bobandmarilyn Check-Ins

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February 10th, 2017 Jose's Camping And Cabanas

We stay here at least a week every year as we travel the mainland. It is one of the highlights of our journey. Every morning, just before the sun comes up, we take our kayak or Jose's canoe and paddle for several hours in the lagoon on the edge of his camp. It is a magical place!! Jose has preserved the wildness of the lagoon on his property and the birds are abundant. The boat-billed herons are thick in the trees. We see skies full of great egrets and snowy egrets. Green herons lurk in the shadows. So many birds! And iguanas. And lizards. Also caimans and crocodiles in the lagoon. It's always an adventure. And in the cashew/palm grove you'll see painted buntings and the rare great wren. The "chill pool" is perfect when the temperatures get hot. The showers and bathrooms are always clean. The cell tower signal is getting better every year so internet is possible with cell phones and USB modems. High speed internet just hasn't made it to Puerto Arista yet.............and that can be a good thing. Take a deep breath, slow down and look around. You'll be amazed at what you find.

January 29th, 2017 Las Guacamayas

Adjacent to the Guacamayas resort there is an inexpensive campground run by a local family. We have stayed there several times over the last 6 years. There are clean flush toilets and cold showers but no power and no wifi. There is not even any cell service. The resort does ha e wifi but only for people staying there. The campground is just a 2 minute walk to the Lacantun River. We see howler and spider monkeys in camp, toucans, aracaris, and, of course, guacamayas. The village is tiny and tidy with foot paths leading from home to home. No services so bring in your food and supplies. The resort does have a restaurant.

January 25th, 2017 Metzabok

Camping on the shore of a lake in the Metzabok Biosphere Reserve. Absolutely no facilities except a raised gravel road and parking area above the muddy lake shore. Beautiful view. Out of sight of, but adjacent to, a small Mayan village. You will be charged a small fee and be given a paper bracelet when you enter the village. Everyone was extremely friendly. We hired a guide (but ended up with 2 15-year-old boys who were lots of fun) to oar us across the lake to some so-so paintings on a rock face and then to a steep trail up a hill to a viewpoint. All very interesting.
You will travel over an hour on dirt roads. The turn off to Metzabok was not marked but you will see power lines going down a major side road. Follow them. You will go through fields for awhile and then cross a stream where you will see a sign indicating you are entering the reserve. No farming after this point.

January 25th, 2017 Las Guacamayas

Informal campground run by a local family, it is just across a dirt road from the expensive Las Guacamayas resort. Stop at the house on the corner at the top of the hill and talk to Magdalena. She'll make sure the bathrooms are clean and ready for use. This place is usually only busy on holidays. We've never seen anyone else camped here and we've stayed several times. Charge is $50P per person for flush toilets and cold showers. No electricity, no water hook-ups, no wifi, no cell reception. Just 2 minutes from the bank of the Lacantun River. We've had howler monkeys and spider monkeys visit us in camp. We see toucans and aracaris and scarlet macaws (guacamayas). The resort has a restaurant where you can eat if you'd like. And if they have guests you can arrange to share the cost of a boat trip on the river. Not much in the way of supplies in town so come with your own. Very nice family. Wander about the village. wonderful experience.

January 25th, 2017 Pach Ha

Part of the Naha eco-tourism complex, Pach Ha is on the shore of Laguna Na Ha. In January of 2017 the community was putting the finishing touches on a spectacular office and a restaurant building. For a small fee we were allowed to camp near the lake and use the restrooms in the not-yet-open restaurant. There were no showers, no power, no internet, no cell coverage. We hired a guide to take us on a short canoe ride and a hike through the surrounding forest. This is several thousand feet above sea level so the vegetation is much different than the lower elevations by the Usumacinta River. An hour of the drive is on dirt, sometimes a bit rough, but no real issues. This is a community project, trying to bring some income to a very rural area. They charged us a small fee.

January 13th, 2016 San Juan del Lago

Located on a hill above Lago Cuitzeo at the junction of Mexico 15D and Mexico 43D just north of Morelia. The owner, Arturo, is creating his dream campground here. Bathrooms are great, view is great, sites are spacious and have excellent hook-ups. He's built his own sewage plant. It's a steep drive in but do-able for everyone unless driving a low-powered big rig. Arturo took us all over the little town of San Juan Tararameo which is sitting on top of a hot water reservoir. There are hot water wells all around town and a very simple, basic hot water bath where you can soak for as long as you want for $1 US. He also took us to Cuitzeo, across the lake, which is very historic and interesting. So much potential here! He says he isn't officially open because he's still working with the city to get a better entrance road. Because of that, he didn't charge us a penny to spend 2 nights with all amenities, plus a free guided tour of the area. As of January, 2016, you should call before you come because he doesn't have a sign up. The number is 443-228-3839. Arturo loves where he is and wants everyone to love it as well.


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