Day 31: Xpujil - Chetumal

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Back in Xpujil we picked up our luggage and drove on to the city of Chetumal, the capital of the easternmost state of Mexico: Quintana Roo.


Chetumal isn't really special, and never has been either. The Spaniards had little interest in this former Mayan harbour, and even after some settlers moved here in 1898 not an awful lot happened.

In 1955 the city was completely destroyed in a hurricane, and when it was rebuild some smart people thought it might be a good idea to turn Chetumal into a beach resort to compete with Acapulco. Not very successful, and when the same concept did pick up with the city of Cancún in the north of Quinatana Roo, some 20 years later, Chetumal remained some sort of forgotten place with broad avenues, boulevards and palm trees everywhere.


These days there still isn't an awful lot to do, but we needed a place to stay and a large city does have its advantages. Laundry for example, much needed. Or Internet, another one of those things you do like to check from time to time (after all, we hadn't heard from our father since leaving Mérida and we didn't even know whether or not everything worked out with booking his flight).

But the most important thing we had missed the last couple of days: good coffee to go with breakfast in the morning!!

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photo by: Vlindeke