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Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico

Written by Raenelle on Saturday, November 1, 2003
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Our drive to the western coast of the Yucatan Peninsula took us on some interesting back roads and through some very small rural villages. Most of the homes were round huts made from wooden sticks and mud. There were very few vehicles, and everyone used bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. Most of the villages were very friendly and eager to exchange waves and smiles.

Celestun Biosphere ReserveOur destination on the west coast of the Yucatan was Celestun Biosphere Reserve – a prime location for birdwatching. We camped on an isolated sandy beach and headed out into the reserve the following morning along narrow, muddy backroads. After spotting a number of interesting bird species at the lagoon, we headed towards Merida – a large city about 3 hours west of Cancun. Against our better judgement (or maybe just due to my questionable navigational skills), we decided to drive downtown to the main city plaza. Well, let’s just say that the roads in Merida are narrow, the traffic is really bad, there are pedestrians everywhere, and there were always one-way streets going in the opposite direction to where we wanted to go! Nonetheless, we managed to find a parking spot and had an interesting time walking through the public market (a complete zoo with people everywhere, rotting meat and chickens for sale with their guts hanging out, and a bunch of unrecognizable food items for sale). We settled down on a park bench in the main plaza to collect our thoughts after the craziness of the market, and landed up buying a really great hammock from a local Mayan man. He handmakes the hammocks himself, and it takes him 40 hours to make one hammock.

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