Leaving Posada Barrancas, we were headed towards Neuvo Casas Grandes for our last night in Mexico. Leaving Copper Canyon meant that we still had some winding roads to conquer but the scenery made it all worth while. At the midmorning stretch your legs pit stop I snapped a photo of some of the local ladies and their daughters. Their colourful dresses were beautiful.
Once out of the Canyons we drove through farming land......massive areas of apple orchards. Mexico is a huge producer of apples.......a fact that I had never considered. They are also a major grower of Pecan nuts. It was really difficult to take a photo of the apple orchards from our speeding bus....this next photo was the best of a blurry bunch.
Every meal on our Trafalgar tour was included.......Buffet breakfasts, 3 course lunches and dinners......Ernie had a saying......'we are like babies....they keep feeding us every 4 hours!' The food has been great and wow the service.......polite, neat and clean with quick service and even quicker clearing of plates. The family owned restaurant in Guerrero where our lunch would be served was incredible. Instead of the usual 20 waiters to look after us we had one......but wow was he great! Manuel had told us that our waiter was nicknamed Speedy Gonzales and he wasn't wrong. Lunch was Chips and Salsa; Guacamole and Chips; Stuffed Chilli, Beef kebabs & Spinach; and quite possibly the best Apple Pie that I have ever eaten!.......yes it was even better than my homemade Apple Pie. We smiled sweetly at Speedy and he popped an extra dessert between Hannah and I......and yes we ate it! The owner recited some poetry which was quite different to say the least......she certainly was very passionate in her readings.
We arrived in Cases Grandes.........staying in a hotel that looked like we had stepped back into the 70's......lol! Prior to dinner that evening we witnessed some of the hand made Mata Ortiz pots being fired. Here is one of the pots prior to being fired......they were stunning.
The firing process took about 45minutes, and after dinner the 3 pots were auctioned. I would've loved to have purchased one but I just don't have the room in my luggage at the moment.
The next morning we headed out to the Paquime archaeological zone.
We headed on our way once again for our long.....long....bus trip back to Phoenix. We reached the Mexican border......yes there is already a fence between part of Mexico and the US.
I wasn't able to take any photos of the actual area where we went through US Customs.......well I could've but I wouldn't be lying back in bed in the Sheraton in Downtown Denver as I am now......I would probably be held up in a jail somewhere near the border! Once back in the US we still had a very long trip ahead of us.....reaching our Hotel at just after 7pm.
We had an incredible time in Mexico. The people were friendly, the food was great and the sights incredible. We didn't eat street food or drink the water and didn't get sick! There are certainly problem areas in Mexico but there are certainly a lot more areas that are safe and great to visit.
(from Downtown Denver, Colorado)