Back to where we started
02/11/09 - Cancun, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
What´s annoying me>>>itchiness from the insect bites. Both my legs are now covered in red blotches. The repellent (50% DEET) isn´t working
The plan was to go to the Sian Kaán Biosphere Reserve today but as the tours were all booked we decided to go back to Cancun a day earlier.
Before departing for Cancun in the afternoon we visit another cenote, one near Tulum. This is the best one yet. I do some snorkelling which is a great experince. When you get into the cool, crystal-clear water, the surreal experience of floating above the stalagmites and other rock formations is thrilling.
Faffing about in the water, there are some nice fishes under the water. you´re not allowed to kill them
In the afternoon we catch the 1 o´clock bus to Cancun. Having spent almost 3 weeks in th rest of Mexico´s Yucatan Peninsula and a few days in Guatemala, going back to Cancun is quite a culture shock. It is everything the rest of Mexico isn´t - bright, brash and tacky - and full of large white Americans. What struck me most was how crass it all seemed. As we made our way out of the bus station to look for a hotel we were blitzed by illuminated signs advertising car hire companiesand beach resorts. An Irish bar called Pat O´Briens offered us a free pitcher of Sangria, the local Planet Hollywood franchise offered 10 percent off the bill as did Hard Rock Cafe, KFC offered 9 free chicken nuggets and every bar, pub and restaurant was offering 2 for 1 on drinks.
The amazing thing is that 30 years ago there was absolutely nothing where this shrine to rampant consmerism now stands. It was just a tiny fishing village, a deserted sand spit and a hell of a lot of swamp. Then, int he early seventies a bright spark on the mexican tourist board came up with the idea of building a world class resort here. he resul is a bit of Florida on the Carrinbean, with just a touch of Mexican flavour.