We got back on the same chicken bus that had picked us up back in Belize City and drove another 20 minutes to Chetumal. We gazed out the window, somehow not really believing we were in Mexico! We noticed all the Spanish signs again and tried to get our brains back into gear. After a short taxi ride to another bus terminal we booked ourselves onto a 4 hour bus north east along the coast to Tulum. At the check in desk we realised that we had gone forward an hour – it would have been more useful to gain an hour on a travel day. We would now be arriving in Tulum later; we hadn’t booked a hostel so didn’t really want to be roaming the streets at night!
|Kyle loved the 'walk in' freezer|
|A police bike!|
|One of our favourite meals in a restaurant...|
|Our worst traditional breakfast in a hostel.. |
note the armpit tortilla wraps!!
|Chillies and multiple Mojitos|
|Divers air bubbles rising to the surface... if you see big bubbles... don't jump!|
Our next two dives were cave dives at a site called ‘Dos Ojos’ (Two Eyes). The natural light on the water made it incredibly blue. We entered the water, at the opening of the cave and from there, there were two directions you could go in. We followed the ‘Barbie Line’ – there for us not to get lost.
Parts of the line were like a passageway; stalactites and stalagmites either side of us and looking up, you could see the roof; where the water went right up to it. No room for us to panic and come up to the surface…literally no room! It was a little bit of a tight squeeze in places.
We learnt about the Mexican’s general view of ‘native’ people and the prejudices that they hold, even though many Mexicans actually have native roots! The guide used the example; if a native person entered a coffee shop, it would often be assumed by the Mexican owner that they wanted to sell you something rather than buy a coffee.
|Climbing steps at altitude again...|
|Final afternoon in San Cristobal caught in the rain!|
Just as Kyle was starting to feel better, we were leaving San Cristobal. Unfortunately we were on a tight time frame; with our flight out of Mexico City in one week, there was no time to extend our stay any further.
|No sandels... ops!!|
|Juan leaving us in his home!|
|'Weeds' growing in the 'garden' behind our house|
|3 minute stroll to the beach|
|Secretly taken... promise|
|Rum and Coconut!|
|Look at the size of the tree compared to the church next to it!!|
|Lions and goblins!|
When walking up the steps out of the subway, we were instantly wowed. We found ourselves smack bang in the main square; everything was seriously large scale. The cathedral and surrounding buildings looked wonderful and the big empty square apparently holds concerts from time to time. Right in the middle was the biggest flag we have ever seen!!
|Up the Torre...|
|Wall art in metro|