Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
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Decided to ruin some ruins with our presence, and so headed to Chichen Itza (Chicken eats it) which was pretty cool, but way over touristed, and on to Coba. Coba seems to be the unfavoured of the two for no apparent reason, as it's amazing to stumble across these massive structures in the middle of (and some still half buried by) dense jungle. To say nothing of the tarantulas and birds (butterflies?) that needed avoiding on the way. However, full credit to the tarantula who was in the midst of blatently contravening the "do not climb the house at the top of this pyramid" sign when we left
And so on the journey continued to Tulum, which absolutley lived up to the hype. Definitely the most beautiful beach so far, and rad wee candle-lit cabanas on the sand. Lovely romantic spot, so was hugely unimpressed to be sharing it with P, R & R (esp as Paul is a massive bed-hogging snorer)! Tulum then came up trumps a second time with its mayan ruins. Not only did they pick the perfect spot for their city, the powers that be let us heat-stroken tourists have a swim at the half-way point of the ruins! No. 1 ruins so far!!
Given the girls only had 5 days, and wanted to get to Belize, the hectic pace continued (My plans to stay in Tulum, and catch up with Paul later in Belize were foiled by outrageous prices for solo accomodation) to San Pedro, on Ambergois Cay in Belize. A really nice place, and a real island atmosphere. Somehow the others were incessantly offered souviners, scuba, or meals by the touts, whereas all i was offered was copious quantities of drugs of all makes and models. Somehow apparently i've picked up the backpacker look!
A great couple of days spend snorkling, lazing (found a beachside cafe with a cup of tea that i'd kill for right now!), and off roading in a hired golf-cart, before back to the mainland and farewell to the girls.
Paul and I continued south to Belize City, which we discovered to be remarkably shit, and so therefore continued onto the Guatemalian border, a town called San Ignacio. Tomorrow: Tikal (tickle), and onwards into the land of (please God!) cheap prices!!