Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Day 1: London to Cancun

Welcome to our first official blog entry! Today we flew from London to Cancun, Mexico to start our amazing adventure in Central and South America.

I'll admit, it was a long journey of around 24h. We started at 5am on a miserable rainy British morning and got the Piccadilly tube to Heathrow airport. Thankfully we gave ourselves plenty of time because we hadn't filled out the ESTA American customs form (US$14), which seemed ridiculous because we only had a short layover in Atlanta. The flight over was pretty turbulent which wasn't welcomed as I was feeling pretty ill already. American passport control took 45 mins (as always) but it was worth it for Harry so he could get his first American McDonalds (exactly the same as UK McDonalds). Passport control was far quicker in Mexico though it took 1.5h to clear customs. Important advice, absolutely do not get a taxi from the airport. We took a shared taxi (Yellow Transfers, 160 pesos or £8 per person) however, by this point we had been traveling for around 20h and I was feeling pretty bad I just wanted to get to where we were staying at Hostel Mundo Joven which is next to the ADO bus station on Av. Uxmal. There are buses that take you straight to this bus station at a fraction of the price!


Enjoying breakfast on the roof-top terrace!
The hostel is fantastic and has a young vibe. We had the private room with bathroom which included breakfast, AC and towels. There is a roof top terrace where breakfast is served which becomes a bar at night. There are loungers, hammocks and a hot tub. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and organised events each night such as Spanish lessons or guacamole and tequila nights.  Although this place was a bit more than we would have usually paid, we are both very happy to be staying here as our first stop.

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