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North America » Mexico » Yucatán February 29th 2020

Hello from Cozumel. Today is our last port-of call for this cruise, until we return to Florida on Sunday. We had some bumpy patches during the night because there was a cold front that went through and that made some strong winds. This has really been our only stretch of less than perfect sailing weather. The high today was only supposed to get into the low 70s, but the locals felt we had great weather that wasn’t as hot as usual. We did not actually arrive in Cozumel until 10:00 so it was a perfect opportunity to do a small load of laundry in they morning, just to restock our unmentionables for the rest of the vacation. Janet had a good idea because the laundromat was empty when we got there but would probably be pretty ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2020

Week five and its Merida a busy bustling colonial city. This is the culture part of the trip and we chose Merida as it gives access to two big Mayan sites, Chitzen Itza and Uxmal. After much research I decided that the latter was the better option, mainly because Chitzen Itza is in easy reach of holiday heaven Cancun and the cruise ship crowds. The temperatures in Merida were 10 °more than Nayarit but because of the buildings in the city it was still high 30 in the evenings. It definitely slowed us down but thank heavens for air conditioning and the pool. Our first day was all about getting our bearings but the city was laid out in a simple block system, even numbers north to South and odd numbers East to west. Thankfully we ... read more
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Chris at Uxmal
The rain God

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 13th 2020

Okay folks week four and we are now in Yucatan in the colonial city of Merida. But back to last week and Santa Maria del Oro ( SAMAO)or Laguna Santa Maria del Oro to be precise. We drove from Guadalajara airport and it was raining and the road through the city was rubbish. We realised on Tuesday evening that we had lost a hubcap and dinked the tyre rim. We had popped into to see a lovely lady called Isabel who was landlady to our friend Michael. Next morning we went up to SAMAO to talk to Jose in the garage, he said we would have to buy 4 VW hubcaps at megabucks. We also dropped our laundry and originally she said it couldn't be done till Friday or Saturday but then relented! SAMAO now has ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal February 6th 2020

Wir erreichen „The Lodge at Uxmal“ am frühen Nachmittag und genießen die schöne Anlage mit zwei Pools und den zwar etwas in die Jahre gekommenen aber schick ausgestatteten Reetdachbungalows ein paar Stunden lang fast für uns alleine. Wir sind hier dann doch wieder mitten im Dschungel, wenn auch nicht ganz so „ab vom Schuss“ wie wir es in Calakmul gewesen wären. Aber sowohl auf Handyempfang als auch auf Wlan müssen wir heute wohl verzichten. Vorsichtshalber klären wir mal ab, wo das nächste Krankenhaus wäre. Das wäre 35 Minuten entfernt, klingt nicht so ermutigend. Wir hoffen also einfach dass unser Baby gut auf die fiebersenkenden Maßnahmen reagiert und wir kein weiteres Krankenhaus benötigen werden. Außer ein paar hochpreisigen Hotels und den Ruinen der Maya-Stadt Uxmal (man spricht es Usch-mal) ist hier draußen nicht viel. Dafür ist man ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida January 29th 2020

Auf dem Weg nach Merida halten wir auf der wunderschönen Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman, nur 10 Auto-Minuten und eine Schotterpiste von Valladolid entfernt. Die ehemalige Farm ist heute ein exklusives Hotel mit Pool aber auch Gästen von außerhalb ist es erlaubt gegen Gebühr das Cenote auf dem Gelände der Hacienda zu benutzen. Marlene ist wieder erstaunlich fit und möchte gerne mitgehen in das „große Schwimmbad“, kneift dann aber doch als wir an dem riesigen Wasserloch ankommen, in dem tief unten das leuchtend blaue Wasser wartet. Da wir schon morgens um neun da sind, ist außer uns zunächst nur ein Mann im Wasser, der kurz darauf auch wieder hochsteigt und wir haben das Cenote ganz für uns alleine. Über mehrere Treppen gelangt man hinunter in die „Höhle“ und dann über eine wackelige Holztreppe ins Wasser. Es kostet ... read more
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Nonnen am Kloster San Antonio de Padua
Kloster San Antonio de Padua

