Playa del Carmen & Tulum
Lots of photos today. We caught a taxi to the ferry terminal and took the 30 minute ride to Playa del Carmen. As we were leaving Cozumel we saw a Disney cruise ship, one of the many ships in port today. The sea was somewhat bumpy which did not agree with Darlene. Once on dry land we split up. Simone, Bronwyn & Darlene went shopping and Brett, Christine, Graham & I arranged a hire car for the day and drove to Tulum, just over 60 km away. Here we paid 64 pesos to enter the ruins of the Mayan city by the coast. Brett had already seen it so he waited for us whilst we went in. We split up in there and I walked around solo. I took it all in and a bunch of photos. The buildings were much better preserved than the earlier ruins we saw on the island. I saw a number of iguanas again. When I had my fill I headed to the prearranged bar. I had some water and had some lunch whilst waiting for the others. I shared my burrito with a couple of hungry stray cats.
On the way back we stopped at one of the many cenotes along the road. They are a water hole of sorts where an otherwise underground river breaches the surface. The water was clear and cool and full of tiny (and a few larger) fish. Entry fee was 100 pesos each (less than A$10). The water hole was surrounded by jungle and very picturesque. A ledge on one side allowed the more adventurous to jump from around 4 metres up into the refreshing water.
After returning to Playa del Carmen and dropping off the car I tried unsuccessfully to link up with the shoppers. After wi-fi stints at starbucks and then at a bar by the pier I eventually learned they had already returned to the island. When I got back it was dark and the girls were hungry. We met up at a bar and went to another Albertos restaurant for dinner. It clearly had been raining but by chance I didn't see any today. As has been the case all week we had a top temp in the high 20s after a low in the low 20s with high humidity. We returned to our room to take it easy for the evening. I walked 10km and Darlene walked more with all her shopping.