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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida December 14th 2012

Hi all, After my week in Oaxaca, I headed to the state of Chiapas to a little city called San Cristóbal de las Casas. I had debated whether to go or not for a while, but eventually, after several different people I met at the hostel in Oaxaca urged me to go, I decided that I would. The reason for my original uncertainty is that I had heard from a lot of people that it is extremely cold there. Indeed, at an altitude of 2,100 meters (almost 7000 ft) the place does get pretty damn chilly. It was for this reason alone that I only stayed 3 days, because aside from the cold nights and mornings (during the day it was lovely and sunny), the city is absolutely wonderful. I filled my days with strolls through ... read more
Aaand Another Street in San Cristóbal
Nice Building in San Cristóbal
Palenque

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida October 22nd 2012

Our first impressions of Merida were not the best, not only because we spent about an hour over our supposed to be 20 mins trip into town, but also because most of the streets we drove through seemed very run down. As soon as we got to the center of Merida, and saw all the beautiful colonial style buildings, we decided we did like Merida after all - quite a lot, actually! Apparently Merida has the 3rd largest ´centro historico´of the Americas, only surpasses by Mexico City and Havana. Our hotel was located just off the Paseo de Montejo. This is a boulevard modeled after the Champs Elysees, as wealthy plantation owners in Mexico felt the city needed a more grandesque street for them to live on. The street is full with beautiful mansions, many of ... read more
Rafa´s last moments as a single man...
Sunday night street party in Merida
The bride!

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida October 20th 2012

The time has finally come to admit we have met our match. For those who have followed our blog, you certainly know that we have had some car problems throughout our journey. It started nearly a year ago with our steering motor (which controls the power steering) going out as we travelled the steep, twisting roads on our way from Oaxaca, Mexico to Puerto Escondido, Mexico. As we watched over the edges of the un-barricaded cliffs on the side of the road we fought the lack of power steering through the hundreds of turns until we reached the coast road. As challenging as the drive was, it was nothing compared to the challenge of getting parts for our Saturn. We ended up having the parts sent from the U.S. as they were not available anywhere in ... read more
El Castillo - Mayapan
El Redondo - Mayapan
Mayapan Ruins

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá October 19th 2012

After 2.5 days it was time to say goodbye to Playa del Carmen, and drive towards Merida for what brought us to Mexico in the first place - Rafa and Angelica's wedding! But before Merida, Chichen Itza, about halfway on the highway between Cancun and Merida, was on the schedule for today! Unfortunately we got there around the same time as most tour buses from Cancun, so we had to share the impressive sites with many, many others. That's the downside of it having been named one of the new world wonders.. Upside - if you linger, you get to listen to the guides for free ;). And the tours often focus on the most popular buildings, so the ones more in the back are a bit more quiet. It's quite amazing though, to realize that ... read more
Chichen Itza main temple
Chichen Itza main temple
Chichen Itza random temple

North America » Mexico » Yucatán October 16th 2012

Pureto Morelos We left the hotel at 7am and our flight was at 10.10am to Dallas/Fort Worth. The flight was pretty uneventful. The seats on American Airlines are pretty uncomfortable and it's funny because all the air hostess are quite old, ours are all pretty young.We didn't have long until our connecting flight to Cancun so we scoffed down some McDonalds and reboarded. Turns out the plane was delayed 50 minutes because this couple that checked in didn't board, so we had to wait for them to find their bags and take them off, then they turned up and we had to wait for them to find their bags again and load them! Getting from the Cancun airport to Puerto Morelos was pretty simple. We walked pasted all the touts and taxi people to the ADO ... read more
Baby turtles
Tacos
Playa del Carmen

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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida September 27th 2012

We have now crossed the one month threshold in our new town of Merida, Mexico. This is the first time in 8 months that we have lived in one house for more than a month. While not having to pick up and move has nice advantages, it also introduces some new challenges. When we stay in a place for one month and try to visit as much of the surrounding area as possible in the short time we have, we are seldom lacking for things to do. Normally we start by following the guide books and as we see the featured items we usually find that we discover other places or things of interest that warrant a more in depth visit. We rarely lack for things to do and often find that we are busier than ... read more
Cenote Xlacah
Cenote Xlacah
House of the Seven Dolls - Dzibilchaltun

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida September 15th 2012

We have spent some time this week watching dramatic video of the Fuego Volcano erupting near Antigua, Guatemala. We reflected on how often we sat on our balcony in Antigua watching Fuego let off poofs of steam and wondering what it would be like if it actually erupted and how we might react. The videos were quite frightening and having spent a month in Antigua was very close to home for us. Costa Rica recently had a 7.6 earthquake near our house in Heredia just a few weeks after we left. Seeing video of people outside buildings in San Jose, Costa Rica was very realistic having just visited the city and walked on those same streets. We have heard reports of earthquakes in areas of Mexico and Panama not long after we left and saw unbelievable ... read more
Loltun Caves - Yucatan
Hacienda Yoxcopoil, Yucatan
Henequen Machine - Yucatan

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida September 3rd 2012

We have now been in our new home of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for almost 2 weeks. We desperately needed to rest and have tried to pace ourselves after our 2 week drive from Costa Rica. When we move to a new town there is always plenty to keep busy with just finding markets, banks, malls, etc. and just generally learning all of the new streets. Merida is a huge city and has a great abundance of all so we spent some time searching for the necessities that best suited our needs. It has also taken some time to get used to our new house. We live in a restored adobe house about 5 blocks from the Merida’s Gran Plaza and about 4 blocks from Santiago Plaza. The roads are wide and straight and are logically numbered ... read more
Grand Plaza, Merida
Our House, Merida
Flamingo, Telchuc Puerto

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida August 24th 2012

For those who follow our travels, you know that we recently made our longest move of the trip so far. We moved from Heredia, Costa Rica to Merida, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. It was a drive of just over 1350 miles and took us through 5 countries. We traveled through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize before reaching Mexico. We estimated that it would take us about 12 days with a couple of rest stops in Copan Ruinas, Honduras and Belize. We wanted to see the Mayan Ruins at Copan and stop for a time to visit Belize, which was the only Central American country we hadn’t visited on this trip. We thought our checkout day from our last apartment was the 10th of August. We asked the landlady on the afternoon of the ... read more
Copan Mayan Ruins
Copan Mayan Ruins
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

North America » Mexico » Yucatán August 14th 2012

sziasztok ok minden, csak az nem h 19en menni kell haza es itt kell hagyni az edenkertet.. de mindne jo veegt er egyszer. ide TUTI jovok meg ... haha:-))) amugy leeht iden sem lesz IKEA ES BEDINGE.. haha ... na jo.. lesz... cz. gabin is sok mulik:-) vicceltem.. lesz-lesz. az is lesz.de ez a 40 ezres teloszamla nem hianyzott... egyebkent csodakat elek meg.. tegnap egesz nap akamar-ban voltam, ahol egy palmafas strandon heveresztem masok tarsasagabana hotelbol es tengeri teknosokkle usztam . meg belejuk is kapaszkodtam mint a filmeken latni. hihetetlen jooo volt. annyira aranyosak. ja lattam tuskes rajat is!azt nyilvan nem akartam megsimogatni.. :-) de felulrol figyeltem. ugy nem volt veszelyes ma egyedul voltam- de nem bantam. lehet hihetetlen de szeetem neha-ilyenkor rendezem a gondolataim, meg elvezem h csak sajat magam kell leviselni.. ujra elmentem a ... read more




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