My guy and I spent a week in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan and successfully achieved my goal of not spending a single minute in the city of Cancun. The airport is conveniently located well outside the city. Instead, we did a wonderful tour which included a mix of beaches, birds, and ruins. Being low-season, we made no reservations except for the first night’s hotel and the rental car, and never had any issue getting a room in our first choice hotel. Of course, in some places only one hotel was open, and we still had a few places to ourselves, or nearly so. We had the Heat as our constant companion though, and its compatriot the Humidity.

Day 1 was in Tulum with its famous cliff-top Mayan ruins. The water color and the setting are impressive, but the site is overall under-whelming. We went early to avoid the crowds, but there were still plenty (i.e. too many) people. So, after a couple of quick hours we decided to drive a bit over 40km down a wonderfully adventurous dirt road literally to the end of the road into the Sian-Ka’an Bioreserve, but more on that tomorrow.

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on the walk up to the cliffs

turtle nest protection

ruins. meh.

Ah, there we go, that's more like it.

The classic view

Iguana living the life.

The crowds coming in on our way out.