Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Beach front cabana

Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Saturday, July 31, 2010

We ended up staying for another night on Isla Holbox. When the alarm went off just before 6am in time for the early boat it felt like the middle of the night and Lou is suffering from a bad cold and cough at the mo, so we decided to have a proper day of relaxing and went back to sleep for a few more hours. We did finally make it off the island though the next morning, which is one of the nicest places we've ever been and does truly feel like paradise. Our extra night also lead to the discovery that one of the street stalls here in this tiny place dishes up the best tacos in Mexico, and we're in a pretty good position to make a statement like this with the amount of tacos and street food we've consumed over the last few weeks. Dan also had a great time before we left going through every combination of numbers possible on a combination lock after I accidentally locked my bag shut and somehow managed to change the combination in the process. Could this perhaps be the definition of true love? (Number 876 if anyone is interested, and he started at 000!).

We're beginning to learn that you can never have any expectations when travelling in central america (especially as we're being cheapskates and only taking public second class buses now and no more of the luxury ADO malarkey they expect the tourists to go for at double the price). The boat ride from Chiquila to Isla Holbox 3 days ago was air conditioned to the point of being freezing and people were wrapped up in jumpers. Coming back it was baking hot. And in comparison to the bus journey up here which was one of the hottest we've endured so far, the ride back to Cancun was nice and cool too. However, this soon changed when we switched buses at Cancun for the next part of our journey down to Tulum. To say the bus was hot does not do it justice. It was literally like sitting inside an oven with the heating on, and the driver stopped every 2 minutes to let more and more people on the bus that was already so full there wasn't even standing space left down the centre isle. Nightmare. We were so relieved to get off the bus a couple of hours later when we finally reached Tulum and headed straight for the beach and booked ourselves into a cabana for the night. What a treat, the beach here in Tulum is picture perfect bright white sand and sea so turquoise and clean it's like a swimming pool (but without the plasters). We spent the next 2 hours floating around in the sea, spotted a huge stingray having a nose around beneath us, and chatting to a funny aussie girl from the sunshine coast.

We've realised that we need to get a bit of a move on as our flight from Panama to Columbia on 7th September is going to come around so quickly now. Mexico is a great place to travel in and it would be so easy to spend months here and forget about the date completely, but we still have so many things we want to see and do in central america before we leave. So, the next morning we got up early and walked along the beach to the ruins, which took about half an hour but the sun was already so intense at 8 in the morning. We bought our tickets from a small office outside a 5 meter thick, 5 meter high stone wall that surrounds the ruins and walked through a gap into the site. The buildings here were built to serve as a fortress guarding the port town used during the 12th-15th centuries and consist of a cliff top watch tower, temples and grand palaces. The whole site, situated above a beautiful white sand beach is crawling with Iguanas and you can't walk down the path without confronting a giant lizard.

We were pretty hot and bothered by the time we got back after just 2 hours of being out in the sun, so we jumped straight back into the sea for an hour to cool off before we checked out at 12. Rather than another night in the cabana which was a bit on the pricey side, we decided to do half the journey towards Belize this afternoon and stop for our final night in Mexico in Chetumal, right on the border, and then take the bus down to Belize City in the morning.
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