19.06.2007 - 24.06.2007 30 °C
Our first long-haul flight was extremely boring. Until we landed in Mexico City. In short, we had one hour to get the system (it´s as expected quite different from Gatwick and the like), find the ticketer, wait until he realizes what en electronic ticket is, get the tickets, find the boarding control, pass it, find the gate and then persuade (spelling??) the officer that the time of the flight on our tickets actually means another time and that our baggage will arrive with the earlier flight and therefore we need to get it etc.etc. And we made it!! Except that there were no places left on the plane Luckily, there was one more flight a few hours later so we spent some time sleaping and eating our first tacos. Our baggage was waiting for us in the corner of Cancun airport when we arrived at midnight.
Arrival to Cancun was our first (and so far probably the only one) shock. WEATHER. +30 and extremely humid at midnight was something we had never experienced and it took us a few days to get used to it.
From Cancun, we went straight to Playa del Carmen. Here we were on the white sandy beach with palm trees and ice cold pints of cocktails... The weather was still very hot and humid so we did NOTHING. What else can you do!! In general, Playa Car is very commercial so we were eager to head somewhere else.
So now our dear friends our first lesson learned: if you happen to be around here, SKIP PLAYA DEL CARMEN AND HEAD TO TULUM. An hour drive by bus but what a difference!! Tulum is a town about 15 mins drive from the beaches and looks much more like Mexico we were expecting to see (shame I can´t see USB on this PC so probably won´t be able to load any pictures this time). As for the beach.... it´s much wider, and looks so empty! There are basically no hotels, therefore no ´sun beds´or whatever they call them. The only available shade is palm trees. No water sports just one diving school and a fishermen´s boat here and there. The only accommodation is cabanas, most of them with no floors (so you sleep in hammocks or just camp)....and a couple of small bars to provide you with essential margaritas etc. (which by the way were fantastic, really generous ) There even is an archeological site with some ruins but we did not manage to see them. No wonder this place attracts many travellers (backpackers rather than cruise ships), which gives it a great vibe as well.
If you were wondering, YES we are enjoying our trip very much and are eager to move on. Tomorrow we are leaving for Chetumal from where we will head to Belize. A bit more of Carribean sun We'll see you there!