Playa del Carmen & Tulum
30.04.2012 - 04.05.2012 38 °C
Well after a couple of weeks on another planet (Cuba) it was good to get back to the real world. We headed straight from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen to check it out. Nothing much to say about this joint, but we were back lying on a Caribbean beach. The joint was a bit Gold Coast like for my liking, heaps of tourist shops and food joints were overpriced, but I was happy the hostel had internet and I spent the whole night catching up on two weeks of footy news and fixing my dreamteams.
After one night we got back on the road down the coast to Tulum, a town famous for its cliff-edge ruins.
Yep more friggin rocks. Anyway we jumped on our bikes and headed in to check out the ruins only to be faced with 3 rather annoying things.
1. It was 38 degrees;
2. There was thousands of tourists there;
3. Rocks, rocks, rocks, rocks, rocks.
and my final tribute to the masses of tourists:
Anyway whilst walking around in a delirious state we came up with the compilation album from Mayan Records “Rock of Ages” for the ancient ruins. Some cracking tunes including:
1. Rock Your Body – JT
2. Rock and Roll all Night – Kiss
3. Rock n Roll aint Noise Pollution – ACDC
4. Rock It – Little Red
5. Rock and Roll High School – The Ramones
6. Rock the Casbah – The Clash
7. Rock this Town – The Stray Cats
8. Rock Show – Blink 182
9. Ruins – Cat Stevens
After a “solid” hour of walking around I decided it was “hardly” worth hanging around anymore so I said to Fi – “Lets get the rock out of here”.
In reflection the ruins were quite spectacular with the ocean in the background!
Next stop Gran Cenote for some snorkelling in a cave. It was great to hit the water and explore this cenote. To my surprise I came up for a rest at one point only to hear “Hey Chris” from a masked couple. They then revealed themselves to be Trent and Kel, a couple of fellow mixed netball legends from our glory days at Carlton YMCA.
Was a nice surprise to see a familiar couple of faces, so off we went in their hire car for the afternoon to Coba ruins.
As much as my previous entries may bag the ruined formation of rocks, these ones were impressive. The highlight being the big fella pyramid standing 50 odd metres tall and providing a wonderful view from atop.
And that was the end of our Mexican adventure…that night we boarded the world’s most over air conditioned bus and headed for the border…next stop Belize!