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Oct 16, 2010 - Tulum

Hello! Well, we survived the hurricane, "Paula" took one look at us and promptly headed 100 miles of the coast ;-) It was all an anticlimax really, and we only got mildly increased winds and rain for about half an hour. Since the boats were put away as part of the potential evacuation, we spent most of Tuesday doing our emergency responder course and could only squeeze in three dives this week. At the moment I am writing from Tulum, a town 3 hours north of the Base and an hour south of Playa del Carmen. We are here as part of the Turtle...

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Chad's Travels

Jun 24, 2010 - Mexico - Playa and Tulum

After leaving Isla Mujeres the air conditioned ferry back to Cancun was just too great for words. We both sat for the 25 minute journey like Kings. After being hounded by a million taxi drivers to get to the station we decided to keep it local and wait for a bus. Always a slight stress when taking something besides a taxi because you feel like I R Tourist. But we got to the station and onto another AC bus (good day) and happily left a very average Cancun. An hour later we pulled into Playa Del Carmen which would be the location that I...

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May 28, 2010 - Tulum

Mit Playa del Carmen beginnt die entspannte Zeit: Nach gemeinsamen Frehstueck begleitete ich Beck zum Geldwechseln und wir fuhren ca. 1 h mit dem Bus in den Sueden zu den Ruinen von Tulum, wo ich den schoensten karibischen Strand ever sah! Wir schenken den Ruinen etwa 1 h und hauten uns fuer den Rest der Zeit an den Strand, wo Beck Freundschaft mit einem Riesengekko schloss. Cloeb blieb in Playa shoppen und Strand-liegen. Am Abend gings wieder ins mexikanische Restaurant und dann ins Blue Parrot, neben dem Coco Bongo (teuer - bekannt aus...

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Apr 13, 2010 - Tulum

10 days of pure bliss. We arrived in Tulum and it looked so quiet compared to Cancún and Playa. The town is tiny with just a few shops and restaurants, and the beach lined with small cabañas. We were staying in Piedra Escondida which is seemed like luxury compared to some of the more basic cabañas… we had electricity all day! The hotel was on a private beach and so peaceful. I met the rest of the family there after their long journey from England and was excited to show them a very small taster of Mexico. Most of the time we just spent on...

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Feb 14, 2010 - Tulum - pics need labels

Ferry to Cancun at 9 then took city bus on a tour of hotel row (huge ones on the peninsula-little America), doz & doz at least 2 - 18 hole golf courses and 2 - 9 hole pitch and putt plus tennis, etc. Thought it would be a simple round trip, instead the drivers of 2 buses forced us to get off and then re enter another bus so we paid the 15p fair 3 times to go the whole distance. Unfortunately, the last bus was an R-2 ( should have been R-1 we found out later) but the drive didn´t tell us we'd end up 8 plus blocks from the ADO bus...

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Feb 6, 2010 - Tulum

The second day in Chetamal we mostly rested, that is Sally rested while Hugh walked the two miles up to the bus station to check on buses going north toward Cancun. After being in some of the border towns along the US border, Chetemal is like night into day. It is relatively clean with broad streets where pedestrians have the right-a-way most of the time. Hugh indulged himself by eating at some of the street vendors on the way to the bus station. The weather was warm 85 F and clear so we spent the afternoon by the pool. The next morning...

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Central America

Jan 26, 2010 - Mexico, Diving the Yucatan's Cenotes

Diving the "Cenotes" or underwater rivers accessed by inland caves was one of the most unique diving experience ever. Crystal clear fresh rain water filtered from above by sandstone allowed for unheard of visibility. Imagine Carlsbad Cavern (without the bat guano) that one can dive into hidden nooks and crannies. Because the public has only been allowed for over the last twenty years or so, the land and the access still belongs to local villages and so the profit is distributed amongst them. Unfortunately, there is no quota on daily visits,...

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Itchy Feet

Jan 25, 2010 - Tasty Tulum Treats

We headed up the coast to Tulum, which is a backpacker-friendly stretch that is the polar opposite of Calcun and Playa Del Carma. The beaches are far nicer and empty, all in all a rather tidy sum. We stayed in a wooden hut right on the beach, this time even closer to the water than the ones at Puerto Escondido. The huts are basic, but at night you can hear Ocean Sea hissing and rumbling metres away, which is rather cool to say the least. We did a fair bit of beach lounging, got a bit sunburnt, but as a bonus the place we stayed had a bar...

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Operation Badger

Jan 24, 2010 - The Sensitive Pirate

Carlos the barman opened his eyes and smiled. Contemplating another sun-drenched day working at the beach, he climbed out of bed, his limbs tingling with excitement and expectation. If he knew what was going to happen to him in seven hours time, he would have called in sick. By early afternoon, it was shaping up to be a rather normal Saturday; a steady influx of American tourists moving between the jade coloured sea, the sun loungers on the heated white sand and the ornate wooden bar. Most ordered Tequila, a few went for a cold beer, but...

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Operation Badger

Jan 18, 2010 - Tulum & Akumal

More fun with Ron and Angie at Tulum and Akumal! Tulum is one of the most pristine coastal Mayan sites on the Yucatán. It is however very close to popular resorts at Cancún and Playa del Carmen; meaning very touristy. This was at one time a major trading city. There were large quantities of obsidian found here that could only have come from Guatemala, more than 500km away. The Mayans were known to use boats as part of their trade routes. The sea coast here is completely amazing, with a beach protected by cliffs. It is believed that Tulum...

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Dec 30, 2009 - Two Lazy Days in Tulum

Dec 30 - 31 Tulum is meant to be an ecotourist paradise – all of the electricity is derived from generators and all of the hotels are rustic cabanas, often with sand floors, that cost, in some cases, over $200/night. People go to Tulum to pay for the privilege of “getting back to nature”, hanging out on beaches where there are no people selling you things and where you can do yoga, meditate, or have a massage. It was rustic and yet pampering at the same time, as Warner said, “club med for people with tattoos.” Despite all that, we enjoyed...

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Dec 29, 2009 - From Merida To Tulum

We had planned today to go to Tulum on the noon bus but when we got to the station at 11am we learned that the only bus that still had space available was at 5:45 pm. There were things in Merida that we still wanted to do, and Warner said that he wanted a day when we just hung out, so this unplanned delay worked out fine for us. We stored our suitcases and went to the 24-hour Café Habana to hang out for a while. After we’d spent as much time there as possible, we went off in search of the folk art museum, which one of the other hotel...

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