Hotel Puerta Calakmul
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Today is what I call a payoff day. Calakmul, capital of the Mayans. My chef/guide, Don Antonio, and I arrive at dawn after an hour on dirt roads. I step out the car into a procession of fire ants! Luckily they are distracted by a pitched battle against a battalion of soldier ants bisecting their column. The fire ants are winning. Both sides neglect my offerings of cookies to negotiate peace. Don Antonio draws me a map and I head into the dig ...
... car and off down the 60k road. No sightings of jaguars but thousands of butterfly's along the way, turkey's so brightly coloured. In the ruins we saw the spider monkeys playing in the trees, climbed the pyramids which gave you a very welcoming breeze at the top. These ruins are surrounded by jungle and only found due to chewing gum. The men collect resin from the trees and this is sent to America and they came ...
Woke around 7, again with sore arms. Had jungle skills with John all morning. Learned how to deal with snake bites, survival when lost, knots, and lots of his interesting anecdotes. A lunch of the local delicacy "mole" - chicken in a chilli chocolate sauce. This afternoon we headed out to a transect 7km away to survey a 20x20 area. After this we went to look for monkeys. Saw a small group of howlers along with a troop of spider monkeys. Lots of brilliant ...
... a rare Coral snake. Back up for a lecture followed by lunch. Heat in the afternoon is unbearable. Headed out for mammal tracking at 3.30. 4km hike looking for tracks. Not the most interesting of activities but I ended up chatting to Tim, the camp manager, about cricket the whole way. Went to bed early as I was extremely ...
... with data collecting in order to provide hard evidence on the areas flora and fauna. Chatted to John some more - very interesting character who has been all over the world. Dinner consisted of rice, egg and beans followed by a deliciously juicy mango. Two groups are doing evening treks tonight while we are just relaxing. Extremely humid and an uncomfortable night's sleep ...