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.