And the final summary.
Thursday 30 April 1998 - Saturday 2 May 1998
Thursday 30 April - Very early start for speedboat back to Belize City. Dawn broke as we headed in. Painless border crossing into Mexico. We changed buses at Chetumal for bus to Tulum. Small hotel by beach very close to temple complex.
The beach near the ruins of Tulum.
Friday 1 May - A very early walk up to Tulum ruins to beat the crowds. It is very scenic as they are perched on the cliff tops. No tourists either being so early. Back for breakfast, and then a bus to Cancún. We stayed in the old part of town rather than on the island with all the other hotels. The last night dinner at the most corniest, most cheesiest Mexican restaurant ever seen. Waiters dressed as banditos, mariachi bands, tequila slammers, the whole nine yards. Great fun. Next door to the restaurant was a bar with a jazz style flamenco band playing. They were excellent. It turned into a very late night!
The big bits at Tulum.
The main compound at Tulum.
The view along the beach at Tulum.
The ruins at Tulum.
Tequila slammers for Robyn, Siggy and Gerhard. Oli at the back has just seen the bar bill!
They love those hats.
It's dance time!
A tequila slammer for Jenny.
Gerhard and his hat.
Saturday 2 May - The end. I said good bye to those people leaving. The afternoon spent in pool relaxing and getting myself organised for departure to Mexico City two days later.
Summary - In all this was a very good trip. The group size (12) was large enough to have different conversations, but small enough to be manageable. Oli, the guide was well organised and arranged everything (especially the transport) very well. Group was 1 Icelander, 1 Austrian, 2 New Zealand, 2 Canadians, 4 Australians, and 2 British. Using whatever transport we could get our hands on was a great way to meet the locals, especially in the chicken buses. Do however need to be a bit more security conscious though as we had a bag and a wallet stolen.