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TRAVEL DIARY WITH A GIRL IN MEXICO (DIY)

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TRAVEL DIARY WITH A GIRL IN MEXICO 15 days
I enter ap? of information about our trip -do it yourself- on the road studied for months and in the smallest details with a route divided into three states: Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.
We are a couple with a child.
You can read the complete travel diary on my blog: Travel diary with Bimba in Mexico - DIY - Itineraries and useful information
The complete diary of information on places, hotels, and photos can be found here:

1 day

26 JUNE 2017: Departure for Cancun
flight from Rome (18 pm) with Air Europe, a very spartan company, quite punctual, slightly more? economical, with enough space, entertainment and meals, choice for direct flight.
Quiet journey especially for the child who has slept for many hours.



2 day

27/28/29 JUNE 2017: FIRST STAGE TOWARDS CHIQUILA- HOLBOX- YUCATAN
Once at the Cancun airport (2 hours) we are immediately accompanied to the Comfort Inn hotel about 15 minutes by taxi where we will stay one night.
The next day after a good breakfast, by taxi we reach the Hertz airport, rent a car with GPS, load luggage and stroller and leave towards Chiquila in the north of the Yucatan (Cancun-Chiquila 140 Km -2 h) where the small ferries leave. to the island of Holbox. We leave the car in one of the many guarded parking lots in the tiny port, load the suitcases on the valet's tricycle who takes us to the ferry for a small tip. The crossing takes about 30 minutes, costs a few euros and tickets can be made locally for the frequency of departures (every half hour).

3 day

27/28/29 JUNE 2017: FIRST STAGE TOWARDS CHIQUILA- HOLBOX- YUCATAN
Holbox? a small island still largely uncontaminated, with dirt roads crossed only by pedestrians, bikes and golf cars, without nightlife, with white sand and a clear sea with a shallow bottom for tens of meters, which simulates an? infinity? pool of a thousand shades? of blue and green, also ideal for children.



4 day

27/28/29 JUNE 2017: FIRST STAGE TOWARDS CHIQUILA- HOLBOX- YUCATAN
We visit more? times Punta Cocos, Punta Mosquitos, the protected breeding areas of turtles, El Parque square, the murals of the houses, admiring a fauna rich in birds (cormorants, frigates, herons, pelicans, seagulls, flamingos, etc.?) of iguanas and of tropical fish.
There would be many other things to do such as whale shark excursions or excursions to the immaculate nearby islets of Pajaros and La Pasion, which due to lack of time we have not seen.

5 day

30 JUNE 2017: MOVEMENT TO VALLADOLID
IS? a sunny day, in the morning after breakfast we return to the pier, we embark and after 30 minutes by ferry we reach Chiquila where we take the car back towards Valladolid (Chiquila-Valladolid 160 km-2 h) where we stay two days at the colonial El Meson del Marques Hotel Restaurant, located opposite the central square. Valladolid? a small colonial jewel, far from mass tourism, to be savored calmly. We visit the square and the Francisco Canton park, the Church of San Servasio, the Church of La Candelaria, the characteristic streets of Mexican pueblos such as the Calzada de Los Frailes, the ancient central arcade where there are many stalls with Mayan women dressed in traditional clothes selling local handicrafts such as textiles, embroidered dresses and handmade hammocks, the Cenote Zaci (unfortunately found closed after 17pm) and the Casa-Museo de los Venados. We have dinner in the ancient portico of the El Meson del Marques restaurant and then relax on the splendid terrace that overlooks the square


6 day

01 JULY: EXCURSION TO THE MAYAN SITE OF CHICHEN ITZA AND CENOTES
excursion to Chichen Itza (valladolid-Chichen Itza 41 km- 40 min), unmissable Mayan archaeological site, heritage of humanity, to be done in the early morning to avoid the busiest hours. hot and crowded with tourists, to visit with the necessary breaks in about 3-4 hours.


7 day

02 JULY 2017: MOVEMENT TO MERIDA
In Merida we stay for one night at the excellent and central Hotel Luz en Yucatan. Merida? a less charming colonial town than Valladolid, with a beautiful historic center that can be visited in a day where the Plaza Major, the Cathedral of San Ildelfonso, the Municipal Palace, the Lucas Galvez market stand out.
Walk after dinner in the historic center of Merida which with the night lights appears much more? charming.

