Andrea's a tree hugger, and when we left the Oaxaca coast we ended up cycling through a number of massive wind farms - Andrea was very pleased. Unfortunately she was blown into the ditch a few times which didn't put a smile on her face. 2 hours of bike pushing later we were in a forgettable town with the worst hotel we've had the pleasure of staying at. So we both got super sick and stayed there for two days... The lowlight of our hotel room were the separate twin beds, Andrea was basically sleeping on a box spring (she put her sleeping pad on it so it wasn't too terrible) and my bed was built out of two thick slices of foam that were probably produced the same year I was, thus my body sunk a solid foot into the foam in all the wrong places. We should have taken another day off but I couldn't take another night in the foam hammock.
Before all that happened we were on the coast in the small fishing village, Puerto Angel. It was a nice little town where we pretended to be on a beach vacation, for one day. We went on a snorkeling tour and saw all kinds of tropical fish while getting beat in the surf. Followed up with some beach lounging and chatting with people who were actually on a holiday, it was a great break. Sadly once we left Puerto Angel we paralleled the coast from too far away to get any swimming (cool down) benefits. We did detour to the water one afternoon before turning towards the mountains where we lost 4 or 5 hours swinging in hammocks and eating a giant fish - heaven.
It was unpleasantly warm riding, but once we're off the bikes all effort goes towards cooling down and trying to stay that way. Air conditioning is amazing but we can't afford it so we get creative, small towns usually have a tiny telephone booth sized room where they keep there one and only ATM and they keep the temperature just above freezing, so nice.
Climbing up and away from the coast wasn't all that scenic but that didn't matter because the temperature was dropping! We're in San Cristobal de las Casa now which is so far away from the coastal heat that we get to sleep with blankets!
San Cristobal is a beautiful tourist town with a number of interesting caves nearby, a few of which we explored. And then we got lost trying to walk to more caves but the experience was salvaged with juice boxes and Doritos.
We should probably start heading South into Guatemala but there are ruins in the wrong direction that look interesting, maybe we should check those out first.