PHOTO ESSAY

JUNE 2016

As soon as we left the highlands of Oaxaca into the steaming jungles of Veracruz it came apparent it was going to be a tough month along the Gulf of Mexico. Steep hills and the sticky humid air slowed our progress as we banked around the dormant volcano of San Martin Tuxtla and eventually along the gold coast of Veracruz. It’s a dramatic part of Mexico with the backdrop of the volcano, the old lava fields covered in thick jungle, and with wild rivers tumbling down to the coast meeting the warm waters of Gulf. Small fishing villages that serve up mouth-watering fresh seafood to the occasional passing tourist. We were greeted by warm smiles and friendly locals who wished us well on our journey and camped on miles upon miles of deserted beaches. The hard work was always worth it.

Then came the state of Tabasco, with the rainy season in full swing we had plan to head through it as quickly as possible. Mainly as there are so few tourist spots to enjoy. The main hub of Mexico’s oil production comes through this state so we were led to believe there was nothing worth seeing. Oh how wrong we were. The coastal road between Villa Sanchez and Paraiso could be the finest road for bicycle touring in Mexico, it’s hands down, one of the best roads i’ve certainly ridden. No hotels, no tourists, just the occasional village and fishing shack dotted along the route. The road goes from paved to dirt, to thick sand. And when the sun became too much, we took a few steps off the bike and dived into the warm sea. Break times were used by knocking coconuts out of trees and trying to pry the milk out of them.

The final part of the month was spent in the enchanting jungles of Palanque. Here, some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids rise out of the jungle canopy, howler monkeys scream into the night, colorful birds hover above the trees and every night, like clockwork, the heavens open to claps of thunder and lightening. A fantastic and magical place to end the month, and to finish our time in Mexico. Just under 100 miles to the border of Guatemala.

Total so far: 3882 miles. Mexico – Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas.
Current Location: 17.50976 -91.98681

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Waterfalls, Veracruz

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Beach Camping on the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz

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Gulf of Mexico at Sunset. Montepío, Veracruz

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Beach Camping on the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz

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Coast road between Villa Sánchez Magallanes & Paraíso, Tabasco

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Bicycle Touring Between Villa Sánchez and Paraíso. Tabasco.

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Coast road between Villa Sánchez Magallanes & Paraíso, Tabasco

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The Rainy Season. Tabasco.

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Jungle at Misol-Ha. Chiapas.

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The Waterfall of Misol-Ha, Chiapas.

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The Waterfall of Misol-Ha, Chiapas.

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Julie Behind The Waterfall of Misol-Ha, Chiapas.

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Palanque Ruins, Chiapas.

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Misol-Ha, Chiapas

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Swimming in Misol-Ha, Chiapas.

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