Sarah Down South travel blog

At Alux


Me and Lauren

Stalactites and Stalagmites

Lauren dancing for me

Heading to the bus station in the rain

After a few more lazy days and cups of lime sorbetto, I am finally leaving Playa del Carmen. I haven't done much lately, including going to the beach. I've caught a nasty cold that keeps me up at night coughing and I've got a sinus headache, so I've had to force myself just to leave our room each day. I was hoping to do some scuba diving while I was here, but that is definitely not going to happen as long as I am stuffed up, so I am a little disappointed.

For our last night in Playa, and Lauren's last night on this vacation, we decided to check out a restaurant/bar called Alux that came highly recommended in one of my guide books. It was a bit of walk to get there as it is not really in the centre of Playa del Carmen. We had to head outside the main part of the city and then cross the highway and walk a bit further... probably only about 1 or 1.5km, but it feels like longer when you don't really know where you're going.

Eventually we found it, and it was well worth the trip. Alux is inside a series of caves underground. The food wasn't spectacular (well... except for my strawberry daiquiri, which was the best one I've ever had; even better than the ones at the Delta in Fredericton) but the location was pretty cool. The whole place is huge, with lots of different caves of all different sizes with passageways connecting them. The caves are entirely natural, complete with stalactites, stalagmites, and small pools and rivers. The whole place has been really nicely lit up, and there are sofas and low tables set into the walls. I tried to take some pictures, but the lighting made it difficult (that, and the fact that I haven't read my entire camera manual yet), so it was hard to capture the colours, but trust me, it was amazing.

Lauren is flying out of Cancun tomorrow, but I am leaving Playa del Carmen tonight. My plan is to go to Chetumal, and cross the border and go down to Belize City, and then on to San Ignacio. This means three buses with time spent waiting between each one, and if I wait until tomorrow to leave, I will probably end up having to stay for a night in Belize City, which I want to avoid at all costs. Instead, I am catching a bus to Chetumal (4 or 5hrs away) at midnight tonight. I hate all-night bus trips, but I think that this is probably the best way to do things.

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