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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá February 19th 2013

Friday 15thFebruary: The good ship SS Norwegian Star docked at Cozumel early in the morning but we didn’t leave the ship until 12.30 pm…….. another excuse to load up on the excellent onboard food. When we did disembark we only had to walk 200 yards to our ferry to the mainland which then took 40 minutes to get to Playa del Carmen, the town close to our hotel. The Virgin Holidays organisation was super efficient for the entire transfer from ship to hotel and when we got back to the Occidental Grand Flamenco we found that our request for a room with a sea view had been fulfilled and our new room a big improvement on the previous one. Then it was back to our familiar routine of strolling down to the beach for a lounge ... read more
Picador practising
Picador posing

North America » Mexico » Yucatán February 14th 2013

Monday 11thFebruary: at sea en route from New Orleans to Costa Maya, Mexico Heading due south in quite rough sea and strong winds. Nothing to do except eat, drink, read, eat, sunbathe, eat etc……although I did mange an hour in the gym in the morning. Tuesday 12 February Costa Maya Mexico As the blister that I’d acquired in the hotel on the second day was still very sore I decided to visit the on-board doctor prior to going ashore at Cost Maya. When I got to the medical centre I saw a sign outside saying that a consultation with the physician involved a minimum charge of $145. Suddenly the pain was gone. Hallelujah! The message had provided the miracle cure and I returned to our cabin with a spring in my step: or at least not ... read more
Mahahaul beach scene
Mahahaul beachfront
Mahahaul Beach

North America » Mexico » Yucatán February 6th 2013

Wednesday 6th February: without wishing to appear overly biased on account of Caroline working for Virgin Atlantic our Virgin Holidays vacation to Cancun has got off to a terrific start. With our VA flight from Gatwick leaving at 12.30 pm on Tuesday 5th February we secured an excellent deal at the Ramada Hotel near Gatwick for the Monday night which included two weeks' free parking. When we arrived at Gatwick Airport our holiday package included access to VA's Vroom lounge which was better than any business class or first class lounge that I've ever used before. Then when we boarded the flight we were upgraded to Premium Economy. Eleven hours later we landed in Cancun and were met by a Virgin rep at the airport and were effortlessly transferred to our hotel in Xcaret (pronounced with ... read more
Beach at hotel
Hotel resident
Hotel resident with visiting friends

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá January 17th 2013

It was time to get up early (still normal time for us) and head for Chichen Itza, one of the 7 new wonders of the world. We were both very excited about the day. We skipped having a real breakfast to be able to take full advantage of the all you can eat buffet for lunch, this meant I was bloody hungry on the way to the cenote but didn’t notice because I was looking forward to having a dip in what was essentially an underground cavern with a lake in it. We were placed in a small minibus full to the brim with fellow sightseers. It was hot on there, then too hot, then really cold because of the air con, but nothing you wouldn’t expect in terms of comfort from going on an excursion. ... read more
Mayan Calender
Chichen Itza
The Ball Game Arena

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá January 16th 2013

This was the day I had waited for. This was the reason I even booked this particular cruise in the first place. I wanted to see the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of the Seven wonders of the Ancient world. How can I not! I am a huge nerd and I love history, culture and travel, overall. Well, Lyle and I got up, for what would be a very long day. I knew we would be on a bus for about two hours, until we got from our destination. We had arrived in Progreso, Mexico and Chichen Itza was a bit further away. For such a wonderful place, I was very surprised how many people on the cruise did NOT go to Chichen Itza. We only had one bus, while other tours had 2 or even ... read more
The Money Shot


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

We are now in Merida. San Cristobal was one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. The people are beautiful and the city is too. We could have taken the most amazing pictures but the Mayans believe that if you photograph them you steal their soul so we have none. The region does not really see tourists to our pigeon Spanish had to be accompanied by many mimes in order to get by - the most amusing being the mosquito dance in order to get insect repellent. Canon Sumidero was breathtaking - we were 4 foot from live crocodiles. One jumped in the water suddenly. Staiz jumped 3 foot of the floor. Yesterday morning we got a very early bus to Palenque - a largely unexcavated Mayan city that covers 25km square. Only thing ... read more

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

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

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