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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

Memorable Meals in México 3: Mérida

When I first moved to Ciudad Guzmán, a little under five years ago, I rented an apartment just off a street, Calle Pascual Galindo Ceballos, in the center of the city. There was nothing particularly remarkable about this street. It was a typical street, running one way east to west for about five hundred meters and finishing in the corner of the main Plaza.

As I walked up and down the street, I started to notice the range of shops and activities that this street contained. It struck me that it would be possible to spend one’s whole life not needing to go beyond the limits of the street. There was a large Franciscan church, a Funeral Parlour, a dentist and at least three Doctors’ consulting rooms. There were small grocery stores on three of the corners. There was an excellent bakery, a handful of restaurants, and a cafe with a shiny Gaggia machine and superb home made cakes. Later someone started a bar in one of the old colonial houses on a street corner. There were two gyms. There was a shoe shop and an opticians. There was a shop selling all kinds of material for curtains where it was possible to buy sheets and towels. There were a number of shops specialising in electronic repairs as well as somewhere to cut keys and frame pictures. In short, it was a typical small town Mexican street. Continue reading