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{ Monthly Archives } September 2010


Campeche is more or less where the Spanish first landed when they arrived in Mexico. The old colonial architecture reminds me of places I’ve never been – the south of Spain, the north of Africa, who knows.


isla jaina

Looking at my map, Isla Jaina catches my attention, for some reason. I know nothing of the place but the map indicates that there is an archeological site on the island – which is part of another biosphere reserve – at the end of a twenty kilometre dead end track. I take the turnoff towards […]

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I cross the Yucatan Peninsula, ambling slowly between villages among ruins and cenotes, until I reach Celestun, a relaxed coastal village, on another estuary teeming with birds.

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The Yucatan Peninsula has almost no rivers – instead its water is found underground in a multitude of cenotes.

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various ruins

Layer upon layer of history is evident everywhere in the Yucatan.

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village life

The Yucatan’s villages are impoverished, but lively, and the inhabitants some of the friendliest and most generous people I have come across in a nation of friendly and generous people.

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flamingo traces

The Yucatan Peninsula is topographically pretty bland, which is a polite way of saying flat (and, to some, verging on dull), but what it loses in terms of terrain, it more than makes up for it in terms of biodiversity. The coastal regions are made up of extensive wetlands which are home to an incredible […]

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Cancun is never going to be my favourite place in Mexico. It’s a souless car orientated town that revolves around mega-supermarkets, shopping malls and mass market tourism but somehow when I get back to Mexico from Cuba another week slips away there. However, almost any place can be redeemed by people and my stay in […]

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