Today we moved to Rio Lagartos in the north of the peninsula. It was not a fun day. The first bus out of Tulum going north left at 9 a.m. We got up early and were at the bus station before 8 a.m. only to discover that space on the bus was already sold out. We had to wait 4.5 hours for the next bus. There is no direct bus to Rio Lagartos. Therefore we had to get off at a city called Valladolid and change busses. We arrived in Valladolid just as our next bus was leaving. We had less than five minutes to get off the bus, get our luggage, use the toilet and buy tickets for the next bus. We didn’t have enough time. Therefore we spent another hour in the bus station at Valladolid waiting for the next bus to the town of Tizimin. We got to Tizimin about 4 p.m. We still had to take one more bus from Tizimin to Rio Largartos. We learned that this bus did not leave until 7:30. We decided to take a taxi for the final leg of the journal which cost 200 pesos (about $16.50). The bus would have been only about $2 each but by this time I did not want to spend another three hours in another bus station. By the time we got to Rio Lagartos it was dark and we were very tired.
I have travelled all over Mexico by bus and this is the first time I have had any problem like this. Usually I never wait more than one hour for a bus. The Mexican bus system is usually very good.
The Yucatan peninsula is made up of three states named Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche. The Mayan Rivera on the Caribbean side of the peninsula is in the state of Quintana Roo. We are now in the state of Yucatan at the north end of the Yucatan peninsula.
We are staying at Hotel Tobasco Rio which is the biggest hotel in town. More about Rio Largartos tomorrow. Off to bed. Very tired.