July 2: Decided to take a day trip from Valladolid to the sleepy little town of Rio Lagartos, on the Gulf, exactly an hour north. Thought it might be a bust after our rather odd drive along the rest of this same coast, west of here. But it turned out to be a real highlight of the trip. Sam has never been on safari, nor seen a pack of one animal, represented by the thousands, so he was particularly thrilled with our adventure.
The boat trip took us past a salt factory that still exports tons of salt around the world every year, as well as mud baths, where the kids got off the boat and slathered themselves. This was a traditional natural remedy for Mayans to fight mosquitoes and the heat.
Some of the flamingos we encountered.
Next stop: A deserted island.
And finally, one last cenote at the town swimming hole.