In 2013, we created this blog as a chronicle of our experience becoming expats. For those of you who have expressed an interest in this adventure—or would just like to live vicariously through us—welcome! As of 2016 we have not returned to Belize - someday we will and our blog will then continue.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Day 5: Villahermosa to Near Xpujil, MX and the EcoVillage
Day 5 Villahermosa to near Xpujil, MX
Today’s goal is to reach the Chicanna Ecovillage Resort
about 8km east of Xpujil so we can tour a couple more Maya ruins…Calakmul and
This entire day was replete with “tope” (speedbump)
vendors---I mean each and every little village had a series of at least 4
“topes”, some single, some double, that slowed down traffic enough to allow
street vendors to stand on the topes and sell their wares. They were not
aggressive, just opportunists…Obviously someone purchased their wares, or that
marketing approach would not exist! You’ll notice the signs when you are
approaching a village that read, “Poblado proximo”—may as well slow down and
enjoy the adventure!
And the road construction continues...
There were a couple of Policia Federal as well as Military
checkpoints along the way today…the Federales just waved us through, the
Military actually had us stop and peeked in the driver’s window—again we were
just waved through!
I should have told you earlier-- that the receipt you get at
the casera de cobro must be retained for your time on the toll roads. This is
evidently an insurance policy for that specific section of the toll road—in case of an
accident. However, if you are determined to be speeding and involved in an
accident, the insurance is void.
Due to the permanent Jersey barriers in front of the Hilton,
you must make a strange turnaround, thru the airport…Head out the Hilton
driveway, make a right onto 186, follow the Aeropuerto/Yumka sign—drive into the
airport and do the loop, follow the signs back to 186—this is about a 3 mile
circle to return you to in front of the
Hilton—but headed in the right directions—east…
Caseta de Cobro, $20pesos, ($1.58usd)
Federales checkpoint—waved through
186 changes here to a 2 lane, with open shoulders…the slower
traffic will pull onto the right shoulder (sticking about ½ way onto the lane)
and allow you to pass (with your left turn signal on.) The drivers along this
route are very courteous and will move over when it is safe for you to pass.
Likewise, you should do the same for them.
Military checkpoint – “Must stop if asked” –waived through
Intersection with road to Palenque (Mayan Ruins)
Chable town, Caseta de Cobro, $20 ($1.58usd) LAST TOLL!!
“Corridor Quarantine Station” no stop, keep moving, looking
Military security stop – peeked in, waved through
Federales checkpoint – peeked in, waved through
Calakmul intersection (Mayan Ruins)
Chicanna Ecovillage Resort on left – signage above road
The Chicanna Ecovillage was a soothing find! We did an
internet search, looking for a place close to both Becan and Calakmul Mayan
Ruins—voila’ Ecovillage! $1416pesos/night ($111.94usd)for a double occupancy room. The village was more than expected, there
were 4 rooms per 2-story building—stucco sided, thatched roofs, fan (no a/c—but
didn’t need it), wifi (both nights it stopped working around 9pm…) pool,
restaurant serving from 7am-10pm, far enough away from the road that there were
no road noises-only nature—birds, tree frogs, squealing Royal rats….we thought
that the only downside was very firm beds. The employees were friendly and
helpful—some spoke a little English. We found most of the other guests were
European (we were the only N. Americans) it was very interesting to hear:
German, Italian, a Nordic language, Russian all in the dining room at the same