An Altere Adventure

The Night Bus to Antigua

I have always been reluctant to use tour companies and travel agencies, preferring to go it alone. However, when I arrived in Flores, I made arrangements to take an overnight bus to Antigua after viewing Tikal. The tour company knew about my arrangements and...

Guatemala

It was much easier to buy an organized tour of Tikal while still in Chiapas than to make my own arrangements on public transportation. It started with a nine hour van ride from Palenque to Flores, a small city on the shores of Lake Petén. I treated myself...

Going Mayan

San Cristóbal de Las Casas is at an altitude of 7200 feet, which explains why I was breathing a bit harder than expected carrying my bags from the bus station to my hotel. It also meant that it was much cooler, especially at night. I had been warned and...

Chiapas Border Region and Transportation in México

Finally across the Golfo de Tehuantepec, I found fishing lines across my path as I approached Puerto Madero. Buoys held up flags made of plastic garbage bags. I worked my way around and into the channel.

After getting tied up at Marina Chiapas...

Meeting My Alebrije on the Way to Marina Chiapas

Perhaps it is similar to the Harry Potter stories where your wand finds you, rather than you find your wand. I started to joke about figuring out what was my alebrije, or spirit animal. They sell many of these artistic figurines in the state of Oaxaca.

Beseeching Tor

Once again we set out in light winds that gradually filled in from behind. In the afternoon Altere was being pushed along by about 11-24 knots of breeze. The winds built during the night. On my watch, I saw a sight that struck fear into my...

Acapulco

I loved Zihua, and would have stayed longer, but wind predictions drive the pace of this voyage. And there was an opportunity to catch a following breeze to Acapulco. This is the holy grail of sailing and cruising, to catch that perfect downwind sailing,...

Off to Zihuatanejo

It was very hot when we left Barra. We filled the diesel tanks before leaving and we had more water on board. We motored out and around the point to head southeast avoiding the offshore rocks.

The seas were smooth except for the long running...

The Posse at Barra

I heard the tinkling of a bell in the morning. I stepped out and with a hearty "Bonjour!" called to El Horno Francés. The French Baker was making his morning rounds of the marina in his panga. This day I bought two Croissant aux'Amandes and a couple of...

Chamela

When one imagines one’s self out cruising, the fantasy usually includes having your boat anchored off a beautiful sandy beach…..and sitting on said beach, cool drink in hand, admiring the view. Chamela was exactly that dream fulfilled.

We...