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Isla Mujeres

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  • Day119

    Waking up after sleeping on the bus is never great. I managed to get a bit of broken sleep. From the Cancun ADO bus stop we crossed a bridge multiple times trying to find the bus before we hopped into a cab to the port to travel to Isla Mujeres. The boat trip over had a guy playing the saxophone and getting us to do the Mexican wave which was quite fun. On land we caught a cab to our AirBnB which was in a large unfinished hotel complex. While waiting to check in we had a yummy lunch at the Mango Cafe. We stocked up on some drinks and food at the supermarket Chadraui. Once checked in she explained that our room had no air con working so we could move into another room. She opened the door to a mansion apartment with massive kitchen, dinning table, couches and tv, huge bedroom with a spa and balcony. Amazing!! After some problems getting the Netflix to work we made some Pina Colada cocktails and watched the sunset from the pool. We had more cocktails and snacks for dinner as the rain set in so we were too tired to head out. We watched the movie Frida laying in a bed bed.Read more

  • Day120

    We set the alarm early so we could watch the sunrise over the ocean. It was truly beautiful! We had some breakfast before heading into the main part of the island. It was a 4km walk along the roads, beach paths and sand. We made it to Playa North beach and had a swim in the beautiful warm turquoise water. We had breakfast at a beach bar where the views were stunning and the pancakes weren’t. We found a nice spot on the sand and relaxed in the sunshine. Once it got too hot we headed inland and found some Coco Frios. Delicious! We then checked out a few dive shops and had another drink where all the boats came in. There was many groups of young kids on boats coming in on tours. We then booked into diving for the next day and hired some bikes. We went to the beach for a bit more sun baking. It was much busier than in the morning with lots of little boats competing over their blasting their music. We headed off on our bikes (one of which was terrible) and ride part of the way down the island before stopping for a drink at the Soppy Peso. It seemed good but once inside was full of drunk Americans. We had a terrible cheesy nachos and some beers before escaping on our bikes. We rode to the end point of the island Punta Sur which has a giant gecko and sculpture park that you had to pay to get in. It was all a bit degraded so we didn’t go in and instead rode back to our place. We just missed the sunset but had some beers in the pool and watched the sky change to night. After we got ready and went out to the Mango Cafe for some fish tacos...mmm yum! We watched some episodes of the OC before going to bed.Read more

  • Day121

    Also die Tour ging dann am Morgen mega früh los (halb9) :-D und nach kleiner Verwirrung gings dann zum Bus.
    Nachdem man uns aber am Abend zuvor noch 3x versichert hatte, dass alles im Preis inklusive sei, sollte wir zuerstmal den Bus zur Fähre zahlen..?!?! (12$MX = 60ct) War jetzt nicht die Welt, aber naja.. WIR HABEN 3x GEFRAGT! Bissle blöd dann gewesen.
    Anzahlung haben wir schon 600$MX geleistet und durften damit aufs Boot. Hat sich dann herausgestellt, dass auf dem Boot mit Musik und "Stimmungsanheizern" e bissle Feschd war 😂 war iwie witzig 😂 DANN hat sich herausgestellt, dass die Schorcheltour, die laut der Agentur inkluiert war, die genannte Summe betragen würde ABER in bauchhohem Wasser an 'nem Strand stattfinden würde.. Haben dann gesagt, wir lassens und machen 'nen Strandtag :-)
    S hat dann auch Getränke gegeben und Essen mittags 😂 bissle später hat' s dann wieder kurz bissle geregnet leider..Aber auch wieder schnell aufgehört ;-) warm wars und isses trotzdem also alles net so wild :-P

    ABER das Wasser da ist so! klar (wie in La Paz/Los Cabos vor paar Wochen auch).
    Bin aber ja dieses Mal schließlich auf der karibischen Seite von Mexiko. 😍
    Hab wegen der Tour noch eine Nacht im Mayan Monkey Hostel verlängert und morgen geht's dann ab nach Playa del Carmen :-)

