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Old 11-22-2009, 06:05 PM   #91
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Went looking for a place for dinner in San Cristobal and stumbled an Argentine restaurant

Steak Dinner in San Cristobal

If the steak is this good in Argentina then I need to get there soon!
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:27 PM   #92
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To Oaxaca

With only 2 days of Spanish lessons remaining, I知 going to try to and get caught up a bit before heading to Guatemala. Puerto Escondido looked like it would have been a sleepy little fishing village at one time. Now, there痴 a large tourist sections down by the bay. Still, it was a nice place to stop for the night on my way to Oaxaca.



Puerto Escondido

I posted a video for the road to Oaxaca but this is one of the valleys you ride through.



Valley leading to Oaxaca







Road to Oaxaca




Along the way you ride through many mountain villages



Mountain Pueblo

Oaxaca is a city I could have easily spent a week in as there are so many things to see and do. The first day I spend in El Centro checking out the marcado and iglesias (churches).






Santo Domingo




Catherdral in Oaxaca




Chocolate Mills




Oaxaca Marcado




Fried Grasshoppers




Dried Chiles

As well as the people and venders
























Then it was off the ruins of Monte Alban and Mitla..

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:45 AM   #93
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Mitla

It seems like I知 in a never ending story of trying to get this ride report up-to-date.


Today, as I sit in the courtyard of my hotel in San Cristobal


Afternoon_in_SC


I値l post a bit about the ruins I visited when I was in Oaxaca 3 weeks ago.


I took off in the morning and rode about 40 miles to Mitla. While it has occupied since 500 BC the building of the temples started around 200 AD and remained until the Spanish started enforcing their beliefs. Talking to one of the guides I learned that the Zapotecs had a very advanced culture similar to the Aztecs and Mayans. They too seemed to vanish or at least abandoned their temples for unknown reasons. Mitla is one of the areas that started to flourish after the Zapotecs abandoned Monte Ablan.


The most striking things about the Mitla is the architecture and the Mosaics. The detail is outstanding.



Catholic Church built on top of one of the temples




Patio Norte




Pillars that once supported the roof




This building was covered with mosaics




Mosaics
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:16 PM   #94
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Amazing trip!! keep going!
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #95
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:51 PM   #96
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Thumb Thanks for sharing Oaxaca

I enjoyed your pics as it takes me there. I wintered 20 years in Puerto Escindido on Zicitella Beach in the Garden of Eden campground and painted a mural of gecos with the girls who live there. Rode my KLR from Hildago to Oaxaca and back in 08 too much fun. Captain Tom
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:30 AM   #97
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I enjoyed your pics as it takes me there. I wintered 20 years in Puerto Escindido on Zicitella Beach in the Garden of Eden campground and painted a mural of gecos with the girls who live there. Rode my KLR from Hildago to Oaxaca and back in 08 too much fun. Captain Tom
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Thanks, I trying to catch this RR up as I've got a few hundred pictures of San Cristobal to edit.

Wow, 20 years! I've been thinking it would be nice to winter down here. The only problem is I like to ski and there is no snow in the area!
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #98
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I am in! Also, no one is going to fault you for falling behind. The trip is number 1, the RR is a great bonus. Stay safe.
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Here's a MotoTrex sighting, along with our new friend Kevin, so at least you know he's still kickin'
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Do you have any info on getting through or around El Salvador or Honduras? I am planning on departing the us on the 15th of Dec and this appears to be a stumbling block.... Thanks Mike....
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:38 AM   #101
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:19 AM   #102
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I did a similar trip 9 years ago and it will be fun to do it again, virtually.

Keep an open mind and have the time of your life! Looking forward to the next chapters.

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Do you have any info on getting through or around El Salvador or Honduras? I am planning on departing the us on the 15th of Dec and this appears to be a stumbling block.... Thanks Mike....
Haven't made it that far south. When I get there I'll let you know.

But, Guatemala rocks
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Monte Alban

After Mitla, I was off to Monte Alban. I needed to ride 40 miles back to Oaxaca, thought the center of town and about another 10 miles to the west.


When I entered Oaxaca, I noticed a motorcycle cop riding a BMW 1150 RT. He was making good time through the traffic so I tucked in behind him and started following. After a few blocks, we stopped next to each other at a red light and I got him to break out of his serious look and crack a smile. About that time he got involved escorting some motorcade with about 6 other motorcycle cops. One or two of the guys would ride ahead to the next intersection and block traffic and the others would clear the road. I just keep my position behind the guy with the 1150 RT and we made it through town in no time at all.



Monte Alban

Monte Alban is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site dating back to 500 BC. It was the first site of its type that I致e visited so I was pretty excited to get there. It turns out that Monte Alban was the center of a large Zapotecs community as the guide pointed out several hill tops where you could make out shapes of other similar buildings. The site is still used by locals for religious ceremonies too. Current historians say that the city was abandoned around 600 or 700 AD but the guide assured me the Zapotecs are still living in the locals of Oaxaca.









Zapotecs Conquest Carving







Zapotecs Medical Work

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Old 12-05-2009, 06:57 AM   #105
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This time at Lake Atitlan!
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