Our day began on a not very shinny morning. Costa Maya pier was rainy, but we were positive our day was going to get better by the time we got to either Chacchoben or Bacalar; and guess what? Apparently the Mayan Gods had all set up for us to have a great adventure in that little corner of the Mexican Caribbean.
We went to the archaeological site of Chacchoben first and got there JUST BEFORE everybody else did, so we had the entire site to ourselves. But an hour later, legions of buses were entering the site full with other tourists; we were very lucky.
Afterwards, we drove to Bacalar Town for our ride on a pontoon, and the lake is just BREATHTAKING; we went around some important spots and some neat, out-of-the-way places. After a few hours on the lake, we went ashore and were treated to a homemade meal from one of the local grandmothers who is highly respected in the community for her cooking skills. She made us chicken fajitas, guacamole, and a local Mayan specialty called "sikil pak." Think of it like a thick salsa made from pounded pumpkin seeds (pepitas), tomatoes, fresh habaneros, and cilantro. we finished the whole plate, she refilled it twice, and she even dashed home to get me a bag of the pulverized pumpkin seeds and the fresh habanero chiles she used to make it!
This COMBO TOUR is a great option if you want to see another great part of Mexico and want to escape the crowds. and connect with the wonderful, friendly locals, taste their food, see the natural and archaeological wonders, and become a better person because of it!
Our Fly Fishing excursion started early in the morning on the 6th of December. It was slightly cloudy at Puerto Costa Maya cruise port, but we were optimistic about the weather at our fishing flats near Xcalak town. As soon as we arrived, surprise!!! Clear skies and quietness in that little corner of the Mexican Caribbean. The sargassum was not a problem at all since there were locals cleaning out the beaches too. After a 50 minute drive, we were excited to get on the boat and get our gear ready. The pristine water of Xcalak allows you to see right to the bottom, as well as fish of course. We even saw a ray jump out of the water, which was amazing.
It was the first time for the guests to catch bonefish; a young couple from USA but I could tell they knew what they were doing. They usually spend some of their weekends back home fishing, but only using spin rods. He got really good at fly fishing and but she preferred the spin rod, although she caught about 5 bonefish, she knew was she was doing as well.
We had to move to a different location, to an old channel where you could clearly see everything under the boat. They kept trying but he had very little luck this time, except for him who caught a jack, he was very happy about it too. Some other fish bit the fly but were able to get away, which is all part of fly fishing. The weather was great and the water temperature just perfect. We got off the boat for a while to wade a little bit and see if we could catch something else but no luck, while she stayed for a while to walk and enjoy the water.
We went back after 4 hours and the ride home was amazing and very relaxing. Then we made our way back to the pier with excited talk about our fishing adventures. We hope to see them back in Costa Maya soon!