Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fathers Day Jungle Trek

Fathers Day for many means sleeping in or having a big comida in the middle of the day with the extended family. This Fathers Day I took a nice couple from Lousiana on the Indiana Jones tour in Muna! Traipsing around in the jungle with Pedro, we learned about the local plants, traditions and about some jerkoffs who came onto the property in the middle of the night to steal some of the artifacts and decorative stones Pedro had set out as part of his ecological tour. This of course has left Pedro heartily disillusioned and proven that wherever there is someone trying to make a positive difference in his immediate surroundings, there are always several more lazy-ass good-for-nothing losers who will resort to theft or vandalism to make a living. If there is such a thing as karma, I hope they find themselves infected with an incurable disease that will take their sorry asses off the planet as soon as possible.

But I digress.

We had not only the opportunity to see and learn about the flora of the area, but also to taste some of the local plants, which, like the sinanche, leaves your mouth anesthetized as if you had just left the dentist. Our lips and gums were tingling for about 20 minutes, while we climbed up onto a hidden pyramid and down into a dry cave. A fantastic tour, not for those who shy away from exercise or are too timid to experience the extraordinary.

A few photos:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

San Crisanto and Chabihau

A drive out to San Crisanto with some lovely British expats from Saltillo who wanted to experience the mangrove tour there (link to Yucatan Today's article here) yielded a few photos worth sharing.

San Crisanto Mangrove Tour, waiting area

The Mangrove Forest

The View from the Bridge in Chabihau

A little blue house in Chabihau

The Little Mermaid was just sitting there, waiting to be photographed

Fishing Boat

Uva de Mar (Sea Grape? Plant)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Happy Comments!

I received the following email from a great group of young people who wanted to see the Chunkanan cenotes while visiting Progreso:

I was aware some people would call us na├»ve and careless, traveling to Mexico in these hard times. I had found William Lawson through NY Mag, a trusted site, I also researched the news for violence outbreaks in the Yucatan – virtually none.  Still, I had my doubts.  However, the desire for adventure somehow silenced my reasons for safety. I knew I didn’t want an ordinary tour on a bus -  waiting for others, not being able to hear information, and experiencing culture from a distance. My group consisted of  five 21-22 y/o college grads from Texas, we’re impatient and anticipated total immersion. Lawson’s tour was the way to go.

Right after meeting our tour Mr. Lawson, we knew we made the right choice in taking the risk.  Friendly is not enough to describe the kind of person he is. Our cruise ship was running thirty minutes late, and yet Mr. Lawson waited. He then took us to his vehicle onwards to our journey.  The hour and a half ride was incredibly easy going as we joked and laughed. We learned so much about Progreso’s economy and lifestyle, including how to pronouce many Mayan words. A variety of native snacks and refreshments were stocked in the cooler for us as well!

Finally, we arrived at our destination – the Cuzama Cenotes. Having a bilingual guide helped tremendously in learning where to go and what to do. We took a little trail ride through the grasslands and stopped at the first cenote. It was beautiful. The second just as beautiful. Words can’t even describe how amazing these things are, people will just have to see for themselves. We all unanimously agreed, this was the most spectacular thing we’ve seen in our lives!!! No exaggeration!

Afterwards we headed for the Acanceh ruins. We stopped to take pictures, but pressed for time, we soon left but not before Mr. Lawson took us to a tortilla shop to show us how they were made. He even bought the group some fresh ones! Delicious! Finally, our day came to an end as we arrived at the bus stop with about 30 mins to shop before getting back on the boat. It was perfect timing and we thank Mr. Lawson so much for keeping track of our schedules.

It’s safe to say that everything stated above was more than we could’ve expected. Yet, once we came home, photos and videos of our wonderful time greeted us by email! It included pictures we could not have possibly taken – like our ship pulling into port. That was an incredibly sweet gesture.  Mr. Lawson, we thank you so so much for being our tour guide and trusted friend. Our time in Mexico will not be forgotten because of you! We highly recommend William Lawson’s Tours! It’s extremely safe, very educational, and of course exceptionally memorable!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chunkanaan Cenotes Fun (One More Time)

Today was yet another great excursion to the cenotes of Chunkanan aka Cuzama. This time, a group of local kids, many of whom had never been despite the fact that the cenotes are so close to Merida! In fact, a few of them couldn't swim either but that didn't stop anyone from having a great, refreshing time in this magical place.

This is my new favorite photo, taken in the water with a non-water resistant camera! The technique used is called one-armed swimming.