|Cancun today, its beaches and lagoon|
It's a very tidy, safe city and apparently generates a significant wealth for Mexico generally and the majority of GDP for the Quintana Roo state in which it is situated, but it is not a city for us and we are both glad to be leaving.
The main beach area is a strip of land that juts out into the sea with a lagoon in the centre. Notices warn of crocodiles in the lagoon and it is surrounded by mangrove trees making it difficult to see and get to and an ideal hiding place for crocodiles!
We walked 11km out and round maybe a quarter of the rectangle of land into the centre of the hotel area and although the land is only a few hundred meters wide we barely saw the sea on one side or the lagoon on the other. High rise hotels stopped any view of the sea and mangrove trees any view of the lagoon.
As we neared a row of shops we were approached by numerous vendors who
assumed we had money to burn and wanted us to book very expensive trips, buy
souvenirs or clothes. For example, one lady told us she could organise a very
good commission fee trip to the Isla Mujeres, an island just off the coast. She
could do a special price just for us of US$100 each. The boat from the local
dock is US$15 each return, so that is some profit margin! Jackie looked at a
dress that they quoted at 1000 pesos, she had previously turned down a similar
one in Merida at 300 pesos.
|You have been warned!|
|And they weren't joking. Obviously don't eat turtles though|
|Some of the remaining mangroves in the lagoon|
|Fabulously white sandy beaches and turquoise sea...|
|But here's the view looking inland!|
|Cancun's oldest building, the wooden control tower built in 1970|
|No, we don't know either!|
|A Mayan house replica in the park|
|The crocodile and turtle water hole|
|Two coatis munching on food someone had left|
|One was a bit inquisitive and came over to say hello|
|They were having some sort of a meeting!|
|We think this one was feeling a bit left out|
|But this one really wanted to say hello!|
|I'm not sure what this was, but he was very pretty!|
|Again, no idea|
|More old and new photos. This was Avenida Uxmal in 1971...|
|Avenida Uxmal today|
|A outdoor music and dancing show in the city square|
|A Kapok tree in town with its fruit opening out its cotton|
|So that's it from Cancun!|