    ... Sorry für die Fotos. Sind nur die vom Handy. Hab leider keinen PC zur Verfügung, von wo ich die Fotos hier zeigen könnte :-) ABER ihr kriegt die dann schon noch zu sehen ;-)
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  • Day192

    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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  • Day101

    On our last day in Cancun we decide to take the Catamaran trip that "team stink" had planned on doing but didn't get around to. An all you can drink affair, full day boat trip complete with snorkeling at the underwater museum, buffet lunch at Isla Mujeres (a popular island off the coast of Cancun.. Johnny Depp has a holiday home here!), exploring the island and a Spinaker ride off the catamaran.. looks a bit like parasailing.

    Won't go into the details but it didn't live up to the hype.. once again way too many people (50 of us!) and it was a pretty hot day. The water was beautifully clear for the snorkelling though.

    Lowlight of the day was when we got to the island and there was another "attraction"- 2 depressed looking nurse sharks held captive in a 3 x 3m pen forced to take photos with the tourists for money.. they fed us some story about how it was for shark conservation. We didn't buy it.

    Back to Cancun and off to the airport hotel.. ready for our early 6am flight to Kansas City tomorrow!
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  • Day189

    We awoke early and both read for a while. I had started the first of the Hunger Games trilogy last night, which has me gripped already. Anna took advantage of the free coffee in the hotel, then we had breakfast at a little shack: a big plate of fruit, yoghurt and granola each (50P each), followed by a coconut each (30P, talked down from 40).

    We went back to the room and read some more. Anna had cramps and insatiable hunger so she soon sent me out to find chocolate, which was a longer mission than I had anticipated as the first two shops I tried were rammed full of people. A lot of people come for just the day and as our hotel is opposite the ferry and very near the beach the shops seem to get a lot of traffic.

    Once Anna was partially-sated, she slept for quite a while. Then we went to the beautiful white sand beach and lay in the shade of some palm trees until it had cooled down a bit. After a dip in the sea we lay reading in the late sun - perfect temperature! Two guys came over and said something about having too many before putting a can of beer next to each of us and walking away! Anna happily drank both. This was after she’d been ‘phwoared’ at by a different man - I better keep her on a tight lead!

    After the sun set and I'd finished my book, we went for a short walk and then back to the room as I had a tummy ache. We went out for a quick falafel wrap (75P each) at a tiny place called Chahad and listened to some lovely live music from a nearby bar. We then returned to the room as my tummy felt like it might pop! Anna went to the shops to buy more chocolate, which I helped her eat as I felt better once lying down! I finally managed to upload some photos to the blog - wifi here and in Holbox is only available in the common areas and isn't great but at least here we can use it without getting eaten alive!
    Then it was time to start on the second book.

    In good news we found another ice cream shop - same brand as in Tulum, but in bad news they don't have the spicy chocolate flavour...still plenty more flavours to try tomorrow :)
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  • Day193

    After the remains of some coco pops and a banana, we hired a golf cart (550P) and set off to explore the island. I had wanted to hire a golf cart for a while now but Utila was too small to make it worthwhile and Holbox was too puddly. At 7km long with proper roads, Mujeres is perfect. The lady said that Anna could drive even though she doesn't have a licence which is slightly scary as the roads are quite busy with taxis and mopeds overtaking the slow golf carts all the time. After a close encounter at a roundabout, the driving was left to me.

    First we visited Punta Sur, the southernmost tip of the island which has a tiny Mayan ruin surrounded by some bizarre rusting sculptures. The ruin is barely worth visiting, but the view is stunning, the sea is a magnificent colour, and the 30P fee gives you access to walk below the cliffs along a walkway that gets pounded by the surf.

