Cancun-Merida to Isla Aguada

We spent a great 4 nights in Cancun at a nice hotel.  It was good to have some down time where we could sit at the bar and watch the sun set.  We made a day trip to Chichen Itza ruins, which were amazingly well preserved, but way too crowded with tourists and vendors.  If we heard one more vendor blowing through a wooden carving sounding like a sick jaguar, we would have gone crazy.  We had lunch there and then made the drive back to Cancun. We spent one day at Mercado 28, a great Mexican market place where Bob was able to get his shoes fixed.  He should get another 50,000 miles out of them, so it made his day.  We headed across the Yucatan Peninsula heading down to Palenque.  We spent the first night along the way in Merida.  There is really only one campground there, Rainbow RV trailer park,  and it was in total ruin.  When we first arrived, there were 3 other campers there, so we thought it might work out, but they weren’t staying as it was so run down and not safe.  We stayed as it was getting late in the day, but no one ever showed up to collect money, so it was a free spot for the evening.  From here we headed down the gulf coast to Isla Aguada and stayed at Freedom Shores RV park.  Along the way, we stopped at a really nice restaurant called Bahia de Tortugas.  This place was set right on the gulf with a nicely raked white sand beach.  The food was great, we watched the pelicans diving into the water, and our waiter was excited to practice his english on us.  The sign painted on the gate of the RV camp threw us off because it says La Gringa on it, but it was the right spot.  Really nice camp along the Laguna de Terminos with a restaurant and nice bathrooms.  Best margaritas I have had it quite a while, but Bob didn’t care for them.  We shared the campfire and drinks that night with 2 couples from Canada. Some fishermen came onto shore with there nets full of fish and were selling them to the locals and campers.  We went to check it out and one of the fishermen gave me a starfish that was caught in the net.  I was taking pictures and one of the fishermen started posing for us with a shark they had caught.  He asked for a beer for the photo, so I was happy to oblige and gave him a Corona.  They were so nice and friendly.  The camp is owned by an interesting woman from Tabasco who spoke perfect English.  I didn’t see this posted on any blogs out there, but the RV park also had hotels/cabanas that were fully wheelchair friendly.

Paal Mul near Tulum, Mexico

Paal Mul near Tulum, Mexico

Cancun-best hamburgers EVER in Mercado 28

Cancun-best hamburgers EVER in Mercado 28

Tulum, Mexico.  These ruins are unique in that they are right along the ocean.

Tulum, Mexico. These ruins are unique in that they are right along the ocean.

Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Ruins are amazingly well preserved. tic tac toe-O wins!

Chichen Itza, Mexico. Ruins are amazingly well preserved. tic tac toe-O wins!

Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico. Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico.  this is the ball court, notice the hoop in the middle towards the top

Chichen Itza, Mexico. this is the ball court, notice the hoop in the middle towards the top

Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico. Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico. Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico. Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Chichen Itza, Mexico. Ruins are amazingly well preserved.

Tulum, Mexico.  These ruins are unique in that they are right along the ocean.

Tulum, Mexico. These ruins are unique in that they are right along the ocean.

Paa Mul near Tulum

Paa Mul near Tulum

Cancun

Cancun

Getting Bob's shoes fixed in Cancun

Getting Bob’s shoes fixed in Cancun

Cancun

Cancun

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

La Gringa Freedom Shores RV camp in Isla Aguada with our new Canadian Amigos

La Gringa Freedom Shores RV camp in Isla Aguada with our new Canadian Amigos

La Gringa Freedom Shores RV camp in Isla Aguada

La Gringa Freedom Shores RV camp in Isla Aguada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

Food stop along the coast between Merida and Isla Aduada

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