A trip to Yucatan and Quitanaroo, from beaches to ruins.
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When you are in Yucatán, you have to stop at Chichén Itzá, the most famous Mayan archeological site. It’s emblematic pyramid , El Castillo, is pictured everywhere, from souvenirs to the state’s license plates, and it has recently been named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Feng felt sick with the plague—or more likely a common and benign cold—and it soon became obviously he was out of service. I might have complained that I had given birth without painkiller and that he’d better drag his ass out of the bed (with a few expletives thrown in) but it didn’t work. “Alright Mark, let’s go explore the city.”
The weather was colder than we expected it. For some reason, it’s always colder in Tulum than in Cancun or Playa—the wind, maybe. After sunset, jeans and a sweater were needed (it was around 15-17°C I think). During the day it was warm enough, but still a bit chillier than you’d think.
We’ve climbed many pyramids over the years, in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala so I knew what to expect. First, structures are steeper than they seem. The steps are tiny and slippery and, of course, these pyramids are somewhat restored but they are still “ruinas” so it’s not a smooth climb.
It was a cloudy day, but we took a chance and decided to head to the “ruinas”, the Mayan archaeological site close to Tulum Pueblo. These are not the most amazing ruinas (there are no tall pyramids and the site is fairly compact) these ones are very scenic as they are set on a steep cliff overlooking the ocean.
Cancún Centro is fairly chaotic. Sidewalks are roads are bumpy and full of potholes, there is a lot of traffic and some areas are very crowded. Yet this chaos is fun and lively. Music blasts from unexpected places, such as farmacias, the hot and humid air smells of a mix of fresh tortillas, bread, beans and whatever street food is sold around.
All packed and ready to go, we drove to Ottawa Airport this morning and learned that our flight to Toronto had been cancelled. Well, not just our flight—all the flights to Toronto. Apparently, approximately 600 flights have been cancelled at Pearson International Airport Tuesday afternoon because of the cold weather, thus Wednesday travelers like us were bumped for that Tuesday travelers could catch their flight.