One guy recommended us the little town Campeche and so we decided to stay there at the Viatgen Inn Hostel for one night. It was a pirate town nowadays, not so touristy, but very beautiful. We stayed in the colorful old town with walls surrounded. In the afternoon we walked around, did some sightseeing and enjoyed the flair of the local bars.
When we came back to the hostel the guy at the reception asked us in perfect English, if we are the Austrian guys with a blog called 508goeswild.at. One Austrian girl we don’t know stayed there in Mai and showed him our blog. Since then he often visited our website and gave us compliments for the photos we make. He said “It’s an honor that you stay at our place. Incredible, you are here!” For us it was unbelievable that anybody knows us before we come to a place. Of course we were very proud of it. The world seems to be so little!
Next day we went to the ruins of Uxmal and camped there at the parking lot for a little fee. These Maya ruins were built in a different style hundreds of years later than Palenque. They remained in better conditions. We missed the high jungle surrounding, but we really enjoyed exploring them with not so many tourists and stalls around.
Viktor, the Austrian guy we met, talked about Izamal, a little town close to Merida. 30 years ago Izamal was the capital for hammocks in whole Mexico. We have seen great ones at plenty of places and thought we could find one for us in this town. An Austrian guy runs a hotel there and offers a little spot for campers in the garden. We thought he would be happy to meet Austrians again, but we didn’t feel very welcome. The roots to Austria are nearly gone after more than 15 years living in Mexico. Of course hotel guests bring eight or ten times more money than a camper.
In the afternoon we discovered the town, visited the ruins (not very special) and got stuck in a local bar. It was fun watching and talking to some locals and listening to traditional Mexican songs. The waitress brought us good snacks every five minutes all time long. After spending more than two hours there we could miss dinner that day. 😛
We were walking in the streets and saw only fading signs with “hammocks” everywhere, but no stores to buy one. The information we got was nearly thirty years ago and today it is completely different. We only found two stores, but finally we got one for each. That night it got late and we slept long next morning. We knew our Austrian friend arrived the same day in Cancun and we wanted to meet him in two days there after visiting Chichen Itza.
When we got up at 10:00 am we received a message of our friend that he goes by bus to Chichen Itza and he will arrive close to midday. Perfect! One hour ride and we would find him easily. Both of us were looking forward meeting him after a long time again.