ADO Bus From Cancun Airport To Mahahual

I just had this question asked the other day on this blog, so here is your answer.  It is the latest update on the ADO service to Mahahual.  I am sharing this from another blog here.

Update January 2016

ADO has again added another bus into Mahahual, as well as a new wrinkle in the airport trip, making another update needed. Now, there is a bus from the Cancun central station at 6:45 AM, 3:30 PM and 10:15 PM. It stops in Playa Del Carmen and has departure times from there an hour later, and Tulum another hour later. Those buses arrive in Mahahual at about 11:30 AM, 8:00 PM and 3:00 AM. All the buses arrive in the downtown and stop next to the taxi portal on Calle Sierra. Buses leave from that same spot each day at 7:00 AM, 10:15 AM and 5:00 PM. A new twist has been added to this return route though, so pay attention!

Now, if you want the driver to drop you at the airport, buy a ticket to Cancun and then tell the driver to drop you at the airport and he will do that as they pass by. This is one of those common sense things that someone finally realized … if the bus drives right by the airport entrance/exit, why not add 10 minutes to the route and service the airport as well. Just remember to buy your ticket to Cancun and not Playa Del Carmen. Thanks ADO!!

They are still using the small sprinter buses, so buy your tickets early when you can, because they sometimes fill. Because of that, it is always best to have a “plan B”, so knowing about the second class buses that also work out of the Cancun and PDC depots is a good thing as well, so again, pay attention! You might thank me later.

Mayab buses, the primary second class bus company in the area, leave about every hour and travel up and down highway 307, the main travel artery that goes from the north to south of the state. These buses have A/C and are comfortable, but make stops at any roadside bus stop, so they take longer than the more direct ADO 1st class buses. You can hop on one of these that is going south at any time and buy a ticket to Lemones, the last town before Mahahual on the main highway. From there, there are always taxis waiting that can take you the last half hour drive to Mahahual and the cost for that is $360 MX, about $30 US for a vehicle upto 4 people. For a detailed blog on this trip, check my blog on that subject here.

Caribe, another ADO company, now does three buses each day too, to Chetumal from downtowm Mahahual. Fernando tells me that ADO is planning another once a day bus from Merida at some point still too. This will be a welcome addition as well, as we have been directing people from the US and Canada to fly into that city to see a different and unique slice of Mexico. There you have it. Sooooo easy to get here now, so no more excuses. Hurry too, we’re keepin’ your drinks cold!

See you soon.
Cheers!

I will keep posting transportation updates when I get them.  Trust me, in the near future it is going to be a lot easier to get to Mahahual, than it has in the past.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Aussie Steve Update

I got this email yesterday from Aussie Steve.  Aussie Steve is a bloke from Australia, who is traveling the world with his wife, and he spent some time last year here in Mahahual.

He and his wife are taking photos of their trip around the world, and they also write a blog.  Here is the message he sent me.

G’day from Aussie Steve

So the journey has come to end after 482 consecutive days of travelling the world. We returned back into Perth just before Christmas and I won’t lie and say that it’s good to be back. Trying to settle back into things here has been bloody tough.
It has been wonderful catching up with friends and family but if another person asks if we found it safe in Mexico I think I am gunna go a little loco on their ass. It is quite startling the media’s influence on people’s thinking worldwide and what they believe is safe. Somehow it seems acceptable or the normal that a couple of people can be murdered just around the corner however if it happens to a couple of Australians in Mexico it’s front page news. Bad stuff can happen anywhere especially if you act stupid or look for trouble it will find you no matter which country you happen to be in. Rant over sorry.
The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was discovering as travelled the more we saw the more we realised that there was to see. The world is a really really big awesome place. The first question everyone asks is “Where was your favourite place?” which is very hard to answer given how much we have seen and done.
I now respond by asking the person “Favourite place for doing what?”
Do you mean my favourite place for chillin under a palm tree on the beach, that’s easy it would have to be Mahahual. If we had of stayed one more week I think we would have quickly become regulars in Busters Blog.
So what’s next for us? I hear you ask
For a long time I worried about what we would do when the journey was over. This changed slowly as we began to realise the opportunities that were now available to us. We have a number of exciting things in the pipeline and have to be patient to see which is the best way forward for us. We are in the process of building a new website that will share our travels I will let your know when it is up and running.
To all our Mahahual friends we say G’day Mates and we hope one day soon we will be back on the beach enjoying living and dying in 3/4 time.

