I finally left Brazil. I followed my stomach on a 24 hour journey north to Mexico City, and then another 2 hours back south to Mèrida, in the Yucatan.
Before I began to fully immerse myself within the incredible food of this region, I thought I should squeeze in a bit of nature first, so I took a day tour from a nearby coastal town called Progreso.
Progreso itself is like a little slice of Cancun, just when you thought you had escaped that gringo pit. But we stayed to the rural outskirts, first visiting El Corchito nature reserve. Here we found a pack of bandit faced trash pandas and a few smaller cenotes.*
The next stop was at the smaller Mayan ruins of Xcambo. These were very low key and there were only a handful of people there. After we visited the otherworldly pink salt lakes and went in search of some flamingos. Sadly, it is near the end of the season, so we only saw a few from a long distance. But such is the way with nature!
*In this region the ground is largely compromised of limestone. Water filters through this stone and forms underground rivers and lakes. These lakes open up in to caves called cenotes, and there are about 6000 of astounding beauty in the Yucatan that you can swim in.