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Old 01-14-2016   #46 (permalink)
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Thanks Roni, I will make an effort to check it out when I get up your way. I am leaving Chetumal tomorrow. I kinda got stuck here looking at stuff and going places. I could still spend more time here but I am going to return when they get that massive structure on the waterfront finished.
Ah, the La Megaescultura al Mestizaje. That's like an eyesore or a cruel joke to residents- a multimillion dollar boondoggle of a white elephant that will never be finished and has already started to rust. Taxpayer dollars hard at work. The best thing that could happen would be if a hurricane could blow it away.

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Bacalar

I stopped at Bacalar for a quick look on the way south. I came back later but will post that later in order to keep things in order if that makes any sense.

The view from beside the fort.



The fort was constructed to protect the town from pirates and inside is a museum. It has explanations in Spanish and English.

Scale model of the fort.



Fort pics (some)

Fort is surrounded by a dry moat.



Gurneys for mobile cannon.



Along the embattlements.

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Look Rebbecca

The fort planners of old thought way into the future and two cannon are still aimed at the taxista sitio.





View of the lagoon from the fort.

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Ah, the La Megaescultura al Mestizaje. That's like an eyesore or a cruel joke to residents- a multimillion dollar boondoggle of a white elephant that will never be finished and has already started to rust. Taxpayer dollars hard at work. The best thing that could happen would be if a hurricane could blow it away.

Nice TR, BTW.
That's too bad if that's the way it is for the residents. The representations of the finished product look awesome from a tourist perspective. I can only imagine what the view from the glass enclosure on top will be.



I read your report as well for ideas on this journey. Chetumal is a beautiful city. Thanks for reading.
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Some museum pieces

Inside the museum are depictions of various pirates of the region and their individual histories in English and Spanish.


Some pics from the pirate museum.







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Thanks for the reports.

The sextants are pretty cool!
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Chetumal

So here is another shot of beautiful lake Bacalar.




There is this famous cenote called Agua Azul but I never went in there, I was told its 10p entrance fee but I was wanting to get to Chetumal.

Agua Azul from the roadside



I had booked a room through airbnb in Chetumal and I am sure glad I have google maps because I would have been soooo lost. It has been invaluable this trip. I stayed with or at this woman's place, "Maria" and the place was OK but she was fantastic and I was made to feel like family. My planned original two night stop turned into 5 nights.

After I got settled in I went down to the "boulevard" which runs all along the front of Chetumal along the bay, lined with a park with various statues and also something some people call art, 25 pieces from artists from around the world.

I came across this cool adventure playground, the kind they don't allow in my country because people (or their kids) might hurt themselves and Lord knows it must be someone else's fault.

Rickety and loose stairs lead to a slung cable bridge with open sides that bounces when you walk on it and gives an older man vertigo, also missing planks.



Maybe its my meds but my head was spinning when I got to the third station.

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I think this is the federal govt. building but its pretty impressive.



And the only Mermaids (manatees) I saw so far. I still want to see a live one. (Mermaid or Manatee, or both)



I'm in Jose Maria Morales right now and photobucket takes forever to load anyways and then add in a slow connection...

I loved these huge bronze eagles

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Laguna Guerrero

So I went looking for Manatee at the sanctuary in the morning but it was
closed so I settled for breakfast at one of those roadside places... I love roadside stuff. Apparently a Canadian lives near here at Raduales and I actually met him a couple of days later at another place.

Roadside stand at Raduales. Not sure if that's spelled right.



See that half filled bottle of pop on the table?
Ever wonder why Mexicans put paper towel on top of their bottles if they don't have a cap?
Ever tried to drink a bottle with a fly floating in it without swallowing the fly?
The fly floats to the top when you tip the bottle but you only want to risk it so far.. haha

Half chicken, spaghetti, rice, tortillas, and a bottle of pop I could only drink half of... 52 pesos.



So I learned at least two things there.
Always top your bottle when your not drinking it.
And she gave me soap and poured water over my hands before I ate, something I don't always do... wash my hands before. But in this warm climate I was thinking how fast bacteria might grow and eating with my hands, I might make my own self sick....

Everything comes at some cost. (observation, not lesson three)

Her cooking rig.

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Mayan Cultural Museum

So after I couldn't find a Mermaid or Manatee I went by both the old and new Mercado's and then the highly recommended Mayan Cultural Museum.

Entrance fee for a visitor from another country, 1 Salario Minimo it says on the ticket, 73.04 pesos, same as the fort at Bacalar. I think that's the average 1 day pay or 1 day minimum wage... I think.

Museum Entrance




It is really too dark in there in my opinion but it is supposed to be the best display outside of Mexico city.
One of the cool things is the floor with glass panels that you can walk on and over replicas of Mayan sites.



The fisherman.



There are all kinds of displays, I'll just post a few for you guys.







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Past the ticket booth, outside there is more stuff.

Typical Mayan house inside.




The courtyard is planted with some pretty large trees and there is this well.
I just did not know that the Mayans had galvanized buckets




The awesome mural in front of the new Mercado next door.

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Quintana Roo lighthouse museum.

Damn this was one busy day for me!!
After a nap in the car on the boulevard I went to the lighthouse museum, on the boulevard, free admission, good spot for kids, interactive displays.



BTW a lighthouse is Spanish is "Faro"



Interactive displays and info on all the lighthouses in the state,




This one you get to drive (or pilot) a ship... and yes its all in Spanish, but hey its a video game, kids will find a way.






Grrr... photobucket... slow to load on a slow connection, keeps freezing, I think its all the ads.

Lots of great shots of lighthouses around the world. Its not a huge museum but worth a stop. Also slideshow shots.

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Thanks for the reports.

The sextants are pretty cool!
Thanks for viewing!

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Great job! Looks like the makings of an Amazon ebook tour guide. Thanks for scouting out all these neat places!
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I really appreciate your trip reports. I love the way you travel, and this report is helping me survive the winter doldrums. Once my husband retires, we hope to hit the road, and I'm seriously taking notes. Thank you so much!!
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