(Haven’t read Oaxaca Part 1 yet? Click here.)
After two weeks recovering from the flu, we were finally well enough to hit the road again. We drove a loop from El Tule to the Pacific Coast beaches and back (we had to return to Overlander Oasis to install a Propex propane heater that was being shipped to the campground). We had a great time travelling through Oaxaca state.
We spent two relaxing weeks camped at Playa Zipolite, a hippy-nudist beach along Oaxaca’s Pacific Coast. We intended to only stay a few days, but we were drawn to the chilled-out vibe and cheap camping ($6 CAD per night at Cabanas La Habana). Vendors came by the van every day selling all sorts of nourishment, including tamales, pizza, rum-infused coconuts, and our favourite…chocolate croissants. It was tough to leave the beach.
We left Playa Zipolite just before the Easter weekend to avoid the noisy hordes of Mexican tourists flocking to the beaches for Semana Santa (Holy Week). By Good Friday, the vibe of our beach turned from “hippy reggae chill” to “college party central”. It was time to get away from the coast and get back to El Tule.
Coming back to Overlander Oasis felt like coming home. Leanne and Calvin welcomed us with hugs and Morena showered us with doggy love. We reunited with some familiar faces and also met newcomers who are doing the Pan-American journey in their 4×4 trucks.
Gregor and I were well rested from our time on the beach and were happy to be around fellow overlanders. We were ready for the next stage of our stay in Oaxaca…pimping out the van.