It was my first ride outside the city of Cancun and off the highway into the Mexican countryside. Following the D180 National route to Leona Vicario, a sleepy little Puebla 45 minutes outside Cancun.
Leona Vicario is named after the wife of Independent figure Andres Quintana Roo. This little village had about 6500 inhabitants in 2010 and I doubt any more have been added over the years. Because it is away from the tourist area it was my first taste of Mexican life in the countryside. And I must say: I like what I see.
Little did I know when I took that trip that I would see so much more authentic Mexican villages, unspoiled by tourism. But this was a good start. If you ever plan on going there: Across the cemetery there is (or was when I was there) a burrito restaurant that has great food! And you can enjoy the mural of the cementario while eating.
I made a short video impression, walking through the town, and a visit to the tiny colorful cemetery.
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Once you’re past Nuevo X-Can on the Quintana Roo – Yucatan border there are quite a bunch of options for more fun and adventurous routes.
I’ve been to Merida from Cancun a few times, and every time I took a different route. For a mid-week roadtrip I followed a rural route to Merida through the Northern part of Yucatan and spend a few days in Merida before heading back via a more southern route. Along the way to Merida I passed through several small and developing towns with old Spanish era churches and squares. Some with a market, others with just some shops. Continue Reading…
Living in Cancun for a while also means a lot of historic sites can be visited. For this adventure I had made a route to visit Ek-Balam and Coba with a quick stop in Valladolid.
This turned out to be a nice day with lots to see and do.
We left early-ish in the morning from Cancun, filling up with fuel and heading out to the ruins of Ek-Balam, which is in north of Valladolid in Yucatan. Not one for tollroads we of-course sought out smaller roads and streets to make it extra fun. Continue Reading…
in June we went on a little mid-week road trip from Cancun to Rio Lagartos in Northern Yucatan, Mexico. The main goal was to find millions of flamingos.
Leaving at around 8am from Cancun on our motorcycles, Arnan on his BMW F850GS and Jeanette on her G310GS, we of-course ignored the Quota (Toll road) and headed straight for the Libramento to Leona Vicario. A small town along the route. From there we followed carretera 180 to X-Can, an even smaller town just over the border of Yucatan state from where we headed North towards Tizimin – A midsize town with a nice old Spanish church and old buildings in the city centre. Continue Reading…
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