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Back to Valladolid

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That picture is not of Valladolid at all – it’s Rio Lagartos but I forgot to put it into the last post.  Here is another one:

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So, it was with considerable reluctance that we left Rio Lagartos.  We got a bus or two to Valladolid because the run from Valladolid to Cancun is very quick and easy.  We do like Valladolid anyway so it was there that we spent our last night in Central America.

We got there quite early in the afternoon so decided to take a colletivo out to the Mayan site of Ek Balam.  Now, Ek Balam is quite odd.  There is a cenote nearby which has been developed as some kind of adventure playground or sports centre so there were a lot of tourists there with their kids.  Some of them wandered across to the archaeological site though many did not.

Ek Balam, like so many sites, is dramatically situated.  Brilliant views from the tops of the buildings.  It also has a couple of very (some might say over) restored reliefs.  Oh and at least two lovely ball courts.

Back in Valladolid we had a pleasant meal and, next morning headed to Cancun, the airport, the plane and cold and rainy London town.

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Rio Lagartos

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Rio Lagartos is really all about the birds.  It’s a small fishing village in a quiet location, with a few hotels and restaurants.  Day trippers come in from all around to hire a boatmen to take them out to see the flamingos.  You really do need to AdolescentBrownPelicanhire a boat to get to see the flamingos.  All the way along the estuary we saw ospreys flying overhead.  And, of course, crocodiles (the Spanish invaders made a mistake as Rio Lagartos is not a river and contains crocodiles, not alligators).  Just strolling by the harbour we saw two kinds of pelicans (brown and white), including this youngster who had bitten off more than it could chew.  Apparently the fish do go down eventually!  There are royal terns all over the boats and cormorants everywhere.

One bar/restaurant where we took to hanging out feeds the humming birds which can be seen coming and going whilst the humans enjoy a beer.  Sadly none of the many photos we took of the hummingbirds came out very well.  It was a very relaxing few days at the end of our trip and the birding was wonderful.