We crossed the immense border from San Diego to Tijuana to head down Baja California. We crisscrossed from the eastern to the western coast, with rough seas and strong winds on the Pacific side and very hot (up to 50C/122F) and zero wind in the Gulf of California. We even spent an afternoon laying under the Landy because it was the only shade during noon. …leaning again a cactus wasn’t really an option.
Mike got swept into the ocean by a huge wave while trying to catch some fish. I almost thought I’d never see him again.
From La Paz we took a ferry to Mazatlán, where most roads were blocked due to heavy rains. So we quickly made our way to Mexico City, where my sister lives. It was nice having a place to dry everything after the continuous rain and dampness. We spent a few weeks in the 21million capital, FYI it takes several hours to drive across this city in normal traffic! We ate some grasshoppers, visited Teotihuacán (largest pre-Columbian city in Mexico), the Castillo de Chapultepec, and many cool insider places that blew our minds.
After a few weeks, we continued to the Caribbean, visited some more ruins and Agua Azul, spent a week in a lovely small beach house of a stranger, and then crossed over to Cozumel. We intended to drive all the way to the most northern point of the little island. The road was pretty shabby but fun and boy was it worth the drive! We spend the next few days camping near the lighthouse, swimming in shallow crystal clear water, enjoying life.
Our three-month Mexican visa ran out, so we drove on to Belize. A funny little country that doesn’t seem to fit in in Central America. It’s own culture, language, full of contrasts, very non-latino, and very interesting. From Rastafaris to Quakers, all living in this tiny country (it’s even smaller than CH!). Roads connected with hand-operated ferries. Mayan ruins in the jungle. LOTS of mosquitoes on the coast and untouched forests.
Guatemala offered lots to see, more Mayan ruins, beautiful old Antigua Guatemala, Lago Atitlán, riverbeds to get bogged in, good times.
We then quickly made our way through El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua to Costa Rica. The „end“ of the first year on the road.