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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Tixkokob August 18th 2023

It was an early start the last full day of the G Adventures tour as we were going on a trip to Sian Ka’an. Sian Ka’an is supposed to be home to two thousand species of flora and fauna and has now become a biosphere reserve and it remains the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. You take a boat for 6 through a couple of lakes to the canal and then float down the canal with your life jacket looking like a nappy - weird I know but do you know what it was so relaxing and as we were the first ones of the day it was brilliant even though we had to get up at 5am, which is not good, but do you know when you get up early you miss the ... read more
Frida Khalo
Have you ever seen a bum like this?

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida August 15th 2023

After the night in Merida, which is a really pretty place if totally honest, but then all the little places we have been to have been lovely with great squares and small places to eat and drink. We watch the local dancing which is quite nice and different and gets great crowds looking on. I am so looking forward to going to a couple of Cenotes. One is partly covered by a cave and one is totally open. Now you are probably, saying what the hell is a Cenote - well they are limestone sinkholes which have really clear water. Cenotes were commonly used for water supplies by the ancient Maya and also would you believe some of them were used for sacrificial offerings - these Mayan people loved a sacrificial ritual it appears! The first ... read more
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Main temple Chicken Itza
Get the ball through this

North America » Mexico » Yucatán March 23rd 2023

One afternoon, we were still in rio Lagartos and not sure where to go to in the afternoon. We heard about El Cuyo village, a place where the beach was supposed to be really beautiful. We decided to go there. Distance is about 49 kms as crow flies, but sadly, the road along the sea does not go all the way until El Cuyo. We had to go south until we reached the road to dzonot carretero. This is a regular secundary road up to Dzonot. After that the road gets very narrow. At some point, it looks like a small road for golf carts!! We reached El Cuyo. It was a Sunday and the beach was nice but really crowded. But the beach is quite long so you can find quiet spots. There's a long ... read more
manta ray from the pier
squirrel cuckoo
yucatan jay bird

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid March 9th 2023

After a couple of days in Chichen Itza region, it was time to move up North. Road East to Valladolid is forested and little villages are seen here and there. Moving up North after Valladolid, the vegetation gets scarce and especially after Tizimin, vegetation is of type of tropical savanna and ranches are abundant. We arrived at Rio Lagartos. It's a small fishing village at the end of the road, on the side of a lagoon. It's part of the Ria Lagartos natural reserve: A mix of lagoons, shrub forests, beaches and mangroves. The day after we took a boat tour to explore mangroves. It's a renowned place to see flamingos...but season was not perfect and we saw only a handful from afar. 13 years ago, we were in Celestun on the West coast of Yucatan, ... read more
Rio Lagartos
Pelican

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá March 5th 2023

The Yucatan is a special place. There are no rivers. Bedrock is limestone and all water is found underground. With erosion and time, sink holes are created and water is accessible from the surface. They are called cenotes. Depending on the age and the erosion process, cenote experience could be a very tight cave with a low ceiling, or the total opposite when age is cenote is greater. Cenote IK'Kil is impressive as it is wide, high, almost no ceiling so full of sunlight, full of descending plants and wildlife, (both in and out of the water). We booked a night there. Accommodations are nice little huts in middle of the forest. Very relaxing! A nice advantage if you sleep there, is in the evening when you have the cenote all for yourself and free of ... read more
Cenote
Oriole bird
Hut

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá March 1st 2023

We all have different points of interests and tastes in travels. Some prefer to see different cultures and meet people, others are foodies, others like architecture and others are more nature oriented. I am of the latter type. But with some attractions, interests might converge. Even If I prefer nature, I don't want to miss big impressive monuments. I wouldn't do a detour for door handles or balconies, but for very large structures, yes. :-) I have been to Mexico a couple of times, and have then visited a couple of archaeological sites: Teotihuacan , (huge and impressive), Palenque and Calakmul ,(mayan sites in middle of the tropical forest that make you feel like an explorator, especially Calakmul), Tulum, (not big but really beautiful because of the proximity of the turquoise Caribbean sea. Then there's Chichen ... read more
Carvings
One of the sacred cenote

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 11th 2023

Last day of two weeks of vacation. My first flight did not leave Merida until 1 so we had time to walk to breakfast and linger a bit. Cafe Montejo had the honor of the last good meal of the trip. I decided to start easing myself back into the US by having some hot cakes but with a side of fresh fruit and yogurt. Way too much food again but so good. I also had papaya juice which was super refreshing. All morning there was a threat of rain and it held off long enough for us to get back to the Airbnb and then to get into the Uber to the airport. Once on the road it started pouring! I was glad the airport had an overhang for the drop off area! My aunt ... read more
Hot Cakes!
Rainy Merida
Sunny, but smoggy, Mexico City

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 10th 2023

For my last full day in Merida I wanted to do some shopping to pick up souvenirs for people, sit in a park and not really do anything else specific. It was a really warm, sunny day and also ended up being the one we did the most walking. The first walk was to breakfast that I thought was good. I had fried eggs on rice with avocado and fried plantains and fresh orange juice. Once we were done eating we walked to the main square and went in the Museo Casa Montejo. This front of this building is the oldest house in Merida. Inside is a free museum offering decorated rooms in the home as well as revolving exhibitions. Climbing to the second floor gives you a nice view out onto the square. From here ... read more
Inside the Casa de Montejo
Temporary exhibition
Lunch

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Celestun February 9th 2023

Did you know Mexico has flamingos? I didn’t until I was looking at things to do around Merida and read about Celestun. This is an island about an hour and a half from Merida and I highly recommend going if you are in this area. The highway to Celestun is one lane each way but a very good road. There wasn’t a lot of traffic but I bet it’s busy in the hotter months with people escaping to the beach! Our goal for the day was to do a boat tour of the mangroves and spend time at the beach. We accomplished both. The tour of the Mangroves of Dzinitun was amazing! Our guide, Angel, was very knowledgeable about the wildlife as well as the entire ecosystem of the mangroves. We road in a punt boat, ... read more
So peaceful
Termites!
Black hawk

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 8th 2023

This morning we had another early start breakfast of Cheerios. Our destination for the day was the Hacienda Mucuyche. This is one of many haciendas that were built during the henequen boom of the late 1880s to the 1920s. Henequen is a member of the agave family and the fibers are super strong. It was used to make ropes and bags to store grain as well as hats, handbags and more. The invention of nylon saw the end of the wealth for henequen plantations as nylon was cheaper and easier to produce. Today henequen is still used for hats and bags available for sale in many of the local markets. The other attraction here is the two cenotes, Carlota and Mayan Blue. Mucuyche has been left in its abandoned state and is hauntingly beautiful. The front ... read more
Mucuyche
Mucuyche
Mucuyche




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