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Published: January 19th 2011
Crocodile in P.A.
Punta Allen Crocodile
We had delicious coffee this morning from Peter who is from Vancouver BC & owns the only coffee stand (basically an umbrella & a table off the road) I've yet to see in Mexico. It was truly amazing coffee. Not cheap but made with love & care. 60 pesos for our 2 coffees. Like Seattle prices! We met a couple from Quebec who are travelling through Mexico for 3 weeks with their 3 year old & 9 month old. Brave! They said it was easy.... They are in the Palapa next to us & have offered to let us use their kitchen when we would like since we are without one. It's so interesting travelling & meeting all the open & welcoming people from all over the world, including the Mexicans who live here. It's really eye opening & amazing! We are loving everything about it. It's immediate friends who you know will only be around for a short stint.
Today we have walked through the jungle & found a trail with some lookouts that take you above the mangroves with beautiful views. The lookouts are scary & clearly not maintained but worth the scary climbs to the top
Boat trip in Punta Allen
for the vistas.
Well now we are off to meet our van mates & head out on a fishing boat to see the wildlife, sea life & possibly snorkel. Although the wind is still serious about it's business. Time to pull Geoff away from his book again.... 😉
The boat trip was amazing! Due to the wind we've been having the water was all mixed up & the fine sand made it hazy. According to Tony, our captain & tour guide (who uses his fishing boat for tours when he can't fish), the water is usually crystal clear & you can see forever. But that didn't ruin our trip. We saw a huge sea turtle who's head was probably bigger than Eddie's. We saw a manatee surface to the water a few times & a crocodile in the mangroves. After being in the boat for about 2 hours & driving way way out to sea, we had yet to see any dolphins. So, thankfully, Tony wasn't a quitter & he took us up north through the channel on the canal & after much searching we saw dolphins, jumping & swimming. It was spectacular!! They were so beautiful. I took
Dolphin, Punta Allen, MX
video of course & if the internet wasn't a slow as a sea slug I would download it & share it...After the dolphins he drove us over to a spot of mangroves in the middle of the water which is apparently where all the local birds go to raise their young. I'm not typically enthralled with birds but these guys were cool. There were pelicans, roseate spoonbills (seriously google these ones they are sooo pretty!), cormorants & a few others. They were all different ages & colors. It was very neat!
After the boat ride we used our neighbors kitchen & made some tacos for dinner. We hung out for awhile in our palapa & read (of course) & went out to sit in Sirena's hammocks to read but ended up talking with our Montreal neighbors (whose kitchen we've been using) Jenna & Nick & their kids Joaquim & Michael, 3yrs & 3mos. Little Joaquim fell & cut his lip & within seconds Geoff had Micheal in his arms. Jenna was quick on her feet. It was funny. As she was running off with Joaquim, she yelled back are you ok? It's like instant family everywhere. It's definitely nice. And later in the eve sat at one of Sirena's many plastic tables & drank some beer with a new arrival, Will from Australia. And off to bed. Oh, we've been following Kyle Smith's advice to Geoff before we left. Thanks Kyle!
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