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Puerto Morelos…dia numeros dos…

I’m doing one more post on Puerto Morelos before I finish up on Isla Mujeres on my trip. Like I’ve said, PoMo is a very small town and this is the main square in the tiny downtown area. It hasn’t changed since the first time I saw it and the fountain with Chichen Itza in the middle still isn’t working. It would be really cute if they could get it to function, but it’s probably not going to happen.

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This place has been under construction since my first visit. The manager at the Posada el Moro told me once that it was supposed to be a bar/restaurant. Obviously that never happened.

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It must be used now for some activities, but I have no clue what they are. Maybe someone could clue me in as to its current use. I’m just glad it’s being used for something. It certainly is an unusual structure.

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Here’s the pier off the downtown area.

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And off to the right of that. There are no large boats here. They are very strict about protecting the coral reef offshore, so they don’t allow any big boats on shore.

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But they do allow them out at sea. This is a very long-distance shot of a cruise ship going by, so it’s not a very good quality. I’ve never been on a cruise ship before. It has never appealed to me to be restricted to a boat…I’d rather explore on land.

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And I guess I prefer the quaintness of these kinds of boats.8

Just some shots around town. Here’s a gift shop.

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I’m not sure what this was, but I liked the tile work.

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This is what I had for dinner the night before. It was okay. Kind of unusual to have turkey slices with a hamburger.

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More musicians traipsing through the heat. I really have to hand it to these guys. I would never have the perseverance to do this.

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An early morning shot of the beach.

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I like this sidewalk.

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These guys were anxiously hanging out at the doorway to the corner OXXO (a small convenience store).

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They were happy when their owner came out.

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Interesting wares for sale in this shop.

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And some more unique concrete wall art. This time it’s anchors.

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A colorful restaurant…

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I really like this wall of wine bottles…what a unique idea. I’m going to have to assemble a collection to do something like this. More wine, garcon!

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Here’s the local church. Like I’ve said before, I love the churches in Mexico. They’re peaceful, serene, pretty and welcoming.

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I don’t know what the streamers mean, if anything.

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Here’s a rear view. I love the round stained glass window.

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Here’s a new OXXO that was built right as you get into the town.

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So now it’s time to leave PoMo. Here I am at the bus stop waiting for my bus. You see all sorts of people at the bus stops. The Asian woman with the baby stroller was a tiny little thing, and she was wearing this shift-type dress that looked like it was about six sizes larger than she was. She sat across the aisle from me in the bus and her little toddler was the sweetest little thing ever. She didn’t make a peep the whole trip and just sat by mom quietly. I will have to say that I’ve taken lots of bus trips in Mexico and many have been with small children. They have always been quiet…I can’t remember a single time when a small child has been whiny, crying or obnoxious.

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I took this picture on a bus trip to Valladolid a few years back. He, too, was quiet as a mouse the whole trip…and what a cutie.

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Here are just some shots of the scenery along the way back to Cancun.

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So here we are back at the Cancun bus station. I am always amazed at how these bus drivers can maneuver these big buses. Between driving through crazy Mexican traffic where everyone is driving like maniacs and then pulling into tiny parking spaces, I give them big kudos.


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Here’s the bus station.

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And outside the bus station while I’m looking for a taxi.

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And inside the taxi looking at the speedometer. These guys drive like they’re on their way to a fire, but you get used to it. Remember that this is kilometers per hour, so that makes it a little bit better, but this is driving through town…not on an interstate highway, so they definitely haul ass.

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And, as you can see, they’re not in the best shape. That’s okay. They get you from point A to point B alive, so that’s the main thing.

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Here we are at Gran Puerto waiting to buy my ferry ticket.

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Goodbye, Cancun!

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Oh, Lord…they had a couple of musicians, one of which was an Elvis imitator. Yuck…I don’t like listening to these guys when I’m on the ferry. Especially when you’re made to feel obligated to pay them.

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I just want to hear waves against the boat and see the beautiful water. But it is what it is.

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Final posts on Isla coming up.


I’m back!

Well, I should say I’m back to my blog, but not back in Mexico. When I returned from my trip in June, I transferred to a different department at the university, so I’ve been immersed in that and couldn’t think much about blogging.  Things have calmed down after three months, though, and I can finally get back to the trip, so I’ll pick up where I left off…in Puerto Morelos.

I started off with a late lunch at Pelicano’s which sits right next to the beach with a nice view.

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I had what I think was called the Chicken Vera Cruz, which was very good.  I am always amazed at the amount of food they give you in Mexican restaurants.  I think I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve finished a whole meal down here…especially when the temps go up and my appetite goes down.

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Here’s looking in the other direction from my table…

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There are actually two PoMo’s.  There is another one on the other side of the highway where most of the natives live.  I’ve never been to that one, but next time I’m here, I’ll make a point to visit.  I’ve noticed on travel sites that more rooms and houses for rent are becoming available there, so I think it may be getting more popular with tourists on a budget.

The PoMo where I stayed is definitely the more “upscale” one.  Even though it covers a small area, there are many nice homes here.  I would venture to guess that most are owned by foreigners who rent them out to travelers.  A lot of these homes have unusual doorways and every one is different.  I love the big dark rich wood doors.

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A colorful wall…

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On my first trip to Puerto Morelos, I took a lot more pictures of the homes.  If you want to see those, you can visit my old blog here:  http://isladeb.blogspot.com/2010/03/adios-puerto-morelos.html

Many of the homes have courtyards beyond the entry ways.  Everything is so lush and green and all the plants and flowers seem to flourish down here.

