All of Mexico, State of Campeche


March 18, 2019

,Since we had made the trip to Uxmal to see the ruins we felt we may as well continue on to visit the colorful town of Campeche on the Gulf coast of Mexico. It is an Instagramable Unesco World Heritage Site especially in its Centro where narrow streets are lined with pastel colored facades. 

Campeche is a walled city, some of which are still standing, and the Centro is within these walls. This is pretty much where the tourist area lies and most of the restaurants and shops. The wall was created to defend the city from pirate attacks and you can walk on top of a small portion by going to the Baluarte de San Francisco and paying 15pesos per person.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, State of Yucatan


March 17, 2019

A week ago we made our way from Merida to Uxmal, very excited to see these impressive ruins. We had pre-booked our bus tickets using SUR, a second class bus company that is the only one that travels to Uxmal (50% discount for me using INAPAM over 60 resident card). This bus continues on to Campeche. Something we would do the following day. There is no on-line booking for SUR so you must go to the bus terminal in order to purchase your tickets. Uxmal is a popular trip, especially for day trippers, so I would do this initial section a couple of days in advance. 

It had been difficult getting actual information on the bus service and route for this bus. At first it looked like we could take the bus to Uxmal but would either have to return to Merida and take a separate bus to Campeche or we would have to resort to a 1900 pesos ($99) more direct taxi ride. But it seems this thru service is new and we lucked out (see more on our post Three Days In Colorful Campeche). Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, State of Yucatan


March 10, 2019

Thinking correctly that it would still be the cold winter weather up in San Miguel de Allende during February and March we added colorful Merida into our 2 month Yucatan adventure. Today it is 99 at 5pm, so we are definitely getting our heat fix in. 

Here for a month, we have plans to return in December and January, once again to escape the cold San Miguel weather. Because of the heat having a pool at our Airbnb is a must and we lucked out with a nice sized one, big enough to do laps in. A good Merida Airbnb is not cheap though and we will go over our monthly rent budget. This time we have a house in the Santa Ana neighborhood but it isn’t available at the end of the year. For that we just booked a two bedroom apartment, once again with a decent pool for its 6 units. Booking ahead during the busy season is essential in order to remain at least partially on budget. Some offerings are ridiculously priced for what they offer so do some homework. We really like the Santa Ana neighborhood for proximity to Centro.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, State of Yucatan


March 9, 2019

Izamal is a small town in the Yucatan about an hour drive from Merida, making it a nice day trip. We made it there on our second attempt, since the first day we tried had rain clouds and eventually a bit of rain and we didn’t feel like wandering around and sightseeing in a downpour. On our second try the sun was shining, a bit too much it turns out, as the temperature was 98 degrees!!! 

Looking up the bus schedule online we saw the morning ones left at 8:30 and 10am. So thinking there would be a lot to see in Izamal we woke up early and headed off by Uber ($2) to the second class Noreste Bus Terminal. As we arrived at the ticket counter at 8:20 we were informed that the bus actually left at 8:15am. So much for planning. We had an hour and a half to sit on our butts in the terminal and while away the time with our ever present, life-saving, Kindles.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, State of Yucatan


March 2, 2019

Stopping off for a few days in Valladolid between Tulum and Merida just seemed to make sense. And when we started researching the town and seeing the Instagram posts for it we were even happier with the decision. It is a super mellow town with ice cream colors and quite a bit to pack in to the three days we stayed there.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Quintana Roo


February 28, 2019


A visit to Tulum is not complete without a visit to the Tulum ruins!!! And it is easy to do since it is right on the coast, either at the north end of the beach lane if staying on the beach, or a short bit from Tulum town. We took a taxi from town after getting up early and getting some coffee first. Taxis drop off at the beginning of a long road (500 meters) ending at the entrance and ticket booth. There is supposed to be a little train that you can pay for if you don’t feel like the walk but we didn’t see it working at the time we were there. If you bike to the ruins make sure to bring along a lock. Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Quintana Roo


February 26, 2019

There are two Tulum’s. We sort of knew this, but didn’t quite understand the full impact until we finished our beach stay at Tita Tulum – Hotel Ecological and arrived at Secret Garden, our next home away from home for the 8 nights we spent in Tulum Town. 

When you see most blog posts, or photos on Instagram, they are talking about or showing the beach side of Tulum.  The beautiful, casual, sexy atmosphere!! But inland, several kilometers away, is a whole different world.  

Tulum Town is not postcard pretty or quaint!! But it is interesting in it’s own fashion and is a good place to spend a few days as you explore the area removed from the beach, like the cenotes and Tulum, Coba ruins, or to use as a less expensive option to the high price beachfront hotels and restaurants.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Quintana Roo


February 22, 2019

Have you ever had an AH!!!! moment? That is what our stay on the beach of Tulum was a series of. 

If you read our last post “Pleasing Playa Del Carmen” then you will know PDC was an active and somewhat noisy place. Not so the south beach at Tita Tulum-Hotel Ecological where we made our home for 3 nights. It was, for the most part, simple tranquility. We had a sweet bungalow right on the sand complete with colorful hammocks on the front porch. And it was only a few steps to the chaises where we could laze in the sun under a palapa and gaze out at a spectacular view. We were lucky to have bungalow #7 which is on the right side of the property when facing the beach. Unfortunately there is a bar on the left side playing music till the early hours. But the sound was rather muffled where we were so if you go try to get either #7 or #5. And if you book Tita Tulum, consider using this affiliate link at no extra cost to you. Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Quintana Roo


February 6, 2019

Almost a week ago we headed out from our lovely home in San Miguel de Allende to hot weather, palm trees, blue water and the white sand of the Yucatan, Mexico. First stop in our two month vacay is Playa Del Carmen, where we still have another two days before continuing on to stop number two, Tulum. 

We had decided months ago to fly from Queretero to Cancun nonstop on Volaris. Only an hour away from San Miguel, Queretero is easy to get to using the door-to-airport BajioGo shuttle ($24 pp). We would not suggest taking the bus to Queretero and then taxi from there as the airport is a ways out. This was our first time at the Queretero airport and although small, it seemed slightly chaotic. The flight was full so there was a long line started before we got there and since there were several big family/groups and only two attendants at the counter things went slow. Still, the price was right and we are going to be heading off on our first huge trip as a couple, 6 months in Asia at the end of next year, so we needed the practice in patience.  Continue Reading…