2106/12/12-18: Cancún and Cozumel
Our flight arrived three hours late in Cancún, and we made our way through a border system designed to inhale tourists into a resort area of Mexico. Having missed our shuttle, we took a mini van taxi to a nearby hotel with our boxed bikes. My Spanish is not flowing well, but I think the exchange with our driver showed the communication gap was beyond linguistic. He asked if we had “transportation” for our stay in the area, and I replied “We have bicycles.” He responded “But do you have transportation?” This went on for several iterations.
We assembled bikes that evening, grabbed a bite at Subway, and fell into bed. The following morning, we set off by bike in the unaccustomed 34 degree heat to ride the 80 km plus ferry to Ibersostar Cozumel and meet my cousin Michael and his friend known as Binda. The road was busy, but it was dead flat and we had a light following wind. The only excitement was seeing a large constricting snake that had met a sorry end. Our arrival must have been unconventional for an all inclusive resort. I think we appreciated more than most the tall glass of juice we were served, but it seemed incongruous to be offered help getting from the front desk to our room.
Apart from a spin to test a gear adjustment, our bikes have remained parked in our room while we’ve swum, snorkelled, and sailed a Hobie cat. Our main activity, however, has been solving the world’s problems over dinner, taking only brief breaks from conversation to make second and third trips to the dessert table.
We’ve come from an unusual Vancouver cold snap to the tropics, and everything is new and exotic to us. Walking to the dining room, we admire the variegated foliage and watch iguanas vie for the best branches. The big tough guys bob their heads to threaten lesser lizards. A tortoise parked herself beside our balcony for a while, and we turned her around in case she was stuck. A pair of peccaries trotted by one evening. We snorkelled from shore, but also took a boat outing to three different locations on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, seeing different fauna at each stop. We saw sea turtles for the first time – two of them twirling in a slow and graceful dance.
On Monday we’ll take the ferry back to the mainland and ride south to our first archeological site at Tulum, and from there we’ll head inland.