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I left San Cristobal de las Casas by an overnight bus last night. I forgot the fare for this bus, but what I still remember was its final destination - Puerto Escondido. However, I wasn't going straight there this time because I'd already been there before (Click here to see the past articles for my stay in Puerto Escondido). I will eventually head up there again, but there was one place that I was dying to check out before Puerto Escondido.

Barra de la Cruz is the name of the place.

It's a small village, about an hour by a mini-bus from Huatulco, and there is nothing touristy there except for surfing.

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The mini-bus that I took this morning from Huatulco (pictured above) dropped me off on the major road just outside Barra de la Cruz, from which I had to either catch a taxi or just walk for at least 30 minutes to get to the village. And I unwisely chose the latter option with my heavy luggage....


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A couple of taxi-drivers stopped and asked me if I needed a ride, but I nicely declined them. I was somehow so determined to walk all the way down to the village while my right shoulder started aching because of my heavy and bulky board-case, and I was getting so sweaty. Unlike San Cristobal de las Casas which is part of the central highlands of Mexico, Barra de la Cruz is by the sea. It was blazing hot with warm breezes blowing from the sea.
Then out of the blue, a white car drove past and stopped a few meters away from me. A guy with long curly hair in the driver's seat spoke to me quite gently;

" Hello! Do you need a lift ? "
And he went on; " We are going to the beach now. We can take you there. "

It was only a few minutes on the road after the mini-bus dropped me off, but I was already very tired of walking with my luggage. I found myself happily accepting his offer; " Yes. Can I ? "

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The driver's name was Vandielli - a Brazilian guy from Rio de Janeiro who now lives with his Mexican wife and their kids in Puerto Escondido.
There were also two other guys in his car - Christiano from Brazil who is on a surf trip around Mexico, and Fellipe from Puerto Escondido who is only 16 and wants to be a professional surfer. So now four surfers in the car heading down to the beach with my bulky luggage.

I didn't realize how far the village was from where I got off the mini-bus. It would be quite far to walk. And from the village to the beach it was another 5 to 10 minutes by car.
The photo below shows the beach of Barra de la Cruz and I was so stoked when this view finally came into my eyes.

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Although I was quite worried about leaving my whole luggage inside the car, all of us were super excited about scoring some waves as soon as possible.
We hurriedly brought our boards out of the bags, put fins on our boards and dashed to the beach.

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It was clear blue sky and the water was warm. Waves were about 4 to 5ft on sets with light winds all day today.
It got a little crowded at one point as many guys came from pumping Puerto Escondido. It was apparently too big at Zicatela today. But some waves were sectioning on the inside at Barra de la Cruz today, so there were plenty of waves to be had for every surfer.

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Good waves in such beautiful surroundings of Barra de la Cruz. I was really happy with quality waves here and about the fact that I got a lift from Vandielli.
Meanwhile, there was one thing that I forgot to do - I hadn't yet found or checked in at any accommodation for tonight.... Then Vandielli told me that he could drive me back to the village and drop me off at a guesthouse called "Cabinas Pepe". How can you be so kind and helpful to a stranger like me, Vandielli???

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Luckily, there was one room available at Pepe's for tonight and I checked in straight away. And then Vandielli just drove off by saying "Come to see me at Puerto Escondido one day. Bye!"
What a cool Brazilian guy I just met today! Obrigado, Vandielli!

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The above photo shows today's crew. This photo was taken just after our second session (From left); My legend - Vandielli, Christiano, me and Fellipe. We were all happy!


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