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Old 12-25-2012, 09:35 AM   #196
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What Rey and Vann Said

Sjoerd Bakker is the real deal.
I sent him a personal check for his compendium of Hotels in "Mexico and Central America". This is not his preferred method of payment. I couldn't be bothered with the money order thing.
I decided to trust him and he trusted me, by sending out his two books the same day. Not knowing if my check would clear. In this Holiday season, they traveled from Canada to Southern Utah in 10 days.
Though I've only just begun my review, the two photo copied and stapled (with updated inserts) seem to be filled with suggestions for riding this route to Panama.
Lots of hotels referenced and their price, at the time of writing.
Appears to be worth the money. Certainly cheaper than discovering these places on your own.
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Old 12-25-2012, 03:54 PM   #197
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Well worth the money.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:39 AM   #198
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Just want to give a shout out to Sjoerd's book.

It is worth the price, summarizing a LOT of what you need to know if you're a noob heading south. Border crossing, traffic, driving tips, sign translations, etc. Reading the info sections will give you a lot of info that might be hard to find in the "Is Mexico Safe" thread, or require a lot of research around adv. He's compiled it all in two easy books.

What I think is also cool about the book is its old school. Layout and printing done old style with a word processor, hand drawn maps and a copy machine. It isn't slick and shiny, but its done with his research, time, money and sweat.

Hotel listings organized by town, with neat little FYIs about many of the little towns the hotels are found. A lot of the towns are little podunk towns (or just aren't known to gringos) that won't even get mentioned in Fodors, Lonely Planet etc. Buying this book, you are supporting Sjoerd's research as well. And opening up for yourself a wider horizon in Mexico.

AND... The book is a handy size to fit in a tank bag or sidecase. It requires no battery, no boot up time, no PDF, no cell or WiFi connection.

Great reading for scheming when its too cold to go out in the garage or out riding. Recommended for either the first timer, or one who's been there a few times.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:28 AM   #199
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Just got mine and read it the first night (just the Mexico one) marking the towns along my preliminary route. Lots more than just hotels in there. Love it. It will be resident in my tankbag for making choices on the fly. Nothing fancy. Just honest first-hand data collection.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:35 AM   #200
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Sjoerd has more México knowledge in his pinky than everyone else put together
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #201
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Sjoerd has more México knowledge in his pinky than everyone else put together
++++about a million
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:40 PM   #202
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Wink

Blush ����
Thanks for the compliments

(Meantime Would Philip ,,,,,..... to contact me?
Post script: the problem has been solved , contact of sorts was made quite a while back.)


And thank you Rey for pasting in a copy of my original Page 7 post and then
taking the time to XXXX over certain numbers which may change from time to
time as I update things for changing conditions .
It is important for readers always
to go back to that original post and not rely on pasted in quotes which remain static
and fixed in the form of the day they were copied, maybe last year.

Sjoerd Bakker screwed with this post 04-14-2013 at 07:14 PM
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:16 AM   #203
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.....alert him that he needs to contact me.....
All Points Bulletin for Philip Niton of Greensburg:

Please contact Sjoerd with all possible haste.

He has an Amway presentation that he would like to give you
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:28 PM   #204
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Beds & Gated parking

Hello everyone. I've been told by a few of you guys on road trips staying with us to put this info up for the rest of you so you can enjoy it too. The hostel is located in Mazatlan, Mexico which is the port city after the supper long ferry from La Paz, Baja California. Mazatlan is your start for the Devil's Backbone ride to Durango. I've been told it's the best ride in all of Mexico and maybe all of Central America too. So I hope this place help you on your journey. Send me a message on facebook if you have any questions.

1. State: Sinaloa
2. City: Mazatlan
3. Hotel Name: Funky Monkey Hostel
4. Address/directions/coordinates: 112 Cerro Boludo, Lomas de Mazatlan. It's on Google maps too
5. Rating: Up to you all but I've made it as amazing as I could :-)
6. Comments on Location: Located in the best area of Mazatlan, lots of close restaurants, bars, shopping and the beach
7. Rate: $12 for dorm beds and $35 for private rooms with kitchenettes
8. Secure Parking?: Yes but limited
9. Hot water: Yes
10. AC: When needed during the hot months
11. Fans: Always
12. Service/Language Spoken: English and some Spanish
13. Overall impression: I like it but you should read the reviews on tripadvisor and hostelworld. All 5 stars.
14. Date of Visit: I own it
15. Website of Hotel: https://www.facebook.com/FunkyMonkeyHostel & http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...fic_Coast.html

