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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum May 21st 2014

Our Arrival The ADO bus from Vallalodid arrived at 2:55pm. The bus terminal is on the main highway between Jupiter Norte and Alfa Norte in Tulum town. There are free maps available in the bus station. Where We Stayed Hotel Maya - on the main highway a couple of blocks south of the ADO bus station. M$300 for a dark double room with bathroom and internet in the room. We walked around Tulum town for a long time trying to find somewhere to stay and this was the cheapest we could find. What We Did Went to the beach - we have more time than money so decided to walk to the beach. It took about 1 1/4hours. We walked down the beach road and at the end you reach a fork. We went right first ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid May 17th 2014

Our Arrival The bus from Merida dropped us off at the bus station in town on calle 39 and calle 46. Where We Stayed Hostel de Huespedes - calle 39 and calle 48. M$180 for a double room with bathroom and TV. Internet worked in reception area. The whole place was pretty grubby and there was a dirty kitchen which could be used but no fridge. However it seemed to be the cheapest place in town and the room was large. What We Did VISITED CENOTES Cenote Zaci - in town on calle 37 and 34. M$25 admission. A half open cenote with swimming. Cenote Samula - out of town on the way to Dzitnup. We walked there and it took about 1 1/4hrs on a path running alongside the highway. There are also colectivos that ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida May 15th 2014

Our Arrival We arrived at the 2nd class bus terminal on Calle 68 and Calle 69. From there it is a quick walk into town. Where We Stayed Hotel Marsella - on calle 68 and calle 63. M$250 for a double room with bathroom, TV, aircon and internet. What We Did Walked around the City looking at the churches, parks and buildings. You can get a map with information about all of the areas from the tourist information on the square. The best market in town is the Mercado Municipal Lucas de Galvez near Calle 67. Where We Ate There were places to eat around the big market and the bus station. There is an Oxxo convenience store on calle 63 and calle 64. We went to a bar on calle 61 near calle 66 which ... read more

North America » Mexico » Campeche » Campeche May 13th 2014

This is how we crossed the border from Corozal in Belize to Campeche Mexico via Chetumal. 1. From the bus station in Corozal next to the market we caught a bus to Chetumal. The bus left at 8:20am and cost B$5. It arrived at the border at 8:40am. 2. Go through Belizean migration. (When we got off the bus many people left their bags on the bus so we did too thinking that the bus will wait. The bus doesn't wait but runs back and forward shuttling several people to the Mexican side of the border on different trips. The same bus did pick us up in the end but it definately would have been better to have our backpacks in our possession). First there is a desk where you have to pay B$37.50 exit fee ... read more

North America » Mexico » Campeche » Campeche May 13th 2014

Our Arrival We arrived at 6pm at the ADO bus station. To get to the centre of town we took a taxi from the rank outside to the Plaza Principal. It was a set fare of M$30 total for us both and took about 15mins. Where We Stayed Hospedaje Teresita - Calle 53 near Calle 14. M$180 for a double room with bathroom. The room was set off a courtyard with lines for drying clothes. Could have been a bit cleaner but the price was good. No internet. What We Did Walked around the city. It cost M$10 to go up the city wall at the Puerta de Tierra and included admission to a small pirate museum. There is a long waterfront promenade which gets busy in the evenings. Where We Ate We couldn't find anyway ... read more


North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido May 11th 2014

So I made it alive. With my 24 kilo suitcase full of gifts for friends here! Was glad I took the time to look up the goods online and print out really helped with customs HEAPS! It's been very warm here (90+F or 35C) with no rain to speak of yet. The trip down was exhausting though with layovers in Houston and Mexico City. But as soon as I arrived the owner set me up immediately in a great room overlooking the pool. I've done absolutely nothing in the 5 days and 4 nights I've been here other than shopping for groceries and halfheartedly praying for rain. During the day we all lay around watching the surfing championships live from Rio and at sunset its drinks watching the big yellow ball disappear over the horizon. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá May 10th 2014

10 to 13 May 2014 Saturday through Tuesday. Even by my standards, the ten day whirlwind through Peru and Bolivia was exceptionally fast paced. We were ready for a rest. As explained in my planning blog at , due to a lack of frequent flyer miles to fly directly from La Paz to Denver we were "forced" to take a break in Mexico, and where better than the beach and cultural location of Cancun, with the Mayan Yucatan within easy reach. As it was off season in Cancun, we booked four nights at the Marriott CasaMagna Resort at a very reasonable price...I've paid more for a two star motel. When we checked in the receptionist apologetically told us that the hotel was fully booked and that they had upgraded us from a garden view to a ... read more
El Castillo at Chichen Itza
Bob at the Observatory at Chichen Itza
Observatory at Chichen Itza

I had to temper my expectations upon visiting Teotihuacán and learning the origin of the site's name. Very impressive place and a great way to wrap up 5 weeks in Mexico and the last 5 weeks of The Trip To End All Trips. I was back in the US for ~3 weeks, slightly shocked and chagrined, bouncing around between Seattle, Florida, and Phoenix. The shock and chagrin was fleeting as I took off for The Next Trip To End All Trips at the end of May. US$ ≈ 13 Mexican pesos (M$) Accommodation and food I reserved a couple of nights at Hostel Amigo Suites through then extended for 4 more in person. The location was great, a few minutes walk from the zócalo and metro stop. A night in a 4 person ensuite dorm ... read more
Pyramid of the Sun
Looking Across to the Pyramid of the Moon
Pyramid of the Moon

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Xcalak May 1st 2014

Where is Xcalak? I spend countless hours and days of my life fly fishing and found that I especially love salt water fly fishing. I have traveled to many places in the Caribbean and will blog about some of those at a later time but wish to talk about the southern most part of Mexico along the Belizian boarder. It is one of the few places on the planet that still does not know that it exists nor do many people in the world. The more fascinating aspect to this picture is that the fish don't know what a good thing they have. I first found this isolated location back in the late 1980s with a guide I still use from Belize and the fishing was awesome to say the least. The country was what dreams ... read more

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala May 1st 2014

May 1st is Labor Day in Mexico so it gave us the perfect excuse to escape and do a little exploring of our own. We've lived here almost 4 months now and we've done more exploring in other states than we have our own. It seems easier to plan a weekend trip than a one day outing. When everyone mentioned yesterday that today was a holiday, I decided to take advantage of it and drag them to some local ruins about 30-45 minutes away. My nieces decided to join us today while my SIL and nephew stayed home to mind the house and store. I wasn't exactly sure how to get to Cacaxtlabut I've seen some signs on the Santa Ana-Puebla highway so I just started driving in the direction of Tlaxcala and hoping the signs ... read more
Climbing the stairs to the top
Cacaxtla Wall art
Mural de la Batalla

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