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Feb 11, 2020 - Tulum

In the rain, we went to Tulum and hired a guide. She was an archaeologist and anthropologist. She plans to study Mayan hieroglyphics in Texas. We had a 45 min. tour and learned Mayan history. Tulum some of you have visited. What you learned may have been Toltec as the Toltecs invaded and defeated the Mayans bringing human sacrifice with them from the north. Tulum was settled during the classic period of Mayan history. Primarily it was a port city where products....obsidian, jade and corn in exchange for cotton and medicines. Buildings...

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CostaRicaToCancun

Feb 9, 2020 - Palenque Ruins and Chicanna Ruins

Yesterday we drove out to the Palenque Ruins. At the Nacional Parque entrance we picked up a guide. As it was raining he chose only to show us the main plaza. The rain was warm. First standing together were 3 pyramids with the palace at right angles. The first pyramid was built around 300 A.D and is the oldest. The 'comb' has partially fallen. The 2nd pyramid has a thatched roof covering an open staircase. This pyramid was dedicated to the Red Queen. Her sacophagus is still inside high up on the 3rd level inside a room. She was buried...

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CostaRicaToCancun

Feb 7, 2020 - Punta Sur Eco-Park

Cozumel is an island a short ferry ride from Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula. We are old enough to remember when Cancun was still a gleam in the eye of the ministry of tourism and when it was first built, it felt more like Disneyland than Mexico. Cozumel was Old Mexico and when we were there we felt like we really were somewhere else. Over the years the downtown grew and grew and it was easy to do a retail walk along the sea front for at least a mile. But as cruise ships grew larger and larger, downtown docking facilities were inadequate...

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Jan 20, 2020 - Cozumel, Mexico

The island of Cozumel is located just across the channel which separates it from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Cozumel, the largest of Mexico's Atlantic islands, is approximately 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. Covered with a great deal of vegetation, the land is primarily flat. The population and business center of Cozumel is the town of San Miguel, located on the northwest coast of the island. This is a duty-free port, understandably popular with the many cruise ship passengers who visit each year. Shopping may be a major attraction but...

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Off to South America

Nov 3, 2019 - Cancun, Mexico

We left Canyon Lake and drove about three hours to our daughter, Kimi’s, home where we stayed for a week and visited with all the daughters and most of the grandkids. We had a great, relaxing, fattening visit. Sunday, 3 November, we flew to Cancun, Mexico for a two week stay at a five star, all inclusive, resort. Now I need to explain something. Y’all know that I’m not a “fancy” guy looking for the uppity up places to go, but when we canceled our cruise to Europe (due to timing issues with attending our granddaughter’s wedding), we had a...

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Jul 10, 2019 - My Trip to Mexico and Panama

I just got back from a great month traveling throughout Mexico and Central America. I met up with some good friends from high school and absolutely loved every second of our trip. I speak Spanish and look Hispanic, so that should be taken into account when you consider my experiences but I just wanted to pass on some tips in case you guys find yourselves in a rut! 1. Yucatan, Mexico Our first stop in the Yucatan was Cancun. We stayed a few nights in Cancun but I don't recommend doing that at all. Unless you're staying in some fancy resort,...

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Feb 28, 2019 - Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, a mostly undeveloped Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea, is a popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving. At Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, there's diving spots around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef and the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures. Chankanaab is an eco park surrounding a lagoon with underwater caverns, home to dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. Did you know: The Cozumel raccoon (Procyon pygmaeus), also called the pygmy raccoon, is a critically endangered species of island raccoon...

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Jan 26, 2019 - Sea day

1/26/19 Last day and sea day.  It was 78 this am with winds at 78 kph.  Later on it dropped to 65, but we did get some sun so were able to enjoy our balcony.   I went to the gym one last time this morning. After some walking and reading, we played some bean bag toss, and again, lost in the first round.  Lunch was the chocolate extravaganza again. This afternoon was the free cocktail party for platinum and diamond guests. I just love the Mocha Chocolate Getaway!  Prime rib, mango cream soup and Baked Alaska for dinner with a special goodbye...

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Jan 25, 2019 - Cozumel. Mexico

1/25/19 Cozumel, this is our last port before disembarking in New Orleans.  It's amazing how fast it goes, despite being on the ship for 2 weeks. When we arrived around 10 am, there were already 6 ships on port.  I'm not sure I've ever seen that before. There were 2 other Carnival ships, the Magic and the Vista. Royal Carribean Oasis of the Seas, and another ship were docked.  A little ways away, there were 2 huge cruise ships - not sure if anchored or docked. We pulled in right between the 2 Carnival ships. Needless to say, the shops and...

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Oct 28, 2018 - Cozumel and Tulum Ruins Mexico

Now, don’t y’all get all huffy on me when I describe a place we didn’t spend much time in, but I’m just trying to ‘splain for your edification. Our ship stopped at Cozumel, an island and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen, and close to the Yucatán Channel. The municipality is part of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The economy for Cozumel, like other stops on this cruise, is based on tourism. There are a number of visitors to the island's balnearios (seaside...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Rainy Day in Cancun

We woke up to rain today which finally lowered the temperature. We ate lunch back at the food stalls at Parque de Las Palapas and took shelter from the storm at the indoor-outdoor bar where we found $1 margaritas last night. For dinner we tried Pericos but there were no other customers to share the saddle bar stools so we had one margarita and moved on. We tried La Parilla complete with a mariachi band but LindaRose was looking for BBQ ribs we thought we'd seen on their website. Not on the menu. Finally we settled on Labnah, a charming...

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2018 Ecuador

Sep 2, 2018 - Isla Mujeres and Cancun

We said adios to the 3 cats at Lisa's condo in Playa del Carmen this morning. Lisa will return from Colombia tonight and they will be reunited. LindaRose and I are spending our last two nights in Cancun. The ADO bus ride took an hour and as we were walking to Hotel Plaza Caribe, LindaRose was pickpocketed. We spent an hour reporting the theft to her credit card companies and then went in search of something to eat. Cancun can be pretty dead on a Sunday. We opted to take the ferry to Isla Mujeres. We stopped at my old haunts Rolandi's, JAX,...

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2018 Ecuador

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