THURSDAY (Jueves), May 26
What a relief! Temperature when we woke up this morning was a pleasant 67F. Puerto Vallarta is now just a sweaty memory.
We drove to Puerto Vallarta on Mex 200 – probably the busiest road we’ve driven in Mexico. The road winds down the side of a mountain through a tropical forest. Long lines of cars are stuck behind slow moving trucks making passing virtually impossible.
For the drive out of PV Chris chose a different route – a very different route. Once we got through the tope-filled outskirts of PV the narrow, lumpy and bumpy road climbed up and over a series of passes through a tropical dry forest. Between the passes are large valleys with towns, farms and ranches.
The most memorable stop of the day was lunch in Moscata. By happy accident we found a pleasant and well-run restaurant that served delicious beef sourced – no doubt – from a local rancho.
The town had a good vibe so we strolled to and around the shady plaza. Chris was finally able to find a Correos de Mexico (post office) to buy stamps.
Our next stop was sleepy Atenguillo (Ah-ten-GWEE-oh) . We pulled off the road when we saw the huge church. We parked near the church and were accosted by an old gentleman with what looked to be advanced Parkinson’s Disease. He didn’t speak much English, but he did say clearly, “Where do you live?” His caretaker hustled him away to get him out of the sun.
The interior of the church was simply amazing (see pix). There’s no obvious sign of wealth in the town, but there was plenty on display in the form of gold leaf.
Chris found our campground in the iOverlander app. We almost didn’t get in because we didn’t know about the time change – this part of Jalisco is on Mexico City time. We arrived an hour past closing time. The guard at the gate took pity on us – he called somebody who told him to let us in. Price per night was M$250/$14.70. And that included admission to the water park!
After settling in we walked around the deserted grounds. The place is huge. It must be able to accommodate at least 1,000 guests. The park also has excellent wifi and a free laundry room.
We spent the day in the campground doing chores (Chris cut my hair) and catching up on email and the blog.
Bird of the day: Rufous-backed Thrush (life bird). Seen on the grounds of the Parque Aquatico.