ITINERARY

Day 1. Mcallen will be your rendezvous point, that southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Here riders will gather by 5 p.m. for a meeting. Safety and other tour aspects will be discussed. A currency exchange service will be provided to get some pesos in your pockets.

Day2. Crossing the border is made easy with PVMT preparing much of the paperwork in advance. The scenery is flat, riding along coastal plains, but eventually a feel of the tropics emerges with towering peaks of the Sierra Madres giving you a hint of the riding joys to come . Overnight in Cuidad Victoria.

Sign up early for the Mexico Mardigras date Feb 17-28.

Day 3. The ride will take you closer to the Gulf of Mexico. Rich fields of sugar cane are a dominant feature in the landscape. Your destination is Poza Rica. You are in the heart of what was once the vanilla capital of the world. But it is the nearby archeological sight of El Tajin that will fascinate you. Only 20 buildings have been restored of what is believed to be nearly 150. Seventeen ball courts, a number of temples, pyramids and hieroglyphics reveal one of the most unusualpre-Columbian structures in Mesoamerica. And if fortunate, the Totonac Indians will be performing their death defying pole dance.

Days 4,5 & 6.It is rare that PVMT spends three days at a single stop, howeverwith so much to do and see in the area you will be permitted to explore beyond the city on optional day rides. Veracruz, on the gulf of Mexico is filled with historicalinterests. The group will take a tour of the Fortress of Ulua, and learn of it's role in the defense of the city from pirates, invading French forces and yes, even the "gringos" back in 1848 and again in 1914. An evening visit to the Plaza de Armsa is a must and if you like seafood, there is none better anywhere. You can ride to nearby Lake Catemaco famous for its concentration of brujas, (witches). These are a number of early remote beaches one can visit. be sure to sign up early for Mardigras.

Day 7. Departing Veracruz you will head towards the interior of the country stopping the night within walking distance of one of Mexico's prominent archeological sights. Near the village of Cholula you can climb a 265 foot high pyramid for an incredible view of what was once a great pre-Columbian temple city. Cholula is also known for its numerous churches, constructed by the first Spanish conquistadors using native artisans who managed to sneak in under the noses of unknowing padres, an occasional image of their gods such as a serpent, the moon or the sun.

Day 8. Zimapan is but a tiny village along the route of the Panamerican Highway. It is also where an ex-hacienda was converted to an elegant spa. Time for a massage! Or if you care, you can just wander the village, go to the plaza and immerse yourself into the daily happenings of native Mexico life. To those who are willing, a PVMT tour is a daily exploration and you thought all you were going to do was ride.

Day 9. Xilita. Find it on the map if you can. Say it if you can. Here we will stay at a bed and breakfast affair in a tiny Sierra Madre village which happens to have been the home of an eccentric English Nobel and artist, and mixer with some of the world's most famous surrealist artists and alternative thinkers. Edward Olmos was a little odd, however he created in a jungle setting, the sprawling work of mart known as Las Pozas. A fascinating story in the most unlikeliest of places. And the most thrilling, through the twisting Sierra Madres.

Day 10. Your final night in Old Mexico will be at an authentic hacienda dating back to the early 1700's where riders with Pancho Villa Motor-Tours always receive the warmest of receptions. It may be centuries old, but the Hacienda Santa Engracia for years has been a favorite PVMT stop. You will enjoy the swimming pool, the great food and the special ambiance of being in the real Mexico.

Day 11. To the border! You will arrive at McAllen around 2 p.m, enough time to make a few miles to your destination, or just run up the road to Padre Island and enjoy a night on the sea shore.