TIPS……VERIFY YOUR EXCURSION DESTINATION AND DURATION…… IN ADVANCE!!!!!


I’m here in Mexico…  off to a so so o.k. start.

Upon coming to Mexico I find out about a hot springs destination in the northern mountains outside of Mexico City.  I looked on their website for information and studied the hotel info to reserve one of the room types with a balcony for $800 pesos overlooking one of the water attractions.  I also check the website and it says 3.45 hrs from the city.  Normally I don’t do far away excursions on my trips if I’m only planning to be in a city for less than three days.  My normal plan and goal is to see “that” city and the history and culture it has to offer.  So I went with another new local expat from the USA.  Boy were we in for a surprise. is high up in the north mountains of the State Department of Hidalgo, Mexico.  It’s a 3-4 hour, air conditioner bus ride from the central bus station, Central Norte.  We took the Ovnibus for $165 pesos each way to a town at the bottom of the mountain called #Ixmiquilpan.

After exiting the bus you have an option to walk through the small town to the next shuttle area that will take you up the mountain.  This is about a 15 minute walk.  You will pass many local shops selling helado (Ice cream), household items, clothes, electronics and of course the entrance works getting here this late.  “$140 pesos por favor para entrada” the man tell to everyone on the bus.  Now, I know a good bit of Spanish, albeit rusty, so you gotta speak a bit slower for me to understand.  I pay and go in to the let off point.  Whew, I’m ready to get to a room and cool then check this place out.e… Local Mexican food, inexpensively.    If walking isn’t your thing, you can take a “colectivo” (taxi/bus) to the shuttle for $10 pesos.  Once there you will wait a bit till there enough people to almost full the bus and head out.  This is an additional one and a half hour ride to the top.   What was interesting, there are local people getting off going to their homes along the way, just like a regular city bus.  After falling asleep and waking back up right before the steep, winding downgrade to the main entrance…my heart couldn’t take the vertigo view down below. My head was spinning.

Finally, we are here.  A total of 6 hours later.  THAT IS NOT WHAT THE WEBSITE NOR YOUTUBE VIDEOS OR BLOGS SAID that I read.  I was not happy.  Really? Really?  Day’s gone, sun is setting and not sure how the entrance works getting here this late.  “$140 pesos por favor para entrada” the man tell to everyone on the bus.  Now, I know a good bit of Spanish, albeit rusty, so you gotta speak a bit slower for me to understand.  I pay and go in to the let off point.  Whew, I’m ready to get to a room and cool then check this place out.

—— NO CAMAS DISPONSIBLE!!!! —–

Huh?  Did I understand this correctly?  No rooms?  By now, the su n is gone, there’s a slight cool in the air and… #LadyTrvlr isn’t a great friend to the cold.

———– Tienda/Camping!!! ———–

¿DISCUPLE?   I’m not prepared to camp out in a tent.  Although I’m no stranger to camping and in a tent, today wasn’t that time.  NOT to mention, we’re in the mountains in Mexico… It gets cold and the journey I’m on is to find warmer weather and great water throw in some great culture and community experiences.  Well this is starting to be some type of experience.

  —- REMEMBER #Ladytrvlr’s slogan —–
“SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES!!”

So what did we do.. “Adapt and Overcome”.  We rented a tent and blanket and parked right next to the hot springs river.  It wasn’t all bad til I realized I left my #passport on the bus…  Stay tuned for that story.  It’s not complete yet.

Time for dinner.  Chicken Enchiladas, with a shot of JoseCuervo.  I needed it.  We charged our phones and went to sleep.

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