regards Steve Manning
Mobile : 0474 152 774
Skype : stevemanning8989
Email : steve@stephenmanning.com.au
Web : www.stephenmanning.com.au

Aussie Steve on malecon.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Recent Photos from Mahahual

I got my old 3gs Iphone working again, don’t ask me how.  I friend of mine brought me an old 3gs Iphone of his down for me, and the night before he came down, I plugged mine in and it started working.  Since it is working at the moment I downloaded all the photos I had on it and took some more.

Here are some of the recent photos I have taken done here recently.

I played a joke on the kids on the malecon the other day.  I told them that this guy was Santa Claus on vacation on a cruise ship in Mahahual.  They believed me, and went up and asked him if he was Santa Claus, he said yes and gave them candy.

I played a joke on the kids on the malecon the other day. I told them that this guy was Santa Claus on vacation on a cruise ship in Mahahual. They believed me, and went up and asked him if he was Santa Claus, he said yes and gave them candy.

Santa Claus here on vacation.

Santa Claus here on vacation.

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We have been getting a lot of campers and RVs camping near the lighthouse I have noticed lately.

We have been getting a lot of campers and RVs camping near the lighthouse I have noticed lately.

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Every morning when I leave my house to go to work or the malecon, this Iguana is sitting there waiting on me.  I think he lives in the drain on the street.  But every day he is there waiting on me, sunning himself, he is like a pet.

Every morning when I leave my house to go to work or the malecon, this Iguana is sitting there waiting on me. I think he lives in the drain on the street. But every day he is there waiting on me, sunning himself, he is like a pet.

Last Thursday 3 ship day.

Last Thursday 3 ship day.

Dean, WaxWorh Hands, and his wife from Missouri, regulars here on cruise ship.  They brought me down Carolina Panther hat for Super Bowl.

Dean, WaxWorh Hands, and his wife from Missouri, regulars here on cruise ship. They brought me down Carolina Panther hat for Super Bowl.

My new Carolina Panther hat, just in time for Super Bowl.  If you are coming down here on a cruise ship or vacation, bring down a hat from where you are from.  Just not a Dallas Cowboy or Clemson hat.  I really would like a North Dakota State hat, I like obscure hats from different colleges.

My new Carolina Panther hat, just in time for Super Bowl. If you are coming down here on a cruise ship or vacation, bring down a hat from where you are from. Just not a Dallas Cowboy or Clemson hat. I really would like a North Dakota State hat, I like obscure hats from different colleges.

My water guy showed up the other day wearing a South Carolina Gamecock shirt.  I asked him where he got it, and he said Corozal Free Zone.  He said he saw me in Gamecock shirt and wanted one.

My water guy showed up the other day wearing a South Carolina Gamecock shirt. I asked him where he got it, and he said Corozal Free Zone. He said he saw me in Gamecock shirt and wanted one.

Tourists being tourists.

Tourists being tourists.

Jorge, from the Tropicante, poring shots of tequila in the water.

Jorge, from the Tropicante, pouring shots of tequila in the water.

My new sidekick on the beach.  Her mother does massages, so she hangs around and talks to me all day.

My new sidekick on the beach. Her mother does massages, so she hangs around and talks to me all day.

Pretty woman throwing the football around on the beach.

Pretty woman throwing the football around on the beach.

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This is something I don't quite understand.  People come down here from the freezing north, and they stay inside on the internet instead of enjoying the sun

This is something I don’t quite understand. People come down here from the freezing north, and they stay inside on the internet instead of enjoying the sun

The first thing cruise ship tourists want to do now, is hook up to the internet, as soon as they get in town.

The first thing cruise ship tourists want to do now, is hook up to the internet, as soon as they get in town.

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This is what I tell everybody that I meet down here.

This is what I tell everybody that I meet down here.

Don't ask me how a Clemson golf cart got down here, I am going to have to talk to someone at the port.

Don’t ask me how a Clemson golf cart got down here, I am going to have to talk to someone at the port.

