isla holbox, mexicoFebruary 9, 2014 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C
The perfect peaceful island to relax on after a few months of travel.
Valladolid is an underrated stop on the tourist trail in Mexico, if only for the cenotes that are accessible in and around town. Both hostels in town rent bikes, and have hand drawn maps ready to show you how to find the nearby sink holes. WIth only a short stretch on the mexican highway (not actually scary), you're cruising on bike paths and back roads the the entire time, stopping at cenotes to swim and drink fresh coconut water.
And if you happen to be in town during the carnival, not the mardi gras carnival, but, county-fair type carnival, you should absolutely go. I a word to the wise: if no one is in line for a particular ride, there's probably a reason.Read more
Traffic to these ruins is sparse, at best, though they are only a 30-40 minute bus ride from Campeche. On the day I visited I couldn't think of anything better than having a practically private archeological park to wander around in, walking across the ruins and eating oranges.
A man sits near the road at the entrance to the park, selling water and jugos and sodas. He keeps a black leather notebook on the table for all his customers to sign.Read more
On certain streets in San Cris, I swear you hear as much italian as spanish, and more european spanish than native. There is an active and entertaining community of international vagabonds who gather often at a corner cafe on the main pedestrian street. San Cris is also where you can find incredible knitted wool products made in the surrounding villages. And you didn't bring a pair of wool socks, or a hat, it's probably a good idea to have at this elevation.Read more
Competing in the Natural Wonders Beauty Pageant with El Cliflon falls, Montebello is also a site to see. I was so happy here to meet the company of two travelers from Mexico City, who shared a "car tour" with me, from an entrepreneurial gentleman who drove us to several of the different lakes and shared some information along the way. We went horseback riding as well, through deep mud in the woods,Read more
This park has everything: hiking, swimming, camping, and zip-lining. Without proper camping gear, however, I decided to cut my time short. On the hike to the top of the waterfall I met a very enthusiastic tour guide with a bus group from Mexico City. We left the park around the same time and I took their offer for a ride in their mega-bus back to Comitan; a far more entertaining option than the public busesRead more