My little adventures south of the border.

Busing through Mexico…

I love to go busing through Mexico.  It is such an inexpensive way to travel, I can’t imagine not using this wonderful resource to explore.  Most people sleep on the bus, but I look out the window to catch all the little bits of life in Mexico I can catch along the way.

Here’s the bus station in Playa del Carmen.  All the bus stations are full of activity…people waiting around to go somewhere.  The bus station in PDC is very clean and as organized as you can get in a Mexican bus station.  Even though I don’t speak much Spanish, I’ve never had a problem buying a ticket to wherever I want to go…and I’m always amazed at how cheap the tickets are.  And the buses are very comfortable…some with little TVs and bathrooms. There really is no excuse not to explore Mexico when you can take advantage of this wonderful resource.

I would say that most of the travelers are native Mexicans, but that probably also depends on the time of year.  Many of the families have small children and I have yet to experience any problems with whiny or crying babies.  All of the little ones I’ve seen on the buses have been very sweet.

Here’s the bus station in Valladolid.  It looks okay from the picture, but I would suggest that you don’t use the restroom if at all possible if you make a stop here.  Besides having to pay for your toilet paper, it is definitely not the cleanest situation you’re going to run into.  Just a little info.

But one of the definite plusses to traveling by bus is meeting the local folks…like this sweet lady and her daughter.  Of course I ended up buying something from her but that’s besides the point.

When I bus through Mexico, I love getting shots of just…well, Mexico.  When you’re riding through these small towns, you really realize how these people are just living their everyday lives.  We tourists come through and take random shots and consider it “artistic”…but these are real people…just like you and me…trying to make a living.  I wonder how I’d feel if I was just sitting on a bench here in Texas and some Mexican tourist came up and took a picture of me to capture that perfect photograph.  But then again, I think me sitting on a bench in ‘Somewhere USA’ would be pretty boring.

So I take these shots and can’t help but wonder what’s out there…over that hill…around that corner.  I wish I could win the lottery, because I would like to get off the bus and see more.

One of the longer laundry lines I’ve ever seen…


This was a jail between Valladolid and Chichen Itza…

Colorful houses everywhere…


Along the areas around Chichen Itza, people were selling goods along the street…

I wonder how successful they are…especially since very few tourists get off at these stops.  But I guess some may rent cars and drive through and stop.

This was in Valladolid.  “Super Egg!”…along with crucifixes.  Kind of strange.

Here was a cutie who let me take his picture after I bought a souvenir from his dad at Chichen Itza.  It amazes me how quiet and sweet most of the children are in Mexico.  I love their shy smiles.

There’s also many instances of seeing people just “hangin’ out” at various establishments along the way.







A couple of my favorite shots from Valladolid…

I love the huipil that the women wear…

And, finally…what is up with all the Coca-Cola and Pepsi advertisements all over the place??  They are everywhere!




I would love to do a photographic essay on the churches in Mexico.  They are truly impressive.  Not this one so much…it was in the suburbs of Valladolid…

I can’t remember the town this one was in.  I bet it’s very, very old considering its simplistic design.

This one was my favorite.  It was in Chemax where we picked up the lady shown in the picture at the beginning of this post with her daughter.

So, that’s it for this “busing” post.  Hasta luego, mis amigos!

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9 responses

  1. Charles Thomas

    The 1st time I went to Chichen Itza I road the 3rd class bus from Cancun. Stopping in Valladolid and everywhere else along the way. Had quite an experience at the Valladolid bus station. We would stop. Children would get on the bus and sell Coca-Cola and taquitos. People with chickens. Great adventure. On another trip to Chichen Itza we rented a car and went to Merida and Uxmal. This was before the toll road. Rope speed bumps in every town. Loved it.

    March 5, 2011 at 6:14 am

  2. Ann

    Great post, Deb! I wish that we had been able to go to Valladolid when we were on Isla–it just didn’t work out! Maybe next year…..Judy (IslaNana) is going this week to see her student…should have photos. Look forward to your photos from your upcoming trip. We’ve been trying to plan a trip for June but ticket prices are way too high! ( we paid 750 for 2 for jan–price is now 1800)

    March 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

  3. Ann

    OK, so just checked the price again–it’s down to $650. each–still too high!

    March 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

  4. Helen

    I love the huge church on the hill at Izmal and the other historic churches there. They are fantastic. It may be my favorite city in the Yucatan – so far. I haven’t actually visited that many. Took hundreds of pictures there.

    March 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

  5. Charles – I can just imagine those adventures. And I have been over those rope speed bumps!

    Ann – I know what you mean about the air fares! I’ve been look at next Christmas and everything is over $700!! Yikes!! Considering the gas prices, I guess I’m not surprised. But it’s pretty depressing.

    Helen – Is the old simplistic church from Izmal?? I will have to put that town on my wish list to visit! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:36 am

    • Helen

      Here’s a link to the main church and it was just like this when I visited in January two years ago. Bright yellow against a deep blue sky. There are several other unique churches around the town so see them all. I got great pictures of the older women in the market selling their wares. You will LOVE it. There are two nice hotels that are very reasonable, one right on the square upstairs and one around to the right of the monastery.
      http://www.reflexstock.com/rights-managed/Izamal.html

      March 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      • Beautiful photos! I can’t wait to get out there myself. It’s amazing how those blue skies pop against all those brilliant colors. Thanks so much for the info!

        March 9, 2011 at 2:13 am

  6. allthingsarial

    Deb, I think this is my favorite post of yours so far. Loved all of the photos! I’ve been offline a lot lately, so it was a treat to read this. Thanks!

    March 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

  7. Brian

    Those are beautiful photos, Deb. Thanks.

    October 22, 2011 at 1:49 am

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