We had arrived earlier than planned after deciding to take the night bus from Belize City so hadn't found any accommodation so ended up walking around Tulum at 6.30 in the morning being turned away from hostel after hostel because they were full. We did eventually find some hostels that had space for us but as they were over $20, more than double what we usually pay for a bed, we decided that we couldn't afford to stay in Tulum for more than night.
While we were too exhausted after all of our travelling to do much the day we arrived we made plans to visit the Mayan ruins before taking a bus to Cancun the next day. These were the first ruins I had visited and while they were impressive, there was something even more breathtaking. The ruins at Tulum are right on the coast and it was hands down the most beautiful water I've ever seen.
Cancun was our next stop and after the disaster that was trying to find somewhere to stay in Tulum we booked ahead this time. Our stay involved even more beautiful water, another visit to the Mayans and the most expensive night out ever. Do you know it costs $60 to get into a club in Cancun???
|I swear it's impossible to get a photo where all of us are smiling|
A little history about the Mayans seeing as they're featuring so heavily in this blog. The Maya civilisation spread all the way from the southeastern regions of Mexico, down through Guatemala and Belize to the north of Honduras and El Salvador. The Mayans were around from 2000 BC until the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilistation toward the end of the ninth century that led to the abandonment of their great cities.
After a few days hanging around in Cancun, we weren't quite ready to leave Mexico so we decided to make a stop on our way back down to the border. We chose Laguna de Bacalar, also known as the lake of seven colours. I thought the water in Tulum and then Cancun couldn't get any better but Mexico just kept it coming. Bacalar has the clearest, most crystalline water you could imagine and is hard to look away from.
|Yep, this is actually what it looks like|
|Enjoying the beautiful yet freezing water|
Anyway, whatever it was, I feel like I owe Mexico another chance to bowl me over like has most of the travellers we've met but that means giving it much longer than a week - I mean have you seen the size of it? - and visiting places that show off the true Mexican culture. I have a feeling that once I dig past the Cancuns and Tulums, Mexico could be a place that I could love.