Hitchiking accros the Yucatan Peninsula
by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years ago
My Quebecoise girlfriend and I had spent the night before in Villahermosa, in Tabasco (where we admired the strange giant heads of Parque Museo La Venta) and in the morning we traveled hitchhiking to Merida, in Yucatán, what would take us two full days.
The first day we could reach Ciudad del Carmen, in the state of Campeche, where we slept, and the second day, with a stop in Campeche city, or San Francisco de Campeche, we crossed that state and entered Yucatán. In the afternoon we arrived to Mérida and we thanked the truck driver who had picked us up and looked for a hostel to leave our luggage and then visited a hammock shop to buy a couple of them, which would be very useful during our journey to sleep for free, hanging them between two trees.
Based on pleasant Merida we made several one day excursions to the most remarkable archeological sites, which were Chichen Itza (our favorite), Uxmal, and still other of minor importance.
Then, in our way to Isla Mujeres we stopped in Valladolid and saw a famous zenote that (so we were told) was a center of sacrifices in the pre-Columbian America.
Finally we crossed by boat from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, an island that was less crowded than Cozumel, and chose a nice beach to sleep.
After one week of rest in Isla Mujeres we left to to Quintana Roo.
We arrived hitchhiking to Tulum, the unique Maya temple by the sea side; we were delighted by the atmosphere of young travelers. In gthe evening we gathered by the beach to listen music and talk about travels. We so loved the place that decided to spend several days living inside a camping for hammock and socializing with the individual travelers who were touring Center America. Furthermore, food was good and cheap, and cervezas Coronas delicious!
The temple that impressed us most was called El Castillo (The Castle). Another one was called Del Viento (of the Wind) and into another one we saw several frescoes.
The forth day we continued our journey, and some hours later we entered Belize.