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Blissful Adventures in Bacalar?

rain 24 °C

We've left Playa del Carmen, heading 300 kms south toward the Belize border, in search of the warm waters and the supposedly spectacular colours of Bacalar Lake. We had no trouble finding the town of Bacalar. It was impossible to miss the giant sign in the town plaza.
But someone had stolen the sign from our lakeside hotel and no-one seemed to know where it was, (neither the sign nor the hotel). We found the hotel after an hour and a half, by which time the sky had turned black, the power had failed and a stinking sewage truck blocked the access road.
Authentic Mexican palapas with thatched roofs on the waterfront may look appealing on the travel brochure, but are not attractive in pouring rain, in the dark, with a sewage truck in the drive and giant transport trucks thundering past on the adjacent highway. Fortunately, the management quickly found us a very nice, quiet, dry, sweetly smelling place in town.

We never found the hotel sign but saw many others including this badly mangled one on the highway that says, “Don't damage signs.”
The sun shone this morning and we set off for the Caribbean resort of Mahahual along a road that is so straight it can be driven blindfolded for 72 kms. And we arrived in Mahahual just in time for lunch and a downpour of biblical proportions...
However, this heron didn't seem to mind the rain...
We had planned on swimming in Mahahual until we saw this sign...
But signs can be deceiving. For instance: Does this sign mean “Stop for robbers being chased by armed police” or “Only robbers and police may use this crossing.”?
The sun came out eventually and brightened up the day for the thousands of passengers who had slipped ashore from this Caribbean cruise boat and found themselves marooned in soggy Mahahual...

Once we had returned to Bacalar we visited the fortress of San Felipe in the centre of the town...
It was built by the Spanish conquistadors in 1729 to fend off the British pirates who were based just along the coast in British Honduras (Belize today).

While we may be considered adventurous by some, we met a couple from Barcelona in Mahahual who are driving their RV from Florida to Patagonia, (via San Francisco), together with their two children aged 12 and 6. Eva and Don Juan sold up everything they had in Spain a year ago, shipped their RV to the states, and expect to take 7 years to drive to all the way to the end of the world in Ushuaia. This is Eva...
While driving the full length of two continents in a cramped vehicle is perhaps a little risky, doing it with two teenage kids is downright suicidal. We wish them well.

Posted by Hawkson 15:15 Archived in Mexico

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What an adventure - and well told! Keep on trucking'....

by Joyce

So sorry you had poor weather... be grateful that you didn’t have an emotional teenager with you😘 on sunny days both Bacalar and Mahahual rate as a couple of the loveliest areas. Missed you at the polar bear swim.

by The teenager

I want to be travelling with the two of you if an apocalypse is on the horizon. You always seem to land on your feet. There sometimes are things to be thankful for when we age, not having to travel with teens.

by Sue Fitzwilson

This visit should have been filmed for the program Survival if they are still running it.

by Janet

Glad you are underway again. Look forward to the posts.

by Tom

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