The Amazing Meander

19 Apr

Years ago Lisa and I applied to the Amazing Race. After all, we love to travel AND we are very entertaining, at least to us! As our Yucatan adventure continues we can’t help but see ourselves on another kind of Amazing Race. We call it the Amazing Meander. We left Holbox, Yucatan heading south. Feeling a bit peckish we turned left at a sign for a cafe. We were curious at what could be down a little road off a little road. We found Vera’s Cafe.

A world traveler living in a tiny village, Vera made us a delicious lunch.

A world traveler living in a tiny village, Vera made us a delicious lunch. Mexico never ceases to amaze.

Nearby were ancient Mayan trees and an orchid preserve.

These trees were enormous.

These trees were enormous.

The Mayans believe that these trees are holy and are compensated by the government to protect them.

The Mayans believe that certain trees are holy and are compensated by the government to protect them.

Many types of orchids grow on our property in Bacalar.

Many types of orchids grow on our property in Bacalar. These and many others were for sale.

We headed toward Rio Lagartos, a sleepy little fishing village home to flamingos and hundreds of species of birds. We got quite lost along the way, but that’s part of the adventure. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. image We scheduled a six a.m. birding boat tour.

A green heron. Santiago had great eyes and slowed to make sur we didn't miss anything.

A green heron. Our guide  had great eyes and slowed to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

I tried to photograph the flamingos but an iPad just doesn’t work for some things. Besides I was too overcome with emotion to focus very well. Another bucket list must see.

We witnessed a parade of flamingos walking on spindly legs across the mud flats.

We witnessed a parade of flamingos walking on spindly legs across the mud flats. Just awesome.

Of course no visit to Rio Lagartos is complete without a Mayan spa treatment. After soaking in a sulphur warm spring, we covered ourselves in clay. The boat ride to the next stop allowed the clay to dry.

Our skin was baby soft.

Our skin was baby soft afterward . lol

A working lighthouse adds to the charm.

A working lighthouse adds to the village charm.

Another night in Rio Lagartos then off toward Valladolid. image My challenge to you this week is to go on your own meander. Even if it’s on your lunch hour. Take a different path, open your eyes, report back, preferably with pictures DOS TORTAS image

10 Responses to “The Amazing Meander”

  1. LJones April 19, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Hi tortas – I just moved and can’t seem to “comment” successfully 😦 I have been to these places and they are such treasures …haven’t been to the little restaurant though…next time! Loved this blog…always so rich, engaging, informative and just plain old fun. Love to you both xo Lorrie

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    • afish25 April 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

      There was much we didn’t get to in RL. I want to go on a night tour and to see the salt extraction plant. Another time.

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  2. Lisa April 19, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    I am not much of a birder but this was amazing.

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    • afish25 April 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      We saw herons, egrets, pelicans, raccoons, crocodiles, falcons and of course the flamingos.

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  3. Marc April 20, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    I just started reading your blog and am enjoying it. I’ve been in Mérida for ten years but still have a lot to see in the eastern half of the Peninsula.

    Where exactly is the orchid preserve? I’d love to stop there next time I head to that area.

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    • afish25 April 20, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      Hey Marc, welcome. The preserve is south of Chiquila on Rte 5. We saw the sign both approaching and leaving Chiquila. Definitely get out there. I would avoid Holbox on the weekend. Rio Lagartos is a little fishing village but the accommodations are fine and birds are fabulous.

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  4. Dale April 20, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    Love reading today’s blog especially seeing the mud ladies.

    Like

  5. emilievardaman April 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    This is a wonderful meander! A great cafe, a boat, flamingos and mud. Can’t get much better.

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