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North America » Mexico » Yucatán March 17th 2015

4. März, Cancun Hä, wie viel Zeit ist eigentlich? Anscheinend war es schon später als gedacht, da Cancun erst seit neulich die Zeit umgestellt hat und weder das Handy noch das Macbook diese Regel kannten. So gabs schon fast einen Brunch für uns in einem Cafe in der Nähe des Hotels. Gegenüber befand sich eine Autovermietung und wir wollten nur mal die Preise abchecken gehen. Je länger wir mit dem Vermieter sprachen, desto günstiger wurde das Auto und den ersten Tag kriegten wir auch noch gratis. Für die nächsten 13 Tage haben wir ein Mietauto, das erste Mal in 6 Monaten auf unserer Reise. Wir nutzen die Gelegenheit und fuhren zuerst im Walmart einkaufen und dann zu einem öffentlichen Strandabschnitt an der Hotelzone von Cancun. Leider gabs viel scharfkantiges Seegras im Wasser, dafür waren die Wellen ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida March 1st 2015

Hit up the Museo del Mundo Maya. We thought it'd be a good thing to do to get a little background on the ruins we'd been visiting since we hadn't been taking any guided tours. We hopped the city bus on Calle 56 between 57 and 59 for MXN7 and got off at the Gran Plaza, a big mall close to the museum. We still had to walk about 15 minutes along the major road to reach the museum. It cost MXN150 to get into the museum. Much of the information was in English, but all the movies were in Spanish so they just turned into nice places to sit for a few minutes. It started out as a history of the areas geology, flora, and fauna; it didn't really seem to tie into the Mayan ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Homun February 28th 2015

After yesterday's shopping disappointment we decided to go swimming in many cenotes. Rafa and another hostel guest suggested we head to Homun that had several that you could visit and just hire a motorbike taxi for the day. We caught the colectivo on Calle 67 between Calle 50 and 52 (odd numbered streets run east/west, even streets run North/south). While we were looking for the one to Homun another colectivo driver asked us if we wanted to go to a cenote. When we told him we were already wanting to go to Homùn and asked where that colectivo was, he was going to send us to a completely different direction. We stayed the course and found the one we were looking for maybe 2 vans ahead, a telltale sign on the wall beside where it stopped. ... read more
Cenote Yaxbacultun
On the tuk tuk with Pepe

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Ek Balam February 25th 2015

We took our time waking up today, but we were still up by 0700hrs. We headed to Ek'Balam via a taxi colectivo from Calle 44, between Calle 35 and 37. We were summoned from across the intersection by the driver. The price to Ek'Balam was fixed at MXN160, but we opted to wait for two more passengers (the max they can take being 4) to spread out the cost. It took about 1/2 hr before two locals showed up for the trip. They weren't going to the archeological site, but somewhere beyond. We'd recommend to set up going with other travellers ahead of time to avoid the wait at either end, especially the ruins side since it's more difficult to tell who came with a tour and who might need to share a colectivo back to ... read more
View from the pyramid

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá February 24th 2015

This day we headed to Chichen Itza. Woke up bright and early to catch the 0730hrs colectivo just north of the ADO station on Calle 46 in Valladolid. It was under an hour ride in a significantly reduced quality van than we rode along the Mayan Riviera. This one had spare wooden seats to fill in space beside the doors, and for much of the ride there was someone seated behind the back seat. This ride only cost us MXN30 each despite being a longer ride. We arrived at Chichen Itza before any large tour buses, but there were a couple 12 passenger vans already unloaded. It cost a staggering MXN216 for a ticket to enter the site. Another Dan (from Ottawa) mentioned that guides cost MXN500 for a tour, but since we were so early ... read more
Hostel cookup

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid February 22nd 2015

We headed out to Valladolid next so that a day trip to Chichen Itza would be less of an ordeal and we could get there earlier; before all the crowds and day trippers from the Cancun area showed up. Once again we took the ADO bus service. The ride was shorter again than what we thought, which is good as long as you're paying attention. As our bus wound its way through tiny streets we at first didn't realize we had reached our destination. A quick hop to Hostel del Fraile from the bus stop and we were checked into our MXN130 per night dorm room. We were quickly given a map by Victor, highlighting the supermarket, food Bazaar, city cenote, and other important sites. He let us know that he was running a bike tour ... read more
Riding along
Cenote Oxman

North America » Mexico » Yucatán February 21st 2015

The weather was very cloudy when we landed Cancun Airport. But the next morning we woke up to a sunny day. Took the public bus to the Hotel Zone, which means beaches of Cancun. Enjoyed all the day on the beach and had a nice dinner at down town. The next day we moved to Playa del Carmen by minivan. We stayed four nice days there,usually spending dinners at a bar on Calle 4 between 10 and 15 Avenue run by a German family. He used to offer extra free tekilas when you ask the bill. Then our third stop was Tulum on the same coast. While enjoying the ruins and the best beaches we have ever seen, we took an a day escape to famous ruins of Chichen-Itza and the town Valladolid. The last night ... read more
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Cancun

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 17th 2015

We took the bus to Uxmal to visit the ruins today. The bus was marked Compache, and it made a stop in Uxmal. The Yucatan Peninsula consists of three states, Yucatan, Quintanaroo (Cancun area), and Compache. The bus used a returno along the highway to turn around, then exit on the highway to Uxmal. Only access to this exit was from one direction. Confusing, glad we weren't driving. The bus proceeded quickly along the highway (the speeding light went on a few times!) until we got to the town of Muna. Passenger carts were very popular here. They were either bike or motorcycle powered, had a covered passenger area for four to six people, either in front or in back of the driver. They seemed to be more popular than cars. Muna looked like a cute ... read more
Highlights of Uxmal
Detailed carvings and stonework
Rain god in Uxmal

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 16th 2015

Spent the morning in Progreso. Walked east on the Malecon, then down on the beach. The restaurants and hotels are on one side of the road, the palapas with tables and chairs for the restaurants on the beach side. The waiters go back and forth across the street with the food. The street was very empty this morning, especially compared to yesterday! More dog paw prints on the beach than people footprints. Today noticed people with large orange bags picking up garbage along the beach. First time we have seen this here. At the end of the beach walk the pedometer registered 2 miles. Then we were off to Merida. We already had our return tickets, and the bus was right there when we got to the depot. It was an express bus with no stops, ... read more
Nice hat, Bob!
Another dinner at Chaya Maya
Merida church at night

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Progreso February 15th 2015

Always a bright, sunny day here in Progreso. Saw volleyball on the beach this morning. Boat on shore selling fish. Lots of people around, and many pelicans and sea gulls swarming. The big fish were still intact, but had been sliced into steaks. The water seemed clearer today. Lots of swimmers out. More people around today. Probably some Mexican tourists in from Merida for the weekend. Our hotel was empty before, but now has no vacancy, although it is a small one. Took a walk west along the Malecon again. Heard the doves cooing. A dusty road continues past the end of the walkway, which we followed for a while. Many dogs roaming around. A guy with a cooler on the back of his cycle wanted to sell us fresh fish! People were friendly. A motorcycle ... read more
Birds love the fishermen
By the pier in Progreso
Carnaval crowds in Progreso




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