Off to a new adventure. Yes, we managed to leave Punta de Mita.
Exploring Puerto Vallarta was difficult, as we got stopped by the police and got fined because apparently Hänsel and Gretel are too big to drive through town during the day. There is nothing else you can do but to pay the corrupt police and move on.
Kenny scored a random fishing trip in Punta Perula. We met an American retiree, who’s name I forgot, randomly on the street. After chatting to him for less then 10 minutes, he invited Kenny on his mates boat to go fishing the follow morning. Now the random part is that his boat which is manufactured by Sealegs out of New Zealand has wheels and they drove down the street all the way into the ocean. Unfortunately they did not catch any fish but, it was still a fun experience!
In Barra de Navidad we got to catch up with a fellow traveler, Karen. We met her and Wayne in Sayulita and decided to visit them in Barra de Navidad. Barra de Navidad is a beautiful little coastal town, apparently some surf, big shore break for skim boarding, good food and no camp ground is to be found. We discovered that the next town Laguna del Tule had a nice place to park Hansel and Gretel for a small fee. The short walk along the ocean back to Barra de Navidad was amazing.
Karen was the perfect host for 2 days and we had lots of fun discovering the town by foot and even got to enjoy a fiesta.
From Barra de Navidad we moved on searching for some waves. Kenny was hoping to score some unforgettable barrels in Boca de Pascuales, but the luck was not on his side. We found huge messy waves. Our original plan was to stay a few days in Pascuales, but the messy waves and the hot humid weather made it miserable to stay. Short and sweet we packed up our surfboards and drove inland.
One highlight of Colima is its Volcano, which erupted this past February 2017. Super stoked and full of excitement we were on our way, however, the closer we got, the less we could see and by the time we reached the campground we were covered in clouds. Disappointed we started hiking towards the volcanos top. Loads of signs indicated the fact that the volcano is there but, we saw nothing. We got a little perk out of our hike when we found a coffee plantation where we enjoyed some Volcan de Colima grown coffee. Talking to locals we quickly discovered that you can drive a lot closer to the Volcano’s peak from the other side and that we are actually just at the foot of the volcano. The next morning we started our journey to climb the 3674m in great hope to see the volcano. Hänsel did an outstanding job climbing up the tiny roads. Blue skies kept our hopes and excitement up for most of the entire drive. At around 3000m all of us started to struggle with the altitude and by the time we reached the campground we found ourselves inside the clouds again.
A night spend suffering high in the mountain and unsure what we should do next brought us to the conclusion that it’s time for some fun culture adventure. Kenny loves Tequila, so we booked two seats on the Jose Cuervo Express train. Jose Cuervo Express offers different classes of travel for a small price difference, therefore, we decided to buy a first class ticket for around 120 usd. Absolutely worth the price!
The Jose Cuervo Express starts in Guadalajara and ends in Tequila. Guadalajara has over 6 million people. It is a crazy busy city and for sure no fun for Hänsel and Gretel to be driven around. Impossible to find a big enough parking we decided to treat ourself to a hotel room. Saying that, I prefer Gretel anytime!
Check in time for the Express is at 8 am and boarding at 9 am. The early start into the day was rewarded with fresh brewed coffee and pastries at the train station. While we were waiting for fellow guest to arrive dancers dressed in elaborate Mayan outfits performed a show.
Sharp 9am we boarded the train and guess what…. Margaritas were served as a welcome drink. The two hour train ride was filled with a Tequila tasting in Spanish, delicious food and super entertaining staff. By the time we reached Tequila we had quite a few drinks already. In Tequila our english speaking tour guide (name) taught us how to make Tequila in the distillery of Jose Cuervo.
Some interesting facts: the Agave plant used for Tequila only grows in five states of Mexico. The Jose Cuervo company is the oldest company in the state of Jalisco.
The afternoon was spend with exploring the Town of Tequila. Of course everywhere we went
we drunk more Margaritas/Tequila and ate more food. Time flies when you are having fun and it was timefor us to watch some Mexican culture dances and listen to some famous music. For sunset we explored how to harvest the Agave plant and we drunk more Tequila. The day came to an end and it was time to leave Tequila and return to Guadalajara. Abraham and Isaac made the one hour bus ride back exciting. We drunk more and we played games, some kind of Bingo and I leave it to you to guess what the prize was.Back in Guadalajara we happily returned to our hotel and pretty much just past out.
The ocean was calling so loudly for us that we woke up early, packed our bags and escaped back to the coast line.