Taxis are not for the faint of heart
Taking a taxi from Zihuatanejo to Ixtapa takes only a few minutes as the distance is just about 5km, but the narrow winding road up from the port and over to the next "village" also is the route horse-drawn (better stated donkey-drawn) carts who move a whole lot slower than the taxis that are looking for every peso they can fit into a day of driving.
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military check points
it is common to be traveling on a bus, either during the day or night, and be stopped at a military checkpoint. don´t be alarmed. this is routine. i was told by a local that they like to interrogate foreign women. they came onto the bus, one person guarding the front of the bus with a rifle in hand, and one making the rounds...my friend´s bag was pilfered, and they had to smell her altoids to make sure they weren´t drugs (haha). it´s a little intimidating because they are camouflaged and carry big guns, but it´s just routine.
this area has one of the 16 most polluted beaches in all of mexico, according to an environmental survey. you will see the trash, especially during june, july and august, in the height of the mexican tourist season. DON´T DRINK THE WATER and i would absolutely steer clear of eating seafood. all you have to do is walk on the beach (playa madera in particular) to see how trashed it is. there´s trash in the water, on the sand, and you see people readily throwing their bags, wrappers, dirty diapers and plastic bottles right on the ground on the beach. it´s disgusting.
Zihautanejo Warning Drug War has arrived !
I am supposed to fly to Zihua Sunday and am quite anxious. The Drug gangs have attacked the police twice this week, killing four yesterday. If I had known it would be like this I would not have booked my trip. I would advise thinking long and hard about traveling there at this time.
overbooked bus fares
we arrived at the main bus terminal in zihuatanejo, and because all the direct buses to puerto escondido were sold out, i had to buy a ticket to acapulco (4 hours) then connect with another bus to puerto (6-8 hrs). the total fare was about $50 for this overnight bus.
WARNING: when we arrived in acapulco, we were told that even though we had purchased tickets for puerto escondido, the bus was overbooked. there were people crowding at the door of the bus, all yelling and pleading to get on. i pushed my way to the front and ensured the person in authority that i absolutely had to be on this bus so that i could catch my flight back to the u.s. this worked, by miracle, i believe. why they chose us over those other 40 angry customers, i don´t know. i don´t really know any way around this situation, but the chance of missing a flight (even though we wouldn´t leave mexico for another 10 days) worked.
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