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Torreon is an industrial city in the north of Mexico, I was for once off the tourist trail and taking the opportunity for some Mexican hospitality. My time there was a nice step change from my recent travels and I've rarely felt more welcomed. I had been invited to stay with the lovely Liliana, who I'd met back in Merida, at the start of December. We'd hit it off spending a day together on a tour followed by a fun night on the tiles. Liliana had then very kindly extended an invitation ...
My Spanish unfortunately has not progressed a whole lot further that that, although I am now very proficient at asking for "two beers please" and "where is the bathroom". Just getting the essentials nailed first!
Our arrival on mainland was a bit hectic. We kinda thought we might be able to park up at the ferry terminal and sleep there overnight. This however, was not to be. We were told to skeddadle, so out the road with ...
... but get off a short way into the ride at Divisidero to spend a night. Mistake! We reserved a room, but they weren't there to pick us up at the train stations, probably due to my request online in ENGLISH, not smart. We met a woman selling snacks at the station who had her own little motel so we rode out to some highway and spent the night at her place. She was a lovely lady who cooked for us and gave us a ride back to the station the next morning. We didn't see much ...
... back to the main road. They loved it.
Our day was not finished though. We continued on to the Cusarare mission (village) which was just a short distance upriver. It is located about 13 miles away from Creel where our hotel was.
Pedro drove us to the centre of the village and filled us in a little about life in a Jesuit mission.
We headed to the little church that was built there in 1733. In 1967, the church had to go through ...
... Raramuri) vendors selling beautiful pine needle baskets and other handmade crafts.
This is where we met our driver/guide, Pedro, from Amigo Trails. Our next blog will be about what we did and saw in Divisadero.
All in all, we have been thrilled with our trip so far. Our first two days have been fantastic - kayaking on the El Fuerte River and travelling on the El ChePe train through the Barrancas del Cobre. WOW!