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Old 01-26-2017   #31 (permalink)
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After several days wandering the beautiful city of Campeche we decided it was time to move on. We had made plans to meet up with our good friends Brenda & Joe from Ohio in Progresso, out side of Merida. We caught the bus to Merida and found the "3rd" bus depot for our bus to the coast, it gets confusing with so many bus terminals in one city. We had visited Progresso about 9 years earlier so were looking forward to the changes, wow! Big changes! We decided to stay in Chelem, about 10 miles from Progresso. The price was right and we had access to our own outdoor kitchen, always a good way to save money. We had allowed 7 days to explore the area and explore

Our first beer stop in Progresso


our digs



The walk to the beach, 2 blocks away



the beach, never saw any others for the week




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Yes it does seem that a lot of these towns are empty but apparently when it is hot in summer, they just fill up. keep up the good work posting your travels.
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After several days wandering the beautiful city of Campeche we decided it was time to move on. We had made plans to meet up with our good friends Brenda & Joe from Ohio in Progresso, out side of Merida. We caught the bus to Merida and found the "3rd" bus depot for our bus to the coast, it gets confusing with so many bus terminals in one city. We had visited Progresso about 9 years earlier so were looking forward to the changes, wow! Big changes! We decided to stay in Chelem, about 10 miles from Progresso. The price was right and we had access to our own outdoor kitchen, always a good way to save money. We had allowed 7 days to explore the area and explore

Our first beer stop in Progresso


our digs



The walk to the beach, 2 blocks away



the beach, never saw any others for the week




Progresso malecon


So cool to have 2 great TR's going on at the same time thanks
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A little bike ride

We decided to take advantage of the free bikes and headed away from chelem in the opposite direction to Progresso. We rode for about an hour before we ran out of road. Endless beaches







On our way back, just before reaching our place Nancy took a bad fall. Locals are so friendly here, several stopped to help Nancy before I even had time to turn back. Our place was quite a distance to any stores and very in frequent taxi's or colectivos, several times we were picked up by locals offering us rides.
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The next day we headed into Progresso to explore and meet up with some friends.




Cant get away from graffiti...



Beach side beers with Brenda and Joe



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Later, on our way home we came across this little shop... came close to buying a bathroom sink


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Cool report so far! Great pictures. Super pic of my hubs!
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Cool report so far! Great pictures. Super pic of my hubs!
Thanks Brenda, say hi to Joe for me... will miss seeing you guys this trip, maybe we can meet up in the summer. If you feel like a road trip we will be in our newly renovated farm house by then

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Those black chairs? We bought the same brand (Helinox) in a beach chair version, which has a higher back. We'll be trying them out for the first time next week. Very expensive but they seemed like a great splurge, as they only weigh 3.2 lbs and pack up to 19x5x6". And they're very comfortable!
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Great TR, thanks! I'm assuming Nancy didn't get hurt in that fall? Looking forward to reading more about your adventure!
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Beautiful pictures! Loving that beach. Looking forward to reading/seeing more of your adventures.
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Thanks Brenda, say hi to Joe for me... will miss seeing you guys this trip, maybe we can meet up in the summer. If you feel like a road trip we will be in our newly renovated farm house by then

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We may do a road trip! Have several things planned such as my NY bike trip, a trip to the Redwood Forest, girls weekend. But you never know, I know we are more than welcome!
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Those black chairs? We bought the same brand (Helinox) in a beach chair version, which has a higher back. We'll be trying them out for the first time next week. Very expensive but they seemed like a great splurge, as they only weigh 3.2 lbs and pack up to 19x5x6". And they're very comfortable!
One of the best purchases ever! I got mine on Amazon. We have used them 3 years now.
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We have the same black chairs to try out this trip as well. Nancy
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Great TR, thanks! I'm assuming Nancy didn't get hurt in that fall? Looking forward to reading more about your adventure!
Nancy here...I didn't get hurt in the fall but thank you. It was more embarrassing than anything. I got caught in some of that white sand and I went down in slow motion but couldn't do a think about it. I was just so amazed that three cars stopped and got to me before my hubby.....I thought that was so nice. I fell in Playa and everyone just laughed. I am small and find the bikes provided are always just a little big but I don't let that stop me!
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Nature reserve

For our next day we decided to check out this Nature reserve close to Progresso we read about. Apparently it was funded by the government to help support local fishermen, the main building to catch the boats across the lagoon is pretty fancy... maybe a bit over kill for its purpose , but the washrooms were great!. The nature area is made up of trails cut into the mangrove with waterways and cenotes both man made or natural. There is a place to buy local made food and crafts with a swimming spot. We found the place interesting but limited in size, wishing for more trails but felt it was well worth the few peso's and you get a boat ride out of it

New complex seen from the lagoon


walking to the waiting boats after paying








washrooms in the jungle







We really enjoyed this outing and hope that they keep expanding in the coming years... would be nice if the trails came out on the lagoon and may be so in the future, we did see viewing towers and trail work being built
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