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CHIQUILA - KANTUNIL KIN

Quintana Roo Mexico

(Arch over highway.)
THE HIGHWAY TO CHIQUILA, SEVERAL MILES NORTH OF HIGHWAY 180

I wanted to call this page `Isla Holbox'. However we never got there.

I rented a car. None of the rentals store there cars in town, so you have to pick them up at the airport and then they charge you a $20 airport surcharge.

I took the ADO bus out to the airport, P35, rented the car for a week, went back to town, picked up Serena, and our bags, and we headed West on Carretera (Highway) 180.

We were near the edge of town, not sure if we were still in city limits, or not, the speed sign said 70 K, a policeman waved at me to pull over. He showed me his speed gun. It said 66. I said the limit is 70. He pointed ahead to a sign that said 40. I said I hadn't got there yet. He said there were two `40' signs behind me.

This, of course, was all accomplished with a lot of sign language, what with his limited English and my limited Espanola, and a big, sheepish, smile on my face.

Always be nice to an officer, and when you are wrong, admit it.

So, out with the driver's license, which he is going to keep until I go to court and pay the fine. The fine will be reduced by 1/3 if I pay within 48 hours.

So, what do I do for a driver's license in the meantime? He will give me a receipt as I am not planning to go back for a few days. However, I will lose the discount.

When will my license be back in the court, could I pay it today and get on the road?

Unfortunately my license will not be back in town until after the court closes.

He called his Sergeant over, who spoke a little bit better English, and explained the situation to him.

The Sergeant suggested that, perhaps, if I really didn't want to stick around for another day, I could give the officer some money and he would pay the fine for me. Also, since I was so co-operative he would reduce the fine by another 1/3.

I had heard stories of this happing but it wasn't until I was rolling down the road, P500 poorer, that I realized that I had been caught in one of Mexico's most famous scams.

Highway 180 goes through Valladolid which is about 160 Km from Cancun. I mention Valladolid as you will see that sign most often, letting you know you are on the right road.

However you turn North about half way, just before the little community of Nuevo X-can, and 100 meters after the first Pemex station that you come across.

The road North to the beach is paved and mostly smooth although there is one stretch that is not too level.

(Main street.)
KANTUNIL KIN
(Cones in center of street.)
WHEN SCHOOL LETS OUT, EACH INTERSECTION IS PATROLLED BY POLICE
(Main street.)
(Main street.)
(Highway bordered by jungle.)
OTHER THAN A COUPLE OF SMALL VILLAGES, THERE
IS NOTHING BETWEEN HIGHWAY 180
AND CHIQUILA EXCEPT JUNGLE
(Highway bordered by jungle.)

(Looking back along the East side of the pier toward the town.)
LOOKING AT CHIQUILA FROM THE FERRY DOCK
(Looking back along the West side of the pier toward the town.)

(Pusher tug and barge full of trucks leaving the pier.)
A PUSHER TUG AND A BARGE SERVE AS A FERRY TO ISLA HOLBOX
(Tug and barge sailing away.)
ONLY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED ON
THE FERRY. IN THE DISTANCE YOU
CAN SEE THE BUILDINGS OF ISLA
(Highway through town.)
THE TOWN CENTER CONSISTS OF A LARGE TRAFFIC CIRCLE WITH A FOUNTAIN IN THE CENTER
(Long down hill.)
SERENA TOOK ONE LOOK AT ALL THAT WATER, AND THAT LITTLE TUG AND SAYS, "YOU GO, I'LL STAY HERE.

Only residents can have cars on Isla. We would have had to leave the car by the Malecon and taken the ferry on foot.

Isla Holbox isn't really an island. It is a long narrow peninsula that stretches North-West from Cancun. Most of it is swamp/jungle, with a small community on the end.

Which I never got to see.

Whoops, my mistake, there is a small boat ferry, see link below, for foot passengers. Definitely Serena wouldn't have gotten on one of those.

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