    Then we drove north up the West side of the island, looking at the sea views and numerous lovely houses. We had a look around the cemetery for a pirate's grave but couldn't find it - they have a lovely view of the sea though! Since the cemetery is on a slope and our cart doesn't seem to have a handbrake I had to guard the cart. Then we found the Shell house, a beautifully designed white house in the shape of a shell. After stopping by the roadside to buy a conch (30P), which Anna assures me is a byproduct and legal to bring back, we went in search of the Crayola house - a funky rainbow coloured place. With no map and only a few vague screenshots of where it is, this took a little while but we were successful.

    After stopping for iced tea and cheetos, we went to the turtle farm (30P) where they remove the eggs from the beaches to protect them and hatch them and then transfer them back to the sea when they are bigger. This all sounds great but there were several small tanks with large animals in which looked plenty big enough to fend for themselves and we got the impression they are kept for tourism purposes. There are also some aquarium tanks and an open tank where a guy kept lifting out various animals for people to hold, which I wasn't keen on. Outside there was a big pen in the sea and we saw a few nurse sharks, some rays and a dozen or so big turtles, all swimming back and forth along the barrier as if they wanted to escape :(

    We got back in our cart and it wouldn't start. It had been making strange noises the last 5 minutes drive to the turtle farm but now it wouldn't move at all. A nice lady phoned the rental company and they promptly delivered us a new one within quarter of an hour but it was time to head back. Sadly we didn't find the bottle island - a self sufficient house floating on the lake made of recycled stuff.

    We had dinner at Jardin Mayan, a slightly more expensive place than usual but it ended up being one of our cheaper meals due to my poor ordering (200P). I ordered pork pibil, probably the most famous Mayan dish, for both of us - I meant 2 portions but only one came out. Anna was initially disgruntled at the potential lack of food but we barely managed it after the free nachos starter. There was tons of pork, beautifully presented on a banana leaf, with pink pickled onions, beans and rice plus a spicy sauce and far too many tacos. Anna finally found her modelo negra beer and I had a Mayan drink: lemonade with chaya, which is like spinach. Delicious meal!
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  • Day195

    It was still raining when we woke up, very windy, and with a loud thunderstorm thrown in. The whole strip outside the room was flooded (as the part next to it is open to the skies), as was the doorway of the room, despite towels being laid down by the cleaners. The poor cleaners were trying to brush the water away but it kept on coming all morning.

    In a pause of rain we dashed to the market for pancakes and drinks (115P), during which the rain returned with a vengeance. The already wet roads started filling up even more and turned into rivers. We waited a while until it eased up a bit and decided to just get wet - especially Anna whose cheap Antigua brolly wasn't holding out too well. We stocked up on snacks and coco pops in case the deluge continued and went back to the room.

    By about 4pm it had dried up so we went for a lovely walk along the beach before ending up at a bar with brightly-coloured diving tanks for seats. We had a cocktail each (mojito & margarita) for 105P which came with 2 free, large tequilas. Since I don't like tequila Anna gleefully had both. Then she decided she wanted another cocktail - I only managed half of mine before feeling a bit sick so she finished off mine too plus another 2 shots and a taster of 1800 tequila (which is apparently the best, rather than Don Julio which is widely touted as the best). They also sold scorpion tequila where live scorpions are put in a bottle - thankfully she didn't try any of that. The bar lady plied us with free pretzels, tons of popcorn and someone’s unwanted ceviche for Anna so we didn't bother with dinner.

    By 9pm I decided the squiffy one should be taken home as I've never seen her so drunk! The lovely hotel man asked what was wrong as it was taking some effort to get her walking anywhere so I told him ‘mucho tequila’ to which he laughed. After getting her showered and into bed, she threw up a lot, fell over a few times, and then passed out - this from a girl who never acts drunk or throws up from drinking - she's getting old!!!
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  • Day59

    Danach ging es weiter zur Isla Mujeres. Ein totaler Kontrast zur Isla Contoy, denn hier ist die Haupteinnahmequelle der Tourismus. Also auf geht's - Golfcart gemietet und die Insel erkundet 😀 und zum Abschluss noch ein Coronita (Coronchen 😅) vor Cancúns más o menos schöner Skyline 😀

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