Swim review: Hunucma cenotes

One of the best ways to swim that I’ve come across! These are the cenotes on the former sisal plantation in Hunucmá, Yucatán state. It’s close to Acanceh, about an hour east from Mérida. Around there you can just cruise along the road and you’ll see people with colourful placards advertising cenote visits, also good,…

Swim review: Las Nubes

Las Nubes is one of the furthest swim-and-chill destinations you can reasonably hit on a weekend from San Cristóbal: a cottage hotel next to the swift Santo Domingo river, just upstream from some spectacular rapids. In the dry season the water is a delicious chalky blue and the swimming “beach” lets you swim across the…

Visit Mexico! The SIGHTS…

Hug a cactus, try some organic moonshine, make a chia pet from local clay, walk in the hills or back streets, spot the best graffiti, gawp at art made by people who knew what to do with a chisel: Here’s some stuff to do when you come!

Marimba season

Marimba music is all well and good. But why begin at 5 AM? Accompanied by a heavy artillery of firecrackers? Who got the idea that the Virgin of Guadelupe likes startling booms in the pre-dawn chill? Is it some sort of reference to the use of the Virgin as a symbol of Mexicanity in the…

Topless professionals

I’ve just had my body double-scrubbed at a hamam – palace of sensual femininity, a temple of Oxun, the flirtatious orixa of fresh water. For a handful of lira you get entrance to the echoing, splashing, dome-roofed hamam with a tiled platform surrounded by benches and basins of water… For two euros you get scrubbed…

The zeitgeist reaches us!!!

Seen parked on the street: a long-distance mountain-style PENNY FARTHING with backpack, daypack, three water bottles and assorted kit strapped to it. Did someone pedal that UP THE MOUNTAIN???

Likes

Most blog posts on here are about what I like, but here’s some not mentioned before: Public displays of affection – couples (also many over 16) snuggling or making out on street corners Flexibility: if the rule blatantly doesn’t make sense, the person in charge will disregard the rule. Some might say that this is…

Mongolisk folk-rock i ett lavastensslott

Bumping into people on the street who’re organising a fundraising gig with Inner Mongolian folk rock, Ruben from Cafe Tacubaya and ‘the Bob Dylan of Greenland’… in the mindbending showoff lava palace of ‘El Indio’ Fernandez… Previous plans cancelled. Entry in Swedish.

Fooling around on ancient monuments 3

Chinkultic outside Comitán: lovely and green, like a day out in a lush woodland with birdsong and running water… plus pyramids, bas-reliefs, a cenote used for human sacrifice. Some of the hills probably contain more pyramids, e.g. el templo mayor, but instead of beating back hordes of desperate archaeologists and awarding the honour of exploration…

Dålig meininki på byfesten

It didn’t seem like anyone was having much fun at the village party, despite the Guatemalan band in matching pearly-grey suits blowing the hell out of their saxophones. Entry in Swedish.