Mexico - Hotel Hacienda El Contadero

Summer 1999 CSANews Issue 32  |  Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.Back to list

Patricia and I and our 10-year-old son, Sam, recently returned from the "real" Mexico, and I didn't even know it existed. My previous experiences of Mexico were of poverty, tourist traps with their U.S. prices, and government officials with their hands out for cash.

What a difference we found!

We had a chance to spend a few quiet days in a little town called La Pesca at the Hotel Hacienda El Contadero. After driving for a few hours on roads that are superior to most roads in Canada, we took a small boat across the Soto La Marina River to an old cattle ranch, of all things - and there was the "real" Mexico. A modern 32-room hotel, restaurant & bar have been added for creature comforts.

A beautiful country farm, bordered on one side by a majestic, unpolluted river and on the other side by unspoiled beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Here, almost in the middle of nowhere, is what the locals call "paradise." We have never seen so many flowers, birds and butterflies in one place. Birdwatchers told us that there are more than 500 different birds in this area.

Peace, tranquillity, fabulous meals (all included) and wonderful people were evident everywhere you turned. We came just to relax and enjoy the tranquillity but if you are adventurous, there is excellent fishing all around, boat trips out on the river, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, a shrimp-breeding station tour, a trip to the Mayan ruins at El Tajin, or a visit to the spectacular vistas in the mountains near Victoria. A naval hospital with 24-hour ambulance service can be seen from the hotel's fishing pier.

We were so relaxed in this lovely spot that it was hard to leave but, before I left, I convinced them to place an ad in CSA News to tell other people about the Hotel Hacienda El Contadero. If you've spent your six months in the U.S. and are looking for a quiet place to relax before the trek home, try it. I will certainly return; Sam has already decided that it was for us.

P.S. Try to get to the huge markets in Victoria & Monterrey, if you can.