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Adios Mexico

sunny 34 °C

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As we sit by our poolside palapa we are ready to say goodbye to the Yucatan and its friendly people. This young lady was thrilled with the beads Sheila gave her at Merida Carnaval…
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Despite an abundance of fancy haciendas and flashy cars most people here are not wealthy, but they are surrounded by riches that others should envy. The Yucatan has a rich Mayan heritage, and although vast numbers of the ancient monoliths are buried beneath the jungle there is still much to see. Our favourite site is Uxmal – a Mayan ruin with more than 150 buildings that stem from three major periods in Mayan history, and there wasn't a pesky trinket salesman in sight on either of our visits. This is the enormous governor’s palace from the 9th century AD…
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And this is the 117 foot high pyramid of the magician…
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The Yucatan also has a rich Hispanic culture with many colonial cities built around an economy based on the henequen cactus – a fibrous plant from which rope is made. Every sailing ship in the 19th century needed miles of rope so the Yucatecans became rich, and the port of Sisal from which it was shipped in huge quantities gave it its name. Henequen is still grown here, but its heyday is long past. But, above all, it is the richness and diversity of wildlife that makes this region special. We have enthused about the flocks of flamingos, frigate birds and comical pelicans, but the skies here are alive with a wide variety of birds, and the waters are simply teeming with fish. This is a tiger heron trying his luck at a cenote…
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While this pelican was just happy to pose for us...
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But life here is about to change: most snowbirds have already flown home to Canada and northern climes to await the arrival of the summer sun, and next week the Mexicans will arrive en-mass. This week we have twenty seven apartments, a swimming pool and a lovely beach to ourselves, while next week the place will be heaving with locals wondering why on earth crazy northerners would come here in midwinter when the temperature hovers around a measly 30c.

Thank you faithful blog readers. Knowing that you are following our meanderings means a lot to us, and we hope that our travel tales will inspire some of you to pack a suitcase and hop on a plane. But for those who simply can’t do that – sit back and enjoy the ride. We are already digging deep into our bucket list and we will soon resume our quest to bring the world to your computer. In the meantime, as we take a final stroll into the Yucatan sunset, we are moved to a little poetry...
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Swaying coconut palms shade the shell covered sandy shore while soft sea breezes send seabirds soaring into the sapphire sky, and then, as the fading sun turns crimson and sinks slowly into the ocean, we say adios to Mexico. Thank you for sharing your riches with us and with our friends.

Posted by Hawkson 18:30 Archived in Mexico

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Once again, thank you for the armchair journey. And quite frankly your writing is often poetic and combined with your photography lights up my spirit. Safe travels home and look forward to seeing you this sumnmer, if ever so briefly. Hugs, Trudy

by Trudy

An entry bookended by terrific photographs. It is very hard to work after walking into them imaginatively. I will have to break myself of the addiction to start each day with checking into your blog again I see. Happy to have you both home for awhile before your next adventure.

See you soon,

Tom

by Tom

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