Helping Hands: Travels with Doug & Dave

Belize, Mexico

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Helping Hands: Travels with Doug & Dave

We’ve developed a problem with border crossings over the last month. In short, we were kicked off our direct bus to Belize City at the Mexico border because we hadn’t paid our FMM card. Oops. When I looked online for information on leaving Mexico, the official website clearly stated ‘there is no exit tax’. But [...]

Rainy Days in Chetumal

Mexico

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Rainy Days in Chetumal

Chetumal, Mexico: a border town, a capital, and an underrated stop for travelers. It’s a place that many pass by on a bus, or stick around only long enough for a quick meal before moving on. A working class town whose streets are filled with storefront after storefront of shoe stores, leather shops, pharmacies, and [...]

Comfort Foods of Mexico

Mexico

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Comfort Foods of Mexico

Tiny cooktops balanced on a crate made from backyard scraps, bikes carrying a heaping tray of home made delicacies, the ringing bell of a slow moving pastry case– hawking the foods that eerily compete in flavor with the more expensive plates at nearby restaurants. We eat here many nights; the sidewalks of Mexico. Boiled corn [...]

Sleepy Little Bacalar

Mexico

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Sleepy Little Bacalar

Wandering further off of the tourist trail, we’ve headed south to the little town of Bacalar. The bus stop is little more than a few blocks worth of farmer’s supply stores, metal shops, and a few outdoor Taquerias alongside the highway. At first, we weren’t sure if the choice to follow this dart on the [...]

Snorkeling a Cenote

Mexico

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Snorkeling a Cenote

Having passed up the reputable diving in Cozumel due to the cost, Dave and I decided to visit one of the local Cenotes for a little snorkeling instead. The enormous sinkholes well known all over the Yucatan Peninsula, many offer tours, swimming, and even diving opportunities. The Grand Cenote, about 2 kilometers outside of Tulum, [...]

Back to Backpacking

Mexico

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Back to Backpacking

We are sitting in a hostel in Tulum, having newly checked in, and reflecting on our last two weeks of vacationing in Playa. Traveling the world is an amazing, wonderful thing, but taking a break for a good vacation is a fulfilling reminder of what else is out there. We lived the good life in [...]

Tulum: Mayan Ruins, Iguana Paradise

Mexico

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Tulum: Mayan Ruins, Iguana Paradise

The ruins at Tulum offer some of the most awe inspiring views of the Maya Riviera. Located on the cliffs overlooking the beach, the ruins are festooned with palm trees, bright orange brush flowers, and a healthy population of iguanas who have moved in and taken over. Quite comically, these lizards are everywhere- on top [...]

Only in Mexico

Mexico

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Only in Mexico

Everything feels like a celebration in Mexico, even a simple (yet incredible!) meal from a sidewalk taco cart. In standard form, we picked the place that seemed to draw a big crowd, looked at what others were ordering, and determined our meal based on what was best by popular vote. This method has served us [...]