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Published: July 12th 2018
The night flight from Quito to Houston was simple but uncomfortable. We arrived in Houston and had a great deal of “fun” trying to get through immigration. We seemed to miss the easy path for US-transit-only passengers and ended up having to go through security again.
We had a few hours wait until our ongoing flight to Cabo San Lucas. This was an ok flight and eventually we arrived In Mexico. Now this location was not in the main Mexico you think of which lies south of the middle of the US. No this was the southern tip of what is geograpically known as Baja California, alhtough it is officially part of Mexico albeit disconnected from the Mexican mainland. The baja sur runs south from San Diego California, with Tijuana at the northern border of a peninsula 1000 miles long (1600 km) in the Pacific ocean across the Gulf of California from the Mexican mainland. Cabo San Lucas is a resort town at the southern tip of the baja peninsula! Quite far from anywhere, and 2000 miles north of the Galapagos if we had a direct
Pueblo Bonito Rose resort
Glass door looks into lobby and reflects the area from the pool to the sea
We had been advised not to accept lifts from any other drivers at the Mexican airport besides those sent by the hotel. As it was, an agent grabbed us and we were invited to breakfast at the sister hotel to the one we were going to - and we then found out that we were being asked to attend a time share presentation. We soon got away and went out of the airport to wait for our bus. The sun was relentless and there was little shade. We had to wait for about half an hour for the bus which finally arrived.
We drove for 45 minutes passing desert lands with ginormous cacti. Caroline remarked how she could understand why so many people died trying to cross the Mexican desert to reach the United States. When we passed through tourist areas there were flowers and modern buildings. Eventually we turned into a very large pink building - this was to be our hotel for the next six days. We were here for the wedding of Don’s niece on the following Sunday. Due to our Galapagos schedule and the need for a bit of a break after touring those islands, we had decided to have a few days on our own here before the family arrived.
We discovered that the hotel was all inclusive and 'all inclusive' meant alcohol as well. Our room wasn’t ready but we were told that we could start using our bracelets. Yes we had a bracelet to prove that we were guests at the hotel. The bracelet was a cross between a hospital bracelet and a shackle. Although it was all inclusive it was bizarre that we were always presented with a bill even though there was nothing to pay. We think that it was in case one wanted to leave a tip, even though 'all inclusive' included all the tips too.
We started our holiday with a large margarita. Caroline and Max had a real problem with the food. We discovered that even vegetarian food was cooked or embellished with things we wouldn’t want to eat.
We enjoyed our restful day and it was so nice to be able to sleep in a bed which didn’t rock us to sleep.
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