Since we started north along the coast we have mostly not had cuotas (toll roads) to drive on. Cuotas are usually much better roads. On Thursday about two thirds of our drive was on cuotas.
Three years ago on our previous Mexico road trip there were lots of military check points where they asked to see our papers and they checked our trunk. This time there have been almost none. We had our first one on this drive. They looked in the trunk. We still haven’t had anyone look at our papers.
Last time we stayed in Mazatlán we stayed in a beautiful big resort hotel on the beach north of town. This time we are staying in a great boutique hotel in old town right across from the Teatro Ángela Peralta. The theater is very old and was recently restored. After checking in and resting a while in our air conditioned room we went exploring. We couldn’t see the inside of the theater but it looked like maybe some kind of kids dance recital or something was going on. Lots of dressed up people many with bouquets were waiting outside.
It was a very hot day but we saw the cathedral and walked along the water front. In the Plazuela Machado near our hotel two young men asked if they could practice their English with us. We talked and laughed a bit. It was a school assignment for them. We exchanged names so they might even be reading this.
To cool off we went back and had a beer at the bar on the roof of our hotel. For dinner we had yummy fish and shrimp in the courtyard of a colorful restaurant recommended by Lonley Planet. They make your salsa right at your table. We are going to stay in Mazatlán two nights.