This past month, June of 2015, was the biggest month ever for this blog, with over 7,000 readers. The blog keeps adding readers each month, and now being partnered with the Yucatan Times, more people will be exposed to the this blog and Mahahual.
Today, like I do each month now, I am going to post questions and comments that I have gotten in the last month about Mahahual and this blog.
I will first post the questions, and then answer them followed up by comments from readers, (both good and bad). I feel that some of the questions will be of interest to a lot of people who read this blog.
“Hello , excuse me I have read your 2 last posts and i am intrigued now about the salsa bar’s name in downtown , would you mind telling me its name ? My gf loves dancing salsa , so maybe i could take her there :) .. Btw i am from Mérida.. :) reading you, helps me with my english reading skills … ;)
Im victor …
Have a good night !”
The name of the salsa bar is Mezcaleria, it is off of Calle 58, I think. If you need more information, or a salsa dance instructor, get in touch with Odalis Castro, Merida. She is on Facebook, and knows the salsa scene in Merida pretty well. Thanks for your comments, I will be in Merida through the weekend, get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“stewart, (first thanks for the blog) I have been coming to Mahahual for years on the ‘boats’ and now am planning a ‘real’ vacation to Mahahual. Planning on following you instructions, on taking the bus from Del Carman (0800). I notice you can buy tickets ahead of time on their site. ??? Is this necessary? Also, do the bus ‘types’ change in the winter, due to more travelers? Lastly, do you live in Mahahual? Love to meet you and buy you a beer.”
Another good question, since my last post on transportation, several more options have become available. Here is an update on the transportation situation now in Mahahual as of July 1, 2015. But you should buy tickets in advance at all possible during the high season (Nov-May), because of all the traffic. Hit the link below for new information on ADO busses to Mahahual.
“Hi Stewart, I was wondering if Mahahual has any mail or something like FedEx service? As we are in the process of buying a condo in Mahahual this would be a great service so as to purchase things online. Really enjoy your blog.”
Very good question, in my experience and talking to others at the moment DHL is your best bet to get stuff shipped to Mahahual. They have an office an office in Chetumal, and regular deliveries to Mahahual. I have heard that FedEx is starting to make deliveries to Mahahual now, and I know several people who have starting getting stuff delivered from Amazon., but I am not sure of the details. I have gotten packages delivered to me regular mail from the USA several times, and it took almost 6 weeks to the day, for me to get my package regular mail. I even had a package sent to Playa del Carmen for me, and it took 6 weeks to get there also. But I think in the very near future with the water park opening, and everything, regular delivery services will start to increase.
“Any specific tour company with possible jaguar searches for photography ?”
This question I am not sure of. I know jaguars roam around at night, and stay away from humans most of the time. When I lived in the jungle in Belize, I only heard them and smelled them, because they do not come up close. I will ask around.
Congratulations on your new partnership with the Yucatan Times.
You asked for ideas on topics and I have a couple for you. I visited the Malecon on my cruise this past February and like many others, my girlfriend and I fell in love with the area. We plan to return next May.
I am interested in hotels that are on or near the malecon, especially with some local knowledge of how nice it really is. All the hotels look great on a website so the local knowledge would be nice. I think you’ve written about this before but I couldn’t find it.
The other topic is places to eat in Mahahaul.
Thanks for all the info, I love the blog and read it everytime you have a new post.
There are a bunch of good hotels on the malecon, all very good. Caballo Blanco, Quinto Sol, 40 Cannons, and several others. If you want me to find you a hotel on the malecon send me an email email@example.com and I will find one that fits your budget and needs.
“You are truly blessed to be able to travel and see each village and experience a stinking turkey in a bucket! I hope you realize this. I look forward to your next post. Your fan, Kathy!”
“Great post Stewart. Lisa and I have driven thousands of kilometers in the Yucatan and never once have we ever been treated badly. We have seen our fellow Gringos being rude and obnoxious which is embarrassing for us. With the racism, rape and murder going on in the USA, Trump needs GPS to see where he is standing, what a moron!”
“Hey Stewart, aka Scoop,
Congratulations on your new job. I look forward to reading your stuff.
“Beautiful! Sounds like you are having a fun adventure! Can’t wait for tomorrows report.”
“I’m always so pleased to read your articles! I very much enjoyed the eye-opening insight on inappropriate tourist practices. The dignity afforded to the different indigenous languages on a governmental level was refreshing, but the fact that these minority groups still suffer at the hands of unjust employers and others is misfortunate. Nothing new under the sun.
