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Nov 17, 2012 - Beach time, group and Mexican food
One must eat at McDonald's in every place if only to check out the differences so this morning I went there for break fast. There were some interesting variations in the menu so I ordered Mexican burritos. They tasted much like Canadian McD burritos. Oh well. Same great coffee! I made a conscious decision to relax today and checked out the pool. It appears the sun only hits it at noon so I thought I'd try the shuttle to the beach. It's free. Sure, but once you get there you've got to pay 100 pesos for a chair. Oh well. I got half a book...Jump to full entry
Nov 16, 2012 - Lizards, ruins and beaches
Friday, November 16 After an awesome night's sleep I was starving so decided to enjoy the hotel's breakfast buffet which I figured should fuel me more most of the day. With nothing on the agenda I set out to explore. I happened to be near a bus stop when I saw "Rt 1 Hotel Zona" pull up so decided to jump on. Since I haven't figured out the coins yet I just showed the driver my handful and he picked out what was needed. I got off near the Ruinas Del Rey after being informed by the driver on which bus to take back. The ruins aren't all that...Jump to full entry
Nov 15, 2012 - Cancun, Mexico
This new adventure involves travelling all by myself. It's kind of scary but I've learned that facing my fears helps me grow and become a stronger person. I guess we'll see how much I like my own company! For future reference, it stresses me out a lot less to leave for the airport far too early. Mike dropped me off at 4:15 am for my 6:10 am flight. Cutting it that close gives me an ulcer so if you're going with me next time, we're going early :) One must go through US customs if stopping in the US which adds an hour or so to the time...Jump to full entry
Oct 22, 2012 - Made it!
We made it... Finally arrived in Cancun Sat 21 Oct after 12 hrs breathing the recycled air and smells from 200 passengers after 2 German flight meals mostly consisting of wurst. So after an easy bus ride from the airport to downtown Cancun to our convenient but less than fancy hostel we decided to hit the town. In true diligent traveller style, taking note of all the guide advice, fuelled by fatigue and hunger we chucked all our bags and electricals guarded only by a balsa wood door one of brads sneezes could knock down, cello taped our...Jump to full entry
Aug 31, 2012 - CANCUN!!!!!
So we arrived in downtown Cancun and it was a bit of a far cry from what we were expecting compared to all the spring break shots of it we saw on tv in the way it looked like any other big Mexican city... I.e. a bit rough around the ages! Anyway we walked to our 18usd meals included hostel thanks to the recommendation of some clongowes lads we met in Belize which turned out to be really nice! After that it was straight out to the hotel district to see the 'real' Cancun! This is basically a bar of land filled to the brim with 5star all...Jump to full entry
Aug 28, 2012 - Mini Cancun!
Playa Del Carmen is basically a smaller, nicer, cheaper version of Cancun... Not to say Cancun doesn't have it's own bonuses! But anyway it turned out to be very surreal after all the other places we've been with its paved streets, marble everywhere and loads of tourist shops FULL of Tack! We spent the first day and night going for an explore and finding cheap food with the next day spent chilling out on the beach soaking up the rays! In some ways it was the same as Cancun as most clubs had a 45-60usd cover charge in return for a free bar,...Jump to full entry
Aug 26, 2012 - Ruins and rocks!
We got the boat from caye caulker to chetamul the southern port of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo... The security here was 10 times more intense than the states, a theme which continued all the way up the coast as there was armed guards with machine guns and Uzis everywhere, but for now we had to line up opposite our bags while sniffer dogs gave everything the once over!! We ended up sharing a people carrier the whole way to tulum and the beach outside of the town where we checked out the cabanas... Which were far too out of our price...Jump to full entry
Jun 27, 2012 - Cozumel, Mexico
The Mayans considered Cozumel sacred to the Moon Goddess, Ixchel, and women would make regular pilgrimages there to pay tribute and to wish for fertility in return. The Spanish arrived in 1518, bringing diseases that wiped out the Mayans and left the island all but deserted by 1570. It was an outpost for pirates until 1848, when war in the Yucatan drove refugees to settle there. A boom in visitors to the island came after 1959, when Jacques Cousteau publicized Cozumel's coral reefs among the best in the world for scuba diving. In 2005 we...Jump to full entry
Apr 19, 2012 - Puerto Morelos
Travelled by bus today to Puerto Morelos, which is very close to Cancun. We are staying at a place called Kinsol. Kinsol consists of eight little houses close together, connected with winding paths and lots of trees. It reminds me of a tiny medieval village. The lobby is located in the centre and is also the owner’s cooking area. There is a bookcase of books for exchange and maps and other local information. The place is rustic but quite nice. The owners live in one of the little houses near the gate and the other seven are for rent.Jump to full entry
Apr 18, 2012 - Back to Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Up early this morning to look for birds. Saw several Turquoise-browed Motmots which are a very pretty bird with a strange tail. The long tail has feathers about half way down, then a large bald spot, then a group of feathers again at the tip. Sometimes they swing their tail back and forth and they look like some kind of a bird clock on the wall with the pendulum swinging below. Lovely birds. I saw a strange bird that I had never seen before in person nor in the books and I was totally unfamiliar with it. It was about the size of a pigeon....Jump to full entry
Apr 16, 2012 - Kantemo
Today we went by bus to the village of Diziuche (pronounced dee-see-uchay). From there we took a taxi the village of Kantemo, which is not far but is off the highway and the busses don’t go there. In Kantemo we rented a little wooden cabin and a couple of mountain bikes. More about our time in Kantemo tomorrow.Jump to full entry
Apr 12, 2012 - Felipe Carrillo Puerto
It has been scorching hot for the past week. Two days ago we had a rainstorm and now it is a bit cooler. We have been taking life easy at Jim and Polly’s house in Bacalar. Thank you Jim and Polly for your hospitality. It has been great and I really appreciate it. Today we went by bus to the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Hope to find some birds here. Felipe Carrillo Puerto was the governor of the Mexican state of Yucatan. He was assassinated in 1924. Strange that the town named after him is in the state of Quintana Roo and not in the...Jump to full entry