Booking a flight on a whim is every traveler's dream. Photographer Adrian Morris did just that when he took a leap and headed to Mexico with a carry-on, a camera, and an open mind.
MEXICO – While battling a grim London winter, my mind frequently wandered to the sunny streets of Mexico. A change of scenery was needed, so I bought a one-way ticket with no set agenda. Aside from meeting Australian friends in Mexico City, I planned to hit the road and take each day as it came.
I was treated like family by strangers, explored the Oaxaca coastline from the back of a truck, napped in mountain caves overlooking Tepoztlan, swam in natural salt pools among endless valleys in Hierve el Agua, walked through Monte Alban’s ancient ruins, made friends with a lot of dogs, and ate many quesadillas. The endless days of incredible food, beautiful coastlines, magical mountain towns, and friendly people made it one of my most memorable trips.
Hierve El Agua
First, I took in the incredible surroundings.
Views for Miles
Can you see how dried salt water creates waterfall-like formations along the cliffs?
Dive on In
My friend dove into this natural salt water hole. The salt and minerals are said to have healing qualities.
View from Behind
I snapped this picture of the road as we clung to the back of a truck riding into town.
This is a picture of real life on the streets of Oaxaca.
Friends and Food
One of my Australian pals, Marlee, accompanied by a shot of an abandoned empanada stand.
I saw a sign painter working his magic in Oaxaca City.
The scene outside Santa Domingo Church in Oaxaca.
We found ourselves domewhere between Oaxaca City and Monte Alban.
We explored ancient ruins.
James, my Aussie friend, lit one up and took in the scenery from our mountain cabin in San Jose.
The best way to spend a sunny afternoon.
James decided on an alfresco morning shave in San Jose del Pacifico.
The Great Escape
Us in a taxi. We wanted to get far away from Acapulco as quickly as possible.
On the coast close to Mazunte.
I walked along the coast of Mazunte with my new friend Audrey.
And took a nap in the mountain caves overlooking Tepoztlan.
Then it was quesadilla time.
This old man sat silently by himself in the markets of Tepoztlan. He had a wise face I wanted to capture forever.