and the rain
05.07.2011 - 08.07.2011
So here's a little introduction: me and my mate Chris have decided to spend the next couple of months making our way around Central America, starting in Mexico and meandering down to Nicaragua. That´s pretty much all you need to know.
We touched down in Cancún and it was pretty late, being apparently the last people in the airport the only way to get into town appeared to be taking the $50 hit for a taxi. We rocked up at a hostel and that too was steep; the first hour in Cancún had cost us the equivalent of two days' budget. So the next morning we left and headed south down the coast to a little village about 50km inland called Cobá. The thinking behind this was to be able to get up early to see the Mayan ruins on the edge of the village before the hordes of package tourists descended on it. The village itself was dead and so we passed the time by eating Tacos and playing Shit Head. For the roughly 10 people we saw in the village there was a police station with 3 cops in a pick-up constantly patrolling the one road that passed through it. Nothing kicked off.
Next morning we got to the ruins nice and early but only to take the wrong route and by the time we got to the centrepiece, the highest Mayan pyramid in the Northern Yucatan, it was swarming in poncho clad Americans. Despite this the climb to the top was still fun and the views from the top were pretty incredible; jungle as far as you could see, only punctuated by the top of another, smaller Mayan pyramid. The complex itself is largely still covered in jungle
That afternoon we headed back towards the coast to the towon of Tulúm which shares its name with some more Mayan ruins which lie on clifftops looking out towards Cuba. The rain then started and just didn't stop so we spent the evening playing a pretty violent card game with an Israeli, a Swiss guy who looked like Sebastian Vettel and a freakishly strong Swiss girl.
In the morning we headed out in the incessant rain to the ruins, but by the time we got there it had cleared up somewhat and we spent a while weaving in and out of poncho-clad Americans before deciding to hit the beach. And for lunch I've just eaten the biggest Burrito, but it was gooood.
Anyway, it hasn't rained for half an hour so I´d best go make the most of it...