Published On: Wed, Jun 7th, 2017

From Merida to Valladolid to Akumal: Interesting friends, pronouncing ‘G’ in Spanish, and pre-planned inspiration

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We continue our Mexico road trip series with Chuck Bolotin, from Best Places in the World to Retire, as he, his wife, and two dogs drive through Mexico in a large, white van.

Chuck writes that, as their road trip enters its 8th month, they finally make it to the world-famous Riviera Maya.  He invites you to come with him and his family as they visit Valladolid along the way, and he describes what they experience and see, all the way to Tulum and Akumal.

To paraphrase, add to, modernize (and a little bit botch) Robert Burns: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry… so it is great to have the Internet for quick research and decision-making.”

And that we did.  Upon leaving Merida, on very short notice, we had to find a place to stay during the first week of December, which is the beginning of one of the most popular tourist times of the year, and in one of the most popular tourist areas in the world– the famous Mexican resort area known as the Riviera Maya, which includes the coastline areas of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, roughly from Cancun to Tulum.

Additional twists to the challenge included we needed a secure place to park our very large and tall van and that accepted our two dogs, not to mention the unhappy but unavoidable facts that neither my wife Jet nor I are heirs to a family fortune, and that we had no connections whatsoever.  We were alone, left with nothing but our wits, an Internet connection, a tough set of criteria, and a normal budget.  However, we were on our way to a famous resort location.  Overall, not too bad a bad situation, if we could just find a reasonable place to stay…

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(PHOTO: Chuck Bolotin)

(PHOTO: Chuck Bolotin)



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