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid January 24th 2020

Nach einem dann doch erstaunlich entspannten 12-Stunden-Flug, zumindest soweit eine Reise mit einem Baby auf dem Schoss und einem Kleinkind das Wort entspannt verdient, kommen wir gegen 22 Uhr Ortszeit in Cancun in unserem Hotel an. Die erste Nacht hatten wir lediglich ein günstiges Flughafenhotel gebucht, damit wir zu dieser, für uns unchristlichen Uhrzeit (ca. 4 Uhr morgens in Deutschland) nicht mehr weit fahren müssen. Ohne jegliche Erwartungen sind wir dann doch etwas überrascht von der großzügigen Villa mit Pool und tropischem Garten und bekommen von dem bereits etwas angetrunkenen Gastwirt auch noch ein Upgrade ins „Familienzimmer“. Ob diese Großzügigkeit unseren müden Gesichtern oder seinem Alkoholpegel zuzuschreiben ist, keine Ahnung, aber wir freuen uns. Leider sind unsere Kinder, die im Flugzeug im Gegensatz zu uns zumindest ein paar Stunden geschlafen haben, ab 2.... read more
Brunnen in Valladolid
Calle de los Frailes, Valladolid
Kloster San Bernardino de Siena, Valladolid

North America » Mexico » Yucatán December 11th 2019

Florida state in the USA has everything you might dream for a vacation: beaches and warmth, excellent infrastructure, themes parks, national parks and reserves, (natural and cultural), camping, fishing, golf, shopping malls,etc... Yucatan, starting from Cancun down to Tulum is a bit the same. There are some differences though: the very fast development of the coast has led to dozens of kilometers of private beaches where it's almost impossible to go. Also, while in Florida if you like nature, you have national parks, state parks and reserves always very cheap, in Yucatan, there are very few natural parks not related to a theme park or to a tour company. But with some research and tips, you can find some quiet and cheap places, even in the busy Riviera Maya. For these, go to very less popular ... read more
bat cave
this bird loves the satellite dish
roof of the condo with private pool

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 5th 2019

We arrived late in Valladolid. Check in is at Hotel El Canton (not recommended). The rooms are not even that cheap but quite bad anyway. Daria is not happy, nobody is and so we have a shower and run out for dinner asap. Daria tells me this weird, kitsch (but not cool) place reminds her of a horrible hotel she stayed in with Ele in Delhi in India. Even the guy at reception looks more Indian than Mexican. We wonder who designed this place... After a day visiting the cenotes we were tired and so the idea was to go to bed early to get an early night and so an early morning. Like this it was, on the way back to the hotel me and Daria saw a huge scorpion, the first time I saw ... read more
Croc, croc, croc
The croc pier
Excited? Or terrified?

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 4th 2019

Bye bye Mexican Mayflower Road - it’s been a real pleasure but it’s time to pack our bags, jump into the van-car we’ve hired with our friends Michelle and Enrico and off we go to our next stop Valladolid. But before we get there...Cenotes pit stop. Mexico is full of natural beauty that’s unique to its climate and environment. Perhaps one of the most intriguing and stunning natural water reservoirs are the famous cenotes - translated rather blandly as sink holes. Trust me, they are so much more than a sinking hole. The first time I came across a cenote was 15 years ago with Maya when we were in Yucatan. I remember thinking that I’d never seen anything like it. Cenotes are a bit like a cross between a (stunning) cave and a (stunning) pond ... read more
Eeek! Cenote “roof”
The horse and cart
All to ourselves

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida November 2nd 2019

In Mexico the 2nd November is a huge celebration known as ‘El Dia de los Muertos’ which literally translates as ‘The Day of the Dead.’ It’s a time when families come together to celebrate, honour and remember those who have passed but instead of this being a day of sadness and grief, Mexicans use it as an opportunity to celebrate the thin veil between life and death with music, song and dance, offerings of food and flowers and coming together as a family. As the tradition grows and develops, so do the celebrations. For example, we weren’t expecting to see any Halloween type things but on the 31st October while we were in Isla Mujeres, the main square was full of kids trick or treating, dressed up in Halloween costumes and oddly Disney costumes as well(the ... read more
Colourful cemetery
A walk through the cemetery
Pan de Muerto - Bread of the Dead




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