There´s such pressure in writing the first entry. So much build up and expectation. Given that, i´m going to keep this short and save the detailed commentary for later. I´m writing you from the Hotel Meson de Tulum in Cancun, Mexico. I´ve only got a few minutes before i need to grab my stuff and head to the bus terminal to catch a ride to Chetumal, then on to Belize City.
Everything is going well so far. Getting in was a bit rough, as i apparently needed a GPS system to find this place - I was walking around downtown Cancun for two hours with my huge pack. Needless to say a 6-9 gringo with a big-ass backpack draws some attention, especially when he passes by the same spot about 5 times.
Obviously, i found it - got some rest, and did some exploring. Cancun is really two cities. The one you´re thinking of is the Hotel Zone. This is where all the rich folk and spring breakers go. if you´ve ever been to Panama City, Destin or pretty much any coastal city in America, add in some Vegas-sized hotels and some water, and you´ve seen this part of Cancun. I´m staying in "old" Cancun, near the bus station. It´s a lot more "authentic", and much less americanized.
Yesterday i made it out to Chichen Itza, a set of Mayan ruins about 50-60 miles inside the Yucutan. They were impressive - i´ll post some pictures as soon as i can. I took an organized tour - well worth the price of $45 for a full day of sightseeing. Our guide was a dude named David, who i can only describe as an elderly Mexican version of Gomez Addams from the original Addams Family. He was great.
Ok - I really do need to run. I´ll work on some pictures, and give you some more thoughts as soon as i can.