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Jan 19, 2016 - Ooops, I goofed!

Hey everyone - we have got a few e-mails from folks saying they aren't able to get into our blog. None of you are doing anything wrong. Donna goofed and changed the URL in our link address after she sent the blog notice out. So the address you first received was incorrect. This one will have the correct address so you should be good to go. SORRY for the confusion guys!!!

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Jan 17, 2016 - 7 seaters and hot rod bikes with fuzzy dice

The next day was hot and sunny so we spent the whole day at the pool alternating between the chaises and hammocks that hang over the edge of the pool. Wayne struck up a conversation with John, an Irishman who lives in Boston area with a summer place in Cape Cod. He loves to travel by hostel and has been all over Mexico, Central America and even South America. Ryan is currently in Cartagena, Columbia for some hiking, exploring and beach time. It was some comfort that John, this 70+ year old guy, has travelled 3 times to the area Ryan is in...

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Jan 15, 2016 - Hipball anyone???

Our room is beside the main eating area so at 7AM the noise started as the free breakfast gets underway. We thought it was 8 AM as we didn’t realize there is a time change between Cancun and Merida so it was an earlier than expected start to this day! We decided to check out Progreso, a town about 30 minutes north of Merida right on the water. As with all of Mexico, buses come frequently and after about 5 minutes we were on our way to Progreso. North Merida is very busy with construction as there are new building sites everywhere. There is...

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Jan 14, 2016 - The Green Tunnel

We timed our morning walk to the bus depot perfectly as we grabbed some eats at the grocery store then marched right on the bus and were gone in less than 5 minutes. It was a long straight flat road once we cleared the expansive suburbs of Cancun. The vegetation on both sides of the bus was tall and we basically travelled 4 hours in a green tunnel unable to see much. This was the toll road so bypassed all the villages along the way. Quick but not too good for looky-loos like us. Although it was cloudy when we pulled into Merida station...

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Dec 7, 2015 - We're Ruined ... Edzna & Uxmal, on to Izamal

Isla Aguada to Campeche - 174 km (9:30-2:30); Quota cost 60 MX The road along the coast was slow going, mostly because of the hundreds of topes. But, it was a pretty drive and the road was in fairly good repair. We knew that there weren't any campsites nearby but had two options: a hotel parking lot or a parking lot with 24 hour security. We opted for the parking lot and had a great night. On our way into the town we stopped at one of the forts, I think it was Miguel. The forts were built to keep marauding pirates out of the city....

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Mar 31, 2015 - Chichen Itza

I tried to get on line very slow internet and could only get it in the hotel lobby so had to wait on posting. Had breakfast with the hotel Manger Lucy and meet the other couple and she drives us to the other hotel both own by same man, this one has a entry to the park, we meet our guide and we are off to see El Castillo and the rest of the park. We have a guide for about two hours then I am off on my own to explore more of the ruins. Went to the entry hotel for lunch a great buffet with a couple beers had a coupon from Lucy for 20% off...

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Mar 30, 2015 - Piste, Mexico

Up early a cup of coffee and a couple rolls I get checked out of my room and head to the ADO bus station about a block away, to get on my bus to Chichen Itza it is a first class bus so I have a reserved seat and it is off to one of the 7 wonders of the world and the last one for me to see. A three hour bus ride gets me to the entrance where I get a taxi to take me to my hotel in Piste, I get to hotel at about 12pm but find out there is a time change and it is only 11:00AM but was able to get checked into my room early always nice when...

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Mar 12, 2015 - Santa Elena

Tuesday 2/10 Today we drove south from Izamal around Merida and back to the area around Uxmal. The roads were quite the opposite of yesterday for the most part, scarcely a pothole in sight, and four-lane freeways part of the time. We were around a major city, and on a popular tourist route, so that had a lot to do with it. We had thought about going to a plantation, but missed a turnoff and decided not to backtrack. The northern portion of the Yucatan peninsula has been almost uniformly flat. It was a novelty to actually go over some hilly...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Izamal

Monday 2/7 Thank goodness for a small car! Managed to get out of the hotel parking garage, and we made our way to the Templo de San Bernardino and Convento de Sisal in Valladolid. It was built in 1552 as a combination fortress and church. We enjoyed seeing the cloister, dining room, and monks’ rooms. The convent and church were adjacent, and the confessionals were such that the priest entered from the convent side, and the confessor from the church side. Also, the entry to the balcony loft in the church was only from the convent side. The...

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Mar 8, 2015 - Valladolid

Sunday 3/8 The tour officially ended this morning, and we are on our own. The breakfast was at a related hotel five blocks away, so we opted to sleep in, and walk down to the beach instead. We stopped at a little store for some yogurt and snacks for breakfast before heading over to the bus station for the ride to the Cancun airport where we picked up the car. The bus was quite luxurious and had video screens with a Cirque de Soleil performance to entertain us on the ride. We got a taxi over to Alamo for the rental car where I felt like I...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Merida

Friday 3/6 We just found out that we leave at 6:30 to beat the heat and the crowds. This will be a quick posting! Continuing northeast from Campeche, we drove to the amazing ruins at Uxmal. This was one of the major Mayan cities from about 600-900. The many buildings reflect the influence of the other cities that they would have traded with in Meso-america. The buildings fit into the hillside, and were quite impressive, with lots of carving decoration. Amazing to think that these monumental buildings were all created without metal tools, or...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Beware of Pemex Station just outside of Chichen Itza & Playa del Carmen, YP, Mexico

ENGLISH VERSION OF LETTER Lawrence-Cobalt Janssen 1000 Sutter Street, Suite 222 San Francisco, California 94109 Phone: 415 / 572-8511 Email: lawjanssen@gmail.com Pemex Corporate Headquarters Petróleos Mexicanos Marina Nacional 329, Petróleos Mexicanos, 11311 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México 06500 Tetepona: +52 55 1944 2500 ‎ • Web Site: www.pemex.com atencion.ciudadana@pemex.com Pemex- Petróleos Mexicanos Atención: Relaciones con el Cliente PEMEX Gasolinera-Piste Pemex- Petróleos Mexicanos Carretera libre 180 cerca de la...

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