Things are very busy down here in Mahahual at the moment.  A lot of Canadians in town, and a lot of US expats also.  Also a lot of interest in real estate here.  Don’t say I did not warn you, Mahahual is growing every day, don’t miss out.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

Photos of 2 BR House in Mahahual for $31,500

Yesterday I posted some photos of the two houses that are for sale at 600,000 pesos, or $33,000 usd.  Here are photos of the house for sale at 550,000 pesos, or around $31,500 usd.

It is also a 2 bedroom 1 bath house, like the ones pictured yesterday.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Two Homes for $33,500 USD and One for $31,000 in Mahahual

I was talking to a guy from the USA yesterday, and he asked to look and see what houses Costa Maya Real Estate had for sale in pesos, because he wanted to take advantage of the high dollar versus peso rate now.  So I decided to look, and much to my surprise I realized that the houses that were sale for $42,000 we have, are now down to $33,500 in USA dollars.

This because the peso to dollar rate is today 17.93 pesos for one USA dollar.  So if you want to buy a house in pesos, now is the best time I have ever seen.

These are the standard 2 bedroom houses you find all over New Mahahual, (Casitas as the locals call it), Two bedrooms, kitchen, 1 bathroom, and a back yard for a garden. They sit on lots of 300 square meters, and have room for parking in front. I noticed one of them had air conditioning, and a new kitchen.

Here are some photos of the houses.

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I took these photos with my ancient 3gs Iphone, so I know they are not the best photos, but I think it gives you a good idea what these houses look like.

So remember, there are two houses listed at 600,000 pesos and one at 550,000 pesos, and if the dollar continues to rise, the prices you can adjust for yourself.

So if you ever have thought of buying a retirement or second home in Mahahual and Mexico, now is your chance.  It is a good investment because with all of Mahahual’s future growth, the houses value will go up.  Also with the exchange rate, the time is also right.

For more information hit the Costa Maya Real Estate link on this blog, or get in touch with me.  I do not think these houses will last long.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Top 10 Foods of the Maya World

We may not realize it, but many of our favorite foods—from guacamole to tamales to chocolate—were discovered, developed, and refined centuries ago in the Maya world. Here are a few of our favorites.—By Michael Shapiro

Picture of traditional tortillas being baked in Chichicastenango, Guatemala

  1. Chocolate

    Cacao is endemic to the lands of the Maya, who were the first to take the seeds of the fruit and roast them to make hot chocolate. The ancient Maya didn’t make candy bars, nor did they add sugar and milk to the cacao. Instead they took their chocolate as a ceremonial elixir and a savory mood enhancer.

    For the Maya, cacao was a sacred gift of the gods, and cacao beans were used as currency. Ek Chuah, the Maya god of merchants and trade, was also the patron of the cacao crop. When the Spanish invaded Maya lands in the 1500s, they adopted the beverage, adding sugar and milk to make it sweet and creamy. To learn more about cacao and taste chocolate, visit the Ecomuseo del Cacao in the Puuc region of Yucatán, www.ecomuseodelcacao.com.

  2. Avocados and Guacamole

    The avocado, originating in southern Mexico and Guatemala, is loved for its rich taste and creamy texture and was a treasured crop of the ancient Maya. Even today a person from Antigua Guatemala is called a panza verde, or green belly, because of the region’s reliance on avocados in hard times.

    Combined with chilis, garlic, cilantro, onions, and lime or lemon, avocados become guacamole, a sumptuous appetizer. Don’t expect to find lots of Hass avocados in the Maya world—there are many other varieties, most of which are bigger.

    In 1917, Wilson Popenoe, a California Avocado Association explorer, reported why Guatemalan avocados are best: “The flesh is of a deeper yellow color, smoother, more buttery [in] texture, and richer [in] flavor than any varieties yet known in the United States.”

  3. Poc Chuc

    This distinctly Yucatecan dish dates to the days before refrigeration, when meat was preserved with salt. Slow-cooked pork is combined with sour orange juice and vinegar to temper the saltiness of the meat. The orange juice refreshes the salted pork and gives it a tangy flavor—“sour orange” is a variety of orange; the juice hasn’t gone sour. The dish is topped with onions sauteed with coriander and a bit of sugar.

    Julio Bermejo of Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, which serves Yucatecan specialties, says his favorite restaurant in Yucatán is Restaurante El Príncipe Tutul-Xiu, in Maní: “They make the best poc chuc on Earth!”

