Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ek Balam and Ria Lagartos Day Trip

I got an email in July or August from a gentleman who wanted to visit Ek Balam and Ria Lagartos with a friend and we agreed on a day trip into Yucatan's interior.

A 6 am pickup followed by a 2 hour drive to Valladolid and Temozon, where we had a tasty and extremely typical taco and torta breakfast from a cart in front of the village church.

Ek Balam was 10 minutes away and shortly, we were exploring the Mayan ruins there. The heat was oppressive thanks to the humidity but we spent a good hour or so exploring. The view from the top of the main pyramid is amazing!

From Ek Balam, another 1.5 - 2 hour drive to Ria Lagartos, in pouring rain (a real downpour!!) which dissipated until it was a mere drizzle, which accompanied us for the rest of the trip. The flamingo and bird watching tour was great, especially if you are the bird-watching type. There are also crocodiles which the guide will point out for you. Personally, I thought the highlight of the trip was the opportunity to float in the salty canal (where the local salt industry produces table salt) and the muddy facial applied by the tour guide to those willing to indulge.

Lunch in nearby San Felipe (much more picturesque and especially photogenic when the afternoon sun comes out after a rainfall) was seafood and quite good.

Then, the long drive home which was done in one fell swoop. Long, a little tiring but overall, worth it. I dropped off my guests at around 11:00 pm.

This was an all-day trip!

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