Dec. 31, 2011 Resuming our drive south on the Mexican Highway the following morning, we noticed a number of runners at various intervals. The runners, carrying a lighted torch, were accompanied by an open-bed truck full of similarly clad young people. Signage on the trucks referred to the Lady of Guadalupe. As it turns out this was part of a country wide religious celebration, which culminates with the arrival of around 5 million people making the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Dec. 12. Many of the people travel for days on foot or cycle along the highways as a sacrifice. The Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to a peasant on Dec. 12, 1531.
|View from our balcony|
Our goal was to experience some snorkeling in the Xcalak National Reef Park, which surrounds the resort. Luckily, Gloria loaned me her extra wet suit. Otherwise, I would have been looking at the water from the shore. Water temperature was probably around 72—which I guess is fine if you are used to it—but it wouldn’t have worked for me.
|Mexico on the left/Belize on your right|
|Rich reeling in a big one|
|Alan with a Barracuda|
Rest and exploration was the order of the day now. But, the tiny town of Xcalak doesn’t offer much for the tourist and after a short trip around town, the resort provided the beach chairs with a lovely, restful view overlooking the ocean. Rich and Gloria headed to Cancun the next day to fly back to Florida to prepare for Gloria’s first public photo exhibit. (Congratulations!)
Alan and I were now in serious relax mode. The following day, our trip to Xcalak coming to an end, we packed our bags and readied ourselves for the 1½ hours boat trip to San Pedro, Belize.