After a long preparation, the day finally arrived: on September 7th we flew from Amsterdam by KLM to Mexico city, where we were picked up by a cousin of ours, who has worked and lived there for 13 years now. He and his wife gave us a taste of Mexican life, like the food, culture, nature and life in a city of 19 million inhabitants. After a few days in the city, we took a plane to Chiapas, the beginning of our trip.
Our first destination was Chiapas, with lots of nature, culture and religion, everything you see there is very impressive, churches, temples, mountains, waterfalls and lots of nature with a wide variety of animals, including iguanas, monkeys, birds and even crocodiles. In Chiapas, we visited well known and lesser known ancient Mayan cities, and got to know the extraordinary Mayan culture.
In Chiapas we had a guide arranged by Brenda. This guide had grown up there and could tell us everything about life in Chiapas, which was very interesting. Our guide made us experience Chiapas and thanks to him we have seen very much. Chiapas is so beautiful, I will recommend anyone to go to this state of Mexico.
After all these special days we were ready for some relaxing time, so we took the night bus to Puerto Escondido, a quiet town on the coast of Oaxaca. There we had also a nice hotel with sea views. September is the rainy and hurricane season, and we had bad luck, hurricane Ingride came over! Instead of sunbathing in a hammock we made lovely but windy beach walks. It was also a special experience to look at the high waves under an umbrella. We had very nice dinners and despite the weather, we enjoyed it very much.
After Puerto Escondido we went on to our next stop, Oaxaca City. We took a small airplane (for 8 passengers) from Puerto Escondido to Oaxaca, which was an incredible experience, flying over beautiful mountains.
In Oaxaca we were picked up by Brenda and her husband who were already dressed in the colours of the Mexican flag and had also brought some accessories for us, so that we could go to the city centre looking like real Mexicans! We had a nicely decorated hotel right in the middle of the city centre. That day, September 15th, it was Mexico’s independence day, a national holiday in Mexico. What a great party. Mexico declared itself independent from Spain in 1810. This is celebrated in the middle of the Zócalo square with music and fireworks. We were dressed in the colours of the Mexican flag, with earrings, hats, ties, make up, necklaces and even Mexican pigtails in our hair! We had a delicious meal and Corona and mezcal (the local drink of Oaxaca).
On September 16th, we saw a large parade of schools, fire departments, police and soldiers with their vehicles, which was a very special experience for us. September 16th was also our wedding day, and this year we were married for 25 years. Thanks to Brenda, we will never forget this day! We received breakfast in bed and we had a Mexican cooking workshop at a great location with a private dance demonstration, followed by coffee and cake, well done Brenda! The dance demonstration was done by a traditional dancer of the important festival Guelaguetza, and he danced especially for us, very nicely dressed with a crown made of large feathers. It was an amazing experience.
But there was even more, we saw and did so many things. We visited, among other places, Arrazola, El Tule, Teotitlán del Valle, Mitla and Monte Albán. Monte Albán was the capital of the Zapotecs and the most important ancient city of Oaxaca. Here we also had an expert guide who told us everything we needed to know. And the day before our last day we had a day full of surprises again. It was Rob’s birthday that day and if Brenda organizes your holiday, you never know what will happen! This time, we drank champagne at an altitude of 2,800 meters, bathing in springs full of vitamins and minerals, and with a view of rocks which look like petrified waterfalls!!
When you book a holiday with Brenda, these dreams come true. Everything was perfectly organised by Brenda and Oaxaca and Chiapas were everything we expected it to be, beautiful nature, a lot of culture, nice people, loads of diversity, great guides and beautiful accommodations.
Brenda, it was the holiday of our dreams!
Thank you, Rob en Ingrid