Hotel Villa Mercedes
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Minbar in room
- Airport Transportation
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... in Mexico.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, bed bugs in tourist capital.
From Cancun we went north towards the tip of the peninsula to Playa del Carmen. Playa was probably our worst stop in Mexico, with many hostels, dive shops, bars, backpackers and people trying to sell stuff, this felt like Kuta in Bali or any other very touristy strip. What sealed my negativity towards the place was our hostel, maybe I am becoming an old man, but it was super noisy, very ...
... winding mountainous roads, or some combination thereof. I don't know. But in any case, I was too weak and sick to continue.
The driver gamely pulled over at a checkpoint, but he couldn't wait since he had a bus full of people to get to San Cristobal. I was severely dehydrated, dizzy and felt ill even moving a couple of steps, and I knew I wouldn't be able to tough out the nine-plus hour journey. We couldn't stay where we were -- there was ...
... indigenous Mayan belief system. For example, you're not allowed to take photos because they believe they take away one's soul. We went to two villages and there was an interesting contrast. Like in other places the dress code changes depending on the town, so in the first village the women wore black woollen skirts whereas in the latter village they were more colourful. The two villages are pretty separate, although they do trade and intermarry, in which case the woman will always go ...
... built to withstand a 13 richter earthquake. A shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe has also been built into a small recess in the wall.
The park and the river are home to thousands of birds and reptiles: herons, some type of ugly birds, green iguanas and even crocodiles. Apparently there are over 300 crocodiles in the national park and we saw three of them, and pretty big ...
... from the local shaman at $10 a pop so at least their was one aspect of modern religion in there!
We spent a little while in the market and then headed to another village where we had a traditional lunch planned. We were taught about the history of the people and their customs and Lol and I were chosen to get dressed up in their traditional wedding outfits. After a great lunch we headed back into town to wait for our over night bus to Campeche.