After our week in Play del Carmen, we had a planned trip to Las Vegas to attend the DEFCON conference. I have been attending the conference every year since 1996, and this would make an even twenty years (a milestone that was a little scary). I wanted to see people that I only get to meet up with once a year, and experience Vegas after a three month stint in Mexico. But we still had to do something with the truck while we were in Las Vegas. Continue reading Las Vegas Culture Shock and Our Drive Out of Mexico
We drove from Palenque to Playa del Carmen, passing within a couple miles of Chetumal, Belize. We discussed crossing the border if for no other reason to add to our passport stamp collection, but in the end we decided to continue northward up to Playa del Carmen.
After our week of eating and drinking in Oaxaca, we wanted to head to the Riveria Maya on Mexico’s east coast and chill out at the beach. On the way, we decided to make a stop at the pre-Columbian archaeological site Palenque in Chiapas.
Oaxaca has been on the top of my places to visit list for a long time. While in Guanajuato, we learned that the second biggest festival in Oaxaca was going to be taking place towards the end of July. So we arranged our schedule to arrive just before the start of the Guelaguetza.
Several people suggested that we visit the pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan, which is about an hour outside of Mexico City. So we decided to add that to our itinerary and stop there for a night on our way to Oaxaca.