  4. Michelada

    Southern Mexicans like to add some spice to their food—and their beer. Amichelada (or chelada in some parts) infuses cerveza with lime, coarse salt, pepper, and shots of Worcestershire and/or Tabasco sauce, served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. Some versions also include soy sauce or Maggi seasoning. It sounds odd, but it’s refreshing and well suited to a hot day—or a rough morning.

    If the spices sound a bit much, try a simple version, which blends just lime juice and salt with a light beer, like Corona or Tecate. It’s so popular that Miller and Budweiser have created their own versions of michelada, but of course there’s nothing like the real thing.

  5. Corn Tortillas

    Handmade Guatemalan tortillas provide an elemental satisfaction. In outdoor markets, you can hear a rhythmic clapping as women pat them into shape, then cook them on a comal, a big wood-fired iron or clay pan that looks like a Caribbean steel drum. These tortillas are only three or four inches across but thicker than what North Americans are accustomed to.

    The Maya creation myth says people were made of masa (corn dough), and this remains the essential element of the indigenous Maya diet. Hot off the comal, tortillas are immensely satisfying, an ideal accompaniment to Guatemalan black beans, a perfect base for a layer of guacamole.

    6 Traditional Breakfast

    Simple foods are often the best. The typical Maya desayuno includes scrambled eggs, a side of black beans, fried plantains (akin to bananas but larger, with more complex flavor), a bit of queso blanco (white cheese), and a cup of rich coffee made from local beans. It’s all accompanied by a cloth-lined basket of warm yellow corn tortillas. After an all-night flight to Guatemala, I head straight to Antigua Guatemala’s Posada de Don Rodrigo and enjoy a morning feast in the hotel’s leafy courtyard, as a marimba band plays.

    7  Coffee

    Seeing where your coffee comes from is an eye-opening experience. The typical coffee plantation tour includes a visit to fields (and often an explanation about the virtues of shade-grown coffee), continues to areas where the beans are dried and processed, and ends with a cup of café. Finca Filadelfia, with views of distant volcanoes, offers tours near Antigua Guatemala. If you want more kick than a cup of joe offers, cap off your day with a ride on their zip line. Near Quetzaltenango, in Guatemala’s western highlands, an organic coffee and macadamia co-op farm called Comunidad Nueva Alianza is well worth visiting.

    8  Two Refreshers: Jamaica and Horchata

    At cantinas throughout the Maya world you’ll see big glass jugs with aguas frescas. The bright red drink is agua de jamaica, known simply as jamaica, (pronounced ha-MY-ka) made from hibiscus flower calyxes, water, and sugar. It’s high in vitamin C and an ideal way to temper the summer swelter. Another popular refresco in the Yucatán Peninsula and beyond is horchata, a blend of rice milk, ground almonds, cinnamon, and sugar. Some varieties havechufa (tiger nut), vanilla, or barley. The result is almost like a milkshake but not as thick or rich. A horchata complements spicy food.

    9 Authentic Tamales

    No culinary exploration of Maya life would be complete without tamales. Made from masa harina (corn flour) and filled with chicken, pork, vegetables, and/or cheese, tamales are wrapped in corn husks—or a banana or plantain leaf—and steamed. Then they’re unwrapped and topped with salsa. Some tamales are made with fruit or other sweet fillings. In much of the Maya world, indigenous women walk door to door selling baskets of fragrant tamales. Enjoyed long before the Spanish invasion, tamales are a staple of Maya holiday celebrations and festivals. Tamales are even depicted in ancient Maya glyphs and excavated artifacts.

    10 “Dog Snout” Salsa

    This fiery salsa, made with habanero chilis, is not for the faint of palate. It’s very spicy and should come with a warning label that it may make you cry. It’s called “dog snout salsa” because its intense heat can make your nose moist.Michael Shapiro is co-author of Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya and author of A Sense of Place. To see more of his writing, visitwww.michaelshapiro.netIn much of the Yucatán Peninsula, this salsa, also known as xni-pec, includes not just the traditional tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime, but also orange or grapefruit juice. In Guatemala, less spicy fresh salsas are served alongside bottled hot sauces. For a shot of fire, grab the bottle of Maya-Ik, a hot sauce with a Tikal temple on the label. I always buy some Maya-Ik to take home, a piquant reminder of the flavors of the Maya world.

source:http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/maya-foods/#page=2

Thnaks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Mahahual January 2016 Update

Things are real busy here in Mahahual now, cruise ship season is in high swing, and a lot of expats are in town for the winter.  There are cruise ships almost every day now, and I am meeting a lot of new people.

