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Voyages of S/V NautiMoments
A Sailing Trip to the Caribbean and Other Destinations unknown.
Agua Azul Waterfalls and back to Chiapas

On our way back through we went to see Agua Azul which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls we have seen. You feel you are in the middle with waterfalls all around you. Each way you looked was a different falls.

San Cristobol was a vibrant Mexican town with lots of walking streets, music, good food and drink. Unfortunately due to the latter I did not get many pictures. We stayed there overnight at a great little place. Our road trip home was much better as we took the toll roads which were many more miles but due to the quality took us less time.
We cleaned, refuelled and prepped the boat ready for our next leg to Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. So long Mexico and hello Central America.

Mayan Ruins at Palenque

The ruins were great with basically a whole Mayan city partially excavated. It is amazing what the jungle will absorb.

Road trip to SanCristobol and Palenque

After that we rented a car and drove through San Cristobol and onto Palenque. Driving in Mexico is an adventure as the road we took was windy and steep over a mountain pass. We drove straight through to Palenque arriving at 10:00pm. Through some miracle, or straight BS luck, we found Margarita and Eds Hotel which is just outside the park where the Palenque ruins are located. This was a beautiful little place right in the jungle. At night we could hear Howler Monkeys and many birds and animals. The locals and visitors reminded us of a hippy community with young backpackers from all over the world. We ate a place right beside the Hotel called Don Muchos; a quick walk through the jungle. With great food and drinks, live music for dancing, fire dancing show and crafts for sale right in the middle of the jungle, this was a highlight.

Coffee Plantation and Mayan ruins in Tapachula

Chiapas has a new marina but because they had not turned on the power yet it was free. The price being right so we stayed there for 10 days. It is bloody hot but we will survive. The manager Enrique was fabulous. He drove us all over the place to check in and out, fuel runs, etc. From there we took a day tour to a Coffee plantation high up in the hills then to some Mayan ruins in Tapachula nearby. Wow, this is quite a process!

Crossing the Tehuantepec to Chiapas
03/22/2012, Chiapas

Well we finally are updating the blog; sorry for the delay, this cruising lifestyle is so busy with happy hours, cruising, boat chores, etc.
We had a great trip across the Tehuantepec. This is a large bay on the Pacific side at the bottom of Mexico. It is notorious for strong winds and large seas. You have to wait for a weather window to cross. On 3:00pm on Feb. 29 we left Hualtuco, then traveled along the coast to the 16deg N latitude, where we followed that across, then followed the coast down to Chiapas arriving on Mar.2.
At least we got to sail some of the trip with a 8-12knot wind on the beam. Here is our friends Jean-Guy and Fran on Gosling under full sail.

Marina Chague Huatulco

Back at the boat and time to do some boat chores and shop for fresh fruit and veggies, etc. Oh, and for Carole to get a hair cut....finally found a hairdresser that was recommended. Carole says it sure feels better.
The fruits and veggies at the markets here in Mexico are sooooo good! Ken worked on maintenance stuff, changed the oil and filters, fuel filter, washed the boat, fixed stuff that needed fixing, nice to keep on top of those items. Carole started some sewing projects, we now have sumbrella covers for the fuel tanks that are kept on deck, one off the checklist, next it will be the winch covers and grommets in our suncover for the boat. We have had a great time visiting and getting to know the other cruisers on the dock and it looks like we have a weather window to cross the Gulf of Tehuantepec and head for Chiapas, our last stop in Mexico. Some of us are heading out this afternoon and the rest are heading out tomorrow. The Gulf of Tehuantepec is notorious for it high winds, so you have to wait for them to subside for a few days, that window starts today and ends on Saturday evening. We should be arriving in Chiapas before dark on Friday. It looks like there are about 5 of us heading out today.

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