A few more snaps from Mexico, for those of you sitting looking at the rain coming down!
[We went to Charlie's for dinner twice and had two cracking evenings. They have the best margaritas in town, hands down... and if you look closely at the bottle of tequilla you can see why... would Sir like one scorpion with his drink or two???]
[Charlie's eclectic decor. There's also a patio garden at the back too.]
[Tulum Public Beach above and below. We were there on a Sunday and maybe saw 120 people in over four hours. If this had been a UK beach on a sunny day we'd have been elbow to elbow!]
[Meanwhile back at the Posada.... we cooked Liz, the manager, a homemade Italian meal. Liz has a degree and a Masters degree in English, spent four years as a teacher in Mexico, took time out to travel round Europe including a month in Italy, worked for the Mexican Embassy in London for a year and toured Europe some more before finally coming back to Mexico! She was such a lot of fun to be around and nothing was ever too much trouble for her guests.]
[Green Backed Parrot Snake which despite it's name, eats tree frogs. We were with a guide and a small group on a day tour into the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and knew this snake was harmless, but he was very inquisitive and we got loads of photos!]
[Muyil Mayan ruins on the edge of the Biosphere]
[This building is known as the castle and was probably used as a watch tower and a guiding tower to help people navigate through two long but narrow channels between the ocean and two lagoons before you reach Muyil if arriving by boat. The theory is that fires were lit in the top section where there are three slits and that these were aligned with the entrance to the channels into the lagoon and also the only safe opening across the coral reef from the ocean]
[Butterflies soaking up the salts from the mineral rich clay. There were a couple of hundred of them, a month earlier there had been thousands of them!]
[Crossing one of the lagoons heading for the channels.]
[Wild Cows Horn orchids lining the sides of the channel]
[Close to the end of our stay we went back to Akumal and walked around the beautiful little town. The houses here are grander than Tulum and not so close together, we think most of them would have been holiday homes or owned by foreign tourists. It was definitely more upmarket than Tulum]
[A lot of the architecture, to us, seemed to be Spanish or Adobe style. Most buildings were simply whitewashed but lushly planted with tropical flowers and palms.]
[Turtle Bay cafe, an absolutely superb place for coffee and fresh pastries. They also have a full menu and were busy with breakfast when we first went by, we got there just before lunch was in full swing.]
More later perhaps, if you’re not fed up with Mexico by now!