Fun, sun, and whale sharks
19.07.2012 - 05.08.2012 30 °C
So...just got back from swimming with Whale Sharks, the world's largest fish! It was epic, more on that later....
Picking up where the last entry left off, we finished our stay at Earthlodge after six weeks. What a place, I cannot recommend a visit enough. Super chilled throughout, excellent food, and some good friends made to boot. Our leaving do was a typical hat party with beer, music and laughter, and cake of course. With us later blubbering up the treacherous hill with our rucksacks. Many thanks to all who made our stay there so much fun. We have made some very special friends and memories (special in many ways!).
We headed back down to reality and shopping in Antigua (again). Then we caught a night bus all the way to Flores in the north of Guatemala. We arrived at 6 AM and we were on another bus by 7am to visit Tikal, Mayan ruins deep in the jungle. Unfortunately we forgot our camera (due to early morning stress) so you will just have to believe me when I tell you how good it was. It seemed to be huge pyramids sticking out the canopy, ant eaters with babies out for a stroll, howler monkeys, other monkeys, many insects, and too many mosquitos spreading their love over 16km2 of sweaty jungle. We spent several hours exploring the ruins and trying to imagine just how those crazy Mayan folks lived. Must have been a bit crappy because there is almost no inside space, just big temples for killing people on. They seemed to love their religion a lot to build over twenty pyramids there.
We had one night in Flores and went to bed around 7pm, and then the next day we caught a direct bus to Chetumal Mexico, then we trucked on and caught another to Playa del Carmen. We left at 7 AM and arrived at our hostel at 1 AM the next morning. So in total 31 hours in two days on the bus. Not fun. But fairly straightforward. We were happy to sleep that night. And were still friends!
The next day we met up in a swanky resort in Playa del Carmen with Kerri's mum and sister, Karen and Laura. It was a joyful reunion for the family and nice for me to have some other people to talk to after that much bus time with Kerri. The vast majority of the time at the hotel was spent by the pool, reading and drinking many cocktails. As I see it if you pay for all-inclusive you have to make the most of it. This means drinking pina colada from midday and eating four meals every day, at least. We stayed for four nights and sampled the Mexican, Italian and Oriental restaurants with many stops at the all you can eat buffet in between. It was great to see some friendly faces and spend some time getting to know Kerri's mum (she loves tequila) and sister (she loves Mexicans) better. All in all a great holiday from our extended holiday/life.
Then Jess and Paul arrived into Playa del Carmen. The second night they were here we went to the world-famous Coco Bongo. For me, slightly underwhelming as I don't really like much (any) of the music they play and perform to, but the acrobats and general ambiance were incredible.
After another day chilling on the beach we left the mega tourist trap and headed to Isla Holbox, retracing my steps from four years previously. This time I slept in a bed which was nice. We explored the Island by golf buggy yesterday, and I figured out that going fast over the bumps led to Kerri and Jess raising 10cm off the back. Funny. Then today I swam with some majestic wonderful creatures. But enough about Kerri, Jess and Paul. The Whale Shark tour was excellent, there were hundreds of sharks over quite a small area and every way you looked another was coming right for you! Not to worry folks they are harmless though and only eat plankton. Some were around 4 metres, and they are beautiful animals with mottled markings and vast gaping....mouths.
Other wildlife seen on the trip:
We also caught fish and made Cerviche, which is fish cooked with lime juice with tomato, chile, onion and coriander. We had this in a incredible mangrove fringed lake with sky blue water. Jealous yet? ....
Lots of love,
Lewy and Kerri xx