A Salvadoran fisherman who says he spent 13 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean has arrived in Mexico ready to meet with the family of a young companion who died early in the voyage.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga said he promised his friend Ezequiel Cordoba that he would give a message before he died about a month into the ordeal.

Alvarenga's boat washed up in the Marshall Islands in February and now he is back in the country where the journey began in December 2012. Alvarenga landed in Mexico City's airport Friday and spoke during a layover before catching another flight to Chiapas state to meet Cordoba's family.

The 37-year-old Alvarenga said he wants to forget the suffering, adding he often cried and prayed to God for a miracle.