Our first stop after NYC was Cancun, Mexico.
Now whilst Cancun has beautiful beaches and some of the bluest water I’ve ever seen, it wasn’t really our scene. We’ve got nothing against Cancun specifically. It has amazing resorts, restaurants, shopping and partying opportunities, however it just wasn’t our style of place. None the less, we spent 2 nights here had some great cheaaaaap food, 5 tacos for 25 pesos ($2 Aussie), corn on the cob w/ parmesan, butter & chilli for $1 and an entire bag of churros for $2! Perfect!
From Cancun we headed north to Chiquila on the Caribbean coast to jump on a ferry to Isla Holbox.
Isla Holbox is really well known for its proximity to an abundance of whale sharks during their migratory period here, and resultantly lots of people come here to swim with these amazing creatures in tour groups.
We just missed the tour season (we arrived October 2 and it ends in September) however it was bittersweet because as much as we would LOVE to see and swim with a whale shark, we weren’t sure how we felt about these tours. We’ve heard horror stories about some tours allowing people to touch the whale sharks, which damages the mucus membrane on their skin potentially leaving them vulnerable to infections. There are potentially hundreds of people on multiple boast flapping around and compounding the problem as these creatures try to head on their merry way. I’m sure there are some tour operators that do a great job but anything involving people and wild animals hits a bit of a chord with us, and we don’t like to participate unless we know it’s either in the animals best interest or they aren’t being interrupted at all.
That being said we’ve had plenty of friends who have done tours and said they were handled quite well with good instructions about giving the sharks space etc.
Our days in Isla Holbox were spent at the beach, lazing in the sun and playing cards with our new amigos Bon and Rhys in the arvo before watching the sunset. Although we didn’t get the best weather here we still had plenty of fun. Whilst Holbox is much bigger than other Caribbean islands such as Caye Caulker in Belize or Little Corn in Nicaragua, it’s positively deserted compared to it’s Mexican sisters of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. We don’t have lots of interesting stuff to write on this one sorry guys, but all in all we had a fun and chilled few days.
Next stop.. Playa del Carmen. We're not sure what to expect from this well know party town.
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