Welcome to Yucatán's Magic - Yucatan for Travelers
Adventures By Bike and Bus from Mérida, Yucatán
|Europe - Travel accounts of various
bike trips in Europe, transatlantic
crossings by freighter and cruise
|Mexico - More Mexico including
Quintana Roo, Chetumal,
Tulum,Jose Maria Morelos, Felipe
|Archives - Life of Secotan and
more of John's stories.
|Book list of Recommended Reading
on subjects in this website.
|Merida - The colonial capital of
Yucatan state. Home base for side
trips to Mayan sites and villages.
|Videos - just a couple now but
|Monument in Chetumal, Quintana Roo
dedicated to Gonzalo Guerrero, his wife
Zazil Ha and their children
|IN SEARCH OF GONZALO GUERRERO, FATHER
OF THE FIRST MESTIZO
||This fascinating story actually begins with the birth of Gonzalo
Guerrero back in the early 1470’s at Palos, Andalusia, Spain.
Trained as a military combatant he fought to drive the last of the
Moors out of the Iberian Peninsula by 1492 ending eight centuries
of Islamic occupation. Then he took up his next position of
soldier/sailor on Columbus’s first ocean crossing expedition aboard
the small open carvel vessel, Niña.
This soldier of fortune’s story did not reappear in the annals of
history again until 1511. Gonzalo set sail in good weather from the
Gulf of Darien on the Colombian coast of South America north
bound with looted treasure and slaves.
What happened next is one of the worst nightmare stories that
could happen to anyone. Read more.
|YAXCABÁ AND TABI, YUCATÁN
||THE TABI KIDS
||Our second class bus took us on a
very sinuous scenic small village route,
off the main road.
Several taxi drivers were there
competing for our business. Jane and I
had already planned to use whatever
type of transport we could to make the
next leg of our trip. Read more.
|CHUMAYEL, TEABO, &
|You may travel the world over
and never find a stranger or more
||get-a-way.Here is the real Mexico
boarded a second class bus from
Mérida bound for Chumayel with
our folding bicycles stowed below.
For two hours we sat back and
were whisked along the seldom
traveled back roads of Yucatán
witnessing the quiet and quaint
Mayan villages unaffected by the
|IZAMAL, YUCATÁN, TO KANTUNIL WITH VISITS TO
CUAUHTÉMOC, SUDZAL AND XANABA BY BIKE AND BUS
|One of the all time best
one-day Yucatán get-away
excursions we have found.
||As tourist end destinations go
Izamal is one of Yucatán’s
finest and well worth a day or
two of your time to explore and
get to know
Down the road from Izamal we
arrive at the small village of
Cuauhtémoc where the ruined
church of Pixilá stands upon
the mound of a ruined Mayan
temple. read more
Exotic Bicycles of Yucatán and
around the world - from the 1890's
||MUYIL MAYAN RUINS AND SIAN KA'AN
BIOSPHERERESERVE - A SIDE TRIP FROM TULUM
Muyil is a wonderful place to take a nature hike, mingle with
tropical nature and witness some of the most unusual examples
of the Mayan advanced infrastructure that is still functional to
this very day. This is a big place so plan to do a lot of walking.
To enjoy Muyil to its fullest a half day of leisurely poking along
will enhance your pleasurable experience immensely.
Muyil also known as Chunyaxché still stands as a noteworthy
testimonial to this remarkable Mayan civilization.
||Books for traveling adventurers—built
one stone at a time like the Mayan
Yucatán's Magic–Mérida Side Trips:
Treasures of Mayab
Yucatan for Travelers - Side Trips:
Valladolid to Tulum
Over a quarter of a century of
exploration and recording of our travels
has led my wife and me to compile an
impressive collection of outings that are
the foundation for these books, built one
story at a time.
These aren't guide books but idea books.
They are something of another element
not made to compete with guidebooks—
they are made to complement them.
Available in paperback, Kindle,
NOOK and iBook
||RUTA PUUC 2011 -LABNÁ, XLAPAK, SAYIL
Three lovely days in Yucatán.
We invite you to come along with us on our
bike-bus tour of Ruta Puuc..
We traveled the back roads of Yucatán, entered
the quaint colonial villages and got a first hand
look at the colorful local population, many of
whom would be our traveling companions.
|HAMMOCKS OF YUCATAN IN THE LAND OF TAKE IT EASY,
The Yucatecan hammock is the most versatile, most easily stowed,
and comfortably sensible furniture item that is perfectly suited to
tropical living and you can easily take them anywhere.
Learn how to optimize the pleasure of your hammock, how and where
to buy hammocks, how to wash and stow your hammock, and much
more. read more
|Hammocks - Where to buy Mayan
hammocks of Yucatan, what to buy,
how to wash, stow and use.
|No-frills guided, self supported bike tours of Yucatan.
|RIO LAGARTOS is a coastal fishing village north of Tizimín and Valladolid.The name
implies river of alligators, but there are no rivers in Yucatán only alligators. Rio Lagartos
is situated within the nearly 150,000 acre Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. Most
travelers come here for the guided boat tours that include; lagoon excursions, bird
watching, seasonal migrating birds, sea turtle observations, Mayan curative mud baths,
and fishing expeditions. Ask at Hotel Villa de Pescadores about guided tours…if you
arrive by bus more than likely a guide will approach you at the terminal. Read more.
|A special place on the waterfront in
A place where you are treated like a
special friend - not just another
tourist. For more information: