Rivoli Select Hotel
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... to accept it as normal now! The buses here are very good; with plenty of leg room, air conditioning, toilets and movies. This bus also had extra channels where you could listen to music as well! It was a six hour journey but time passed quickly and once we arrived we dropped our bags at the hotel and headed for the centre (zocolo) which was very lively! Amazingly as we were walking ...
... for the kids at home. Outside, conveniently, were a number of souvenir stores, because I had no other time to pick up souvenirs and gifts. I picked up what I thought was a very neat, white Mexican shirt as well, only to find all the waiters wearing it during lunch.
Back in the hotel, after another 8 peso bus ride, I still had time to visit a couple of exhibitor stands. Then another long lunch with presentations, followed by general and breakout sessions ...
... a couple of breakout sessions attendees could choose.
Lunch was in an adjacent venue partitioned off for that purpose. I must say the World Trade Centre of Boca del Rio, Veracruz, is really impressive for its columnless space and design. We were not spare presentations during lunch, which took really long between courses. I guess the caterer had difficulty with staffing or managing a function of this magnitude. Whatever time we made up in the morning, we lost ...
... island, we saw birds along the shore, including vultures and herons. It was a 3 km paddle. We landed, fed the mosquitoes, then paddled around the island of 21 acres. This was when we saw more birds, the resident howler monkeys, as well as fishermen both above water, and below, diving for snails.
Back at where we first landed, it was time for boxed brunch of sandwich, cake, apple, drink. Naturalists were waiting to lead us into the forest to ...
... in just over an hour. It is a bird observatory, but not what I had in mind, meaning hidden in some secluded forest or overlooking a wide expanse of water. Instead it was located right beside a soccer field with a game in full swing, complete with spectators downing Corona's, concession stands and loud music. It turned out that the observatory was more for raptors for whom thermals and air currents are more important than silence and seclusion.
The birding experts ...
- Swimming pool
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center