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Ruta de las Iglesias  Jane and I, using José Maria Morelos also known
as Kilometer 50 as a home base began this seldom traveled route. On
the way to begin the Ruta de las Iglesias, “Route of the churches” we
passed two points of interest. The town of Dziuché with its one hotel is
situated near the Laguna Chichancanab, fifteen kilometers in length with
a swimming beach, pavilion and dock.
Two kilometers down the road is a very bizarre local tourist attraction at
Kantemó. As the tourist brochure clearly stated about Kantemó; “you will
encounter the spectacular cave of hundreds of hanging serpents
clustering in the ceiling that snatch bats as they leave every day.”
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Tulum, Quintana Roo
In this page we write of our many trips to visit the Mexican Caribbean
coastal town of Tulum. Vist our new Tulum web page.
                  
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Kilometer 50, José María Morelos, End of the Road-Quintana Roo
After three hours by luxury bus from Mérida, Jane and I arrived at the
ADO, Auto Transportes de Oriente restaurant and terminal where we
disembarked with our folding bicycles.
We were now in the state of Quintana Roo at the town of José María
Morelos, formerly known as just Kilometer 50. This is half way between
the capital cities of Mérida, Yucatán and Chetumal, Quintana Roo,
which is just about its only claim to fame and  its reason for existing.
              
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Polyuc and Dzula, Quintana Roo - Using José María Morelos or
Kilometer 50 as it had formerly been called for a home base Jane and I
struck out to retrace the steps of author Lilo Linke’s 1947 journey to the
outpost of civilization, Polyuc and Dzula.  
For Jane and I the contrast that over sixty years had made was totally
astonishing. We actually met people still living in this outpost today who
were adults back in 1947.
So, come journey along with us deep into the tropical jungle out of the
tourist loop.           
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Chocolate Route
TABASCO; THE CHOCOLATE ROUTE BY BIKE AND BUS
Our inspiration and motivation for this innovative out of the tourist loop
trip we owe to our bicycle friends Basil Yokarinis and Alixa who conduct
superb Yucatan bicycle tours that happen to extend into far reaching
ends of Mexico. www.bikemexico.com
When it comes to researching their itinerary they are tops!
Computer savvy Basil combines GPS positions with Google-Earth to get
the very best routes and studies mountainous quantities of research
material to compile into itineraries.  
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TABASCO, MORE
CACAO
TABASCO, THE CACAO ROUTE REVISITED, VILLAHERMOSA,
CANDUACÁN AND COMALCALCO BY BIKE AND BUS  
     Our nine
hour snooze aboard the “UNO” state-of-the-art sleeper-bus that sizzled
non-stop through the night took Jane and I along with our folding bikes
from a quiet moonlight Sunday evening in Mérida to the hustle and
bustle of a Villahermosa on Monday morning.   
Pozol: Made fresh and a local favorite is this drink concocted of ground
corn meal and whole sun-dried and roasted cacao.. It is all natural and
when you smack your lips after the drink the cacao butter leaves a
lovely lubricating sensation.             
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TABASCO; THE CHOCOLATE ROUTE BY BIKE AND BUS
QUINTANA ROO, THE LAST FRONTIER AND THE CARIBBEAN
BEACHES - BY BIKE AND BUS
Tulum
THE FIRST MESTIZO
Columbus’s first ocean crossing expedition aboard the small open
carvel vessel, Niña.
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.                               
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CHETUMAL, the state capital of Quintana Roo is a new city to the
Americas and has the distinction of being the second least populated
capital in all of México with only 150,000. It recently came into
existence after many years of political strife and protracted war.  
                                     
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COZUMEL GETAWAY
The island of Cozumel has its appeal; crystal clear Caribbean waters,
tropical temperatures, gentle trade winds, and fresh air.
If a hurricane does not blow you away in September or October, this
is paradise.
After crossing to Cozumel on the ferry, we followed a lead to Hostelito
on 10th Avenue. We took their best room, the suite.  It had been a
long day.  We could check out other places later.
                                       
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COZUMEL GETAWAY