Part 2 of our great drive in the Yucatan (Part 1 is here if you missed it), more or less corresponds to day two, or three, my youthful indulgence in chronic Chronic makes it hard to recall… Either way we took in more tiny towns, churches, beaches and bizarre pink water. It was a long day ending in a four hour night drive from Ria Lagartos to Playa del Carmen. But we only got stopped by the police once and I didn’t have to watch out for Kangaroos!
Probably not the San Francisco
I’m no painter, but I think you are supposed to scrape, then paint.
I don’t mean to alarm you, but, uh, you seem to have painted that tree. And you’re wearing socks with your flip flops.
Just moseying along, very, very, slowly…
The main church in Tizimin, it’s really quiet large.
The school bus in a small town we passed through.
Wandering the quiet streets in a town with no name. Well, not a name I can recall.
Reading the fine print at the home of the best Flan in Mexico, Tizimin.
Although the walls were once covered in paintings, they have all but disappeared now, leaving only a trace of what was.
Jesus in a submarine
The priest’s pajamas.
The Red Salt Lakes of Las Coloradas, no relation to the Red Sea of Egypt.
Which side would you rather go for a dip in?
We had the whole place to ourselves, no tourists, no one chasing us off their land or charging an entrance fee. Just us and the flamingos (they’re hiding in there somewhere).
Our final destination before the four hour drive home, Ria Lagartos. We dined on a whole fried fish each and watched the sun go down. The town was surprisingly quiet, but all the better for it.
And those are some of the highlights of our drive, there are a thousand other little things which made the journey spectacular. Little shrines along the road. Rally driving across deserted salt strewn sand roads in a tiny little Matiz. Beaches without a soul in sight with the bluest water you have ever seen. An ice cream seller standing at a junction without another person to be seen. The crumbling gates of a hundred deserted Ranches on roads surrounded by jungle.
So many experiences added up to make this an amazing trip. If you get a chance to come down this way, don’t do a tour. Grab a car, turn on Google maps, and just drive.