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Flying with Interjet

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We had a few flights booked on this trip with Interjet as they were extremely cheap and had decent times etc. Never having flown with them before, we weren’t sure exactly what to expect but the website luggage policy was pretty amazing:

“In all national and international destinations, you can check up to * 75 kg of luggage per passenger distributed in two suitcases (no suitcase can weigh more than 25 kg). As part of your baggage you can carry your pet, surfboard, bicycle, or your musical instrument.

If you get to exceed your baggage allowance, the cost per additional kg is $ 50 MXN national stations and $ 5.00 USD on international stations. If you need to travel with additional luggage, please check in counter that no limitation of space in the cabin baggage.”

We have now travelled from Cancun to Mexico City and on again to Oaxaca, back to Mexico City and then to San Jose, Costa Rica. Each time we boarded in a very laid back and relaxed manner. No one rushed or pushed in the craze to be able to get their huge carry on in the tiny space that always runs out. In fact there was very little carry on luggage brought on. The flights were about ¾ full and we were stunned with the amount of leg-room. My 6’4” son could spread out easily. I have never had this much space even on international flights. This is from their website:

“You can be up to 20% more space between rows! For us it is very important your convenience so we decided to remove up to 30 seats in each of our aircraft.

The most comfortable space consists of 34 inches between rows of seats , this allows you to stretch your legs and travel in comfort. The passenger in front of you, you can recline the seat without bothering you .

You can also choose your seat at the time of purchase of your flight, at no additional cost .

In short, the more comfortable space and seat selection at no extra cost , what you see is what you pay.”

And then to top it off the drinks and snacks were FREE – including alcohol; wine/beer and liquor. It was a little early for my gin and tonic but it would have been free even on the 35-minute flights.

Flight attendants and check in people were friendly and polite too.

I can honestly say this was a wonderful experience and I am so glad to be flying them again. Oh and the flights from DF to Oaxaca were about $45 per person (remember all that includes loads of luggage/animals and FREE booze:)  They are flying from the US now so watch out for this airline.

And no — we don’t have any freebies for saying this!

https://www.interjet.com.mx/Home.aspx

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Leg Room!

 

Merida: Colonial Beauty

Merida turned out to be one of our favorite places in the southern area. It’s the capital city of the Yucatan and founded in 1542. It is about 60% Mayan and a big mix of cultures. We stayed in this amazing colonial house turned into a hotel. It was a little shabby and the bathroom perhaps Victorian in age but the ceilings and décor sure made up for it.

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We were just around the corner from the wonderful theater and we got to see the symphony play one day.

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There are loads of museums and city squares loaded with outdoor restaurants. Perfect places to spend the afternoon people watching and evenings dining slowly.

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There is also a huge new Mayan museum in the more suburban north side of the city. It’s an impressive building and houses fantastic exhibits about the region including dinosaurs as it was apparently built on the site scientists estimate the meteor hit and wiped things out then. Much of the information is in Spanish but it’s easy to get the main ideas of things just by looking at the wonderful exhibits.

And in the main city there are weekly classical dance shows (every Thursday for the last 50 years or so) and even Mayan ball games set up. Music is always happening and we got to see a big police band playing on the main square. If you are to look closely behind the Mayan ball players there is a familiar face — Jake photo bombing!

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This is a great city to just wander in and take in the architecture.

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Izamal — A Yellow Gem

This city is fascinating place. All the downtown buildings for quite a long way are painted yellow. There is a huge cathedral/monastery in the main square that has an atrium second in size to the Vatican. Throughout the town there are multiple Mayan ruins just blended into the regular streets and easy to wander into. As with many of the other churches and cathedrals in the area, the huge main cathedral and downtown houses were actually built with stones from the Mayan ruins the Spanish knocked down.

http://www.tourbymexico.com/yucatan/izamal/izamal.htm

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Touring the town by horse and carriage was our favorite transportation. Yes the horses wear sombreros.

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I love windows and doors in Mexico. Details are important and they always seem to capture a more magical element than modern fibre glass inserts do!

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Valladolid and Ruins

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The town of Valladolid did not impress us much although others seem to like it. We found it lacking in good food and sadly, we ate Dominoes Pizza in our hotel TWO nights in a row (gasp). But it’s a great jumping off place for ruins.

First was Ek Balam. You can still climb up the long stairs with this one (Chichen Itza has stopped that) so many enjoy this. Jake and Charlotte went up and it was a haul. This was surprisingly the most expensive ruin we went to however still only a few dollars per person. It was nice and empty comparatively even in the afternoon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ek%27_Balam

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The other major site near there of course is Chichen Itza, which is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is a big area of ruins and there are loads of vendors who set up around the entire complex selling all kinds of handicrafts and gems to take home! Somewhat negates the beauty of the place but it’s just what it is. We went really early and the vendors were just arriving too so we had about an hour before crowds started to come in (thank goodness we did).

It was enjoyable and neat to see but I can’t say it was our favorite ruin of them all.

http://www.chichenitza.com/

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The houses and some streets in Valladolid are pretty. We love the colors of houses here in Mexico. Everywhere you look there are bright colors and flowers and music.

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There is also a great cenote there. Cenotes are basically sinkholes (a scary term when you own property in Florida) filled with usually clear water. Some are fully open and others completely enclosed. Lots of people like the cave ones underground with stalactites etc. but we prefer the half open ones as less daunting. The water is cold but clear and there are fish that nibble!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenote

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One last picture of the church in the town square. Pretty in the rain at night.

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Tulum Time

Tulum is another gem in Southern Mexico. Mayan ruins against a backdrop of turquoise ocean, cenotes to swim in, nearby inland ruins, and good food – what more could you want!

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The ruins in Tulum are one of the few on the cliffs over the ocean. It is lovely and cool in the morning and before the cruise ship folks are ferried in so go as early as possible. Take water and sunscreen though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulum

 

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A visit to the Coba ruins was also a fun day. It’s a large complex first settled in 50BC and spread over quite a few kilometers. You can walk, rent bikes or rent bike-tuk tuks with a driver. We opted for this last option given that two of us don’t manage to stay on bikes well! It was actually fun as our bike driver was Mayan and he chatted about current cultural situations in the area for indigenous peoples and share about foods and traditions etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coba

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Mexico: Wordschoolers Unite

We spent an amazing first week in Mexico at the Worldschooling Family Summit held in Puerto Morelos that is a neat little fishing town half an hour (and another world really) away from Cancun. There were about 100 people from all around the globe hanging out and learning from each other. Kids played and made new friends under watchful eyes of worldschool teens while parents talked travel and learning and also made friendships.

http://projectworldschool.com/the-retreats/mexico-family-summit/

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It was a great start to a few months in Mexico and we ended up with loads of new friends, many of whom we met up with again over the next months around the region. Hopefully we will meet some of them again at who knows where around the world.

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Puerto Morelos is a fun little town. We stayed in the village side but had a car to drive the 10 minutes to the beach. We ended up going back there for the last week of our time in Mexico as we loved it so much. One evening while sitting in the little town square at an evening market, I looked around and realized that it was very similar to Gulfport, Florida, which we love back “home.” There is a used bookstore, great coffee shop, little playground on the square, amazing ice cream shops, beach, and loads of seafood restaurants with great ceviche and cold beer. All the things we love and filled with friendly people.

 

 

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