views. I did not stay in the town of Catemaco but a tiny small village called La Victoria in a small family run B&B. This is really my kind of place, clean, comfortable and right on the lake. I took an afternoon stroll around the village and everyone I met said hello, this is the Mexico worth seeing not only the tourist places, so I enjoyed it and found it very interesting. There were lovely small but nicely painted houses and also a few tiny shacks, evidence that this was a low income fishing village. I spent the evening sitting on the balcony outside my room watching the fishermen and listening to the cacophony of birds in the trees. I could not have been more relaxed. There are no restaurants in this village but the lady at the B&B cooks and wow what a meal. Fresh out of the lake fish home cooked, a little taste of heaven.

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One of my favourite pictures of the lake taken from my balcony. It was just so peaceful.

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The following day I pushed onto Pueblo and what a difference. A Large busy city, modern and nice but just too big for me to enjoy. I stayed in a city express just off the motorway, impersonal but very clean and comfortable. This was a real travelling stop over with no character. The best thing about Pueblo is that met up with Cesar who I travelled across Russia with in 2012, we did the BAM together and we got on very well, so had a lot of catching up to do. It was so fantastically wonderful to see him again, and he told me that had had come back from Russia and did his private pilots license. He actually flew to Pueblo form Acapulco where he was for a few days on vacation. Wow I was pretty impressed at that. It is always good to see friends when you are on the road.

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