Last night I went to Padrinos to watch the Panthers-Cardinals NFL playoff game.  I walked in and sat down with a couple of my Mexican friends to watch the game.  I had not been there five minutes, when a young blond woman sitting at the table in front of mine, turned around and asked me if I was Stewart Rogers, the guy from South Carolina.  I told her yes I was, and she told me she was from South Carolina, and had read this blog.

Her name is Catherine Pjetraj, and she is originally from Chapin, South Carolina, and went to the Governor’s school in Greenville, South Carolina.  She is now a performer on the Oceania Regatta cruise ship.  She told me that the ship was in town for the day, so she Googled to find a place to watch the Panther game here in Mahahual.  She said my blog came up and she read my article about Padrinos being the place to watch football here in Mahahual.  She said she was surprised when she read the article to find out I was from South Carolina, and that I lived here.

She said she thought it was me because I walked in wearing a Carolina jersey.  She said she used to come into a business that I used to work at in Greenville all the time.  She is also a big South Carolina Gamecock fan like me.  We watched the game and talked, and then she and the other crew members took a cab back to their ship to head to Belize today.

Me, and Catherine Pjetraj from South Carolina at Padrinos.

Me, and Catherine Pjetraj from South Carolina at Padrinos.

Another funny thing also happened last week.  I ride my bike every day into town, and sometimes I stop at the lighthouse on the malecon, to take some photos, or just to enjoy the view.  Well I was sitting there on a bench, and a tour shuttle pulled up and stopped full of cruise ship tourists.  They do scenic tours of Mahahual now at the port, and they take tourists around in open shuttles and stop and different locations around Mahahual.

So I am sitting there, and the tour guide gets out and is showing the tourists the lighthouse and telling them about the reef, all in English of course.  Well the tour guide is an older Mexican man, and I have dealt with him in the past, and we now each other.  So as he is talking and giving his tour he turns and points to me and tells the tourists that this is an American guy who lives here, and writes about living here, and is quite popular on the internet.

Well I did not know what to say or do, and all of sudden tourists start my photo while I am sitting there on the beach.  They started asking me questions and stuff, and kind of were treating me like a celebrity.  I kind of got uncomfortable, so I said I had to go, and jumped on my bike and rode off.  I did not know or realize I have become part of the landscape here.

Cruise tourists on a tour at lighthouse.

Cruise tourists on a tour at lighthouse.

I am also meeting a lot of cruise ship tourists from all around the world on a daily basis.  I am also seeing a lot of repeat cruise ship tourists, who I have met in the past on cruises.  I have several people bringing me hats from their college or pro teams in the USA.  I am developing quite a collection.

Clay and Kathy Smilie from Baton Rouge, La. and me on the beach.  They brought me a LSU hat down.

Clay and Kathy Smilie from Baton Rouge, La. and me on the beach. They brought me a LSU hat down.

Melissa and Francisco Carranza brought me down this cool Illnois State hat.

Melissa and Francisco Carranza brought me down this cool Illinois State hat.

A ROTC student at the University of South Carolina gave me this Gamecock ROTC pin.

A ROTC student at the University of South Carolina gave me this Gamecock ROTC pin.

My first hat of the year, a Virginia Tech Hokie hat, brought to me by 2 blog readers that are here this week in Mahahual.

My first hat of the year, a Virginia Tech Hokie hat, brought to me by 2 blog readers that are here this week in Mahahual.

A woman on cruise ship from my hometown of Greenville, SC., showing a South Carolina shirt.

A woman on cruise ship from my hometown of Greenville, SC., showing a South Carolina shirt.

Some North Dakota State and South Dakota State fans here on a cruise.

Some North Dakota State and South Dakota State fans here on a cruise.

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So things are very hectic for me now here in Mahahual.  It is our busy season, and I am staying busy, and I like it.  I am way behind on articles and stuff for this blog, so there are no ships this week until Thursday, so I will be posting a lot of stuff over the next couple of days.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina