Arriving in Costa Maya
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Early morning, the air on deck is filled with the freshness of a spring, cool breezes waft from the Caribbean as our grand ship prepares to dock at the only pier in this area. The pier is only 5 years old. Two of the area's sole incomes, prior to the cruise ships, were fishing and the harvesting of chicle from the gum trees.
Nearly untainted by modern development and commercialism, Xcalak on the Mayan coast, has stringent ecological laws governing its emergence as a tourist destination. The Mexican government wants to retain the feel of this village, surrounded by vast expanses of Jungle and a more than thousand year history of Mayan culture and development.
What greeted us upon arrival to the shore were locals clad in sombreros, colorful dresses, and Aztecan costumes - and a horde of photographers to record it all for a price. Auntie and I hurried along quickly to our tour bus, where we would spend an hour on the highway, constructed a mere two decades ago, that connects the village to the rest of the state of Quintana Roo.