Despite the “marijuanos” stigma that idiot tourists bring upon themselves (much like in Amsterdam NL), the most disturbing are the morons that seek the local prostitution services, fueling the engine of the dark child sex trade. I hadn’t considered that Majahual would not be immune to this. It’s, sadly, inescapable. I so look forward to the day evil is eliminated.
Friend, keep posting. It’s invaluable to many of us. Keeps our fire for Majahual burning…”
“Congrats on your ‘new’ press creds, Stewart ! Sounds like you had a great first day/night in
“This is very good! You’re a good writer, Stewart. Very “matter-of-fact”, a valuable skill in today’s journalism world. Conhratulations! Wish the money was good, but yiu may be able to pick up a little advertising commission on the side if you present the value to businesses in Majahual…and related entities (cruise ships, etc.).
BTW: Bought book you recommended (Piessel) and another on the Caste wars in the Yucatan that really bring to life the history, adventure, artifacts, and the people of the Yucatan. Great reading so far. Not finished. Cheating and skipping around these books. Fascinating!”
Now negative comments:
“For your information, Chetumal once was an international airport but now there’s is only InterJet which only goes back and forth from Mexico City. There is a new airline, Volaris which will start flights later this year and will also do Chetumal – Mexico City. To go anywhere else one still must go first to Mexico City.
It would be good to clarify this in your next posting.
Hopefully one day Chetumal Airport will resume international flights.
By the way, anyone 65 and over gets 20% off on InterJet flights.”
“It would be a good idea if you got the name of the city right. It’s Felipe Carrillo Puerto not “Felipe de Carrillo” or “Felipe del Carrillo.” I also found quite disconcerting your description of the man who came on board with a baby turkey. And it is quite crazy to get a “factura” for a 45 peso bus ride. Let’s get real! You are a guest in Mexico and please treat Mexican with respect. I’d like to know where you found out that “The Mayan temples and ruins were torn down, and the churches built right on top of the Mayan temples, and they even used the same stones and rocks.” This happened in what is now Mexico City and a few other places like Mitla near Oaxaca but most of the Maya structures were long gone before the Spanish stepped foot on present day Mexican soil.”
NOTE: Both these comments are from the same woman. She lives in Mahahual and has been attacking and criticizing my blog for quite a while now. I was describing my trip to Merida and I found it very funny that a baby turkey was next to me, and I knew I would not get an electronic receipt in Limones, I was trying to inject some humor into the situation. I know I am a guest in Mexico, and as all of you who read this blog know that, and treat people accordingly. It insults me that she would say this, and I don’t know where she comes from that I don’t treat Mexicans with respect and dignity, that is the complete opposite. I don’t know why she is accusing me of this, (of course she is an American), and it offends me greatly. I have done nothing but talk good about Mahahual and Mexico and the people here, since I have started this blog. Second point, the churches of Uman and Merida were built over the top of former Mayan temples or ruins, I got this direct from the editor and staff at The Yucatan Times, and I even showed them her comment. They confirmed that I was right, and this lady was a crackpot. I write about MY experiences and my life, and how I see things here, and I don’t write things to please some busy body woman, who I don’t even know. I asked around Mahahual, who is this woman who is constantly criticizing me, and everybody I asked said that is just how she is, ignore her. And another point she says “most Mayan structures were long gone before the Spanish came”, that is so wrong, there are still Mayan temples and structures being discovered even today. I sent woman this an email in response and she said she was only trying to provide constructive criticism, yeah right.
“But, seriously, Dude…you need to either get a better camera…or, learn some camera techniques ! On your pics all the faces are blacked out…you are shooting against a BRIGHT background (lights) and need to control for that with your settings ! Those pics would NOT be useable for printing.”
Note: This is from one of my staunchest critics. This guy has accused me of plagiarism, and his friend has called me every name in the book, and I even posted his friend’s comments on an earlier post. I guess they have nothing better to do than to sit around and be critical of me. In my defense, I do not claim to be a great photographer, and most of the time I am taking photos with an old 3gs Iphone with no flash. Also when I am out at 3am in the morning, this is the best I can do, and if my photos are not up to some people”s standards, I am sorry, I am doing the best that I can.
I was told by the people at The Yucatan Times, that if you were not getting negative comments nowadays, you were not doing your job as a journalist, or webmaster. Well I told them I must be doing a good job, because I am constantly getting attacked the more popular this blog gets.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina