We didn't really do much else in Playa Del Carmen, and after a couple of days decided to head down the coast to Tulum. Instead of getting a bus we decided to catch a collectivo which we thought would be like a Ghanaian Tro Tro but was actualy more like a mini van taxi with air con and everything! It was pure luxury compared to the rest of the travel on our trip.
We still found Tulum pretty expensive, mainly because we wanted to stay by the beach rather than in Tulum town, but we found a lovely little cabana and got settled into our hammock!
We hired bikes while we were in Tulum and on the first day went to the ancient Mayan ruins, but as we had travelled from Playa that day the ruins were shutting soon and we decided to come back another day to make sure we had enough time to see it all (bad idea!) instead we went to the beach, which was one of the most beautiful we saw all trip.
The following day we took our bikes to the Sian Khan nature reserve, we cycled 5 miles along a dirt track road which was meant to take us to the visitors centre, except the visitors centre was shut so we turned round and started to cycle back. When we stopped for a well needed corona we saw the view from the look out and realised that either side of the track was the most beautiful lagoon on and beach which we had missed, doh!!
While we were enjoying our corona this guy popped up to say hi, EEK!!
Really annoyingly the following day when we had planned to go to a cenote and back to the ruins it rained and rained and rained some more, apparently it was the tale end of a hurricane. So we spent the whole day in our cabana in some forced relaxation time and never got to see the famous ruins.
Because the day after we caught a bus to Chetumal on the border of Belize where we got a boat to the island of Caye Caulker, but not until we had laid out our bags for the mexican sniffer dogs and paid a fortune in "departure tax" to leave the country.
My views on Mexico are a bit mixed if I am honest, I preferred the other countries we visited on our trip as they weren't so developed and seemed much better value. That said I think if we had listened to Amanda's suggestions on where to go and hadn't had the bad weather we would have had a better time. I would definitely like to go back some time for a couple of weeks and explore some more, especially as Mexico is one of the easier ones to get to from the UK.
Anyone else been to Mexico? What are your thoughts on it?