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Worldtour // North- & Central America: Los Angeles - Panama City

Monday, February 6, 2023 | Holger Homann | The World Tour

Welcome briefing in Los Angeles

Here we are! Pablo and myself (Holger) welcoming Dan from Canada, Thies, Michael, Martin, Natali and Marc from Germany!

Welcome to the Central America leg of our Edelweiss World Tour!

The next 40 days we will complete a loop in the Californian outback and cross the border to Mexico. We will tackle another 6 border crossings and discover 7 countries reaching Panama by February!

Before we went for dinner together, the group joined us for the first route briefing. Everybody was paying attention.

The special Porterhouse steak at our...

... Edelweiss dinner. Everybody in a good spirit!

Los Angeles - Yucca Valley

Our first group pic. Here we go.

Natali brings some color into our group!

Dan arriving...

...and enjoying the views

Thies and Pablo! Super!

Our strong Natali, weightlifting on the pass

We were lucky with the weather, and the first ride was great, just a bit cold towards the arrival.

Yucca Valley - Joshua Tree National Parc

A cool place this national parc... bizarre these trees which look like cacti but belonging to the agave family and the rock formations which attract climbers, fotographers and all kind of outdoor & wildlife enthusiasts.

Yucca Valley - El Centro

Dan...

..with Natali, Marc and Thies

Sooo cute, but better you don't touch these monsters

In the Box Canyon ...

And at Salton Sea, again another world ...

Natali dancing ...

... in the dunes

Thies and Marc

And our lovely couple!

El Centro - Ensenada

Just South of El Centro we hit the border to Mexico...a 12 m high fence. Here we are just about a 100m away from the super protected border. Every kilometer a border patrol car.

Our nice Edelweiss dinner in Ensenada. That means we crossed the border today! Viva Mexico!

Ensenada - Catavina

On our first stretch on the Baja (Californa). Nice weather, nice people, nice riders

In San Quintin at our lunch stop..

These dogs out here...

Preparation for the next day, briefing as well the very few gas stations

Just amazing these Kandelaber Cacti (Cardones)!! They can get several hundred years old and can reach a height of 20 meters!

Catavina - San Ignacio

Before breakfast Martin made a loop in the desert and took some fotos...(for us

Thank you Martin!

And after breakfast a love seeking dog found Dan...

These Cirios (boojum tree) are also strange desert characters..

Even though we are riding the whole day thru THE desert the landscape always changes

Here we went right "into" the sea, across a lagune... so nice and peaceful

...some of us at dinner in San Ignacio tonite

San Ignacio - Loreto

The last 75 km, passing el volcano tres virgines...

...we hit the coastline again..

The crew and..

Thies

..and amazing views on the Bahia Concepcion for the next 40 kilometers.

Lunch on the beach, very simple pero muy bueno!

Hey Pablo!

What a nice day!

...briefing the options for the next day

In the evening enjoying good pizza (viva Mecico

Loreto - La Paz

In the morning we left the coastal line again, climbing a smaller though impressive mountain pass and then.... straights up to the horizon had to be covered

A nice local lunch stop, quesadillas o burritos con calabaza o con carne...simple and yummy!

Meeting Canadians (actually one is a migrant from Munich) at our lunch and other motorcyclists outside

Martin and Michael on the alternative Route

La Paz - Mazatlan - Puerto Vallarta

After a nice night and relaxed morning in our Marina Hotel we had a target today: Our 13 hours ferry trip from La Paz to Mazatlan. And here we are, leaving the harbor with the sundown at the horizon

Arrival in Mazatlan in the morning, beautiful weather welcomes us!

Now we gonna hit the road again towards Puerto Vallarta 460km south of us

Close by the sea we found this hut...and this family which offered (and opened) some coconuts for us. The Mexicans are such nice, happy and welcoming people!

Puerto Vallarta - Ajijic

In the morning a nice and curvy mountain road which we are longing for after the Baja (okay, okay, they have also some curves over there...and amazingly beautiful nature and landscape!)

The locals are so friendly and welcoming!

From sea level up on ~1.800 meters again, Agave plantations around us but no Tequila tasting for us-)

And then we arrived at our Palacio , what a beautiful hotel!

...in the evening we went for a Edelweiss dinner. A very good location in this cute Ajijic village at the Laguna de Chapala.

