This is actually a combination of what would normally be a couple of posts. Mike’s computer bit the dust so he couldn’t get his Ixtapan > Taxco photos up… so here we are a week or so later not having WiFi for a bit…
After a couple of days in Ixtapan, we took off on an impromptu route over some amazing and scenic double-track dirt roads. After a day of grueling climbs we made it to Taxco. I swear at one point there were vultures circling us as we climbed 1,500 feet out of a river valley in sweltering heat. It was mutually agreed that Taxco proved to be one of the most beautiful cities any of us have ever seen.
After 3 days there we set the wheels to the road again and visited the amazing Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. This NationalPark is home to one of the largest cave systems in the world. From the Grutas, which are basically in the middle of nowhere, we took on several long days in the saddle and some bizarre campsites. Here are some photos to tell the story:
Stopping for the view on a dirt road outside Ixtapan de la Sal
Roads were barely on any map, so we had to pick a direction.
Pretty big climb, but rewarding.
View on the other side.
Negotiating a water crossing.
Stayed for a few days in Taxco, a wonderful city (main image on post is the view from our hotel balcony.
Church in Taxco Zocolo.
Visitor on the rooftop bar.
Creepy bronze sculptures depicting the annual, self-mutilating, Semana Santa pilgrimage to Taxco (now condemmed by the government).
Another view of Taxco.
The magnificent Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. It’s hard to show how huge the cave was…
Our campsite at the Grutas… complete with pool.
After another day of riding we camped at Las Estacas based around a river that sprang from an aqua fir.
Probably the most clear water I have ever seen.
Another day in the saddle that started with a gravel-grinder.
Our camping that night at a waterpark… very odd indeed.
Not sure what these guys were for… maybe someone’s dinner.
Gin breakfasting on Mexican oreos.
Nice coolor scheme.
Entering the state of Puebla.
Our fine 230 peso accommodations that night.
A walk to the store led us through a procession of carolers.