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How tines have changed...

Since my visit to South America in 2007, when no one had heard of smart phones and Facebook was nothing more than a curiosity...

Posted by NiamhC 09:34 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Bacalar y la laguna de los siete colores

How can a place that looks like this...
...have a sign like this??

Bacalar feels more real than Tulum, more local people running local businesses, living real lives. The lake is supposed to show 7 different colours depending on the surface under the water (grass, sand, orangey sand...), and is amazingly tranquil - we think we spotted six!

Also had beautiful tacos and enchiladas...
and quesadillas from a street vendor.

We taxied it down to Chetumal after missing our bus, and left Mexico by ferry after the sniffer dog passed our bags for for travel :-)

Posted by NiamhC 09:31 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)


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Tulum has overdeveloped luxury at the beach (foreign-owned boutique resorts) close to underdevloped poverty in the town (old Beatles everywhere, corrugated iron roofed houses), as well as a bit of in between (for people like us!). Our night "security" guard lives 12 hours away from his wife and son to make a better living in a basic hotel. But everyone was happy, friendly and helpful, and they seem interested and involved in conservation efforts, which is always nice to see.

Here we saw the only Mayan ruins on the ocean, marvelled at the very brazen iguanas, and had our first swim in the warm, turquoise Caribbean next to pure white sand. Playa ParaĆ­so is listed in Trip Advisors top 25 beaches in the world (#21)...http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g1

We also swam with seagrass-munching turtles (and lots of fish) at Playa Akumal, and swam in Cenote Los Dos Ojos, a limestone sinkhole with the clearest water I've ever seen, Snorkelled through a tunnel into a cave which is home to lots of fruit bats! I still have a bump where I banged my head on a stalagtite... :-)

Not a bad start to our trip! We unfortunately don't have any photos here, as I don't have a cable for the camera...

Posted by NiamhC 08:58 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Ensconced in traditional Mexico already...

A sign of globalisation in our Tulum accommodation.

Posted by NiamhC 15:48 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Nice start to our trip...

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Zebre players in Dublin airport the morning after playing Ulster!

Posted by NiamhC 15:15 Archived in Ireland Comments (0)

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