Hotel el Espanol
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... as simple as I thought, as I had to weigh up bus timetables, availability of accommodation and boat schedules amongst other things. Reading comments and blogs from other travellers gives you that headsup about potential issues. However I was finished by near midnight and at least after tinkering with the itinerary, I should have the next week or so organised.
Again, at least in theory!
Then I decided to brush my teeth.
Up early this morning to have breakfast ready for Rodrigo and Yusuri to meet their etd. They were hoping to be on the road by 8, so hopefully they'd be on the road by 9. The last hugs, kisses and waves were at 9:30 so not too bad. It was really great having them here to show us the Mexican ropes, but they also added to the fun. Going to miss them.
Packed up our towels, music, books and lotions and walked the 500" to ...
... into town to have a look around, past the cathedral and main square but were limited by the rain. Small wee town but nice streets and restaurants around. Dinner and a few beers then an early night to prepare for our road trip the next day.
Worked out so good being able to drive with Banksy and Elise from Merida to Tulum and sight see along the way. First stop was at a town called Izamel also known as the yellow city. All the buildings are ...
... surprise was the fact that there was free WiFi in every park in the city :-) On Sundays there is an artisan market on the Plaza Grande. Be sure to try the "elote" (corn) ice-cream!
On the second day we went to Ría Celestún, a national reserve about 2,5 hours by bus (52 MXN one way) away from Mérida. It's known for the flamingos who reside there as well as for its wildlife. Unfortunately, it ...
... pedestrian roads ended up seeing both the handicraft markets and then into the covered local markets: fruit and veg / meat plus jewellery, everyday household ware etc. Even came across a alley which had hairdressers galaore. every one asked me isf I wanted a cut. This must have covered several blocks and yes they were mainly empty ...