Ajijic - Morelia

Marc testing the suspension of our van

last views of the Laguna de Chapala, the biggest lake in Mexico...

and here the most beautiful lake (locals say) of Mexico, Lake Patzcuaro

and arrival in our super beautiful Hotel in Morelia. What a place and just 100m walking distance from historical center of Morelia, UNESCO world heritage since 1991.

Morelia - Toluca

A fantastic ride in the morning..

...a pink church in the middle of nowhere but in the mountains

...and a try of myself to get closer to the Volcano Nevado de Toluca, here on the way back already, all on a sand piste...challenging

Toluca - Puebla

After a great ride thru pine and oak tree forests we stopped here for a coffee...

A first glimpse of the most famous volcano in Mexico, the Popocatepetl. 5.460m high.

Our target to ride up the 3.600m high Paso de Cortes and ride down the hardpac/sand road to Puebla

The group gathered again on the pass and we engaged a policeman to take a picture of us

The last meters of the sand road coming down from the historical pass... Cortes crossed over in 1529 on his march on Tenochtitlan, today's Mexico City, and the tragedy unfolded...But today no tragedy Marc and Natali coming down the mountain and having fun!

Dust in the wind, they say. Natali and Marc decided to join us on the gravel road going down the hill from Popocatepelt on our way to Puebla

The bikes also need a rest. Beautiful Hotel Reyna in Puebla

Puebla - Oaxaca

What a day!

While riding, we found a very local lunch stop with friendly people and very tasty quesadillas. Homemade food is always a good choice! Yummy

Dan was happy but tired after hundreds of curves on the road, even without knowing what was ahead of us before the hotel. Another intense session. 

Coffee is always a good option to stay awake. Cheers!

Night live at main Zocalo (Plaza) from Oaxaca seems to be the correct place to be. People dancing everywhere. What a great mood.

The pescatarians on tour also got the chance to have nice food at Oaxaca's main square.

Oaxaca restday

Monte Alban, built a 1.200 years ago by the Zapotheks, blew our mind!

...and pretty steep

The colors of Oaxaca with the perfect weather to enjoy our rest day

..and in the evening once more downtown, Dan finding a new girl friend

Beautifull Cathedral at Oaxaca

Oaxaca - Catemaco

An early start in the morning brought us almost immediatley into the surrounding mountains...

Amazing twisty roads catapulted us on 3.000m a.s.l. and amazing never ending roads led us down through a bosque de niebla still on high altitude into the jungle on the other side...I thought I arrived in the North of Thailand...and actually we are now on the same latitude

With Thies and some local riders

When we stopped in their village we were the talk of the day...

...so cute, these parrots!

Yiehaaa! We made it to the world city of Catemaco! You never heard of it before?!

Catemaco - Villahermosa

We thought this would an easy peasy day and we went for the longer route, about 370km to Villahermosa. On this stretch a detour to the coastal line, a big laguna inbound and the open carribean sea on our left...some bridges connecting the small sand islands overgrown with palm trees...

Not many tourists coming here, children and grown ups fascinated by our motorcycles and ourselves...

We even found a small restaurant - the one and only - serving us tasty empanadas con camarones..

...lonely beaches

...and then the thing got wild...here the team getting the bikes out of the sand

The road was destroyed by the sea and the sand was pretty deep...we took a decision and turned around

meanwhile Michael and Martin arrived and they continued...

...including the cocnut paved sand stretch... and Michael and a Martin had to pay at the end 50 MX!

on the way back we had to tackle again this nice bridge...great stuff for a big motorcycle

Beautiful picture Martin!

And some teamwork at night, fixing Dans panniers on his bike again. Thank you all!!

And welcome to the world tour!

Villahermosa - Palenque

Palenque belongs to a National project of protected towns in Mexico called "Pueblos mágicos" (Magic towns, and it really was one.

Today a relatively short ride brought us to Palenque to enjoying the Maya Ruinas in the afternoon. Just impressing!

The magic of Nature. This Tree is amazing. Holger and Dan went there for the pic. What a heat we had there.

Palenque - Comitan

A short detour in the morning to the Cascadas Aguas Azules...

Twisty roads thru Chiapas, first thru jungle and later again on higher elevation towards Comitan. Here we will spend our last night in Mexico

Comitan - Chichicastenango

At the border to Guatemala...once the process started everything went smooth, however 3.5h went by stamping us and the motorcycles out and getting everyone into Guatemala

..border scenes from Martin..

