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  • Kai Wiggins
    ... in Cancún 11h
    Traveled in 3 countries
  • Sarisahu
    Campamento Palmerito #3 14h
    Traveled in 3 countries
  • Tourist
    oaxaca 2d
    Traveled in 4 countries
  • Abgefahren
    Cancun 3d
    Traveled in 47 countries

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  • Just over 3 weeks done in Cuba. Absolutely beautiful country!
    Personal highlights have to be Viñales and Trinidad.

    Viñales because of the natural beauty and incredible cigars by the farmers who keep the best 12% of the crop! Also managed to find a pitch black cave that had a natural pool 250m inside it which was an experience!

    Trinidad is completely different. Cobbled streets, bright coloured houses everywhere and a lot of music. There are groups playing music on the street and at night you can find live bands to watch or salsa to.

    Havana was another highlight. Like stepping back 50years in time with the old school cars and old buildings which are falling apart. It has its own charm about it most definitely.

    Now onto Mexico!
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  • Uh-oh! I think we've gone too far north! It's cool here today-we've gotten used to warmer temperatures, but we still don't have any reason to complain.
    We went yo a salsa and salsa event today. We made 7 different types pf salsa and 2 different kinds of margheriras-then we danced salsa!
    We are at sea the next 2 days before arriving in LA. Our first day at sea after LA will be Jeff's 60th birthday!

  • We spent the next couple of days doing very little...a ton of reading (Hunger Games trilogy completed in 3 days)...going to the beach in the late afternoon sun...a stroll along the walkway on the West side of the island which is rocky rather than sandy...and of course eating.

    The first day we shared a nutella crepe for breakfast, had ice creams for lunch and then found a place on the beach which does the lime and chili coconuts - sadly Anna's was a hard-fleshed one but mine was just perfect. For dinner we went to Los Comrades, a tiny cheapy place which did mushroom enchiladas with mole sauce especially for me, and Anna had pork tacos, then we shared a truffle ice cream which turned out to be coffee flavoured (220P).

    The second day we survived on copious helpings of coco pops (how I miss cereal) and a banana, and then had dinner at Mamacitos, a lovely place with colourful chairs and loud Mariachi music playing. I had veggie enchiladas while Anna had ribs (270P).

    The nice hotel man reduced our rent to 550P for our future nights.
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  • We get to Casa Hernández to drop Yelapa off so we can go to this Mexican restaurant, they don't allow dogs. Yelapa is so happy to see the other dogs. Yadira is like Laura; she loves animals. She is very vivacious and very warm, I really like her. So is Eduardo and the kids - Bassam

  • Escaped from Cancun and made our way to Isla Holbox (pronounced Hol-Bosh) which just may be our favourite place yet. The Americans clearly haven't heard of this place and it has yet to be destroyed by large resorts which is a pleasant surprise! The water and sand are such incredible colours, with rays gliding around in the ankle deep water which just goes on and on. Holbox is about 13km by 2km with just the one small town with lots of good restaurants (lobster pizza is the speciality) behind one very long perfect beach.

    We are staying in a Cabaña with sand floor and an indoor hammock (for when it all gets too much!) and have been enjoying the beach. Talking of enjoying the beach, time to get back to it - next stop Playa del Carmen.
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  • We pedalled through the rolling hills until we reached the high mesa central plateau. The road got really straight and flat, and we started seeing dairy farms and other agriculture along the road. We pedalled through Cuidad Insurgentes, where we stocked up again on food and water and carried on to Cuidad Constitucion. We thought we might just camp along the roadside, but with all the agriculture we weren't sure that wild camping would be as easy as it had been in the desert previously. So we played a wildcard. We had been given a list of friends and other places where we might stay in the towns along the Baja by our host Gabino in San Quintin, so we figured we might try to track down Gabino's friend Francisca who ran a carwash in the city. The instructions were fairly vague - we were looking for a non-descript carwash between two fairly large stores, but after a bit of searching we found her place. "Hello, are your Francisca? Could we camp in your carwash?" She happily oblidged, so we spent the evening chatting with her and her 11-year old son Gabriel, after walking the bustling streets full of delicious street food and Christmas buzz. Despite the little that Francisca had she lovingly provided for her 3 children and was preparing for the great gathering that her family would have when her 12 siblings and their families were all reunited from across North America for Christmas. In the morning we snapped a photo with Francisca before continuing down the long flat stretch of road ahead of us.Read more

  • After a whole day and night with three different bus journeys and one border crossing at 1am back to Mexico we stumbled into our airbnb room at 4:30am. On the way Belize immigration robbed us of another exit fee - tried arguing a discount as we paid this just over 3 weeks ago already but they wouldn't budge!

