Planet Kapow 21 : Tulum to Cancun

The final episode of our Mexican leg on our way to the bottom of South America. Yes, there’s still quite a ways to go! And yes once you feast your eyes on this latest ep you might somehow realise that we are slightly behind on the episodes too!

But, you will really enjoy this one I promise.

We visit Tulum, spend xmas there, and spend a good few minutes talking about our favourite memories of our Mexican experience. Then, we head to Cancun…

As per usual head on over to Planet Kapow, sit back, have a read, and take in all that is our final Mexican PK episode.
Cuba, you’re next!

http://www.planetkapow.com/1641

Planet Kapow 20 : Palenque to Merida

Ruins. Lotsa ruins. But amazing ruins!
THIS. IS. PALENQUE!!!!!!

After the a rather chilled tie in San Cristobal de las Casas we headed north on an overnight bus to Palenque. After Egypt I would say this place is one of the most impressive ancient sites I have seen.
To top off a trip to Palenque we headed north and swam in the blue sinkholes (ceynotes) of Cuzuma. The clarity of the water was amazing, and they fact that these sinkholes exist with swimmable conditions is beyond cool.

Read the adventure, and come experience the awe that is episode 20 of Planet Kapow:
http://www.planetkapow.com/1626

Planet Kapow 19 : Taxco to San Cristobal de las Casas

Smack!

Here it is, Planet Kapow episode 19, featuring such fine places as the mountains around Oaxaca, the beautiful beaches of Puerto Escondido & the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas!

This episode also features one of our bestest buddies Liam who happens to be celebrating his 30th birthday RIGHT NOW!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMIGO!

Lachie has written up a novella of piece and I requires your eyes for review!

So head over to http://www.planetkapow.com/1622 right, now!

Planet Kapow 18 : Mexico City to Taxco – meet the girls!

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After nearly 3 months the girls have made it to Mexico to complete our ultimate Planet Kapow Voltron!

Come meet the girls, read Lachlan’s piece and see what we got up in episode 18 of Planet Kapow.

Mexico.

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I love Mexico.

Upon arriving in Mexico some 4 months ago I really had no idea what we would be about to experience.
The only references I had were from movies like Desperado & Nacho Libre, and I think I had seen The Mexican.

The history? Ha, I had no idea. I remember learning something about a fair chunk of the USA once being owned by Mexico. And maybe Aztecs & Mayans had something to do with Mexico too.

The food? Ha, yep nachos, burritos and Corona beer.

The music? Ha, mariachi of course.

The geography? Ha, desert. But I at least knew it was the country south of the USA, somewhere. Cancun?

The people? Ha, dudes with big mustaches sporting sombreros sitting around playing guitar.

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Mexico pretty much has it all.

When we crossed the border from San Ysidro into Tijuana I was slightly apprehensive after all the warning we’d had from people on the US side. Apparently we were going to either be killed or robbed by the narco folks within minutes. But after entering Mexico the only thing that looked like it was going to kill us was the heat. One day it reached 47C or so and you can see in the 3rd episode of Planet Kapow that we were wasted. We managed to spend a night camping under the stars with some friends we’d made in Ensenada, we swam at some beautiful beaches, and ate some tasty tasty food. Tacos pescados to be exact. Yummo!

There was a lot to see in Baja California but due to the heat it was just too damn hard to make the effort. I’ll come back to Baja one day, once I have learnt to surf, and will spend some months cruising the coastline in search of the perfect taco pescado, and of course the perfect wave.

A month or so in we attempted to reach a farm out in Yepachi, Chihuahua, to work on a farm for a few weeks. We were going to learn about Organic farming and hopefully pickup some Spanish. Instead we spent 24 hours or so lost out in the Chihuahuan’ wilderness getting chased by bulls, drinking water off the sides of mountains, and spooning during the cold night. We ended up walking 40km or so eventually deciding that we would postpone the farming idea until sometime later.

But it all worked out beautifully.

After the farm fail we got on the first bus we could to the city of Chihuahua where our love affair with Mexico started to fire. We befriended some students who took us out for drinks and tried to teach us how to dance in their kitchen until 4am.

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And Mexico only got better.