...inspecton of our motorcycle gear

..as well an inspection of Martin and Michael

by then the mother (a nice couple of from Israel) accepted that her son will ride a motorcycle one day

Aduana done as well for our motos and getting ready for our 4 hours ride in the afternoon to Chichi

Maya rituals in front of the church...this region (like Chiapas as well) was never completely christianized...

This pictures we took after our chaotic landing in Chichi...going with our motorcycles right thru the market in small cobblestone alleys...Wow, what a day!

the patio of our nice hotel right behind the market

The House is about 100 years old and operates nowadays as Hotel. A very quiet place. And the people there were really friendly to us.

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and enjoying the fire place in our room. Yes, quite chilly here on 2.000m

Chichicastenango - Antigua

The flower sellers in front of the Church, thanks Martin

It seems that Pablo will navigate for our tour guide today. To leave Chichicastenango was a challenge. Old school is always a good option.

Lago Atitlán. On our way to Antigua, the old Capital of Guatemala. Amazing Volcano region.

Thies went off-road. We were crossing a small river. Well done Mr Ehlers

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Cesar from Guatemala joined in the evening our dinner. He extra came the long way down from Puerto Barrios to see us. I was with him together on the Mediterranean Alps Extreme tour last year...

Antigua restday

In the alleys of beautiful Antigua...

At least Martin is ready for the group foto

Finally, we got the group for the pic. It took us a while to accomplish this task.

Antigua - Copan

...on the way to the border to Honduras

...and a late arrival in our super beautiful Finca in the forest

Tortillas originally made...just beautiful

What a place. This hotel will be remembered. Green everywhere; we were so close to nature.

Enjoy the view Dan! 

Copan - Penas Blanca

Lunch stop on the way to San Pedro Sula..

Pulhapanzka Watter falls. Really nice place.

...and our arrival at the Lago Yojoa...

amazing again!!

Chicken, birds, horses, water buffalos...wildlife on our farm here

Penas Blanca - Tegucigalpa - Ocotal

The riding in Honduras is relaxed and relaxing...generally less traffic compared to Guatemala, less agressive drivers, they give you space if you need it and everyone enjoys to see big bikes...many thumbs up on and beside the road. Just beautiful.

About 3 km before the border to Nicaragua trucks lined up left and right on the road and it got narrower and narrower for us to pass these monsters...

...but all of us made it through!

Natali..

...and Thies

Michael and Martin spending the last Lempiras fueling up their bikes..

Other motorcycle travellers...this friendly couple from Nicaragua

All in all about 4 hours for the border crossing, going thru the processes...in between thinking about life, about our journey, having a coffee...all good and everyone friendly...

...inclusive the dogs

Special guardance of the M&M motorcycles

Ocotal - Granada

..at our nice coffee stop along the Panamarica Dan found this moss couch

First impressions of Granada, situated at the Lago Nicaragua

Thank you Martin, for the great pictures!

On our restday in Granada we enjoyed the small city...

..colonial architecture

La gran Francia Hotel. A colonial building from 1524, that because of fire, was almost destroyed in 1856. They rebuilt it and since 1865 they have kept it as original as possible. Nowadays is this great hotel where we stayed.

A volcano is born when magma comes to the earth surface.

Central America has lots of volcanos and Nicaragua is not an exception, because it has 7 active ones. Masaya is one of the most visited ones and is located just 40 minutes' drive away from Granada, a very touristy city in the country.

Nature is always prepared to surprise us, and watching lava just 200 mt away from us, was astonishing, 

Our Edelweiss dinners are always a great moment to go back to the day´s memories on the road.

Granada - Playa Hermosa

After a tough day crossing the border, is nice to wake up in this beautiful hotel close to the beach. Costa Rica seems to be a destination that will keep surprising us.

Playa Hermosa - Samara

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Okay okay, tourguide first

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At the Largarto beach, we decided to stop for some drinks and check the place out. This one is untouched and was amazing. 

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Angela
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 20:56

Hi Pablo, hi Holger,
it is awesome to see you on the world tour as a tourguide Pablo !!! I am so happy for you !!! A dream came true I wish both of you an out-of-this-world wonderful tour together. I think you two are the dream team anyways
Big hugs for you Pablo and Holger from
Angela
Holger Homann
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 21:25

Wow Angela,

It is so nice to hear from you. Yes we are having a great time togheter and enjoying these beautifull Landscapes, cultures and gastronomy.

Plase stay tunned.

Mit freundlichen Grüssen

Pablo and Holger
Ying
Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 05:23

Hello you all!

It´s snowing in Germany, beautiful but cold. I´m glad to see you in another beautiful place but warm. I bet you all experience the beauty of the nature and further more.

