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May 20, 2008 - Tulum

Our trip continues with three consecutive driving days. The hot weather also continues relentlessly and although the mornings often start with a promise of rain the early clouds have so far always given way by about 9 o`clock to sunshine. I have taken to wearing long sleeve shirts in the car as the sun was just too much for bare arms despite lashings of suncream but we still prefer the cool airflow with the hood down. Yesterday the road from Belize to the Mexican border at Santa Rita 150 kms due north was of reasonable surface but very dull...

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May 19, 2008 - Belize City to Tulum (Mexico)

19th May 2008 Belize City to Tulum We have spent two days in a beach resort. We did all the things you would expect as well as some admin and getting the rally reports and the photos up to date. The highlight for me was seeing turtles when we were snorkelling. There were also sharks (not great white) and rays. I have seen prettier coral and fish but it was good to see so many of the larger ones this time. As usual we had breakfast as soon as the dining room opened in order to make a move early as we had another border crossing today. In the...

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May 15, 2008 - The Yucatan Continued

We left you last in Punta Bete at the lovely Coco Cabanas, and now we head south once again to spend the day at Xcaret. Xcaret (ish-ca-ret) is a natural water park some 50 miles south of Cancun. Think sea world only you can swim through the park in an underwater cavern, play with dolphins and stingrays, and snorkel on their private reef. I had been to this park on a family vacation 12-13 years ago, unfortunately, to many people and to many storms in recent years has made this park a shadow of what it once was. That being said its still a...

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May 7, 2008 - Tulum Yoga Retreat

So as Jimmy said, we had split ways! It was so weird because he kinda ran off his way and me in my excitement ran off my way, then we spent the next two nights feeling a little bummed that we hadn't given each other enough kisses before we left!! We're lame!!! With that aside, hand in hand with my two beautiful ladies we entered the retreat called Maya Tulum. It was absolutely breath taking. The whole grounds was covered in this amazing fine white sand, and had small buildings with thatch roofs scattered all over the property. Everything...

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May 2, 2008 - Spanish Language school adventure

MY SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL ADVENTURE After a month in Mexico, I have reluctantly returned to the wonderful state of MS. As many of you know I have had a passion for the Spanish language and Latin culture for many years . Five years ago I made my first attempt at learning Spanish by going to Mexico (Playa del Carmen) and taking classes for one month. At that time my Spanish was limited to words that only related to eating and drinking and an occasional por favor, gracias or donde esta el bano? Since then I have been home schooling myself,...

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La Vida Buena

Apr 15, 2008 - Tulum - We Begin our tour of the Mexican Coast Line

After surviving the crossing of the borders again and Belize, we were ready for some more beach weather and relaxing....We arrived into Tulum late at night. With no accomodation booked, we were a bit worried... but jumped into a taxi and after a couple of trys we stumbled across Papaya Playa...very cool cabanas on the beach, and open shared showers, but the little open cabanas with mosquito netted beds were just so nice...lucky we remembered to bring a torch as electricity is turned off right on 11pm, so if you are not in bed by then, good...

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Feb 14, 2008 - Tulum

Big Sis and I headed on a tour of the Biosphere area with guide, Ochi. The area has been preserved by the Mexican government as a place of natural beauty. That it certainly is. They are also trying to maintain the area free of outside toxins brought in by humans so the application of sun block is not allowed - didn´t say that to us when we booked so we of course had lashed it on before leaving the hotel! Doubt our slender figures will have brought much in the way of harm to the eco area:)) Had a great day exploring the mangroves on boats...

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Feb 13, 2008 - Tulum

Arrived in Tulum in the midday heat with about 5 tour buses full of gringos from the States. Travel books obviously warn about the midday sun and they are right as it was sweltering. We spent a couple of hours in the ruins. The site was rather small compared to what I had seen outside Mexico City but it was interesting enough AND located on the sea front. Was a port in its heyday with defences built to defend against hostile visitors which would possibly be another Mayan city´s army. Headed to Tulum hotel after that to find it was right on...

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Feb 6, 2008 - A tourist site without vendors???

It's just as I logged in to write this that I realised that the ruins of Tulum had absolutely no vendors inside. Not a one. I don't know what the secret is, maybe they know they'll make more money in an overpriced shop in Playa! I'd bypassed all the tours that wanted to charge me 800 pesos to take me on a tour bus to the ruins, and instead hopped the public bus for 84 pesos return, which drops you practically at the ticket booth. Although Tulum is tiny in comparison with other sites, it was still busy with tourists, most of whom appeared...

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Dec 21, 2007 - Tulum, in Quintana Roo, Mexico

I spent two warm and relaxing days in Tulum, before the urge to get to Guatemala got the best of me. The first day was a fine day of rest, unwinding from the ferocious pace I'd kept at work for the preceeding 3-4 weeks, and the long travel time to get to this blue water/white sand beach paradise. The highlight of the second day was visiting the Tulum Mayan ruins (oh, yes, and more sand and surf time), just a 1/2 mile up the beach from where I was staying. I arrive in Tulum mid-day on the 19th, sleep, hang on the beach, swim in the...

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Dec 4, 2007 - Tulum

Oh my goodness, the beauty around me. Right now I sit in the small town of Tulum, which is probably unremarkable. I have not remarked on it, as I have been struck instead by the beach. This part of the Carribean is supposed to be some of the clearest water ever, and I believe it. It is so gorgeous, almost pool blue out some 200 ft or so. The water is gorgeous, and not too cold. I am staying in a cabaña (a little hut) like, 20ft from the beach. The cabaña is really fun, primitive, but reminds me of summer camp. We sleep under mosquito nets...

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The Gap Year of EMF

May 16, 2007 - Mexico; Tulum and Merida

Overnight bus to The Yucatan Penisula. Arrived in Tulum which is pretty unoffensive but very touristy. However, we managed to pay two pound fifty each a night for a tent, complete with mattress, on the the most amazing secluded bit of beach with white powder sand and aqua blue sea. Best view to wake up to in the morning and wander forth straight in to the sea for a spot of snorkling. Sundowners were pretty impressive too. Ric had a couple more attempts at kite surfing but the wind was against him. Managed to slice his left foot open with...

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