Punta Allen Travel Blog› entry 4 of 6 › view all entries
Then onwards to the fisherman's haven of Punta Allen, at the tip of a peninsula, reached by a road pitted with potholes. The peninsula is only a few yards wide in part, and the road had previously been washed out by a recent hurricane. The pennisula is part of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. The driver, Christian, pointed out where a female jaguar and her cubs live, and we spotted an osprey perched on its nest. It was my mostextensive Spanish practice of the entire trip, covering topics from government corruption to world cup soccer, all to the sound of salsa music. You'll be glad to learn that the word for bribes is mordidas-little bites.
The slower pace of life in the hamlet of Punta Allen seemed to suit the fisherman and retired folks. There was a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Spending several days there would have been a good remedy, but this trip was a "sampler trip", so moving on, on the morrow was our lot. Coconut trees bordering the white sand, again, like a picture in a travel brochure. We explored "los mangles" (mangroves), and for some reason I decided to climb the mirador that was under siege by the most active workers in the town; the zealous termites. No efts in sight ;-)