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Tulum and Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve

After my recent journey to Mérida, I had the opportunity to visit Tulum for few days. Tulum is easily reached from Mérida by a four hour bus journey which also stops at Chichen Itza. Don’t expect too exciting a bus ride. The land on the Yucatán peninsula is flat, flat, flat.

I had been told by a friend of a friend that Tulum was a “bit of a dump”. That seems over harsh to me. It is true the town itself has no real merits. The principal, possibly sole, business here is tourism, as it is on nearly all the Maya Riviera. One advantage of this for the traveller is that Tulum is full of all sorts of restaurants catering for the tourist trade, a number of which have been set up by foreigners. Continue reading

La Costa Michoacana

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UPDATE: I WROTE THIS POST IN MARCH 2009. SINCE LATE JUNE 2009, THERE HAS BEEN MUCH TENSION IN THE AREA JUST SOUTH OF LA PLACITA BEFORE REACHING LA FARO AND LA TICLA, WHICH AS OF WRITING THIS UPDATE IN MID SEPTEMBER 2009 HAS  LESSENED. I WOULD HOWEVER RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE WANTING TO TRAVEL ALONG THE COAST CHECKS THAT THE AREA IS SAFE.

Last week, I drove about 500 kms from where I live – Ciudad Guzmán, in the south of Jalisco – to Troncones, an enchanting small beach town in the state of Guerrero, just west of Ixtapa. The first part of the drive from Ciudad Guzman is south to Colima, which is a great drive, (either taking the autopista or the slower carretera libre), with ever-changing views of the two huge volcanos of the Nevado (ice) and Fuego (fire). The route then continues south to the city of Tecoman (the lime capital of the world), before heading east on Highway 200, and crossing the border between Colima and Michoacán (marked by an army checkpoint). Continue reading