The next leg of the trip took us south. We traveled through Mexico City to Cuernavaca, the largest city in the state of Morelos.
We decided we would stay at El Paraiso Trailer Park in the municipality of Xochitepec. We would stay a week, and then proceed to the much anticipated YUCATAN. When we arrived at El Paraiso we found the gate locked. We pressed a button on the gate to try to reach someone. Two minutes later and older gentleman arrives on a bicycle to let us in. He turned out to be Roberto, the owner of the park. He spoke English. He directed us to a nice space under one of the many trees. I told him that his park was really beautiful, probably the prettiest park we had been too. He asked where we were from, and I said San Diego, California. Jorge said Tijuana. Roberto began to smile and asked, "Are you Mexican?" and Jorge replied, "Si." Roberto was happy to hear that. He extended his hand, and gave Jorge a big, strong shake.
He told us that most of his clients were from Mexico City, just an hour away. He said some keep their RV's in the park all year, and they come down with their kids on the weekends to escape the rat race.
He said in America senior citizens usually travel in RV's, but in Mexico it is the young families that travel this way.
Photos of El Paraiso Trailer Park below. www.elparaisotrailerpark.com
Roberto was an interesting man. I asked him lots of questions because I was curious. He told me that he began building the park 36 years ago on a raw piece of land. Later I saw some photos in his office, of the construction taken in 1980. He created his own little paradise inside the tall brick walls that now surround the place.
The landscaping and features are something to be very proud of. He planted over 50 small trees all those years ago, and now those trees grace the park in their full glory. They line the grassy lanes and serve as space markers for the RV parking. There is also a custom playground, complete with a watch tower, slide, bridge, swings, benches, trampoline, and a creative garden maze. Designed by Roberto, of course. Next to the playground was a pool, and bathroom/shower facilities. The park was well manicured, clean and cared for. We paid $21 US dollars per night, with the 7th night free.
Roberto and his wife live in a house inside the park. Roberto keeps the gates to the park locked at all times. If you want to enter or leave, you must buzz him from the gate. He told us he would let us in an out between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. This was a little weird. I like to be able to go in and out more easily, but those were the rules.
We happened to be in Cuernavaco on September 16, the day marking the Mexican War of Independence. I had never celebrated this holiday, so I was pretty excited. Cuernavaca and the surrounding towns put up lots of decorations leading up to it. We decorated the Mosquito (motorcycle), and PJ's cart with Mexican flags and colors.
We decided to go to one of the nearby Pueblos to celebrate the afternoon and evening in their plaza. I knew we would return to the park past 8 pm, so we had to let Roberto know, and make sure he was willing to open it for us later. He said that would be fine.
Photos of September 16th below.
Photos of Cuernavaca below. As you can see, Jorge has been having fun meeting new people and dancing in the middle of the street whenever he feels like it.
During our week in Cuernavaca, we also drove up to the Xochicalco Archaeological Ruins. Photos below.
We have since left Cuernavaca, and I am writing this post from the Yucatan. It took us 22 hours of driving over the course of two days to make it in time to celebrate Jorge's 47th birthday. It was an exciting journey. The first night we slept at a Pemex station (gas station). We parked next to truckers also resting there. The Pemex station requested $3 US dollars to keep an eye on us overnight, so sweet!
We also had two tire blowouts on the side of the freeway. Both on the trailer (not the truck). We had a spare on a rim, and another spare without a rim. So for the second blowout we had to use the motorcycle to find the nearest town and have the tire put on a rim. That Mosquito is so handy! Photos below.
Stay TUNED! Much more to come from the magical Yucatan.