8 day

03 JULY 2017: MOVEMENT TO SAN FRANCISCO DI CAMPECHE
After breakfast in the central bar, we take a walk to the colorful city market. Then we take the car towards San Francisco di Campeche (Merida-San Francisco di Campeche 184 km, 2h 10 min). Along the way we stop at Becal pueblo, famous for panama straw hats, which we buy in a shop that also shows us the cave (cueva) essential for a phase of processing, however spending a lot. As soon as we arrive in San Francisco di Campeche or simply Campeche, we have lunch on the? Malecon? to the excellent restaurant? Los Delfinos? just outside the walls, to then reach our hotel? Casa Mazejuwi ?.
Campeche? a splendid and colorful colonial town, overlooking the sea, with an intact historic center, entirely enclosed by city walls and ramparts where churches, squares, pastel-colored buildings, cobbled and local streets, smell of a past era suspended in time. Did we stay two days long enough to consecrate her as the pi? beautiful among the pueblos visited.


9 day

04 JULY 2017: VISIT TO THE MAYA SITE OF EDZNA
sunny day, breakfast at the highly recommended restaurant? El Antigo Caf? of San Francisco ?, after which? we take the car to reach Edzna, a beautiful Mayan archaeological site 1 hour from Campeche.


10 day

05 JULY 2017: MOVEMENT AND VISIT TO THE MAYA SITE OF UXMAL
the Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site, open Mon-Sun, 8 am-17pm, price 60 pesos.
The site, wonderful,? well visited even with the stroller that we carry everywhere on stairs and grass paths. We relax in the Hacienda for the rest of the day.

11 day

06 JULY 2017: Moving to IZAMAL? LA CIUDAD AMARILLA?
Izamal? a charming and peaceful Mexican pueblo, characteristic for the ocher yellow that colors the entire colonial town and the churches. In Izamal we visit the pyramid of Kinich Kak Moo and the splendid former convent of the sixteenth? century of Sant? Antonio da Padova. Outside the monastery on the side of the Itzamna park, on calle 31, there are colorful horse-drawn buggies, on which we take turns and photos, escaping the suffocating heat.
Lunch and Dinner at the excellent Kinich El Sabor typical restaurant, one of the best quality-price restaurants encountered. We spend the night at the Hotel Rinconada del Convento

12 day

07 JULY 2017: Transfer and stay in Tulum
we leave Izamal for Tulum (Izamal? Tulum 210 km, 2 h 30 min) where we stay three nights at the ecological posada? Dos Ceibas Eco Retreat ?, an eco-sustainable structure overlooking the sea, where we relax among white beaches, the Caribbean sea and walks in the hotel area of ​​Tulum

13 day

08 JULY 2017: BEACHES AND TURTLES
Sunny day, after breakfast, we take an excursion to Akumal 30 minutes from Tulum, whose beach is? famous for the possibility? to see and swim with turtles.
We have lunch on the beach at the excellent restaurant? Lol-Ha? on Akumal Main Bay. In the afternoon we walk slowly along the sandy road of the Sian Ka? An Biosphere Reserve where we visit some wild and isolated corners. We prefer not to reach Punta Allen either for the difficult road or for lack of time

14 day

09 JULY 2017: SEA IN TULUM WITH A SMALL CONTRACT
sunny day, after breakfast, we relax by the sea. We also had a setback, that of having lost the car key, perhaps on the beach the day before, but despite the research we have not found it. We went to Hertz in Tulum, who solved the problem brilliantly by providing a? Professional? to open the car and to retrieve a baggage inside, and getting us another car at no additional cost.

15 day

10 JULY 2017: DEPARTURE FOR THE RETURN
IS? another sunny day, after breakfast we leave Tulum for Cancun airport (Tulum-Cancun (130 km? 2 h), stopping for a visit, shopping and lunch on the sea in Puerto Morelos.
We reach the airport in the evening and embark in the night when the child is already he is sleeping

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