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Oct 31, 2011 - Arriving in Tulum, Mexico at Shambala Petit Hotel

We arrived in the pouring rain in Tulum and to our hotel, but the amazing place, our luxury hut in the trees on the beach and the gobsmacking view onto the sea kind of made up for it...! We are staying here for a week, but have extended our stay for one more night because it is so beautiful. Not sure we are ready for the backpacking in hostels after that! The weather has become much sunnier in the week and we had the chance to visit the Mayan ruins of Coba, Tim jumped from 10 meters high in a Cenote (cave) and we also went snorkelling in a...

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Blame it on Rio!

Sep 5, 2011 - We've Arrived!!

4th-5th Sept 2011 So after a shakey start and a long 20 hour journey (as explained in cat's blog) we arrived at our very basic, very hot, (as in sweaty) hostel, Maria Sabina, Playa del Carmen- Mexico! Our initial thoughts were sleep but after walking through the hustle n bustle of the main strip we were too excited to sleep and had to go out to sample the local tequilla and have a few beers... Playa del Carmen certainly was an amazing introduction to our new traveling lifestyle :). Still feeling completely overwhelmed and a little jet...

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Sep 4, 2011 - Tulúm (Mayan ruins on the Caribbean Sea = awesome!)

Hey M&T fans! Our adventure today was the first with our GAP comrades; the beachside ruins of Tulúm and a subsequent snorkeling expedition off the coast. After an early start, our group made it to the archaeological site. The weather was blazing hot and humid, so we were all anxious to get to the breeze coming off the ocean and through the ruins. The archetecture was fantastic, the company amazing, and iguanas were everywhere! No matter where you looked, these big lizards were catching rays on 1600 year old ruins. The walk up the ancient...

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Sep 3, 2011 - Life´s a beach!

Hola Amigos! After a bit of a sleep-in to recover from our exciting adventure, we ventured down to the beach in Playa del Carmen to catch some sun and take in the sights. Running parallel to the beach is a tourista strip full of all kinds of interesting shops, bars and resturants; where we ran into some Maya in full ceremonial dress, tame new-world monkeys, and innumerable bottles of tequilla. We made our way down to the georgous beach (bathtub warm water and sand so blindingly white that it feels like you´re standing in a postcard) and...

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Sep 2, 2011 - Whale Sharking and other adventures

Heys guys! So right after we wrote our first update, we ran into an incoming gaggle of GAP-ers (people our age on the same kind of tour) who were thinking of going snorkeling with whale sharks and needed two more bodies in order to book it. Of course, we jumped on the chance! Whale sharks migrate annually and are only found off the coast of Cancun from the end of July to mid-September, so we JUST caught them! For those of you not familiar, these particular beasts are very large (8-15 meters = up to 50 feet long) but are vegetarian and very...

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Sep 1, 2011 - ¡Hola, Playa del Carmen!

Hello Meg and Thom Fans!!!! Our journey began with a night on a bench at the Edmonton airport, and a 4:00 A.M. trip through American customs. Sleeping on airport benches was not a problem for us at all (who knew you could almost get hypothermia from 24 straight hours of air-conditioning??) but American customs was a bit of an ordeal as we were both thoroughly searched (thank you dreadlocks!) but all ended well and we made all our flights without trouble. Our layover in Houston was fun purely for the accents and moustaches; after another...

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Jul 6, 2011 - Mayan Museum and manatees.

Chetumal. 6/7/11 Mayan Museum and manatees. We left Tulum heading south for the border after a lazy morning sat in the hammocks waiting for the bus to leave. It was a 3hr trip to Chetumal, and we were on the ADO buses. The first class buses. It had extra cold air con, as well as flip down screens. It was all in Spanish, but the cartoon, with hamsters and moles was easy enough to guess what was going on. 007 actions scenes with cartoon animals and real people. We found a taxi to take us to the Hotel Ucum, which was just around the corner...

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3rd Gap Year

Jul 3, 2011 - Playa Del Carmen

Hola! Nous voila a Playa Del Carmen depuis 4 jours!!! En venant vers la Playa, nous sommes arrete a Chichen Itza, des ruines tres connues et touristique! Notre guide etait super interessant! La temperature a joue en notre faveur pour notre sejour sur le bord de la mer! Mick etait comme un poisson dans leau pour sa premiere experience d;eau turquoise et de sable blanc!!! Le soleil est chaud, lair est humide et on aime ca! Nous avons aussi ete visiter les ruines de Tulum qui donne directement sur la plage! Bien qu;il y avait beaucoup trop de...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Cenotes, Turtles and Mayan ruins.

Tulum 03/07/11 Cenotes, Turtles and Mayan ruins. We arrived in Tulum on the second class bus from Cancun, which wasn’t too different from the first class bus. Air con, confortable reclining seats. The only thing missing was the TV and on board Wi-Fi. The Weary Traveller Hostel was just down the road a few blocks away. The most sophisticated hostel that I have been to so far. Self-check in on a computer, and a key fob to enter what you wanted for breakfast every morning. It would then print out a receipt to hand to the girl in the kitchen...

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3rd Gap Year

Jul 1, 2011 - Posh Hotels and Picky Lizzards.

Cancun 01/07/11 Posh hotels and picky Lizards. It was a short flight to Cancun where we then caught a bus to the town centre and book into a hostel. In the town of Cancun is where the cheaper hostels and hotels are. The next day we took a local bus to see the Caribbean and where the expensive hotels are to be found, Marriott’s and Hiltons. The sea was warm and the sunshine bright. The hotels here are huge; they seem to stretch for miles. The swimming pools have endless rivers and lagoons connected via bridges and bars dotted along the...

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3rd Gap Year

Jun 19, 2011 - Playa del Carmen and Tulum

When I first came to Playa del Carmen I certainly felt that this city was quite different then all of the other cities that I have seen to date in Mexico. This is a tourist town as a large portion of the town seems geared towards tourism. Also, many places sell things in both pesos and USD and almost everyone seems to know English which is different from most places in Mexico. I've spent a few days here now and I can certainly understand why so many people visit Playa. It is very scenic and has many types of activities for all types of...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Mexico

We arrived in a very hot Mexico City on Thursday night, the 12th of May. We had a pretty relaxed night and on Friday we went on a tour of the close by Aztec ruins, the Teotihucan Piramides. Very impressive, very hot and alot of climbing. They are a pretty amazing sight considering they were built in approximately 400BC, without the use of the wheel. After our full day tour we decided Mexico City needed another day, so we extended our stay. Saturday was when we got our first true taste of Mexico City, District Federale. Our hostel was...

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