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Dec 6, 2011 - Doing Cancun Like A Local...

Hola Everyone, There was tropical rain early in the a.m. It rained for at least 3 hours this morning, maybe longer, but by 6:00 a.., the rain had stopped, the clouds were starting to clear and the sun broke through. Even with the clouds, the sunrise was beautiful. Today I did Cancun like a local. What I mean by that is that I took the bus to Walmart to buy groceries and a few other things, then later I hopped on the bus again and went to the major flea marker here,...Market 28. At Market 28 I bought souvenirs, and of course things for me....

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Nov 9, 2011 - Isla Cozumel

Today we moved from one Caribbean island to another. I wanted to go to an island called Cozumel. As there is no direct link between the two islands, getting there was complicated and expensive. First we took a bicycle taxi to carry our luggage to the ferry. Then the ferry to Cancun and a taxi to the bus station. Next, a bus from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. The bus station in Playa del Carmen is very close to the shore so we did not need a taxi here. That saved one step in the trip. Instead we used another of the handy bicycle taxis to carry...

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Nov 6, 2011 - Isla Mujeres

Today we went by ferry to a small island off the coast of Cancun. The Yucatan peninsula juts out into the water with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. We are on the Caribbean side, which is the south side of the peninsula. Therefore, technically the island is a Carribean Island like Cuba or Jamaica, yet we are still in Mexico and just a few kilometres from the mainland. The ferry took 20 minutes to get here. The name of the island is Isla Mujeres which means Island of Women in English. It is called the...

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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

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