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MONTH

Nov 09

COUNTRIES

San Blas Archipelago Islands, Panama, Mexico

SITES

Panama canal, St Cristobal; Na Bolom, Palenque, Tulum, Dos Oyos cenotes, Playa del Carmen; Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Coba, Cancún and Mexico City.

WILDLIFE

Green and hawks bill turtle, starfish, barracuda, dolphin, giant
grouper, red snapper, whale shark, giant box fish, 100s of coral fish, lobster, crabs, stingray, eagle ray, hummingbird, iguana, howler monkey.

TOP MOMENTS

1. Sailing the San Blas Islands – lying on the white sandy beaches of the tiny coconut tree covered islands of the archipelago. Also catching tuna off the boat and hunting lobster in the rocks.

2. Cozumel Reef - Diving the tropical clear waters off the coast
Cozumel. The second biggest reef in the worlds.

3. Real Grand Caribe Cancun – One night stay in the 5 star all
inclusive luxury hotel we treated ourselves to. A beach view room with free room service, pool side drinks and all food we could eat. Also a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, a taste of flash packing on an Internet special.

LOWEST MOMENTS

1. No fish – spending 4 hours trawling for barracuda and catching nothing.

2. Overcharged – being ripped off by the colectivo {mini van} driver at our destination by charging us for an extra seat that he put our rucksacks on.

2. Wasted booze - dropping and smashing an expensive bottle of fine Mexican Tequila.

SCARIEST MOMENTS

1. Rough waters - snorkeling and spear fishing the reef 1km from the shore in 6 foot waves. The bubbles in the crashing waves made it impossible to see, not something too safe when you are surrounded by big rocks and coral. {Chris}

2. Hurricane Ida – after the Caribbean sailing crossing was delayed because of a massive tropical depression, seeing a water spout {non-super cell tornado over water} heading towards our boat. It did eventually dissipate.

UNUSUAL FOOD

Chayagra juice {a green blend of pineapple juice, lime juice,
cucumber, and chaya (similar to spinach)}

Ceviche (raw fish and prawns cooked in lime)

Taco, tacos and more tacos

Prickly pear – cactus

Mamey - a potato type fruit

MOSTLY MISSING

Different clothes from the ones in our backpack.

Price labels on products in shops

MOSTLY HAD FILL OFF

Mosquito bites

People trying to rip us off.

People presuming we are American and quoting in USD.

QUOTES

  • ´I am just going to stay in bed until the sun comes out´*

Liannah, Tulum

Rain was coming through our beach hut roof the night before and we had a few cloudy days.

  • ´Brother from another mother´*

Hotel customer service guy, Cancun, Mexico

He was referring to Chris wanting to have the same colour dark skin as him.

  • ´Its to Mexican cuisine what the Hard Rock Café is to Jimi Hendrix ´*

Lonely Planet Mexico, about Senor Frogs

A very cheesy touristy restaurant, Yucatan, Mexico.

  • ´Its a small boat for small Mayan people.´*

Dive boat guy, Cozumel.
They are a very short nation.

FACTS

The name ‘cocktail’ comes from Campeche in 17th centuary when English pirates drank with palm fronds in their drinks, that looked like cocks–tails.

Over 20,000 Mayan people still exist in Mexico and the Mayan language is still used in many areas.

FISH CAUGHT = 5 (7)

3 x Bonito (small tuna). 1 x large Tuna, 1 x small grouper and 2 x lobster.

BITES and STINGS

CH = 50+ mosi

LP = 50+ mosi

TAN

Toastada – good tan, slowly fading from now on.

NEXT ON AGENDA

Mexico city then…….home

Posted by Spearsy 19:15 Archived in Mexico

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