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It is rare that you don’t see some kind of vining or trailing flowers that grow from the sidewalks or cover the walls that surround the homes.

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I’m a big Hibiscus fan, and these grow all over the Yucatan like weeds and get to be huge bushes.

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Another one of my favorites is the Plumeria.  What a pretty color.

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I like the guy taking a siesta.  I want one of these.  It would be difficult to take one on the plane, though.  I’d have to buy another seat.

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Here’s the new location of The Little Mexican Cooking School.  I took a class at their previous location back in March of 2010 and it was a lot of fun.  This place is much bigger so they must be doing well!

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I looked inside the courtyard…what a beautiful front porch.  It reminds me of a southern plantation.

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If you want to see my experience at the cooking school, it’s on my old blog at http://isladeb.blogspot.com/2010/03/little-mexican-cooking-school.html

There are quite a few condos in PoMo…both on and off the beach.  They are kept up very well and also have lush vegetation which makes them so much more attractive.

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And these are some condos and homes from the beach.  None of these are hotels.  You have to go quite a bit up or down the beach to find the resorts.  They’re not within walking distance of the town.

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This beach area is quite wide and they keep this part pretty clean of seaweed.

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It is not nearly as clean by the crooked lighthouse where the little fishing boats are kept.

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The first time I went to PoMo, there were no beach vendors.  Now there are a few but not many.

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And they do have the roving musicians.  For the life of me, I don’t know how they walk around in the sand in those long sleeved shirts, jeans and boots when it’s 300 degrees.

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I think a lot of Mexico Mexicans come to PoMo for vacation.  That’s who I mainly saw when I was here this time.  They bring their families and little children and spend the day on the beach.

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Life is good in Puerto Morelos.

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More soon!

 

 


My Isla Digs…and going to Puerto Morelos…

It’s my last night on the island, so I’ll share where I stayed while I was here.  Maria Leticia is a little group of rooms and apartments in the downtown area of Isla.  It’s owned by a local gentleman and there’s no website and you can’t make reservations through any travel service.  It’s a favorite of many travelers because of its reasonable price and close proximity to the beach, restaurants and shopping.  You can either call ahead to make reservations, or take a chance by just going and seeing if he has anything available.  He speaks very little English, by the way.  My room was $35.00 per night and here’s what you get for it.  It was very comfortable, the bed was just the right hardness, and the A/C was cold (although you have to turn it off when you leave the room).  So, for 14 nights, my bill was $490.00.  That wouldn’t have even covered two nights at the Villa Rolandi!

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On Friday, I decided to take a little trip to Puerto Morelos.  I’ve been there before and just wanted to see if it had changed at all.  It’s a sleepy little fishing town about a half hour south of Cancun and there’s not a whole lot to do there.  If you just totally want to veg and not do anything, it’s a great place to come.  It’s not nearly as busy as Isla and doesn’t have the day-trippers that Isla gets from Cancun.  Traveling around Mexico is extremely easy and inexpensive…as well as comfortable.

First of all, I had to take the ferry back to Cancun.  Everyone hates to take the ferry to Cancun because that usually means it’s the end of your trip to paradise.  But it’s not so bad when you know you’re coming back.  Here it comes!

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I usually ride on top, but it really does a number on your hair, so opted for the inside this time.  This isn’t a ride on a little fishing boat by any means.

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Here we are at Puerto Juarez in Cancun.  I like this lighthouse.

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I’ve been here quite a few times, but I’ve never looked up when I’ve walked through it because I’ve been busy buying ferry tickets or looking for my shuttle.  I’m glad I did this time.  Pretty cool, huh?

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Now I have to catch a cab to the Cancun bus station.  You kind of take your life in your hands with Mexican taxi drivers.  I’ve learned just to sit back and watch the scenery.  Sorry about the out-of-focus shot, but my camera wanted to focus on the driver’s cross hanging on the rear-view mirror instead of the street.  Hmmm…maybe there was a reason for that.

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This seat cover was on the passenger seat in front of me.  I was really tempted to ask the taxi driver about it, but I held myself back.  Who knows what can of worms that could have opened.

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Here’s the Cancun bus station.  It can be kind of confusing the first time, but you just ask for help and eventually figure things out.

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The cost for my trip to Puerto Morelos was twenty-two pesos.  That’s like $1.70 in US dollars.  Could the United States learn a little from Mexico on mass transportation??  I think so.

Here’s what you get for 22 pesos.  These buses are streamlined and all of them look very new.  The air conditioning is usually super cold but that’s better than the alternative.

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I think “X-Men” was the featured movie for the ride.

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Here’s some of the scenery on the way to Puerto Morelos.

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They have these darn speed bumps all over Mexico.  The buses slow down to almost a stop going over them.

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The vegetation is very thick and dense all over the Yucatan.  I can’t imagine cutting through all this stuff.

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Here’s the bus stop in Puerto Morelos…a gas station.  That’s my bus with the big ADO on it.

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Another taxi ride into Puerto Morelos.  No pictures of that…it’s only a two-minute ride.

I decided to stay over one night here so that I wouldn’t feel rushed.  I’ve stayed at the Posada el Moro before and really like it.  It’s colorful, comfortable, and close to the downtown area as well as the beach.Image

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I love the lush vegetation and the pool area.

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Well, that’s enough for one post tonight.  I’ll have to write more about Puerto Morelos when I get home.  More to come!

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