Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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Alt Climbed 546 m
Avg Slope 3%
Max Slope 12%
At the crack of dawn, we tackled the last kilometer to the top of the pass, There, an expansive view opened up to us of a turquoise bay with white sand beaches bordered by what looked like a marshy area with abundant bird life. And butting to that was horseshoe of mountains. We arrived at a big speed bump on the road where two young ladies were offering liter cups of cubed fresh fruit to everyone as they slowed to a near standstill to navigate the speed bump. Nobody was buying so we thought we would be nice and buy one. It was so refreshing, we bought two. A few kilometers later we reached the middle of a larger town that spralled along the road. We enjoyed a breakfast of eggs and handmade tortillas at one of the only food shacks that was open that early.
Per Wikipedia, the population is composed almost wholly of indigenous Zapotecs. The women are the traders in Tehuantepec and do little menial work. Known as "Tehuanas," these women are known throughout Mexico for their colorful dresses, assertive personalities, and relatively equal relations with men
We quickly found Donaji Hotel but continued looking because the deskclerk said they did not have wifi. But apparently none of the hotels do. The nearby Oasis looked like a nicer hotel but they were fully booked. We checked into Donaji and, after we got settled and turned on the computer, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we were connected to their internet.
After a much needed shower we went grazing on some tipica snack food around the main square. An indigenous lady had a tempting assortment spread out on small cart. Some potent liquor soaked green cherry type fruits that gave us an instant buzz. Then we sampled different cream filled pastries and the best flan I had ever tasted with a generous drizzle of burned sugar on top. So we started with dessert, what the heck. We then picked up some delicious roasted chicken and onions and fresh tortillas. Along with some tasty tomatoes we sliced on the side, it made a great meal.. We have found that the tomatoes and carrots we buy in a lot of the markets in Mexico taste like they are suppose to, unlike the ones we are fed in the US that have little or no flavor. But boy do they hold up in transport.