Have not been to Tulum, but visited Chizzen Izza and Uxmal deep in the Yucatan peninsula some 40 years ago. Those Mayan ruins were fantastic and hardly touched by the tourist industry then. I flew into Merida from Miami on a small propeller plane and touched down on the smallest airport I had ever seen. The runway was populated with goats and chickens and the roads in Merida were still unpaved at that time. To reach Chizzen Izza and Uxmal I rented a car with a driver for a day and toured the ruins on my own. I don't know if they still allow you today to climb up the steep steps to the top of the Uxmal pyramide. Cancun did not exist at the time, it was just a sandbar with little on it. I did take a bus tour from Merida to Isla Muhjeres. I was late for the bus and my "reserved" seat was occupied by a mother breastfeeding her baby. There was standing room left only. I did not have the heart to claim my seat, so I stood for the 4 hour trip over dusty and bumpy roads. My suitcase was placed on top of the roof of the bus, along with crates of life chickens and pigs. The bus driver pointed out wild cougars as we were driving along. When we finally arrived at the coast, everybody boarded the small ferry to get over to the island. Isla Muhjeres was so unspoiled it had wonderful beaches and only two small hotels. As a matter of fact, the hotel I stayed in was so primitive that when I tried to wash my hair the shampoo made a sticky mess of it. The reason was the water coming out of the shower was salt water. I learned to snorkel and delighted in the beautiful underwater world of colorful fish and corals. I got to ride on giant sea turtles with the natives catching them for me and helping me onto them. I had a blast. I joined a goup of young Mexican students from Mexico City on their semester break and we sailed to Cozumel, a mere sand bar with just a few shacks on it. I made my way back to Merida and then flew on to Mexico City, etc. I am sure I wouldn't recognize any of the places today. Things have changed a lot down there. I am sure this unspoiled paradise is gone forever now.
Once again I'm surprised and delighted by the quality of your reply. Your account of early travels in the Yucatan peninsula is mesmerizing and conjures up images of Katherine Hepburn and Humprey Bogart on the African Queen with a dash of Amelia Erhart and perhaps even Indiana Jomes thrown in for good measure! What a marvelous adventure you had and what a wonderful memory for detail you have. I'm very impressed and thinkyour experiences could be the basis for a very intriguing novelor even a movie.
Most amazing is the fact that you saw places in Mexico at a time when they were little more than sleepy villages or remote back-water locales. Now, many of them are bustling tourist meccas where little evidence of their unpretentious past remains.
I was also heartened to hear that you'denduredthe dusty bus ride over bumpy roads standing upto allow the breast-feeding mother your seat. Hardly the kind of noble behaviourexpected of the infamous "Ugly American" of the 1960s. Thank goodness!
Thanks for your post and great praise - I love it..... Don't forget to go back though and rate the post since no rating shows. I guess we are all working toward that VIP Contributor status and as we learned these ratings will count. Sorry to remind everybody of this point.
For sure, I'll be busy rating posts. It's one of the first things I do each time I log in to LL's Community. I look for all the "new" posts since the last time and surf though all of them and enter a rating at the end of each.
One othe other contributors clued me into it. I was using Firefox for my E-mails but switched to Internet Exploreron his advice. On IE, when you do a reply to someone's post, a long row of icons for different tools automatically appears above the reply box. Among the tools is a Smiley Face symbol and also an icon for adding color to the font you use. Easy! Another tool allows for a person to "Insert An Image"! I tried to do so but found to my dismay that any photo or image you want to upload into the reply has to have an "ulr" address...very frustrating, as all my photos are either in folders in My Documents on my computer or copied onto CDs. None is on a website, so I can't upload them!!!!!! At least not just yet, for I'm looking to find a way around this problem. And, where there's a will, there's a way!
Excellent post, thanks for cluing me in. I will try to use Internet Explore when I can. My husband keeps saying IE is not as safe as Firefox, but IE seems to give you a lot more choices. I am sure a lot more people will profit from your post. Thanks.
On the Machu Picchu threat a little further up, however, there still is no rating on my post to you. Please do go back and rate it. Sorry to be a stickler about it... but as you know, every little bit helps, especially on the posts where we put a lot more substance in other than just saying thank you....
Thanks for rating the post. On your comment on IE vs FF, I'll probably to have use IE as well if I want to get fancier. For the time being, I'll play it save... I have been getting enough grief from my husband....
I find using both IE and FF quite useful depending on the circumstances. IE's just great for LL posts, while Ff works really fast for other online browsing. My wife's a fan of IE and uses it exclusively.