The last few weeks have been non-stop and tomorrow I am going to the ICYE camp and then straight off to the states for 10 days so here is a quick recap over our last couple of weeks in Mexico and Guatemala…
We had an amazing time in MC – Laura was especially excited to see the city and it definitely lived up to her expectations. The architecture was amazing, there was far too much to do and see AND it was safe. Our hostel was fine, a little on the pricey side but we thought the breakfast and dinner buffet included would make up for it… but the food wasn’t great (apart from pancakes on morning). But we did meet two great guys in the hostel, Christian and Cerca, who we ended up seeing some sights with and we had a lot of multicultural banter…
In the centre we saw the Zocalo, the outside of the National Palace (it’s closed atm), the huge cathedral, a couple of random but free museums, Tenochtitlan (Laura’s favourite) and a genocide museum. Yes, we went all the way to Mexico to learn about genocide… but we are human rights geeks and it was really interesting, if not quite depressing.
The other days we went on some day trips with the guys to the pyramids at Teotihaucan (amazing!! It was boiling but we managed to climb up the 230ft Sun pyramid), the Xochimilco canals (we went along the canal with beers and more random banter) and Chapultepec park (which included a seriously boring museum and renting pedalos on one of the lakes). We really enjoyed spending time with the guys and spent most of our evening playing card games and occasionally watching Christian getting drunk off Mezcal (actually a worse light head than me!). What with us being British, Christian being American and Cerca being from Israel, we had some very random but very hilarious debates, like… George Bush, british politics (including the infamous Barbara Thatcher), the Israeli army, terrorists, George Bush, the royal family, drugs, porn, vietnam war, Guy Fawkes, James Bond, Christian’s heritage… and George Bush. We missed them a lot after we left!! But Cerca did turn up in Palenque with us later on… 🙂
Laura and I also had a day trip to Taxco which was maybe my favourite place during the trip… it’s a small town perched on a cliff and the views are amazing. The town even had a Swiss cable car to go up to a hotel where the view was stunning. The town is famous too for it’s silver jewelry so we both went way over our budget and bought some pretty things… Also, best thing ever was that all the taxis were VW beetles and the buses were VW camper vans!!
To get back to coast we ended up flying to Cancun, it was actually cheaper and a lot faster than buses, but we’d decided to skip it and go straight to a nearby island. Driving through Cancun felt like flying through Florida, everything was so American, but the sea did look amazingly blue… but we were glad we chose Mujeres as it was sooo pretty and relaxing. Our hostel was nice with a huge beach garden full of hammocks and it was right on the beach… so I could get up early and lie by the beach until Laura was up. Oh, and it had the cutest puppy EVER! We did plan to rent a golf buggy and explore the island but we ended up just relaxing on the two nearby beaches and chilling in the hammocks.
After a few days we jumped back on the ferry and got a bus down to Tulum which has a beach… and ruins! So best of both worlds for me and Laura (we discovered we had very different travel needs…); however our first night was shaken up a bit by a random mexican guy we met who told us about turtles coming up to the beach at night. So we ended up hitchhiking down to the beach and looking for turtles… we did see some baby one and an amazing, huge lightening storm over the sea, but the guy turned out to be a little creepy (especially when he turned up at our hostel the next day looking for us!).
The next day we wandered around, buying souvenirs, before heading to the beach to catch some more rays. The day after we went to the Tulum ruins, which were quite small, but they looking amazing next to the sea… it was far too hot again though so we gave up pretty fast and spent the afternoon on a different beach… then we had to leave the coast and it was goodbye beaches!! 😦