What We Offer:
2 private rooms with their own kitchens, bathrooms a couch and air conditioning for hot nights.*
5 spacious dorm rooms*that sleep from 4 to 8 people,*all with comfortable beds and pillows.
Rooftop terrace with hammocks, perfect for relaxing day or night, watching amazing sunsets and having some beers.
Swimming pool with waterfall, lounge chairs.
2 communal kitchens to help you save your travel money or to cook that hard to find favorite meal
Indoor chill areas / common rooms with TV
Air conditioning provided in rooms at night when needed
Free cable TV & DVD players
Free WiFi*
Hot showers*
Book exchange
Board games
Free drinking water
Free parking
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #205
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Wink Hostal 697 in Cd. Juárez, Chih. Méx

Hi, here are some details for another hostel in case you're crossing from El Paso, Tx to México.

HOSTAL 697
1. Chihuahua
2. Cd. Juárez
3. Hostal 697
4. Agustin Melgar 697, Cuauhtemoc, Downtown Juarez /
Cross Santa Fe International Bridge and take your left, turn right on Ave. Lerdo, left on Ignacio Mejía and finally left on Agustin Melgar (it's before you get to a church). / 31.745175,-106.477096 or search on Google Maps.
If coming from México, then take Ave. 16 de Septiembre, turn right on Constitución St, left on Tlaxcala St. and left on Agustin Melgar.
5. It cost $15 USD per bed and $25 private room.
6. It's located in the Downtown historical area of Ciudad Juarez (Note downtown is NOT the center of the City), near markets, restaurants, the main plaza, bars and parks... also next to main highways that surround the city so you can drive fast to other destinations (Blvd. Camino Real and Blvd. Juan Pablo II)
7. For me it's a 5 of 5 Rate , but it's up to you
8. We have a secure but limited parking.
9. We have 24 hr hot water
10. We have Swamp Cooler
11. We have fans
12. We speak English and Spanish
13. It's a nice, very clean, pet friendly, self-service breakfast hotel. We also offer tours and a gym so you can keep fit.
14. I own the hostel
15. Please visit http://www.hostal697.com and facebook.com/hostal697

Your stay includes:
Self-service breakfast
Barbecues facilities
Coffee all day
Movie nights
Gym access
Wi-Fi/ computer
Luggage storage/ lockers
Linens/ towels

On site:
​Fully equipped kitchen
Courtyard
Gym
TV Lounge
Laundry
Maps and tourist Information
Tours packages
24-hour security​
​24-hour hot water
No curfew
Super clean
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:01 PM   #206
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Wicked

...and by the way, it should be nice to meet bikers from around the world... we want to travel to McAllen and to Las Vegas in our first bike trip.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:45 AM   #207
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Does anyone have any info on hostels in mexico? The good, bad and the ugly......and prices.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:26 AM   #208
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Does anyone have any info on hostels in mexico? The good, bad and the ugly......and prices.
Play with hostels.com

Another source is Lonely Planet

Give this information packed thread a try: Hotels in Mexico and Central America

Page 7 of that book has complete details of Sjoerd Bakkers Economical Hotels in Mexico book

Become aware of the search protocol for ADV (or any other website):

site:advrider.com your search word(s)

Example: site:advrider.com hostels in Mexico

Type it exactly like that into the Google search box, obviously changing "your search word(s) to whatever subject you're investigating. Try it.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:30 AM   #209
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Does anyone have any info on hostels in mexico? The good, bad and the ugly......and prices.
I cant speak of hostels personally, I have heard of nice clean ones in most of the towns I pass through.

But what works for me is, and it is two fold, 1. I am a cheap-skate, 2. I like the real Mexico, the people, sights, the smells. not the fancy brass and glass of the tourist epicenter...

I ask for the bus station/terminal, or train station, there is always lots of little hotels motels all around the station and street food galore- my favorite... most will let me pull my bike right into the lobby if they don't have real parking..
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:55 PM   #210
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Play with hostels.com

Another source is Lonely Planet

Give this information packed thread a try: Hotels in Mexico and Central America

Page 7 of that book has complete details of Sjoerd Bakkers Economical Hotels in Mexico book

Become aware of the search protocol for ADV (or any other website):

site:advrider.com your search word(s)

Example: site:advrider.com hostels in Mexico

Type it exactly like that into the Google search box, obviously changing "your search word(s) to whatever subject you're investigating. Try it.
Get Sjoerd's book - he lives in Canada also. He is also one of the most travelled in Mexico and a wealth of information.

My experience with hostels has been varied. Sometimes they can be fairly cheap but they usually attract mostly North Americans and Europeans so you can have almost no Mexican culture/interaction when in one. With you trying to cram as much Mexican experience as you can into a fairly short period of time, you may want to make hostels less of a priority.
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