Terrific Tulum

Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
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Trip End Apr 16, 2011


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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Having completed our mad dash through Honduras and Belize, the change on arrival in Mexico (particularly the touristy and "Americanised" –for lack of a better word- Yucatan) was quite a shock. Flat, wide, tarmac roads with no potholes. Big, climate-controlled coaches on which you got your own comfy seat and there were TVs that showed movies. Wide, American style avenues, buildings and shops. Huge amounts of tourists and tourist infrastructure. All very strange feeling but (and this probably shows that we were getting a little weary of travelling in “tough” places) quite welcome.

Having spent the 1st night at the border, we got up early and, in no time at all and cruised up a five lane motorway to Tulum (covering a distance that had taken us nearly 2 days in Central America!) where we planned to see the famous Mayan ruins by the sea before our quick jaunt back to the UK.

We had not been prepared for just how beautiful the coastline would be here (particularly compared to the grim coastline we had seen elsewhere). The water is an incredible turquoise blue with a reef a few hundred metres offshore and the beaches long, wide, sweeping and beautifully white. There is a lovely sea-breeze that keeps the temperature manageable (ok, Sarah still did an amazing tomato impression after 10 minutes of cycling) and, despite being rainy season the sky barely changed from clear blue. Having cycled down to the beach and found a beautiful spot for a swim and lunch we then continued on to the quite impressive ruins perched on the cliffs above the beautiful sea and had a nice wander around; the only difficultly being trying to get some photos without other tourists in. We also spent a lot of time wandering why any Mayan would have chosen to live in any of the bigger cities deep in the hot steamy sweaty jungle when they could have lived here in Tulum.

After our first, very positive, experience of the excellent Mexican street food for dinner and our first bottles of Corona as the cheap local beer rather than as an expensive imported beer we buy in our corner shop, we headed to the airport feeling pretty happy. We were looking forward to a few days at home and a chance to see friends and family (in particular to being with Tom & Corinne on their big day and meeting our new niece Chloe for the first time) but also to coming back to Mexico; we have a feeling we will like it.
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kevin on

have read so many of your blogs
fantastic descriptive writing. something to value for ever
enjoyed oyur parent sparty enormously gordon although not sure i was received that well as told everyone that audrey was not for resuscitation with her by my side

are youstill travelling on

much love

k and l

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