Yucatan and Castros Cuba
Trip Start Jul 15, 2009
25Trip End Jul 15, 2010
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Meeting up with Cheryl we would spend a week scooting around the Yucatan peninsula, in a totally un-cool rental car, and then jetting over to Cuba for some culture.
We started off the holiday in style staying at one of the flash hotels alone Cancun's famous hoteleria spit, before heading down to Tulum to experience a couple of the many Cenote's in the region (underground rivers carve out swimming holes in the limestone which collapse to leave an opening roof or underwater cave system). Cristal clear waters and amazing rock formations, even stalagmites in the water, perfect for snorkling or scuba if you have the licence
We saw the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, Citizen Itza and Uxmal, the latter our favourite for its smaller crowds, no hawkers and much more impressive buildings. Three nights in the city of Merida was enough to get a truck load of Mexican Spanish culture; digging into street food, watching live music and dancing on the street whilst staying in our pleasant Casa.
Arriving in Havana, Cuba it became apparent that the communism rule, ousting of U.S, and all capitalism has been tough for the country. All items are scarce or unaffordable for most locals; food choice is poor due to there not being much around, and some country towns where still receiving rations. Lots buildings are falling apart or have been completely gutted to hold makeshift slum type homes. All this said there was plenty of rum (Ron) plenty of music and I never saw an unhappy person, in fact, from what I could see, and coming from my very inexperienced view, and from only seeing a very small part of the country, I had the fee things were getting better. There are two currencies, Cuban Paso and convertible Paso (CUC)
So overall Cuba is far too complex to get a grip on. The Cuban system, there politics, where all the export import and tourist income goes, but you do admire their strength from being so...well...independent. I kinda had the feel they are getting there but slowly, and all this mystery makes for a great place to travel, although for the tourist it is expensive.
They also have some stunning areas to visit, two of which Cheryl and I visited
Cayo Levisa was a topical island we stayed at, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t great. The island was only a 100m wide and maybe 2k long and very nice and quiet.
Back in Mexico we treated ourselves to comfort and normal food. It was great to get greasy airport burgers down after our liquid poo diets in Cuba!
Now Cheryl has flown back to snowy London :( and I’m back on the bike after a few days RR camping on Tulum beach. Belize next!