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San Felipe

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    • Day 9

      Las Coloradas

      October 13, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Fri 13 Oct: All the swimming and diving lately has taken there toll, and my ears are so sore, bugger. Will have to wait til we get somewhere bigger and hopefully can get some eardrops from the pharmacy. Today we headed 29 kms east to Las Coloradas, and the pink lakes. It was a fun drive for Doug, trying to avoid all the potholes. The pink lakes are actually man made salt ponds that have an algae in them causing the pink colour, and also flamingos that feed on the algae. Since Covid you can no longer just view them but have to take a 30 minute tour for $370 mxn (NZ$37). We decided it wasn't worth that, so snapped a photo from the carpark and continued on pass the town where we soon found us driving along a narrow sandspit with lagoons on one side and the gulf of Mexico on the other. It was a real lovely drive with tons of different birds to photograph including flamingos and pelicans. Although the road continued we decided eventually to turn around, but firstly went up the sandbank to check out the sea. It looked so gorgeous and inviting. I didn't want to swim because of my ears, but took my skirt of for a little wade, oh it was so nice . . . . Bra is wet now might as well go abit further but keep the head out of the water, beautiful . . . . Oh stuff the ears, under I went and throughly enjoyed it. Doug also enjoyed the plunged, not that it's difficult to plunge with the very warm sea temperature. On the way back again a lot of stops to photograph birds and iguanas. Heading back to San Felipe we first went to the bigger and more touristy town of Rio Lagartos. Had a walk along the waterfront, being continually asked if we wanted to do a flamingo tour, sorry already done our own. Couldn't find a reasonably price restaurant for lunch so continued on back to San Felipe. Our loncheria wasn't open so ended up going to a restaurant and having a delicious meal of the local fish, Corvina. Choose the garlic and coconut options - the only two we knew what they were, and both were very nice. Since it was about 3.30pm that was enough for our dinner also. Walked down the road from our hotel to the lookout at the end for the sunset, but wasn't as good tonight. There was a boardwalk leading into the mangroves from there, so walked that but it was to dark to see anything. Just spent rest of the evening in the hotel room watching the lightning out to sea, and still trying to decide whether we should go to Chichen-Itza.

      Sat 14th Oct: I had a bad night sleep, couldn't get comfortable with my sore ears, and definitely feeling a lot worse this morning. Doug suggested spending another night here and just resting but I really wanted to get some eardrops so ended up driving 4 hrs back to the east coast to Playa del Carmen, which is halfway between Cancun and Tulum. Got to our accomodation and I collapsed on the bed, while Doug went in search of some ear drops. He also found a pizza place and brought one home for dinner. Discovered I must have left my kobo, hidden by the bed coverings at San Felipe ☹️. Message back to the hotel confirmed they had found it, bugger an 8 hr return trip required to pick it up.
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    • Day 8

      Cenote Sac-Aua

      October 12, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Thur 12 Oct: Left Valladolid to head north 113 kms to the Gulf of Mexico and the small fishing village of San Felipe. First though did a slight detour to go to Cenote Sac-Aua. This was an open cenote that use to be a cave but the top felled in, resulting in an island in the middle. Which was quite cool swimming around the outside. Also had quite a few cat fishes in it. Included was a tour through a nearby cave. Once there was a underground passage that connected the cave and the cenote but not anymore. Lots of neat limestone shapes etc and even artifacts from 6000 years ago in the cave. The guide had no English but luckily there was a young Beligum couple with us, and she was able to translate most of what he said. We then went back down to the cenote for another swim before continuing on our way to San Felipe. About 18 kms from our destination Doug saw a lightning strike hit a metal gate, then about 3 kms later the rain came down, and continued coming down heavily until we got to our accomodation and then thankfully a few minutes later it stopped. Lovely room right on the waterfront with pelicans etc flying pass our window. Spent the rest of the afternoon chilling and sorting out photos for my reports. 5.45 pm had a lovely sunset over the water. Went for a wander around town looking for some dinner, finally having empanadas and Panuchos at a local loncheria (snack bar / diner)Read more

    • Day 3

      Las Coloradas und Río Lagartos

      February 27 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      In Las Coloradas gibt es an einer Salzfabrik einen "Pink Lake", neben dem riesigen Haufen von Salz liegen. Die pinke Farbe entsteht dadurch, dass das Wasser dort extrem salzig ist, was Mikroorganismen wie Plankton, Algen und Salzwasserkrebse anlockt, die den Farbstoff beta-Carotin produzieren (dass essen Flamingos und bekommen dadurch auch ihre Farbe)🦩🏭
      Die Strände sind dort weiß und das Meer türkisblau 🌊☀️🐚
      Danach haben wir noch eine Bootstour🚤 durch die Mangroven gemacht, auf der wir Pelikane, Flamingos 🦩, Krokodile 🐊 und andere Vögel gesehen haben 🦢🦆🦅👀
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    • Day 9

      Ausflugstag

      April 8, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Wir waren in EK Balam und Rio Lagartos 😊 Es war ein wunderschöner Ausflug. Nachdem wir in Rio Lagarto Krokodile,Pelikane und Flamingos gesehen haben,durften wir uns am Salzsee ( der eine leicht rosane Farbe hatte) mit Heilschlamm einreiben, der verjüngend wirken soll😂👍 Danach ging es nach EK BALAM auf die Pyramide mit einem atembraubenden Ausblick👍😊Read more

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