These women can be camera shy and private. Others, more comfortable with the demands of tourists, will willingly smile as long as you show some respect and seek permission beforehand. A few pesos by way of thanks will also be appreciated.
A useful little tourist guide is packed with hints on native craft markets and where to find local delicacies (including edible cactus which tastes delicious). There is wisdom and humour included in Travellers’ Ten Commandments listed such as:
*Expect not to find things as thou hast them at home, for thou hast left home to find different things.
*Thou shalt not take anything too seriously, for a carefree mind is the making of a vacation.
*He that treateth his host with respect shall be treated as an honoured guest.
From Divisadero, travellers can take an unforgettable rail journey back to sea level at the bustling market town of Los Mochis. It is rightly recognised as one of the world’s great experiences.
Travel economy class on the regular service and the carriages will be packed with locals – and visitors looking to capture the real everyday flavour of things.
For a taste of luxury, splash out on a seat in one of the eight restored vintage rail cars, complete with observation domes, to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery as the train snakes its way around 480 miles of track over 37 bridges, an engineering feat which took ninety years to complete.
Some white knuckle stretches of track cling impossibly to sheer rock faces and at one stage, first-timers gasp in unison as the engines up front appear on the other side of a vast chasm, while down below, two other levels of track still to be reached, corkscrew away beneath them.
This may not be listed as one of the wonders of the world; the list should be revised!
In Mexico, it is impossible to escape signs of poverty, but even ragamuffin groups of children have their pride and offer hand-made little trinkets to reward those prepared to hand over a few coins.
This is a country rich in rewards for those prepared to venture further than beach resorts that have little sense of place, the likes of which can be found anywhere.
Do remember to follow those travellers’ commandments but here’s a few of my own:
1) Drink only bottled water, for he that sips from a tap may curseth forever more.
2) Buyeth not food from street vendors as it may look appetising but may not pleaseth the tummy.
3) Beware of ice cubes for, if not made from bottled water, they may well containeth nasty little bugs.
4) Always keepeth loose change in pocket to give to those less fortunate.
* Various trusted and long-established operators will arrange guided tours and wide selection of enticing itineraries to suit individual requirements. Seek out customer feedback for guidance.
Visit Mexico website: www.visitmexico.com/en/
Contact Rancho Hotel El Atascadero direct: https://ranchohotel-el-atascadero.h-rez.com