Swim review: lagoon and waves at Boca del Cielo, Chiapas

Bathwater, scary towering waves, mozzies and seafood strip.

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Swim review: bad vibes in pretty Tulum

Tulum was my first taste of the famous dream beaches of the “Riviera Maya” in Quintana Roo. The beach certainly was pretty and the water lovely. I stayed in an unambitious concrete hotel in town for MX$500 and rented a bike for $100 to hit the beach. Thinking back, that bike ride was probably the…

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,…

Ruin city review: Tenam Puente

Yeah! All we do here for weekend trips here in Chiapas is swim and climb pyramids, sometimes both on the same day. If you head towards Comitan with its historical town centre, tasty food and own-label agave spirit you’re within easy reach of at least three archaeological sites and four swimming spots. Pyramids: Chinkultic, Tenam Puente…

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…

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…

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…