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Published: August 22nd 2010
We arrived at Chetumal in the wee small hours of the morning and shared a taxi into the town centre with a French girl who was travelling on her own. She had not booked anything and didn’t have any idea where to go, in my opinion she was pretty lucky we were there as no-one else got off the bus and the place was deserted, I must be getting old and sensible 😊. We ended up at a very cheap hotel which had no air con and was a real sweat box to us air conditioned snobs!!! Needless to say, we moved out very early the next morning to a hotel over the road (Hotel Ghandi (400MXN) air con etc).
Chetumal is the capital of Quintana Roo state and our reason for stopping here was to visit the Museo de la Cultura Maya. It turned out to be very informative, offering an insight into the Mayan world and also for some reason free that day, sweet. In the evening we wandered down to the waters edge and sat watching the local families enjoying the sea breeze. Kids of all ages were darting about on electric cars, bikes and jeeps, the
wide open square had been transformed into a race track much to their and our delight.
The next day we caught a collectivo to Bacalar (25MXN each) to spend a couple of days relaxing by the lagoon. We spent one night in a lovely little water front house at Casita Carolina (600MXN) but had to move because it was fully booked, we must be getting closer to the tourist area! We relocated just along the water at Hotelito El Paraiso (500MXN) which was just as good but in different ways. Bacalar is a very quiet town on the edge of the Laguna de los Siete Colores (Lagoon of Seven Colours), a massive freshwater lake, which is said to reflect at least seven shades of blue. Not many lagoons in the world contain such amazingly clear turquoise water and have white sandy beaches, it really is breathtaking. We bathed in the cool fresh water, went kayaking a couple of times and Sharon even cooked a meal in our little kitchen, her first bit of cooking in weeks. The weather has been a bit hit and miss, we have seen some spectacular storms and it has rained every day but normally
it is hard, heavy and short lived. We left Bacalar by getting a taxi to the main highway (15MXN) and getting a local bus to our next stop, Tulum (110MXN).
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