Friday, November 30, 2012

Cenote Cabana Suytun and on to Cancun

We were treated with another sighting of flamingos on our way out of Progreso.    We had planned to go to Celestun to see them, but we were spared the expense of the gas, time and boat trip.  

When we left Progreso, we didn't know where we were going to stop for the night.   We figured we would either make it all the way to Cancun, about a 5 hour drive, or stop near Chichen Itza.   None of us wanted to see the ruins at this time, as we are saving them for another day.   2 1/2 hours into the drive we landed at Ceynote Cabana Suytun.    It turned out to be a very nice place, with little to do but check out the ceynotes, swim and chill.

There are two ceynotes here, the first one more magical, and a little eerie.   The echos are awesome too  There were no people here, and Brenda didn't want to go in herself.    

All the sunlight comes from this one little hole in the ceiling.    We estimate it is about six feet in diameter.   The water was about 60 feet down the hole.  

The peacocks walked around free.   They didn't treat us to a good look a their tails, but they were still very beautiful.

The second ceynote was lit up very well.   This hole must have been 35 feet in diameter.

Neither of these ceynotes are quite like the ones we swam in on the Mayan Riviera a few years ago.   They were lovely nonetheless.

This morning we headed to Cancun.   There were several little towns along the way, and hundreds of topes.   The thing that stood out most about all these little towns is the fact they had well maintained sidewalks.  

About a half mile from our campsite in Cancun, this iguana ran out in front of us.   We are actually just a few miles north of the town of Cancun, but it is much the same here.   Cancun itself is nothing like what most people see when they come here for a resort vacation.    We plan to stay here for two nights, so tomorrow we will take some pictures around here.     

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Turtle to Progresso...right on past Merida

We were up early and decided to head to Merida. We found the camp ground and they had no water or electricity and it seemed very rundown so we left and headed to Progresso.
These are a couple of pictures of the flowers at Uxmal

The first town we hit was loaded with these Mexican taxies.

And we past a few of these trucks loaded with pigs.

After leaving Merida it was an 8 lane highway to Progresso. Progresso is a port city.   I'm sure this is the reason for the major road.   There was not much traffic, mostly trucks.

Just before Progresso we spotted the pink flamingos.

They sure are beautiful

After we got set up we went for a walk to the gulf to check it out.  We came acros this old guy coming in and he had some fish to sell but we passed on them.
There are hundreds of these beach homes in this area. They go for miles along the beach and about 4 blocks  away from the beach. A lot are for sale or rent.   But the beach where we are at, just outside Progresso is not that great so I wouldn't be interested in any of them.

This is what the beach looks like along our section.

Not nice at all.

This is the dock at Progresso, it goes out for a couple of miles.  You can't go on it, but there was a steady stream of buses going to get people from the cruise ships.   Transport trucks drive right to the ships to load.

The beach here is very busy with shops, restaurants, massage therapists, palapas, vendors on the beach and much nicer, but still....not awesome.   I think Crystal Beach is nicer than this.   Brenda sat here and had a mojito, while I took a chance and had a beer.    So far no migraine from it.... bonus.   It sure was good to have a cold beer on the beach.    


Yesterdays snake!    Waste not want not right?   I wonder if it will become something useful like a belt or something frivolous like an ornament?

We arrived at Uxmal at about noon.    These are the the largest and most visited ruins we have seen yet.   Beautiful, and once again highly recommended.