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Mexico

Curious what backpackers do in Mexico? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Palenque is one of Mexico's most celebrated archiological sites, located amidst the jungles of Chiapas. 1400 temples and other stone ruins lie beneath the forest floor, with only a handful completely excevated and another 20 or so visible to visitors.

    We started with a jungle tour, where a local guide showed us some of the hidden temples beneath giant trees (pictures 4 and 5 are in temples below the forest), today home of thousands of bats (pic 4 has 4 in it) and snakes (luckily, no pictures here ;) ). We also swam in a small waterfall and swang from vines, you know, the things expected of foreigners in the jungle ;)

    Our little jungle trip was followed by a historic tour of the fully excevate temples and a royal Mayan palace. We learnt that the Mayans had flowing water systems, lots and lots of kings, who liked to be buried in fancy tombs with jewelry, jade stones and masks and to sacrifice people to the gods. But never rabbits, they were sacred and not to be killed.

    The most fascinating thing to me is the fact that the jungle has claimed back this place, overgrowing the old city with tens of meters of plants, dirt and giant trees. Makes me feel quite small and humbled, in a perfectly good way.
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  • We spent the morning in Oaxaca, walking some more through the historic city center, the farmers market, and both got a haircut ;)

    The next 13 hours, we spent driving. German philosopher and author Precht is keeping us good company with an introduction into world philosophy and modern questions of society. The road was as windy as it gets for about 5 hours, crossing another mountain range in the jungle, and spat us out in small villages, with lots of agriculture around.

    At 12:30, we made it to our little jungle hut, a nice place to stay and chill in a hammock. Finally!
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  • I try not to complain too much, but we weren't really impressed with Merida. The "White City" was praised for its architecture and the many white historic buildings. What we found was a busy, loud, kitsch place with little atmosphere. Maybe it was because we had seen all these charming places further north and Merida simply couldn't keep up with our expectations. Or the start to our visit with our hotel lobby being completely demolished ;)

    Anyways, we found a few cool buildings, cafés, and a tray of cocktails in the colors of Mexico ;) (pic 5)
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  • Lindsay and I stayed at an inexpensive hotel in Tulum for a couple days. . Renting a bike was a fantastic was to see the Cenotes, Ruins, and Beaches.

    There are many Cenotes in the area. The two we visited were just down the street from each other, and are a part of a huge underground cave structure, but for serious cave divers. The Cenotes themselves serve as amazing swimming, snorkeling, and (short) cliff jumping into cerulean colored water that makes your skin feel silky smooth. Maybe it's all the bat poop that's fallen into the water.

    Different Cenotes for different things: the first one was Cenote Calavera. It felt so quaint being there, almost like being in someone's backyard. You can bring your own food, drinks, and music if you please. Not a lot of space, but it's super chill and relaxed. Nice to put up a hammock and listen to everyone having fun. In the darkness are hundreds of bats hanging up above.

    The second Cenote was Gran Cenote with a totally different vibe. You purchase your ticket through a person less mirror window using a microphone and speaker, then continue through a turnstile into a pretty nice looking property with cheap snacks and cold coca cola. There are plenty of nearly naked Europeans and South Americans around, some even getting into trouble by taking off their tops (we deducted that they were from France). This Cenote is well developed with bathrooms, showers, platforms for getting into the water, and locker & snorkel rentals. Very diverse Cenote with shallow rocky areas and very deep dark drops where cave monsters will attack from, and a nice tunnel to go between platforms.

    We took a 35 mile bike ride the day after, snapping only a few photos of fisherman and the beach. We were just happy to get away from all the cars in Tulum. :) visiting the ruins will happen a other day, but more on Tulum later.

