Liberte has not made it to Cuba yet... but we did survive a punishing drive in to San Pedro to earn this tranquil spot.
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala03/25/2012
We spent a couple blissful days in San Pedro, a town surrounded by volcanoes.
From Puerto Chiapas, we took 6 days and went inland to the mountains of Guatemala. What a place! Bill Bell, who used to live there as a Peace Corp volunteer, gave us a local's tour. We drove our rental car up over 10,000-foot mountain passes, into native Mayan villages in mountain valleys, and to a gorgeous volcanic lake. There is something very special about the people and places of Guatemala. And even 5'3" Rebecca felt very tall here!
Arrival in Puerto Chiapas03/03/2012
Liberte has arrived in Puerto Chiapas, the southernmost port in Mexico. It's a real sense of accomplishment and excitement to be here. We are some of the first customers for a brand new marina. Enrique the dockmaster has been fantastic. We were welcomed by fellow El Salvador Rally cruisers, along with these very sharp and professional gentlemen who inspected our boat on arrival, complete with a dog. We were expecting them, and had a cold Coca Cola on ice waiting for each man. The dog is not allowed to have treats - but we tried. We are here for some inland sightseeing for a week or so, then off to El Salvador we plan to go.
Buddy boatin' again03/03/2012
We are happy to be making another passage with Risk Taker, our friends on a Catalina 38 out of San Francisco. During this smooth 46-hour transit of the Gulf of Tehuantepec, we sailed in several stints, including a night sail on a gorgeous broad reach that lasted 3 watches, a sunset sail, and a morning session in the offshore wind and flat water as we approached Puerto Chiapas. Enroute, we also stopped in flat water and dove over the side to swim with the dolphins. We kept two fishing lines out, and caught one large jack and two smaller bonitos. Great shooting star show in the early morning watches.
Our MVP crew Bill Bell has arrived, Liberte is fueled up and cleared out, and our weather window is open for 3 days in the notorious Gulf of Tehuantepec. Our first traffic sighted out of Huatulco is this Navy boat that hailed us in excellent English to give us a weather briefing, inquire after our plans, and ask if we'd seen a missing cruising vessel. They told us to hail them on VHF 16 if we needed assistance of any kind. They have a base in Salina Cruz.