Blogs from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal February 17th 2017

Left early this morning heading to Tulum for an over night stay in the parking lot as well as visiting the ruins. Well been there many years before and one more time the tourism has taken over, instead of a hike up a long hot trail for miles to see what they had uncovered and a tour guide to explain everything to you for a small fee , it is now Gringo city, thousands of people, do not get me wrong if you have not seen it its a must. We were gone down the road , took our time took the libre roads , went through the small towns and her we are on the gulf in front row spots, not many people, not much in the way of RV services......... but that is why ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal November 10th 2016

I only went to Chetumal because I wanted to buy some material to make bracelets. I´m gonna give it a try to make and sell some. I found someone on couchsurfing with who I could stay the night. I arrived a bit late because I spent time with the people I met in Bacalar. I don´t like to use couchsurfing just for the free stay, so I asked if I could stay an extra night to get to know him and the city better. I ended up staying for 4 nights! I had great fun with Jorge. He introduced me to some friends and he showed me around the city. On "Dia de los muertos" (day of the death) we went to a place where they celebrated this tradition on the street. They made an alter ... read more
Día de los muertos
Day of the death - food
with Jorge

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal October 19th 2012

Monday 8/10/2012 – On the way out of Palenque this morning we got stopped at a military checkpoint. It’s usually no big deal as they normally ask a few questions and wave us on – but not today. They made us open all our panniers and they made me totally empty one of them. One of the soldiers got all excited when he spotted a thick packet of satchels in the bottom of my food bag, machine guns were spasmodically jerking around in excitement until they realised it was just satchels of hot-chocolate powder. One of the soldiers starting going through Kenz’s panniers and even rifled through the tool kit! Eventually they realised we were just ordinary travellers obeying the law, and not drugs/weapons/illegal-goods pushers, so they waved us on. After seeing two tarantulas crossing the ... read more
Palenque to Belize map
Unpacking the bikes in colourful Campeche
Giant decapitated Jesus head outside Campeche cathedral

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal February 4th 2011

Today's blog is not about visiting anything. This is about leaving Mexico and arriving in Belize. For my last day in Mexico, I woke up at 7am (no alarm) and went for my breakfast. After that I finished packing and left the hostel around 8am. I knew this was going to be a long day of travelling, as I had to get on the bus to Chetumal (nearest city to the boarder and then get a water taxi to Caye Caulker, a Belizean island. This may have sounded simple but after a fair bit of internet research, we (there were 2 other people leaving a day after me) hadn't found a definite timetable or if there were any direct boats. I had gone to the station the day before and checked the timetable and prices: 1st ... read more
Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal October 6th 2010

We say goodbye to our longtime traveler Jacob Metcalf. He has been with us from Guadalajara to Chetumal which spanned over a month and couple of thousand miles. He would tell you that he is sometimes a teacher and always a student. To that I would add musician, explorer, climber (of semi-illegal areas), one who is tight with a penny but generous with a song or story, and the inventor of the notorious "merrier". Godspeed my friend on the rest of your journey south and here are a few pics of your time in the missionvango (a.k.a. Iguanas 5).... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal July 21st 2009

Hello, everyone I am a Mexican who wants to visit Central America for the first time. I have experience travelling extensively within Mexico and Europe. I am planning to travel by land across Central America, starting in Mexico (Chetumal), and ending in Colombia. I do not plan to drive, as I intend to fly back to Mexico from Colombia (or Panama, if I do not manage to cross by land). I intend to use public transportation between each country, and hitchhike where necessary. I just came across this site, and thought it wouldn-t be a bad idea to get a travel companion. I intend to start my trip the second week of October, and will travel for two weeks southward from Mexico;s border with Belize, down to Belize-Guatemala-El Salvador, etc. to Panama or Colombia. Needless to ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal April 27th 2009

April 27, Monday I got some last minute signatures and stamps on my dive credentials, and we packed up Bear. I had scoped out an escape route that was much better than the way I had ridden in to Julia's, remember we are not along a normal road. Two corners had to have wood placed along it so I could push the bike around the bend without dropping the rear wheel off the walkway and into the deep sand, but we were successful in getting to the hard packed road. I did notice our first equipment casualty. The stock rear mud guard had lost a bolt, and the plastic was broken at another fitting, so it was hanging by a single attachment point. I broke out the tools, removed the whole thing and strapped it on ... read more
Pic doesn't do it justice
Bathing Beauty

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal April 15th 2009

Hi everyone Got time to kill before we board the bus to Chetumal (four hours south) so here i am in the internet cafe, under the giant fans and lapping up the breeze. Love the buses, they are luxury and have movies playing so the time goes quick and is super comfy. We left our hostel this morn and the ladies who run it are so lovely, making sure we had a good breakfast (like little mother hens), traditional black beans, rice, meat and torillas hmmm dont think breakfast liked me so much though lol. Its a great place to come for me coz im as tall as a giant here. Tonight we will be in Chetumal for one night and then board an early morning bus to Flores, the jungle and the animals and ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal March 11th 2009

March 5th, We are now at Yax Ha camp ground just north of Chetumal, the capital of the state of Quintana Roo. Chetumal is just a few miles north of the Belize border. This city is unique in Mexico in that it has very wide boulevards due to the fact that it has had many opportunities to rebuild itself after hurricanes devastate the place. Because this is not a tourist town, shopping is as laid back as in the U.S. or anywhere, i.e. no pushy hawkers. The 18 rig Fantasy caravan was in here when we arrived. We had shared Freedom Shores RV Park at Isla Aguada with these folks and I had made fun of them in my blog. This time they were much friendlier and we had a good time visiting with the wagon ... read more
Tony the bartender at Yax Ha
Ray with Tony and Leticia our waitress
Yax Ha Hotel & RV Resort

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Chetumal February 4th 2009

Hi Travel fans! We are out of the jungle and back to a computer! Harold got to fulfill his dream of exploring Mayan ruins. We explored all day every day for about 4 days! It was absolutely astounding. We climbed up and down pyramids, temples, mansions, acropolisis, and mysterious buildings of all sorts. We had made arrangements to be guided at all of these places, some of which are way off the beaten track. You are hiking along a trail, listening to howler monkeys, and suddenly out of the jungle looms an ancient temple, and we are the only ones there! At the first one I kept expecting to be eaten by a jaguar because it was so wild. Then I got used to it. The jungle sounds, sights and smells. Our accommodation was really fun. ... read more

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