    We were intrigued to find a little lobster and fishing village on a map, called Punta Allen. It's at the end of a long road where the land spits out a narrow peninsula as part of the Sian Ka'an Biological Reserve. We've read stories of Mexican Cats, colorful birds, crocodiles, and massive fish there, along with more intentional inhabitants and the occasional tourist. Finding out how to get there hasn't been easy, the 45 km road is bumpy and know to take 4 hours to get there. The colectivo, a public transport van, has gone there intermittently over the years, but online research has mostly suggested we rent a car. Instead, I think we will hitchhike.... Coming up next, the Road to Punta Allen!
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  • We've seen so much and been so busy traveling and working alongside for the last 2 weeks, we badly need to take a break.

    Perfect timing for 3 days on Holbox, a small island not far off the coast, but far enough not to be too overrun by visitors. It's not the most remote place to be, but it's quite charming and layed back.

    First order of business: take a 3 hour walk along the beach by myself. I'm feeling brand new and balanced again. Another highlight are the many swings in the bars and restaurants here - fun idea!Read more

  • Today, we visited three cenotes, sink holes, or underground spas ;-) The first one was completely open, a deep hole in the ground without a ceiling, so to speak. Visitors share this fantastic natural phenomena with little black fish - which love to eat human skin when you hold still - an additional spa treatment ;-)

    The next two cenotes were caves. Small entrances through the rock lead into an incredible underworld, mysterious and beautiful. I really loved the second one, picture 5 doesn't really do it justice (too little light down there), but gives you an idea of what it looked like.

    We skipped the famous pyramids Chichen Itza, not willing to stand in line for an hour to get in. I know I'm one myself, but I do my best to stay away from too many other tourists if I can ;) And so we did a quad ride through the jungle instead. Just Mo, the guide, myself and the jungle :)
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  • Heute haben wir uns endlich das Zentrum von Mexiko-Stadt angeschaut. Dabei stellt der "Palast der schönen Künste"alles in den Schatten. Das Bauwerk ist wirklich riesig und bietet Theater, Oper, Literatur und Architektur. Innerhalb der Gruppe sind wir ganz touristisch durch das historische Zentrum geschlendert und haben die Aussichten genossen. Ein wirklich schöner Fleck in der Hauptstadt Mexikos!

  • Las Caloradas

    Der rosa See ist angeblich im Begriff ein wahrer Touristenmagnet zu werden.
    Es wird (noch) nichts verlangt wenn man den See besucht und Fotos schiesst. Keine Verkäufer, die einem nutzlosen Billigkrempel und überteuerte Souveniers verkaufen. Keine Imbissbuden und der gleichen.
    Als wir dort ankamen war neben unseren zwei Autos nur noch ein anderes dort, was aber auch daran gelegn haben könnte, dass wir erst kurz vor Sonnenuntergang dort ankamen.
    Trotz der nur mehr schwachen Sonne war es wahnsinnig schön. Die Wolken spiegelten sich stellenweise wie gemalt in den nicht vom Wind erfassten, ruhigen Stellen des Sees.
    Die rosarote Farbe soll von irgendwelchen Krabben/Krebsen oder Kleinstlebewesen stammen.

    Ich bin mir dessen nicht sicher.
    Der See, oder besser gesagt die Seen, (es gibt gleich daneben einen mehr orangefarbigen See) liegen neben einem Salzwerk.
    Es sind keine natürlichen Seen sondern angelegte Becken.
    Das Wasser ist sehr warm und es ist verboten auch nur die Füße reinzuhängen.
    Ein Securitymann war gleich zur stelle, als ein Besucher für ein Foto zwei Schritte ins Wasser tat.

    Schön zu sehen aber dafür ein Ölleck an meiner Votchita?
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  • Hallo Tagebuch ..Heute in Costa Maya bei super Wetter ca.27° Geburtstag gefeiert...Sind mit einen Gofketty zum Strand gefahren ...Dann baden gewesen und Quesetilla gegessen und Tequila getrunken und wieder zurück...Fortsetzung folgt...

  • Nun die Fortsetzung als wir zurück waren hab ich meine Füße noch von den Fischen pflegen lassen.dabei gab es ein Bier für 6$. Danach waren wir noch im Buffalo Steackhaus die hatten extra eine wunderschöne Geburtstagskarte für mich.Foto folgt morgen...

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