We found ourselves in beautiful Unesco heritage listed cities in the order of Durango-Zacatecas-Guanajuato, each one somehow out-awesomeing the last one, had coffees and beers around many beautiful city plazas, tried to learn spanish at a Spanish language school, found even more ways to eat cheese and tortillas (my favourite ended up being the quesadillas we had at a street eat in Puerto Vallarta), we road horses up the mountains around Real de Catorce, we climbed volcanoes that had grown out of some poor man’s farm around 50 years ago, we stood awe struck taking in the vastness of one of the biggest canyons in the world Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon), we experienced the spectacle & might that is Luche Libre wrestling in Mexico City, we walked with The Dead during the dia del muerte festival (Day of the Dead), we scaled ancient pyramids and tried to fathom the design & engineering of ancient ruined cities, we froze our asses off and drank delicious hot chocolate up in the mountains of Oaxaca, we got dumped by the heavy world renowned surf of Puerto Escondido and hungout at beautiful seaside villages like Zipolite & Mazunte, and we continued to dig deeper into the history of country with more revolutions than a rotary engine.

And after the whole 4 months or so we never saw one burrito or plate of nachos, and never had any direct run-ins with any of the narcos.

But probably the thing I have enjoyed the most about Mexico has been the hospitality and overall kindness of the people.
No matter where in Mexico we were people would be patient enough to decipher our slowly progressing attempts at the Spanish language, and with a sense of humour, would help us out.

Mexico is beautiful.

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Planet Kapow 16 : Guadalajara to Cuyutlan

Hello hello! Welcome back – we have been away from the web world for the past 3 weeks in Cuba – more on that in future posts…

So here it is, Planet Kapow ep 16. Come along and sample some tequila, sit on the beach and watch me spill burning coffee all over myself!

As always head on over to Planet Kapow and read Lachy’s writeup and leave us a comment!

Video : Planet Kapow 14 – Mexico City (DF)

Ready for something huge??????????

Mexico city!

Head on over to Planet Kapow to check out Lachie’s write up & check out episode 14 of Planet Kapow.

http://www.planetkapow.com/417

Or, because it’s nearly xmas, you can watch ep 14 here, but Lachlan will get upset if you don’t bother to read his article, and also we’d all like to see some of your comments over on the PK website 🙂

Video: Planet Kapow 13 – Guanajuato to Bernal

Hola amigos!

Yes it’s been quite a awhile since we got a Planet Kapow clip out! There’s been weddings, lots of travel and some terrible wifi connections to boot.

Here is ep 13, the video about the city that I have loved the most so far in Mexico.

Guanajuato!

Head over to Planet Kapow & read Lachie’s write up on Guanajuato & check out the video to see what we got up to:

http://www.planetkapow.com/415

Video: Planet Kapow 12 : Aguascalientes to Real de Catorce

Riding horses in the mountains of Real de Catorce. As uncomfortable as it was it really was beautiful up there.

Come watch the latest ep of Planet Kapow as Lachie & I make our way from Aguascalientes to Real de Catorce:

http://www.planetkapow.com/413

Also if anyone has a spare moment please leave us a review on iTunes or a comment on YouTube

Video: Planet Kapow 11 : Zacatecas

All righty, I’m back in Mexico City after fantastic & busy week in Hong Kong celebrating Dad & Cheryl’s big wedding!

So, I can see by all the emails & comments on the blog that many people are curious to know what’s going on with the Planet Kapow team and the adventures.

This is it. After 3 months or so the WHOLE team is here.
Erin, Danielle, Lachlan & myself, with part time member Liam currently somewhere down in South America I think.
The slightly polluted air is full of excitement & smiles.

This means that the videos are going to finally get interesting and possibly even a little fun!

We’re a little behind with the videos, possibly by a month, but we’ll catch up soon enough especially with the whole team hear to share the cutting.

This ep is all about Zacatecas, the beautiful silver mining town (i think they still mine there) in the mid north of Mexico.
This is where the fun begins.

If you are ok with seeing horses get lassoed and falling to the ground in slow motion, check this ep out!

Make sure you head over to Planet Kapow & read Lachie’s write up, and leave us a comment! We really want to make these videos watchable!

http://www.planetkapow.com/391