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Page 11 Yucatan Peninsula

Location: Santa Elena, Central America

The coastal plain

We spent some time in the Mayan village of Santa Elena to be shown the traditional way of making rope from an agave leaf. The area has always been famous for this industry but of course nowadays it is all industrialised, making this one of the world's best producers of rope.

We crossed a river on the way to the coast which was a centre for tilapia fishing.

Every compound needs its own well as there is little resource for water.

Making tortillas

Meanwhile, another side of the coin. The Gulf of Mexico where we stayed at a hotel for lunch. It was deserted. Bookings everywhere are thirty per cent down.

And of course a much needed toilet. It is such a privilege to be able to share these lives even though of course it is a source of enterprise for these people. They are so poor.

The pelican coast, hundreds of them on this shore.

Where we paddled.

The very colonial city of Campeche.

Chompoton

And a reminder of the very poor rural areas.

A romantic spot!



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We crossed a river on the way to the coast which was a centre for tilapia fishing.

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We spent some time in the Mayan village of Santa Elena to be shown the traditional way of making rope from an agave leaf. The area has always been famous for this industry but of course nowadays it is all industrialised, making this one of the world's best producers of rope.

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Making tortillas

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Every compound needs its own well as there is little resource for water.

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And of course a much needed toilet. It is such a privilege to be able to share these lives even though of course it is a source of enterprise for these people. They are so poor.

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Meanwhile, another side of the coin. The Gulf of Mexico where we stayed at a hotel for lunch. It was deserted. Bookings everywhere are thirty per cent down.

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Where we paddled.

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The pelican coast, hundreds of them on this shore.

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Chompoton

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The very colonial city of Campeche.

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A romantic spot!

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And a reminder of the very poor rural areas.