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Mar 13, 2018 12:00 AM Palenque - the miracle in the jungle...

Palenque - the miracle in the jungle... It is 7 kms from the Palenque township, where I stay in San Miguel hostal. The van drivers are well organized - they offer shared service to the ruins of ancient Palenque for 20 pesos pp. The van is departing when full. On the way they will stop you to pay National Park entry fee of 34 pesos. Then at the upper gate you will pay again 70 pesos, no discounts for the foreigners! Local workers were staying at the gate protesting against... I do not know... Then you enter area, you climb some 30 stone steps through the jungle and...
And you see one of the most fascinating places in Mexico: Skull Temple like the high stone pyramid and just after The Piramid of Inscriptions built as a tomb for the powerful local Maya king. Opposite you have the palace and going onward you will come to the Cruz temple courtyard to climb it for the better view of the ancient buildings and the lush jungle which surrounds the ruins. Great place to be! And to listen to the thick jungle "talking" around.
The city of Palenque was developed between 4th and 10th century.
I spent there 3 hours climbing the buildings, taking pictures and enjoying the atmosphere. Departing the ruins it is worth to visit the museum on the acces road - you will see what was in the tomb of the king and how was the Maya people life...
Weather is hot, sticky, humid and it is difficult to survive on the sun more then few hours. But it was worth!

Mar 12, 2018 12:00 AM 9 hours on the bus to Chiapas

9 hours on the bus to Chiapas ADO bus company has also a luxury class, but you understand that it is not for me - the old backpacker :) In Hostal Ermita in Merida where I stay the substancial breakfast is included: coffee, tea, juice, flakes, milk, bread, butter, jam and fruits - you eat as much as you want. Elmita is also the great place to meet other travellers. They have even mini-pool -see picture. Highly recommend!
It took me 15 min walk to reach ADO bus station and... then it was 9 hours on the a/c bus, passing Campeche, Emiliano Zapata. Enjoying the views of the coast, huge river and Aduana (customs) when close to the Guatemala border. It was cloudy, hot and sticky air when I disembarked in Palenque, Chiapas. Buenas noches!

Mar 11, 2018 12:00 AM Uxmal - great Mayan ruins

Uxmal - great Mayan ruins In 1989 I did not have enough time and money to make a side trip to Uxmal... The 2nd class bus from Merida goes there at 9 am and costs 65 pesos each way 90 minutes ride. After few stops in the crowded little towns we disembarked in front of the ruins just near restairant and Cocoa Museum.
Then you have to walk 400 m to the gate and you are surprised: To enter you have to stay in the two lines to two ticket offices. You buy one ticket for 70 and then second for 164. And you go through two consecutive gates checking ticket and ticket 2... Seems they have high unemployment rate. But it is tourist who suffer in the heat. No diccounts for foreign seniors, for locals only!
You walk uphill to see the first stone piramid of the Magician, 39 m high. No climbing but still very impresive. Then big Nunnery courtyard. Ornate Palace of the Governor - much bigger then I expected! Near the
palace is GRAND Piramide to climb to the top - 32 m up but it is uncovered only from the front. The best view of the ruins is in my opinion from the terrace of Governor' Palace. Wow! Uxmall is worth to be on the World Heritage list... It took me 2 hours in extreme heat to see all places...

Mar 10, 2018 12:00 AM By bus to Merida

By bus to Merida ADO is the main 1st class bus company in this part of Mexico. They are fully computerised but I think that it is better to buy tkt at their station than online. Why? You want to go A to B on day X. The cashier will show you the list of departures with prices. Suprisely the prices are not the same. Deciding to go two hours sooner or later you can save even 20 USD! They have dynamic price policy trying to fill empty buses...
It took me today 4,5 hours on comfy a/c bus to get from Canncun to inland Merida - nice colonial city. Can you imagine - I have been here in 1989!
Merida is now even nicer but still with the same lazy atmosphere of narrow, cobbled streets whith horse carts.
I went again to Parque San Juan, Santa Lucia an Zocalo - main square wherein the evening the Mariachis were giving great concert. 38 deg Celsius during the day. But what a place! A big 1l bottle of Mexican Rum costs here only 90 pesos. But not easy to find! Go to the 59th street between 60 and 62 - near Reforma Hotel. Cuba es libre again!

