|General Info||Valladolid||$0.00||It is worth noting that principal sites are very well marked with bi-lingual signage, making this a truly hospitable place for English speakers. The local police are very friendly, speak good English and are happy to give directions. Valladolid is a great city to spend the day exploring the history and culture the Yucatan peninsula has to offer.|
|Reminder||Pick up Rental Car||Mex (map)||$0.00||
Take ALL insurance - traffic accidents are a criminal offense
If you rent with all the insurance in Cabo, make absolutely sure that you:
-ask how much coverage you are getting.
-what is the deductable?
-get it in writing.
-get a copy of the policy.
-use your phone or camera to take photos of the entire car when you rent it. Do this right in front of the rental agent.
|Other||Walk ferry to Mex||$0.00|
|Bed and Breakfast||Bacalar House||AirBnB||Valladolid||$100.00||Jorge is great to deal with. Great communication, very friendly and helpful. The place is fairly central, within walking distance of the ADO (bus) station and town center. It is quite basic (to be expected, at the price), has a good kitchenette, and has easy access to the highways. It does have some drawbacks, though. There are some challenges with water pressure. There are essentially no windows. The WiFi is unpredictable: it can be strong, it can be weak, or it can be out entirely (when this happens we found that unplugging the router for 30 seconds fixed it). You're on a major thoroughfare and the traffic goes, non-stop, past the place. The mattress doesn't have much padding, so you feel every single spring. But, if you're prepared for these things, it can be a great home base for your adventures in the area, and there's no reason why you can't enjoy your stay. We did.|
|Today was kind of a nothing day thanks to Mex car rentals. We left Cozumel bright and early to get our car in plenty of time to visit Rio Secreto and then make our way to Valladolid. Rio Secreto was not to be, though, as the Mex office was having issues with their electricity so they couldn't print our rental agreement nor our proof of insurance when we got there. The guy seemed to expect us to just be on our way without our paperwork, but uhhhhh... hells no. We waited around for three hours to get our paperwork and be on our way. They got the printer working just before I pulled the plug and went mega-bitch on them demanding a cancellation/refund so we could take the ADO bus to Valladolid and get there on time to check in at our place. But, they got the printer working just in the nick. Brent did a fantastic job of driving the unfamiliar roads with heavy, random traffic and signage that left a lot to be desired.|
|We really enjoyed Cozumel, and could see coming back again sometime. We left a few things on the table: Brent would like to snorkel Palancar and Colombia reefs; we'd both like to do some snorkeling, and we'd both like to see the rest of the island, either via car or bicycle. I also feel a strange compulsion to learn how to ride the Colectivas, since they're our favorite form of transportation in the Caribbean.|
Cathedral of San Gervasio
Hmmmm... decisions decisions... a $4.00 5L bottle of alcohol, or a $1.50 5L bottle of agua...
Yes, that's right... a 5L bottle of alcohol for about $4.00. But we went with the agua.