After the mayan challenge- the long weekend!
After the Mayan challenge and after 5 weeks through, you will be rewarded with a long weekend – 3
full days (hurray I hear you shouting).
Coba ruins are separated into 3 groups. You are only allowed to climb 1 of the temples and have two
They lie in jungle and it’s hot so water and sunscreen are essential (had neither of those). It’s quite
amazing how the nature claims the ruins, with tree’ roots growing around them and sometimes
through them. After seeing the first group which is by the entrance, you can either hire a bike for 35 pesos or walk or be biked there by bike taxi. To next group is only about 1 km. We biked all the way to the end passing several buildings till we reached the main temple. It’s 42 m high and apparently
highest in the Northern Yucatan Peninsula. You can climb this one. Take a deep breath and GO.
If you huffing and puffing don’t worry as I was as well and I wasn’t the only one. It’s a part of the
experience (at least I think it is). Once you there, take in the view. It’s amazing, above those trees,
seeing a lake in further corner. Climbing down is hard, it’s scary, so be careful. If you forget the drink
like us, some clever person has built a shack with refreshment there, so enjoy. From there we biked
another kilometre to another group. This one is full of stelas – high stones on which Mayan wrote
messages. Some of them are well preserved and you can see images on them (not sure what they
So there you go, that’s what you can do on your days off. Also some people went to Cancun, Playa and Cozumel and even few went down to Belize to dive the Blue Hole. If you planning to do that be ready to travel a lot. Your options are open as long as you have fun.
Back on base for me it was after week, I felt like home. Missed the place, it’s like a home to us (well
at least to me – yep, bit emotional here).
Last week we’ve also taken part in beach clean, done some TEFL teaching, trying to organise a play
for local school. Small things like take makes you feel great, like you really are doing something for
the community. And that’s what we are here for.
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