After leaving Ek’ Balam, we continued on towards Rio Lagartos, our destination for the next two nights. When traveling the Mexican interior roads, be aware you will probably be stopped and checked by Mexican Federal soldiers at checkpoints along the way. They are checking to make sure your driving and car paperwork are in order and such – so have them in order and ready to show. They mean business!
Here’s our road trip good luck charms…
Road trip dust and inscriptions…
We bypassed the town of Tizimin and took a country route towards Rio. At one junction we stopped to check out the Colonial church missing it’s roof at the Gabriela? community. (Not sure exactly where we were – sorry).
We arrived in Rio Lagartos mid-afternoon and checked into the Macumba Hotel, right on the water’s edge where the fishing boats tie up. The owner of the Macumba Restaurant and hotel is artistic and has painted lots of tropical scenes throughout the hotel that have an Afro-Polynesian feel. (you’ll see what I mean).
The owner makes really pretty shell collages as well such as the burgundy one at the top.
Old water bottles are recycled into these creative flowers on the tree
The room ran around $40 a night and the owner does NOT speak English or take credit cards or US dollars and they do NOT have an ATM in town. So take your pesos and your translation guide to Rio. Not many of the locals speak English or take dollars either. And be sure and fill up your tank with gas in the last big town you are near. Their one gas station was out of gas as we were leaving : )
Here’s our view from our rooftop terrace on top of the Macumba. It faces west and is fabulous for sunset and the morning fishermen commute to the Gulf through the cut. It was octopus season and the bamboo curved rods on either end of the boat are for attaching crabs as bait for the octopus. They then use the little dinghy boats to row around the bigger boat to collect their octopus.
The fishermen are creative too – check out these recycled boat bumpers…
The town center features a game court
For dinner, we chose fresh lobster – this is a fishing village and we LOVE lobster! Our Hotel Macumba staff was hard at work, preparing our delicious dinner, when we saw the sunset starting to fire up outside our dining room window …
Rio’s lighthouse uses a Fresnel lens which was invented in 1822 by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel
WOW! Words can’t describe watching that. Most beautiful sunset of my life.
The sun went down and dinner arrived… Lobster and yummy mojitos.
What a day!
Stay tuned for our adventures on our birding tour, mud bath, beach frolic and Mexican Rodeo/Bullfight in San Felipe.