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(Senor Frogs from the water.)

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JUNGLE `SNORKEL' TOUR

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

On Tuesday I talked with my friend, Cesar, at the travel agency and I booked a Jungle Tour. Every town seems to have a `Jungle Tour•. I guess that is to be expected since the Yucatan Peninsula is, mainly, jungle.

2002 May 15. Wednesday was sunny and bright. (Isn't every day, in paradise?) I took the bus to Zone Hotel (P6.00) till I was past Senor Frogs and then walked back. Whether open, or not, you walk through the main entrance of Senor Frogs, through the dinning area, out the other side, and down to the wharf. Here you will find the ticket booth for the snorkel tour.

(Stores and large flag on pole.)

THE HOTEL ZONE

(Flag of Mexico.)

FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF MEXICO

They have a selection of fins and masks but, as usual, you will probably be more comfortable with your own, if you have them.

Unlike Xcaret, if you use their equipment, you don't get to keep the snorkel.

I joined four Filipinas from L. A. (Los Angeles), California, USA. and a couple from Kent, Washington, USA.
After being equipped with our dive gear we were assigned to our 2-man boats and given a quick lesson in how to drive them.

(Fellow adventurers try on fins.)

FELLOW ADVENTURERS TRY ON FINS

(Bear (Me) in a boat.)

BEAR (ME) IN A BOAT

When traveling out one must follow the leader. The leader may be far ahead and, after going slow for awhile to let you get used to the boat, will travel at top speed.

The boats are quite safe. They are wide and unlikely to tip over. They are fairly smooth if you stay in the center of the wake, the waves behind a boat.

(Boats in line going past hotel zone.)

THE HOTEL ZONE

(Boats in line heading for far side of lagoon.)

HEADING FOR THE JUNGLE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE LAGOON
IT IS A LARGE LAGOON

When traveling, you try to keep up with the boat in front, if he slows down, you slow down, and you raise your hand to let the boat behind know that you are doing so.

I was the last boat and usually far behind as I was constantly slowing to take pictures.

When approaching the bridge, to pass from the lagoon to the open ocean, everyone must slow as other boats, or seadoos, may be coming beside you.

Also the channel is fairly narrow and there may be other tours coming towards you.

(Boats going under bridge.)

THE FUZZY CENTER OF THE PICTURE IS WATER
BUT IT IS OK,
MY CAMERA IS INSIDE AN UNDERWATER CASE

When we arrived at the dive site, Ramon, our guide, who was in the lead boat, tied his boat to a buoy and then tied all the other boats to his.

(Ramon sitting in boat while we go diving.)

RAMON SITTING IN BOAT WHILE WE GO DIVING

(Boats in line tied to buoy and filled with people.)

WHILE WE WERE DIVING WE WERE JOINED BY OTHER TOUR GROUPS

The dive area is roped off. Ropes are held afloat by small floats and held in place by anchors.

The ropes are to keep the divers away from the coral, to protect it for the pleasure of future generations of divers.

I dove under the rope that separated our boats from the dive area. As I was adjusting my gear, I felt a bite on my elbow. I turned quickly and snapped a picture of the culprit.

Now, I have never heard, of a diver being bitten by a fish, though I have know minnows to nibble at my skin if I sit still in shallow water.

I have a fungal growth on my elbow, which is being treated with stuff the doctor prescribed. At that time, before having visited a doctor, it was dry and peeling. I believe the fish caught a piece of the protruding skin and tore it off.

Maybe that fish is, or believes he is, a type of clearer fish.

(Fish underwater.)

A CLEANER FISH?

(Coral, underwater.)

ROPES PROTECT THE CORAL FROM DIVERS

(Fish underwater.)

THOUGH RESTRICTED TO A ROPED AREA

(Fish, underwater.)

YOU CAN STILL GET CLOSE ENOUGH FOR GOOD VIEWING

(Guide helping girls out of water.)

RAMON HELPS THE LADIES FROM L.A. OUT OF THE WATER

(Sitting in the boats the girls take pictures.)

MAKING MEMENTOS

(Thatched roof restaurant on the shore..)

THE SHORELINE BY THE DIVE AREA

(Heading back.)

THE SHORELINE WEST OF THE DIVE AREA

Leaving the area, after passing under the bridge, we took a different channel through the jungle.

On one side we could see a mother, Bald Headed, eagle. On the other side we could see her nest and from it we could hear the cries of her young.

(Boats in line going through jungle.) (Eagle in tree.)

After leaving the jungle we followed the edge of the lagoon back to where we started.

(A new hotel under construction.) (Homes or hotel on the shore?)
(Businesses on the shore..)

COMMERCIAL AREA

(Marina from the boat.)

HOME PORT

Crew members will be on the dock to help you ashore, shake your hand, thank you for coming, and one, or more, will be holding a container for you to deposit a tip.

END

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PLAYA LAS TORTUGAS


(TURTLE BEACH)

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

2002 May 12. Playa Las Tortugas is mostly residential, with some very lovely homes.

(Beach side home.) (Beach side home.)
(Beach side home.) (Beach side home.)

The hotel zone in Cancun is built on an atoll, South and East of the city center. The coral reefs form long narrow islands around a large lagoon.

There is only one road through the hotel zone and it keeps close to the lagoon side of the islands, at times hugging the water but often separated from the shore by businesses.

LOOKING SOUTH ACROSS THE LAGOON

(Hotels on far side of lagoon.) (Hotels on far side of lagoon.)

On the ocean side, the four lane, divided, street is separated from the Caribbean Ocean by homes and resort hotels.

Here the street is really divided, with stores in between.

(Small shopping mall.)

At one point, where the street is close to the shore the water is actually a channel, separated from the main lagoon by a thicket of jungle. Along this stretch of beach is a lovely promenade. I walked along it thinking of going for a swim but the area seemed to be occupied by locals, enjoying picnics and ignoring the `no swimming' signs. The channel is narrow and used by high speed water traffic.

For a fee of $6 the bus will take you from downtown Cancun to the entrance to Playa Las Tortugas.

Playa Las Tortugas is not only a public beach but a wharf where one can catch tour boats, and, I believe, a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

LOOKING WEST

(Houses on beach and water.)
(Beach and water.)
(Beach wharf, and swimmers in the water.)

THE MAIN PUBLIC ACCESS OFFERS SOME REFRESHMENT
AND SOUVENIR BUSINESSES AS WELL AS A LARGE WHARF
FOR THE FERRY TO ISLA MUJERES

(Beach and swimmers in the water.)
I BELIEVE,
THE BUILDINGS ON THE HORIZON ARE ISLA MUJERES

JUST EAST OF THE MAIN BEACH ACCESS

(Fish, underwater.)
(Fish, underwater.)
(Strange fish, underwater.)

A TRANSLUCENT GLASS FISH AND AN OPAQUE METAL FISH
COMMON TO ALL BEACHES, UNFORTUNATELY, AROUND THE WORLD

(Fish & coral, underwater.)

LOOKING EAST

(Beach, water, and people.)
(Beach, water, and people.)
(Beach, water, people, and hotels.)
(Beach, water, and hotels.)

IT IS A LONG WALK TO THE NEXT PUBLIC ACCESS

THE ABOVE PICTURES WERE TAKEN IN `04/ MARCH

THE NEXT TWO PICTURES WERE TAKEN IN `08/ MARCH

(Beach, water, and jet skiers.)
(Beach, iguana.)

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