I lerned from your pics that Quesadillas are the mexican pizza... Pizza mexicana...haha

Take good care!!


Ying
Peter Alderson
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10:24

Hi Holger,

I recognise the lunch stop on the way to La Paz. We reached La Paz within 3 hours but had nothing to worry about!!

Have a great trip.
Peter
Holger
Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 14:52

Hello Peter,

Nice to hear from you! Amazing that you recognize this hut in the middle of nowhere but maybe that is exactly why!

Meanwhile we are south of Mexico city and today we target the Paso de Cortes at Popocatepetl.

My best wishes to you!
Holger
Ying
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 03:12

Hi there!

I wish I were there. It's cold and grey here in Europe. There is already stress everywhere in the everyday life as usual. Your trip seem to be very lovely with the great spirit, nice weather, beautiful landscape and fabolous giant cactus..Wowwww..they are so amazing! You guys are tough though according to the long ride and the unpaved roads. Keep cool and patient. Enjoy your unforgettable experience. Take good care !!

Regards from the cold Germany

Ying
Ralf
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 09:28

Hey guys - marvelous pictures from nice roads, fantastic landscape and - of course - tasteful food ! And it seem that the team spirit is pefect as well. Happy to see you (unfortunately only some of you) in Cartagena for next Worldtour section. Keep bikes, body and brain running and enjoy each minute.

PS: pls do me a favour and keep care about your tour van. It was a fantastic car at our Tallin-Bangkok Worldtour section 2019 - maybe only the wheel support at front right is a little bit weak since then .
Holger Homann
Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 01:56

Hey Ralf,

nice to read you here! Great tour, great people, lots of fun and much more to come!
Pablo takes very good care of the van.. And it runs great! Tomorrow we will ship all vehicles by ferry 13 hours over the Golfo de California, cross ur fingers!

Our best wishes!
The Central America Team
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 08:04

Hallo - heute haben wir den zweiten Tag erlebt. Damit ihr uns ein bisschen. besser kennenlernt - zumindest unserer Bikes - hier ein kurzer Film aus der Garage des Hilton Hotels in Los Angeles. Ready to Rumble :=)
https://youtu.be/XbvQuW0Q7go

Hello - today we experienced the second day. So that you get to know us a little better - at least our bikes - here is a short film from the garage of the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Ready to Rumble :=)
https://youtu.be/XbvQuW0Q7go
Holger
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 16:32

Vielen Dank Marc! Cool video and also a cool start! And more to come! Yiehaa!
C u later on our way thru the desert and beautiful Joshua Tree national park!
Cheers
Holger
Ying
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 06:27

Hallo Ihr , Hi you guys !!

I think you guys would have a fantastic trip. Don´t get jealous on us in Europe. Tomorrow is the last sunny day in Germany and will get colder and darker but you will drive further to Mexico. It will be warmer there and more sunny days I hope.

Natalie ! I love your pants. You have to tell me where you´ve got it. I´ll get one ! Fabulous your pants!!!

Have a nice trip !!

Ying
Sven Feldmann
Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 12:08

Dear World Traveler!
Have a safe trip and enjoy every moment of it!
See you in Medellin - at least parts of you…
Holger
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 05:42

Dear Sven,
Thank you very much! That's our target and we will try our best! Best wishes from the group!
Holger
Ying
Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 07:00

Hallo,


ich wünsche euch eine gute schöne sichere Fahrt und auch ein schönes Wetter. Hier ist es kalt aber Gott sei Dank sonnig!

Macht mal bitte viel schöne Fotos.


Liebe Grüße aus München
Ying
Holger
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 05:40

Vielen Dank Ying und Dir auch eine schöne Zeit und viel Erfolg bei all Deinen Projekten!
Liebe Grüße
Holger
Marc
Friday, January 6, 2023 at 11:06

Ich wünsche euch eine tolle Tour und unvergessliche Erlebnisse!
Viele Grüße an alle,
Marc
Holger
Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 05:38

Vielen Dank Marc! Viele Grüße zurück an die ganze Crew!
Holger
Michaela Achatzi
Friday, January 6, 2023 at 05:12

Hello Holger
Hello Group
a fantastic trip, many great moments, best weather, delicious food and even more fun.
Travel save
Best Michaela

Holger Homann
Friday, January 6, 2023 at 05:59

Thank you Michaela! Everybody excited for the tomorrow's start. Thanks again and all the best! Holger

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