Jan 10, 2008
We left from Tlalcoltapan a little later than we would have liked, at around 9am. We headed south on 175 to the toll road to Villahermosa. 175 south took us through seriously the heart of Mexican farming lands and little town after little town. I don't think they see too many gringos in those parts because people were seriously staring at us.
Once we hit 145, the toll road, we zoomed along to Villahermosa. The toll roads in Mexico are excellent and you're able to make up quite a bit of the time you lose between Tampico and Veracruz by driving like a maniac (Hans' specialty).
They grow serious amounts of sugar cane in Tabasco. This was like 1/32 of the trucks we saw loaded down like this.
You mess with the bull, you get the horns.
Villahermosa isn't so hermosa (beautiful), so we just went through it and headed on. We made it to Campeche, another UNESCO world heritage site, by 5:30 or so. Campeche is really nice. It's a walled city with everything inside the wall being a beautiful, colonial-style building. We stayed in the old town inside the wall.
Apparently Campeche had a major problem with pirates since its inception. Spain kept ignoring their problems until all the various pirate bands put aside their disagreements and banded together to attack the city, killing a large portion of the population. Spain finally decided that maybe they should help their poor, floundering colony out and build a wall around it. After they built the wall, everything got a lot safer for the poor residents of Campeche.
Anyway, we stayed at the Hotel Francis Drake, which was the nicest and coincidently, the priciest, of the hotels that we stayed in on the trip.