Mar 09, 2018 12:00 AM Walking along Cancun Island

Walking along Cancun Island I have been years ago to Yucatan, but I never been here... 40 years ago more than 20-kms long Cancun Island was known only to the local fishermen. Now it is world-renowned resort visited by more then a million tourists each year. Cancun town, where I live in the cheap room is located on the continent. That's where Mexicans working in the island resorts live. Bus station is here and nothing else to see.
To get to the island you have to take bus R1 or R2 (12 pesos) -both go from the township to kilometro 18 on the island, where picturesque public Dolphin Beach is located - just by the road. That's what I did today in the morning and then I started a walk back - partly on the beach, partly by road. Despite the cloudy weather and strong wind generating high waves it was enjoyable walk. I passed by many fancy hotels with elegant beaches... Great day! I returned at 5 pm - just before the rain . Lucky me! :)

Mar 08, 2018 12:00 AM Last day in Havana

Last day in Havana Every narrow street in Havana Vieja (Old Havana) us different and if you wonder alone in the maze of alleys you feel like in the theater... The life is around and nobody bothers you..
That's what I did in the morning. In the Salud street near the church black ladies sells fresh flowers. In Nettuno in fron of the bakery the bakery the people form the line waiting for the fresh bread...
In the midday I said goodbye to my hosts and walked to catch the city bus P12 headinnd to the airport area. The ride cost me 1 peso cubano - like 5 cents + 2 kms walk. Foreigners usually go by taxi paying equivalent of 20-30 dollars. My flight to Mexico was delayed so I landed in Cancun after sunset. ADO bus took me from tbe airport to the city center for 78 MEX. Then I was walking again to my B&B. Welcome to Mexico!

Mar 07, 2018 12:00 AM To the Cuban Mogotes

To the Cuban Mogotes In Vinales, Pinar del Rio province you will find famous Cuban Mogotes from the UNESCO World Heritage list. I never been there so it was good opportunity to organize the day excursion from Havana. Tour offices offer such a tour for 67 CUC (convertibles pesos) - too much for the backpacker. You have a choice of Viazul bus (12 COC each way but difficult to book) or collectivo taxi, which will pick you up from your room - for 20 each way. I took collectivo. Already on approach to Vinales after 2,5 h drive you can see from the view point near Jasmine hotel the great panorama if the nice mountain range. Then you go down to the little town Vinales and can walk or rent a bike/horse to valleys.I went to Dos Hermanos. It was already 5.30 pm wgen I returned. Nice day - The Mogotes are worth a visit!

Mar 04, 2018 12:00 AM Destination - Cuba!

Destination - Cuba! In the morning our ship docked again in the port of Miami. With my light luggage I was one of the first passengers going ashore. Yes there is immigration control, but no customs, so the budget traveller can take with him all stuff from the ship - you know what I mean :) Bye, bye big ship!
Co- passenger was so nice to make the phone call to the shuttle company - I booked my transfer to FLL airport on internet (JiffyJeff) in advance. -Our black van is waiting on the left while you exit the terminal C. Yes, the black van was there and at 8.15 we were already driving with other passengers. They charge 15 USD, but I decided to go with them due to short connection time. By public transport it will take a lot of walking and around 3 hours...
Now I am in FLL airport waiting for the flight to Havana. I have been there for first time some 40 years ago - can you imagine? I expect many changes, but I do not expect internet access. So maybe the next message will be after few days from Mexico...

Mar 02, 2018 12:00 AM Cozumel - Yucatan

Cozumel - Yucatan Dear Friends
After Honduras and Belize our ship arrived today to Cozumel port on Yucatan Peninsula. The view of Cozumel from the ship you have on the picture. Everything goes well. Internet expensive... sorry. More soon...

Feb 27, 2018 12:00 AM Highest peak on Roatan?

Highest peak on Roatan? After day at sea our big boat arrived to Coxen Hole on the Roatan Island, which belongs to Honduras. Coxen was the pirate who had here his hideaway... Instead taking an expensive excursion I decided to climb the highest visible mountain Dixie Peak. Nobody was able to tell me if there is a nice view from the top.
The way uphill by bumpy countryside road was interesting because I saw there real life... The peak with radar and radio antennas is fenced, but friendly caretaker allowed me to go in and took some pictures.
My GPS showed there 245 m above the cea level.
Both sides of the island are visible from the top... But for the best view of your ship go rather to Spanish Town, where taxi drivers took all visitors... :)

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