In a story that is just too unbelievable to be true, we broke down on the way home from the mechanics. For real! But we are hardly surprised. Either we have a van that just cannot be repaired or there are literally no qualified mechanics in the whole of South America all the way down to Mexico. You choose!
Day 1: Merida to Puebla (Merida to Campeche)
We made good time from Merida to Campeche, despite the rainy weather, and experienced no car issues whatsoever. A lovely relief as every trip up until now has been plagued with disaster after disaster. We checked into our hostel, toured the town, had lunch and enjoyed some down time. In the evening we took a night tram tour before having a late dinner.
Day 2: Merida to Puebla (Campeche)
Today we spent a fun day exploring the city. We visited the local market and toured part of the wall learning more about the pirate rich history of this fascinating city. We had an enjoyable lunch outdoors and wandered to the square in the evening to view the light and sound show.
Day 3: Merida to Puebla (Campeche to Escarcega)
We enjoyed the waterside scenery and after hitting Champoton, headed inland to Escarcega. So great to be able to see the diversity of the Mexican countryside after staying so long in the Yucatan. Can't wait to see more of it.
Day 4: Merida to Puebla (Escarcega to Palenque)
From Campeche to Tabasco to Chiapas - today we drove cross country from Escarcega to Palenque. We enjoyed dinner al fresco in a small cafe style restaurant. Looking forward to bed tonight in lieu of our BIG day tomorrow.
Day 5: Merida to Puebla (Palenque)
Today we explored the Palenque ruins and the eco parque to feed the manatees - what a busy day!
Day 6: Merida to Puebla (Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas)
We experienced some mechanical difficulties today but eventually arrived in San Cristobal in the late evening. Poor Matthew felt a little car sick today on the windy roads.
Day 7: Merida to Puebla (San Cristobal de las Casas)
We decided we would stay in San Cristobal de las Casas to rest the vehicle and give us a chance to explore the city.
Day 8: Merida to Puebla (San Cristobal de las Casas to San Pedro Tapanatepec)
Not a good sign when the van won't start in the morning. However 3 hours and $20 later, we were on the road again. We crossed into Oaxaca and stopped at San Pedro Tapanatepec for the evening.
Day 9: Merida to Puebla (San Pedro Tapanatepec to Santa Domingo Tehuantepec)
We drove through an extremely windy patch of land in Oaxaca state today - perfect weather conditions for the 1500+ wind turbines located there.
Day 10: Merida to Puebla (Santa Domingo Tehuantepec to Oaxaca)
Despite the vehicle troubles and the fact it took 12 hours to travel approximately 240kms, I was reminded today why we do what we do. We were faced again with the kindness of strangers - kindness that comes simply from someone wanting to do something to help someone else. Matt even had a ride in a digger to the next town in search of a mechanic. Thank you Heleodora for escorting us all the way to Oaxaca.
Day 11: Merida to Puebla (Oaxaca)
Matt went in search of a fuel pump for the van and we took a wander downtown to explore Oaxaca.
Day 12: Merida to Puebla (Oaxaca to Tehuacan)
While the van was still showing signs of trouble, we made it to Tehuacan without issue. As we made it to good timing, we had a chance to pick up some necessities at the nearby mall and even grab a movie.
Day 13: Merida to Puebla (Tehuacan to Puebla)
We arrived at our destination city safe and sound - the toll roads meant our journey was relatively smooth. We checked into a hotel and have booked ourselves into an apartment for the next few weeks starting tomorrow. Thanks for following along on our journey.
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