|San Cristobal is point A and San Miguel de Allende is point E on the map. Point F is Ajijic on Lake Chapala.|
|Over 6,000 miles (10,000 km) driven in Mexico since April 1, 2017.|
We headed out of San Cristobal on the 190D toll road towards Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
|Rugged peaks and looking down on the clouds between San Cristobal and Tuxtla.|
|Rugged peaks on Mex 145D just before crossing from the state of Chiapas into the state of Tabasco.|
|Stayed cable bridge across the Coatzacoalcos River on Mex180D|
In all our travels around Mexico, we have seen roadside vendors selling pineapples, but this is the first time we have seen pineapple fields. And there were thousands of acres of pineapple fields, as far as the eye could see, around the general center of Veracruz.
|Pineapple fields near Juan Rodríguez Clara in the state of Veracruz. The black in the distance is netting, apparently, to protect the crop.|
|Roadside vendors selling crates of mangoes for 50 pesos per crate.|
The next morning (June 15) we headed out of Córdoba towards Puebla.
|Leaving Cordoba, the closer to Puebla and Mexico City, the more interesting the architecture became.|
|Yes that is snow on Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico. Photo was taken June 15, 2017.|
|As the valleys got larger, so did the fields and more of the fields were farmed with tractors. Here is corn growing along side the road before Puebla.|
|A building in the shape of an eagle. Sorry about the speed limit sign! Most people on the road ignore them so you can too!|
|Closer view of the Eagle.|
|Not just a generic fly over, but a stayed cable one!|
|A colorful facade for a stadium? We couldn't see what it was from the toll way.|
|Trauma hospital with heli pad on the roof.|
|Entering the State of Puebla on Mex 150D|
|More farming, mainly corn.|
|The hay was mowed with a tractor, but it's being raked by hand!|
|More farming, several places we saw them cultivating the corn with a horse drawn single row cultivator with the farmer walking behind it. Up in the mountains they plant corn on steep hill sides that are even too steep for a horse.|
|Shepherd tending some sheep. Notice the corn to the right and cabbage to the left.|
|More interesting building architecture. A seafood restaurant in the shape of a ship.|
We skirted around Mexico City on the toll road. We had heard that a few months ago some tourists accidentally missed a turn on the toll road and ended up lost in Mexico City. Their GPS likely took them down a road that went into the city instead of on to their destination, we have had that happen a couple times with both Google Maps and Waze. They ended up having to pay 6 local cops US $50 each (for some unknown misdemeanor) to get out of the mess. Which brings up another very helpful tip for people wanting to drive in Mexico. Facebook. Rosalind has joined the FB group 'On the road in Mexico' which has been invaluable for us and she has been answering questions from others. The Mexico City incident info came from that group.
San Miguel de Allende
We arrived in San Miguel about 4:30 pm and with the hotel address in Waze we were taken thru the city center. It was an interesting drive since we had no idea that the streets were so steep west of the central church square. Lucky we were going down and not up. I'm not sure the Prius would have been able to pull up those steep streets with us two and everything we own!
|Whoa, that's steep!|
|Almost at the bottom!|
|The church from our roof top hotel room|
|Our roof top hotel room. It was really nice being on the roof since there was no air conditioning. The cool evening breeze would cool us down. And we could hear the church bells and fireworks all night!|
|Hand carved head board.|
|What you do when you want to sell your vehicle in Mexico. You cannot sell your US car in Mexico unless it was made in a NAFTA country (even then it is really difficult). All sorts of regulations that seem to change frequently!|
|View of San Miguel looking west from one of the highest points in the historic district.on Zacateros road.|
|The longest street in San Miguel. Notice the cobble stones!|
|Parish church of San Miguel|
|Rosalind at the entrance to Parish church of San Miguel|
|Waiting for the car at the hotel, parking was 3 or 4 blocks away. Remember the propane guy on the roof a few pics up? That was the roof of the yellow building across the street behind me.|