The Big Mexico Trip

Old Dec 10th, 2021, 02:45 PM
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Any inside word on Chente Fernandez???? The last of the greats.
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Old Dec 14th, 2021, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by indianapearl View Post
We found a wonderful driver/guide for Mexico City.
Indianapearl: Do you have the name and contact information for your driver/guide in Mexico City?

Thank you for a super report Tdiddy12.
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Old Dec 15th, 2021, 06:38 AM
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Thank you KWP, the only thing more enjoyable than writing about Mexico is actually being there. I hope we get to hear about your trip! I've always learned so much from our fellow Fodorites.
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Old Dec 25th, 2021, 07:59 AM
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Christmas Day - Troncones
I see that I haven't posted anything for the last two weeks. We are back to our place of rest, Troncones. If there is not a lot to do in Zihua, there is very little to do in Troncones, hence our love of it. Troncones is little village northwest of Zihua by about 20 kilometers. You bypass Ixtapa, the FONTUR created resort town. I've heard originally the idea was to go from Ixtapa to Troncones with a large created space. Luckily it stopped before it reached that far. Ixtapa has a similar feel to Cancun in that it is a long row of high rise hotels with very little beach access, if you aren't at one of the hotels.

When we mentioned to a Mexican friend in Zihua that we were headed to Troncones, he said, "oh, Gringo land". We hadn't thought of it that way or heard of it that way, but it is true. There are about 500 Nationals and 500 Gringos. What we like is that they mix together pretty well. Most of the businesses are owned by Mexicans, the restaurants, hardware store, juice place etc. and they service the Gringos, a lot of Canadians, some Americans who come here every winter.

I believe in the 90's four Gringo surfers stumbled on to Troncones and then settled here. In fact over the last few months, one of the guys has been posting all of these old pictures from back in the day on Troncones chat. Very few buildings, lot's of ocean. One of the guys, Dewey, is the big real estate guy here. Now Troncones is in the sights of developers although it has been growing every time we've been here.

Currently there are two paved roads, one that runs out to the Highway 200 and one that runs along the beach until it turns to dirt road at Mahahua. Along the beach are a collection of Casas, some funky, most really nice. We are still looking for the perfect place to stay. We've stayed a number of places over the years, currently we are Casa Canales, a wonderful two room hotel run by Lyn and Dave. It's very relaxing and Lyn's attention to detail has made this a comfortable place to stay. Right across the street is Roberto's Bistro, one of the first little bars here. In fact, there have been a few pictures lately of Keith Richards here in I think in the 90's between a US tour and a South American tour. We love it here and I'm going to try to explain why in a later post. Gotta go now, trying to find Keith.
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Old Dec 31st, 2021, 01:59 PM
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So what do I love about Troncones. I believe it strips away all the daily stress that we bring on ourselves, either from the news, traffic, relationships. You are forced to do the simple things required to live. Buy food for today and maybe tomorrow and go to the beach! That's the magic equation. There is also an element of being in a different country and somehow fitting in? I don't know if that's the right way to put it. I ride my bike to the tienda and say "Hi" to Hilda who is crossing the street, met again at the Farmer's Market last Thursday. Her husband Alex makes these great t-shirts of which I bought last year. I ask about her daughter who is a teenager now. I stop in to see Selena the young woman who has a corner Jugeria and get fresh squeeze orange juice. Stop at Miguel's to get my fresh pineapple, avos, tomatoes, limes and apples at the Organico. Last year your wife was pregnant? They have a little girl! Congratulations! Later are Rib night at Orbe's, Miguel and she come in to the restaurant and she sees us and gives a big smile and shows off the baby.

The town is so small that you see faces from years past, oh yeah, Alberta, how are you? Calgary, what's up? Que Pasa? Not just Canadians but Mexicans also, there is Beatrice who was the house keeper for us at a place two years ago. How have you been, she seems genuinely happy that we remember her. And here is crust of the biscuit, is she really happy to see me? She seems genuine. Do they see dollar signs when we roll into town, and then roll out in a month or two. Leave the place to them for the hottest, wettest, most mosquito infested times? I don't have an honest answer, so I chose to think the best. I do know that they are super friendly people here and I think the Gringos that leave here, really do want to make life better for the locals. There is a school drive here, dog rescue, someone chipped in to buy a wheelchair for a woman here.

Two more weeks to go and then back to Los Angeles where with luck I will meet Crellston, one of my heroes and a big help to everyone on these forums. There are changes a foot I know but doesn't everything!
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Wow Tdiddy, you have a natural talent for writing! An incredibly evocative trip report from start to finish. Troncones sounds like exactly the sort of place we would love to spend Christmas.

Really looking forward to meeting up in LA later this month. Fully jabbed and boosted and so far having escaped infection, our last hurdle is a negative covid test the day before departure. Everything is crossed that our luck continues and we depart, as planned on 11 January. I will message you via Fodors with contact details asap. and we can arrange something. Mlgb has already made contact and is looking forward to meeting up too.

Enjoy remainder of your trip. Sitting here in a damp, grey London, I am very envious!

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Old Jan 1st, 2022, 11:29 AM
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Hey Crellston,
Los Angeles, I believe is much the same, raining a lot I hear. Two more weeks in Troncones then ,"viajar a casa"! Looking forward to seeing you in January and hearing about your adventures down the California Coast. You know, I always read these Trip Reports on exotic places forgetting that to a lot of the world California is indeed one of those places.
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I think Troncones will become our go-to beach place now that we've decided to put Nexpa on the back burner for the foreseeable future. I had booked a place in June for our anniversary but wifey opted for a mountain cabin in the Sierra Gorda. We've only been there once, but really liked what we saw. I'm curious about development in the last 5 years. I'm a little surprised it doesn't get more love from Zihua-goers, being so close. Maybe one of those last-best-places, at least for now.
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After two days of solid rain and chill, the sun reappeared in time for New Year's Day. I was out all day looking at birds, didn't even watch the Rose Bowl!

Hope all remain healthy looking forward.
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Hey Baldone - I can only comment on the development in the last two years, but it's funny there have been some new buildings, a few stores and some residences but what we see now is that a lot of the land is starting to get sub-divided. Out toward Mahahua there are some plots that we can see will be built on. The big story in town is that a developer has purchased an old hotel here, Mi Casa, Su Casa, and has also bought a number of adjacent empty lots, so there is concern that they are going to build a multi story complex. Part of the story is that their money is currently tied up in a big hotel project in Panama so it could be a few years. Right now they are painting the existing property and putting in new windows etc. We did tour a new place yesterday, built by a couple from Seattle, and it has a large two story casa in front facing the beach, and eight little bungalows, bedrooms actually that they will rent out in the future. It was on one of the open lots here in "town". They have done a really nice job.

Tomorrow we move to a new location, Casa Delfines Sonriente, so I will write a little blurb about that. It's on the north side of the T here in Troncones. (the road from the highway deadends into a T in "downtown" Troncones)
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