Cesar picked me up early and I said my goodbyes to Peter and Andrea, and it was off to the airport. Usually I have concerns about which terminal I?m flying from, but that was completely taken care of. As Cesar worked there, he knew not only the terminal, but also the best place to park, so I?d be right by the check-in gates for Cubana. I left some things in Mexico, most notably my laptop, because I was expecting to be camping most nights and having minimal internet access. I?d
After the US, Canada, Mexico and Guatemala, it’s time for my 5th country – Cuba. Not being from the US, I have no problems going to the country. Return tickets from Cancun to Havana are about $280, bikes have no special fee and I’m allowed 40kg (90lb) of luggage, flying with Cubana. I can get a 30 day tourist card at the airport, and it can be extended 30 days when I’m in the country for a minimal fee.
A Warmshowers host here in Cancún, Cesar, works at the airport and is
Tulum is famous for its ruins and beautiful beaches. Thankfully our Couchsurfing host, Tim, who had moved down to Mexico three years ago to escape the monotony of the daily grind in the US, had told us we could stay for as long as we wanted. The ruins are about 5 km out of town, and even though we were up early, we didn?t get there until about 10am. Being a Saturday, that didn?t end up being the best idea because it meant that the mammoth car park was almost full when we turned up.
Ek-Balam, another ruin on Peter’s must-see list is 27km north of Valladolid. As our next destinations were towards the east coast, that wasn’t on our route. The road wasn’t busy enough to try thumbing a lift, so we went to a taxi company, left our bikes there and had a 25 minute drive up.
We?d thought that the extra pricing was only going to be at Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, but it turned out that Ek-Balam had the same thing. I asked, and it turned out that it had been introduced
We had camped only about 2km from Chichén Itzá, so we had plenty of time to pull down our tents and get there before it opened at 8 am. We were sat by the ticket booth eating breakfast when the first tour buses pulled up, before they actually started selling tickets. Although ruins are great at ensuring that you get kicked out on time, the ticket vendor didn’t start selling until about 8:15, strange that.
Being one of the newly listed modern wonders of the world, Chichén Itzá is hugely