March 18, 2006 GMT
Campeche-Carribean Coast

Having safely returned by night bus from Mexico City to Palenque, I was very happy to realize that my bike was still in the courtyard of the little hotel, where I had left it. Even my left luggage was complete and untouched. Well actually I did not expect anything else - I have great faith in the people of Chiapas! :-)

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Posted by Winne Lichtblau at 12:54 AM GMT
March 20, 2006 GMT
Akumal - Playa del Carmen

The Caribean is really paradisiac, but of course quite touristy (and with the corresponding price structure). I was tempted to stay on the beach all day and swim, enjoy the sun and the beach bar - but in the end I actually could not do it since I would be bored quickly - and I wanted to see as much as I could before returning home. So I did a subterranean snorkeling tour through a few of Yucatan's thousands "Cenotes" (natural ponds), which turned out to be amazingly beautiful stalactite caves.

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Posted by Winne Lichtblau at 08:56 PM GMT
March 23, 2006 GMT
Cozumel

Cozumel is Mexicos only significant caribbean island, it's famous for snorkeling and diving - and it's a nice, calm and not too expensive place to stay. After El-Arenal-like Playa del Carmen, Cozumel was quite a positive surprise - although of course also here you have the inevitable hords of cruise ship passengers and hence hundreds of tourist-trash-shops, all selling the same useless junk - with bored mexicans sitting in front, shouting at you "amigo, come in!!". I wonder when they will learn that this is putting people off rather than attracting them.

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Posted by Winne Lichtblau at 10:03 PM GMT
March 26, 2006 GMT
Holbox and Mujeres Islands

There's a small island at the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula and it's called Holbox. It's rather off the beaten track, i.e. less touristy and you get there by a one-hour ride on a kind of waterbus from the mainland. It makes most sense to leave the bike on a guarded parking lot on the mainland - and this is what I did.

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Posted by Winne Lichtblau at 04:48 AM GMT
March 31, 2006 GMT
Back to reality

Even 6 months can be over so quickly - coming monday I'll be back to work...

You won't be surprised to read that I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of this extensive motorcycle tour. During these 6 months I covered some 35000 km (on my '99 BMW F650), of which some 27000 in South America. I crossed Argentina (almost entirely), Bolivia, Brasil, Chile (entirely), Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay.

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Posted by Winne Lichtblau at 12:33 AM GMT
 


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