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Published: January 14th 2018
Still unsure of how long I was going to spend here; more whether it was too risky to arrive in Belize on New Years Eve for the sake of finding friends and the higher potential of things closing earlier and if anything were to go wrong I would be stranded in a dangerous city by myself (well, with a Dutch couple, but whatever). Thus, I was working on the assumption that this was my only day here. The lagoon is dotted with places and viewpoints ranging from a jetty-like thing to private 'beaches' with swings and hammocks in the water. Further along, 10km is Rio Largos, where I really wanted to go (and full disclosure I fully intend on going back to Mexico just to see, plus I still have $250AUD of peso I cannot seem to get rid of). I teamed up with the Austrian girl, Mariam and her friends who all studied in Mexico and met here accidentally. The morning started slow, kinda annoyingly slow and when I eventually thought we were leaving we just went to lunch. Food is definitely more expensive here than anywhere else in Mexico.... and of course we ended up in a the most
expensive restaurant (probably not, but felt like it) and it was vegan. Totally not my place. In saying that I couldn't not try the hemp burger. It was actually quite nice, though cheese would've just made it, but I will give more respect to vegans (reluctantly). Our next stop still wasn't the lagoon, but ice-cream which I suppose is just as good. FINALLY we found a taxi, agreed on a price to Cocolitos and then it just drove off - wtf. But we didn't have to wait long for the next one. It was a total disappointment, though to be fair it was so late that it was already a little cold. But the lagoon is far prettier from the hostel and there were no hammocks, despite the pictures, and the swings were okay but not great. Cocolito's big claim to fame is these massive stalagmite, but the water was covering them so we couldn't really get a good look and they were trying to preserve them (how dare they) so we couldn't stand on them, despite the photos also depicting people standing on them. Though after having seen them and felt them I think its probably for the best
since they were slippery as fuck. The grass was so soggy that it was hard to stand on, there were no lockers, little shade and it was full of locals so overall not the best way to spend my only day in Bacalar! We napped for a little then got in the freezing cold water, it was hard to enjoy the lagoon, but we swam around for a bit then took some photos on the swings, watched it rain in town and then went back before it got dark. Of course, we were in the middle of nowhere and there were no taxis around. we walked to the main street, thinking that one would pass but it quickly became evident that that wasn't going to happen. We'd walked over a kilometer and it had just begun to rain when finally one past. He was a bit strange and already had another passenger that we had to drop off, but he got us home so better than nothing.
The weather cleared up at night enough for our free welcome drink (tequila sunrise), which I needed after receiving an email saying that my ticket for the boat tomorrow had
be cancelled for no reason. I ended up going out for dinner with the Dutch couple from Tulum for some fajitas. Despite being full I was pretty annoyed that in a full street market there was no sweet corn. I feel like Mexico is famous for corn and it was my last chance and a complete let down. Freshly made ice-cream cones were super popular though - nutella and freshly grated cheese is the locals choice!!!!
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