Trip Start Oct 29, 2007
13Trip End Nov 09, 2007
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It was so hot and you are quite sweaty by the time you read the top, that we were pleased to go inside of the ruins and enjoy the strangeness and coolness of the air flowing through some holes in the walls.
After we left the ruins we ate at a rustic, little restaurant called El Bocadito. The food was cheap and was just fair, but at least the beer was cold.
We drove on past the intersection that turns back to Tulum towards the Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve. We arrived just in time to catch the last tour which was highly recommended. Our guide was a young Mayan man (when I recall his name, I'll update this page) who taught himself English and spoke it quite well. He said that a lot of people want to take the walk in the jungle alone and they are too noisy thus not able to see the howler monkeys. The guide was 25 USD for our group. Well worth it! We gingerly stepped and walked into the jungle and didn't speak but in whispers and low voices. It wasn't long before we came upon a family of howlers high up in the trees. It was quite amazing to see these creatures swinging in the treees above us. The best time to see them is in the early morning and also before dusk. Next time we'll try the morning and spend more time. We wanted to see the lake before we left and what a perfect time to see it - at sunset.
On the way heading home, the little Mayan children were still out and about, so I stopped to take a picture of them beautiful as they were. I handed them all a few pesos and receive a lot of smiles. What a great day of exploration in the Yucatan!