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Bring light ponchos for rain gear. These can be purchased from most camping stores. Many stadiums also carry a light poncho to sell to fans of local football teams. These work great as well. They are small and light and easy to carry anywhere you go as a rain cloud can come in no time and dump a monsoon on your head.


Experience the Tortuga Liberation!
Every year hundreds of baby Green Sea Turtles emerge from the sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera and head into the vast ocean.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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GETTING THERE

Playa del Carmen Beach The ingredient, which is paramount to a successful expedition, is transportation. You have five possibilities:

    Rent a vehicle
    Take a bus
    Rent a taxi
    Hitch a ride
    Ride a bicycle
Regardless of how you access the Peninsula, via Cancun or through Tobasco you have to get around and many of the Eco destinations are remote. Selecting your mode of transportation is crucial. Below is some helpful information to help you plan your transportation requirements.

RENTING A VEHICLE
Renting a vehicle to go Eco exploring is different than renting a car or scooter to drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum and back. Some of the roads that lead in to the places you wish to travel are not paved and are treacherous. If you are not in a four-wheel drive truck you could damage your vehicle and if it is a rental then you may be paying a rather high deductible as well as a towing fee if this is necessary.

Some small rental agencies will ask you where you are going and will not give you a car if you plan on taking it across state lines or to some place where the roads are extremely bad.

If you are trekking across the Peninsula you may also have to rely on private gestations in some situations.

TAKING THE BUS
The Mexican bus system goes everywhere. To get to many places you may however have to transfer buses repeatedly then scale down to using local systems, which are vans. Playa del Carmen Rentals In the off season local buses run less frequently and some times there is a long wait for a bus that is not full. These bus schedules change and it is almost impossible for us to report to you what they all are and our best advice is to ask the local residents of the place where you plan to stay as soon as you arrive as to what the bus schedule is for connecting highways and routes.

In some destinations like Xpuhil on highway 186 you have to wait for the bus to arrive before you can purchase a ticket, even for first class buses. Also sometimes the bus can be as much as 1 hour early so it is a good idea to hang around the bus station for your bus instead of showing up 10 minutes before departure. In some situations you may have to wait 12 hours or more for the next bus to your destination if you miss one.

RENT A TAXI
Quite often you can rent a taxi to drive you to a ruin site, cenote, cave or any location for that matter. The driver will wait for you as long as you wish while you conduct your exploration. He will then drive you back. You can negotiate a price for this before you depart so there are no surprises and you pay the driver when you return so you do not have to worry about returning from a 6 hour hike only to find yourself alone in the middle of nowhere.

An advantage of taking a taxi is you may get lucky and encounter one of the local characters who can provide you with lots of useful information about the area, if you can communicate. Taxi drivers have their finger on the pulse and can answer many questions if they understand what you are asking them.

Riviera Maya HITCH A RIDE
Hitching a ride is possible however it is not done in the same manner. Near tourist zones, drivers do not pick up hitchhikers unless the driver knows the person standing at the side of the road. In rural areas in the country you would find things to be like any farm community and it is possible to hitch a ride by just standing on the side of the road.

The best thing to do is have arrangements made for a ride by somebody going your way and offer to pay some pesos for the ride. This is not that easy a thing to do everywhere.

RIDE A BYCICLE
Much of the Yucatan Peninsula is flat and the roads paved. Every small pueblo will have a mechanic with some bike parts or the tools for you to make an emergency repair if needed. If anything major occurs and you do not have a spare part then you will not find it there.

It can get hot but fortunately there are towns everywhere and small farming communities with cantinas. Traffic in the interior is low and if you are not on a major route for an archaeology ruin site then you will not have to deal with tour busses.



SO WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL?

Tulum Hotels It depends on where you are going and what your budget is. If you are in Merida and wish to visit Uxmal and surrounding area then renting a car is a relatively safe venture as the roads are in good condition, there are gas stations along the way, some signs and the traffic is not bad. If you are planning on driving around Majahual exploring Chinchorro Reefs or heading up to Sian Ka'an then you may want to take the bus or arrange a transfer with a tour company.

For going long distance like Cancun to Campeche or Cancun to Chetumal then taking first class bus is inexpensive, reliable and fast.

Ultimately if you can afford it, the best way to go is to have a guide who has his or her own transportation. This way you can drive all over the place with your new friend and learn more about Mexico then you ever expected. If not, use a combination of first class buses and colectivos.



RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

    GPS or compass
    Water bag or canteen
    Hiking boots/shoes
    Water shoes/kayak shoes
    Long pants
    Hat
    Flashlight
    Survival tools
      Lighter
      Swiss army knife
    Raincoat
    First aid kit
FOR BACKPACKERS
    Hammock
    Candles
    Rubber boots
    Warm clothing [for evenings or especially if you are going to the Chiapas]
    Raincoat or large piece of plastic
    Backpack
    Mosquito net [you might need it]
    Small pot, plate, knife and fork
    Small grill

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Spider Monkey, any of four species of small New World monkeys characterized by their long, slender limbs and great agility.

Spider monkeys occur between southern Brazil and central Mexico. They travel in small bands in forest trees, moving swiftly by making tremendous leaps, sprawling out like spiders, and grasping tree limbs with their prehensile tails.

The fur is yellowish-gray to brown, with lighter undersides; the face has white eye rings and is shaded by projecting hair that is either light or dark in color.

The animals mainly eat fruits supplemented with nuts, seeds, leaves, insects, and eggs.

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