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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun November 19th 2015

Today was another long 13 hour day with a 300km drive to Cancun for a two night stay firstly stopping at Chichen Itza. Around 600 AD, Chichen Itza was one of the largest and most prominent Maya city and is now the best-preserved Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula. It was recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World with various different architectural styles seen. Its most famous landmarks include the Temple of Kukulkan (“El Castillo”), the Ballgame Court, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns, and the Sacred Cenote. Maybe because we have had ruin overload it was hard to fully appreciate the site especially with wall to wall stalls of "authentic" arts crafts. What is impressive is the Mayan understanding of mathematics ... read more
Ball Court
Left side stone scoring hoop
The eagle & the serpent

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun April 12th 2015

Olah, So, first step in elective- Cancun, probably the most unMexican City in Mexico, but nonetheless a great stopover in my adventure. So I arrived into Cancun on the Monday and got a shuttle bus to the bus station where my hostel was close by to. I was lucky to have met someone in the airport who was going to the same hostel so it worked out ideally. Stayed in this hostel called Hostel Ka'beh in downtown Canoun, which was a really great hostel- perfect for meeting people and really traveller friendly. The flight was long 11hours, GMT-6 so I hit the Hay a bit after tea. Cancun is separated into 2 areas- the tourist bit and the downtown area. The tourist bit is along the beach front and is made of resort after resort and ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 4th 2015

We got back to the snow and cold of Minnesota on March 4! We really enjoyed our trip, met some nice people, and ate some excellent food. Unfortunately we couldn't get our photos into the blog as we went along, but they are now there. Some good memories! This is Bob. I get to tell my story. Margie never says anything negative. No matter how much we read or prepare there are always surprises when we travel. I do not like large cities and did not look forward to going to Valladolid and Merida. Valladolid was the high spot on the trip (February 10) and we shot many pictures. In both cities we stayed in hostels very close to the center of town in very clean rooms with private bathrooms for about $25 per night. Many ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 3rd 2015

Took the bus today (21p, $1.50 total) to the hotel zone. This is the island spit that wraps around the north and east sides of Cancuun. Once we got out to the beach we walked about five miles. It's a little tricky getting to the beach in some areas. The hotels are very close together, and they don' t like you walking through the lobby unless you are staying there. But we did get out through one hotel just as we were being asked if we were guests there! Walked by some very exclusive high-rise hotels. Beautiful blue waves lapping the shore. We got back to the road via a public walk. Found a little stand, among some very expensive restaurants, with great fish tacos and drinks (100p). Found a shaded spot to read on the ... read more
Peaceful scene
Parasailing in Cancuun
Some unusual hotels along the beach

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 2nd 2015

Very peaceful to read on our private balcony after breakfast. Later in the morning we headed out to explore Isla Mujeres. Taxi to Puerto Juarez (40p, $2.80), then a ferry to the island (300p, $21 for two tickets, including return). We sat on the open top deck for the half hour ride, and were entertained by a Mexican singer with his guitar. There are many more scooters and golf carts than cars on Isla Mujeres. Narrow stone streets, colorful buildings, many craft shops for the tourists. The island is quite narrow, with just a few streets. Easy to walk around in a short time. We walked out to the east shore. Gorgeous aqua blue water, waves splashing up on the rocks, cool sea breeze. Several very private hotels here. Took many photos. The beach has very ... read more
Shores of Isla Mujeres
Walking the beach
Rocky east shore of the island

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 1st 2015

After breakfast we went to the rooftop to read. A short, quick, hard rain. Very pleasant to hear the patter on the cover of the rooftop. The Yak Hostel was very clean, the maids always washing the floors. After the rain, we headed to the bus depot to get our tickets to Cancun. Buses left every 20 minutes, so we just got them when we arrived. Tickets less than $5 each, one hour ride. We had reservations for our last three days in Cancun at the Bed and Breakfast Garden Hostel. We had a good walk and got to the general area by Mercado 28, actually about a block away. We then asked three different people where the hostel street was and were sent in three different directions. Bob checked his map and felt we were ... read more
Wake up, Bob

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun February 16th 2015

This morning we said goodbye to Nicaragua and flew to Mexico via San Salvador. We are overnighting in Cancun, on our way to Cuba and the next step in our amble through the Americas. We're both feeling the approaching end to our trip, in just six weeks time... Since I last wrote we spent three nights on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, where it was mid dry season; windy, desolate and stunningly beautiful. Ometepe is two volcanoes which thrust out of Lake Nicaragua and are joined by a land bridge forming a single island. Volcán Concepción is just over 1600 metres while its little brother Maderas is just under 1300 metres, and the land bridge is not much above lake level. It all makes for a very scenic ferry crossing and an interesting place to explore. ... read more
On the road to San Jorge
Ometepe Island from Lake Nicaragua
Lake Nicaragua,  with Ometepe

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun February 8th 2015

Good flight to Cancun, landed early. Got through customs quickly with a green light so no luggage check. We were on the bus to downtown Cancuun ten minutes before we should have landed. ADO Autobus tickets were $5 each, and the bus left just after we got on. Good connection! We had reservations at our hotel, Hostel Mundo Jovan on Avenita Uxmal, just a couple blocks from the bus depot. Nice bright, colorful room with A/C and super-fast Internet. Bob was the tour guide and we were off on a walk around the area. First stop was the park Parque Palapas. Lots of food stands along the edge, many tables. Bob found this area written up online when planning our trip. We were entertained by a guitarist and an accordionist. Lots of pigeons, a kid's playground, ... read more
Kiddie cars at Parque Palapas
Bob's favorite spot
Street food at night

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun February 7th 2015

We're flying into Cancun on February 8. We'll stay one night, then begin our bus tour the next morning. We will be checking out some ruins, some little coastal towns, making a big circle tour. Looks to be a fun adventure.... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun January 24th 2015

Yolla satoi vetta ja huoneen lampotila laski illan 28 asteesta aamuksi 25 asteeseen. Tapoin yolla lattialla olleen kovakuoriaisen. Aamulla wifi ei toiminut huoneessa. Otin aamiaiselle mukaan tabletin. Kun samalla puhuin, soin ja selasin nettia, unohdin puhdistaa kateni ennen leivan syomista. Aamiaisen jalkeen alkoikin royhtayttaa, ja myohemmin tuli hontelo olo. Kuumemittari naytti ensin 36,8 ja kohta jo 37,5. Oli silti lahdettava matkaan. Menin kilometrin matkan bussiasemalle taksilla ja vaihdoin viela rahaa. Talla kertaa olin ottanut paikan etupenkilta - siita nakikin jotain. Matkan aikana olo parani sen verran, etta kun Cancunissa bussiasemalla taksit pyysivat mielestani liikaa hintaa, niin kavelin reilun kilometrin matkan hotellille. Lampomittari naytti 36,5, joten uudestaan matkaan. Olin katsonut eilen, etta markkinapaikan lahella pitaisi olla kirjakauppoja. En loytanyt niita joit... read more

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