Archive for September, 2013

After an incredible journey through Cuba, we flew back to present day Mexico, landing in Cancun.  Whilst only a one hour flight, it is like moving 60 years in to the future.  We stayed for a night, and organised car hire for a week-long road trip through the north-eastern Mexican states of the Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

To me, it feels like Cancun is an outpost of the USA, and lacks the authenticity of a real Mexican town.  I was very glad that we would be able to experience more of Mexico on this road trip, it had been over 10 years since I had last backpacked through the great country.

We headed west and our first stop after leaving Cancun was at Ek Balam, a little visited Mayan site, with some great stonework.

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After exploring the ruins, we headed to Valladolid, a great little Mexican city, where we ate some incredible food, and prepared to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza.

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An amazing site, marred by the fact that ropes have been put up on everything, and no climbing of any description is allowed anywhere.  Whilst there will be many that agree this is a good decision by the Mexican government to ensure the future of these sites, I for one am stumped as to what damage walking on stone will do, especially stone that has been expose to people and the elements for hundreds of years.  Still a great site, although not one of my favourites.

The weather was brutally hot whilst we were here, so it was off to find a cenote.  A cenote is an underground water well, and is pure heaven on a hot summer day in Mexico.

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After a refreshing dip in a couple of amazing cenotes, we retired for the day to more incredible food, and a quiet cerveza (or two).

The rest of the week continued to delight, as we explored old Spanish colonial towns, ate like kings, explored more ruins ad generally had an amazing time in Mexico.  It is a country that should be high on everyone’s travel list.  The people, food, history and beaches combine in spectacular fashion to produce a travel destination like no other in the world.  It had Mirella jumping for joy (if Toyota are looking for a new commercial girl….)!

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We rounded out the week at Tulum, one of the few ancient sites built by the beach, it was a great way to cap off an awesome week in the Yucatan.

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Yucatan in Pics

Posted: September 16, 2013 in Mexico, North America, Photos