Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Mexico, North America

Here is a guide on how not to fly from Galapagos, Ecuador to Cancun, Mexico.

Morning one, wake up very early, take local bus across Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, transfer to ferry to Baltra Island, then take next bus to Baltra airport. Board plane, fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Let some passengers off, take on more passengers, take off again to Quito, Ecuador.  Collect baggage, and then check baggage back in for flight to Lima, Peru.  Arrive Lima late at night.

Morning two, after 5 hours sleep in small hostel near airport, head back to Lima International, check in for flight to Mexico City.  Fly 6 hours to Mexico, sit in airport for four hours.  Take fifth flight in 36 hours to Cancun, Mexico.  Hop on local bus, head to downtown Cancun, find accommodation, descend in to a coma like sleep.

After this inauspicious start to our relaxation time in Mexico, things got markedly better.



Having been to Mexico 10 years ago, I was not a huge fan of Cancun.  Mirella had not seen the place, so we stayed for three nights, after which, Mirella was also not a huge fan of Cancun.  Whilst it certainly serves a purpose, and is a great place for a party, it was not what we were looking for after four months in South America.  We headed an hour south to Playa Del Carmen, a little slice of heaven with great local food, one of the best beaches in the world, and a gluttony of accommodation options which allowed us to find a an absolute bargain only metres from pure white sand and Caribbean turquoise waters.

I was fortunate enough to celebrate my birthday here, 38 years young!

Rooftop Infinity Pool

Rooftop Infinity Pool

We spent the next ten days drinking way too much alcohol, sleeping in, eating way too much good food, and generally lazing about.  Was a great break after all the flashpacking through South America!

One of the huge benefits of our awesome apartment was a full kitchen, and being able to walk in to the local fish shop and buy whole grouper for $4-5, and then head to Walmart for some of the best produce in the world at ridiculously low prices, made for some spectacular eating!

While doing a whole lot of nothing, we decided to book the next part of our journey, Cuba, another bucket list destination, and the details will be in the next post, stay tuned….


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