This is a shot looking down on part of the Michoacán coast, just after Maruata. Spectacular.
Near Playa Linda, close to Ixtapa, this crocodile was seen from about 20 ft away. It probably measured 10-12 feet in length.
Other amazing wildlife spotted on this section included a blue whale mother and calf, at Playa Blanca near Zihuatenejo. Also, huge iguanas, both green and black varieties, were seen along the coast on several occasions. The locals say they taste like pork, and the meat is used in stews and iguana tamales (no photos available).
Here are sopes, delicious corn fritters topped with black beans and salsa fresca. Also, a plate of pescadillas (little fish tacos) completes the meal. We first ate these at an enramada in La Barrita, Guerrero, where we camped for free:
Also in La Barrita, a local fisherman caught this ray with a speargun, and then proceeded to filet it in front of us. The meat is used in pescadillas, among other things.
Jason's bike loaded up with parcels that we have just reclaimed, generously held for us by Manfred at Villa Mozart y Macondo in Puerto Escondido.
Street vending in Mexico is an exhausting routine
We took our machete, pocketknife, and scissors to be sharpened at the Puerto Escondido market... and had to wait for the sharpener to return from lunch. This is his setup: an old bike sawed in half and outfitted with a rickety grinding wheel, which he pedals backwards to spin the grinder.
curious sawed-up vehicle in P. Escondido. Jason thinks cars are better when the roofs have been chopped off...
...a real treat: Spanish paella. Prepared by two Basque friends of ours while staying at La Buena Onda, a fantastic beach hostel at La Punta de Zicatela, 3 km from Puerto Escondido.
After 5 days in Zipolite, and 5 consecutive weeks on the coast, we parked our bikes at La Posada de Kiko, and headed out on a several week trip by bus to Oaxaca city, Mexico City, and to climb the high peaks of Mexico...