    We have come back to Tulum but staying in the centre this time which has been good. Spent lots more time on the beach in the sweltering heat and the occasional bike ride! Yesterday we went to a cenote (see-no-tay), something we had never heard of either, which are freshwater cave-like lagoons forced up through the limestone all over the Yucatan peninsula. These are often underground and are full of bats, stalagmites and crystal clear cold water! Luckily we arrived before the crowds and were able to enjoy some peaceful snorkelling with the resident turtles in the impressive deep waters.

    Last bus journey today to Isla Mujeres for 4 nights before we fly home on Sunday. We cannot believe it's come round so soon!
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  • Yesterday we flew into Mexico City from Costa Rica. It was easy to see the brown layer of smog that hovers abive the city. Suki was once again angry that we were only served littled packets of chips on the flight in lieu of a 3 course meal. Have to give the hosties credit for the free pour spirits though. The population of Mexico City is actually greater than the whole population of Australia!

    It was a bit of a hike to get to our airbnb accommodation from the airport by catching the metrobus to Bella Artes then the subway to Villa De Cortes both in peak hour traffic. Exhuasted from travelling all day again (and possibly the effect of pollution and higher altitude) we crash.

    The next morning we meet the coffe shop/airbnb owner 'Chess' and she fills us in on the background of Mexico and advises a few nice places to check out. We knock back a fancy latte from the coffee shop downstairs then set off to Zocola to explore a busy part of the city famous for ancient ruins, catherdrals and large buildings that were starting to sink into the ground! The sidewalk is packed with street vendors selling everything from street food (tacos, fried corn, burritos) to clothes, headphones and sunnies. We are bascially the only tourists we can see and its nice not to be haggled for a change.

    Just before sunset we head in the other direction to Coyoćan where we are met with well manicured gardens in the town squares and watch the locals hang out with their families, friends and pets. We choose a groovy looking student for a couple of beers, burritos and Trav orders a Queso Fundido that came with a pot of fried cheese with sausgage, salsa, tomato and warm soft tortillas to make your own.

    The night is wrapped up with a condensed milk churro and dulce le deche ice cream as we stroll back to the subway. Next stop Cancun!
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  • We had a long gradual descent in mind when we left El Tuito at 600 m in elevation heading for the beach, but ended up climbing and descending numerous shorter steeper hills. The road was surprisingly good for the first 20 km (given that it didn't appear on our maps) so when it deteriorated to washboard and sand for ~10 km we were not that surprised or upset. Once down in the valley we got back onto pavement and made our way to the stunning Mayto Beach. Apparently you can regularly take part in the release of newly hatched turtles on this beach in the evening but we were turned off by the 200 peso camping fee that was being asked, so made our way around the headland to Tehualmixtle. This sheltered bay is better for swimming and boasts some massive oysters for sale at the beachside restaurants, and we managed to set up our tent for free under a palapa on the beach and enjoy another beautiful sunset swim.Read more

  • Yadira and a couple of their friends from Seattle pick us up at the hotel to go to the vet. Before we left for the vet I gave Yelapa a few morsels of Jamon de Serrano that I had bought for myself, she loved those and almost bit my fingers off to get them. Her appetite whetted, she went to her bowl and ate a good portion of dog food. What a relief 😊, this is the first time she ate for me. Yadira is driving, she stops to order coconuts from a stand that happens to be under this jackfruit tree. The jackfruit is not ripe yet. This is the first time I have ever seen a jackfruit tree. Everyone orders a coconut but me, which I regretted when they brought the coconuts, they smelled so good - BassamRead more