Yucatan tour: Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox is a small island close to Cancun, in the north of Yucatan region. To come there, its easy but i can suggest you to book before the hotel to be sure that you will have place to sleep…last years tourism is growing without control! From Cancun you can take a bus to come to Chiquila, there is a ferry every hour to go to Holbox. Even if you go by car, the local people of Chiquila is renting his land to park your car during your stay at Holbox.

Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

 

Move in Holbox island is not as usual… there is not usual taxis and even is strange to see a car. People move by quad or bycicles, you can rent or ask for quad-taxi when you come. Island is ready for tourist, local people live from it but not the streets that continue being sand pathways. Another curious thing of the island is about water and electricity, talking with local people they explain me that during the high season is normal that water finish or electricity is off during some hours.

Tourists in a street of Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

 

In the past, the local people was working in the sea. Actually, they live from tourism: restaurants, hotels and one the most popular thing to do is to make a tour by boat to see the whale shark. Another attraction, is to (try) to see the bioluminescence of his beach during the night (the perfect season is April). Anyway, the best of Isla Holbox is his beach during the day…you can feel as in paradise if you dont come in high season. Long beachs, clean water, nature and some civilization to take a drink and local food close to the sea for a normal price.

Dock in a beach of Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Couple walking and chaise-longue in a beach in Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

 

So, if you dont like to be with thousand of people in the beach at your holidays in Riviera Maya…spend your days in Isla Holbox. You will enjoy traditional food and find so many beachs to enjoy your days in the Caribbean sea and relax.

 

Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Yucatan tour: Live as a local

I start my travel blog with one of my favourite countries that i love to visit as much as possible: Mexico. Since this moment i travel there two times, visiting the Yucatan peninsula, including Riviera Maya that is the most touristic place. But i like to visit the real Mexico: mayan ruins, colonial churchs, mangroves and walk into his villages to see how is the real mexican culture.

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In this way, i try to make contacts before and during my travels, helping me to visit amazing places that usual tourist dont even know that exists or that can look dangerous for a casual tourist. As my main language is spanish, its not a problem to have real cool conversations with local people and move in public transport or even travel with them making new friends.
Local people sitting in the exterior of central market of Teabo (Yucatan, Mexico)

During my last trip in May, i stay in a small house the most of the days in Merida (Yucatan). It was easy to find a “taqueria” the first day close to my home. I visit the same every day, making new friends that suggest me new places to visit and give me a tasty local food for a real cheap money. Local food can be amazing, but you must be careful if you dont like spices 🙂

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For a tourist, you must be carefull to be careful in shops or touristic places, but in the street local people will give you always the best advices to find good restaurants or bars. Even in touristic places as Isla Contoy, you can easy find local places, just look where local people is having dinner!

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If you have an apartment, dont be affraid to visit local markets to buy food. Supermarkets will have usual products, but if you want to taste real mexican food…let them to advice you what is fresh. Even if you stay in a hotel, they can suggest you where to eat good food close to the market 😉

Central market in Acanceh, Yucatan state, Mexico
Walking around the main streets is a bit crazy some moments, shorts sidewalks full of people every hour. But there you can see how people is living. Buy some drinks or foods in the street being careful, its more special than drink a cocktail in a resort where you not see the local life.

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In next posts, i will write about mayan culture…ruins, mayan people, traditions… follow me on my social networks or subscribe to my blog to receive news! 🙂 (you have a subscription form down the page)

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"La realidad del pueblo maya en el s. XXI". Campamento Hidalgo, Yucatan, Mexico. Mayo 2017. Fotografia documental

Photo tour Barcelona

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Choose your tour or contact us to plan your own tour: 4 hours: 70€ individual 120€ couple 50€/person groups

 

TOUR 1 – Mediterranean Tour

Discover the best places to see Barcelona cityscape with the Mediterranean sea as main topic. We will walk around the seashore of Barcelona: W Hotel, Barceloneta beach & the Olympic port will be our main photos. I will help you with the technique to take the most incredible photos of Barcelona. According to the month of the year, i will suggest you the perfect schedule to do your tour. Contact me and we will plan together.

 

TOUR 2 – Gaudi Tour

Visit the most interesting building of Gaudi, in the best moment of the day and with my help to enhance his architecture: Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia or Park Guell, as well as any other buildings according to your wishes. Gaudi have a lot of interesting building and we can focus in the most famous or make a tour around his job in Barcelona. Contact me and i will help you to plan the best tour!

 

TOUR 3 – Old Barcelona

Walk around the old districts of Barcelona, enjoy his architecture and social life. Every day i walk around his streets and i can show you the most interesting places in the small streets of Raval, Gothic and La Ramblas area. We will focus in his architecture and the street life of the real Barcelona, with my advices to control the lights and special moments according to the month of your tour.

 

TOUR 4 – Montjuic Tour

The olympic games of Barcelona 92 was a change of Barcelona as city. I will show you the most interesting places and we will walk around Montjuic to visit the architecture of the olympic games as well the famous Montjuic fountains. I will take you to the best point to take good pictures of Barcelona cityscape from the Mountain, and we will enjoy a nice day walking around his parks too.

 

TOUR 5 – Modern Barcelona

One of the most filmed places in Barcelona is the area of Diagonal Mar, many advertisements of Fashion, Cars, etc… are filmed here actually. The skyscrappers will be our main toppic, but we will visit too the Forum park with his famous solar check and Agbar tower. According to your wishes we will plan the best walk tour to visit this places in the exact moment when the light will help you to take the best photos.

 

This is my suggestions, but i can adapt to do any other tour if you wish to visit other places in Barcelona city or area. Just write me and i will suggest you a personalized tour to take the best photos of Barcelona.

 

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Ballet shows

Works for differents Ballet shows during the last years

Fine Art Photography Awards 2016

FineArtPhotographyAwardsSpecial nomination in the Fine Art Photography Awards 2016. I didnt send to another conquest last year, so it was an honor to receive this nomination in Cityscapes category. I will need to try more 🙂

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Templos y dioses mayas (INAH, Merida)

Last month was closed an exposition of INAH (National Institute of Antropology and History of Mexico) about Mayan Architecture in Merida (Mexico), where i have 2 pics exposed beside of the great actual Yucatan photographers (Pedro Tec, Baltazar Castro, Gaspar Segura, Juan Osorno y Esdras Castillo) and the international awarded photographer Sandra Herber (Canada). The expo probably will be again exposed in Chichen Itza (Mexico), but for now its not dates for this event.

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El pasado mes fue clausurada la exposicion del INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia de Mexico) sobre arquitectura maya en Mérida (México), donde fueron escogidas dos de mis fotografias para exponer al lado de los grandes fotografos actuales yucatecos (Baltasar Castro, Gaspar Segura, Juan Osorno, Pedro Tec y Esdras Castillo) y la fotografa canadiense premiada internacionalmente Sandra Herber. La exposicion probablemente sera expuesta de nuevo en Chichen Itza, pero por ahora no hay fechas cerradas para este evento.

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Exposicion fotografica Legado Maya

Next thursday, 17 of November 2016, at 19:30 launch in Barbastro (Huesca, Spain) the exposition “Legado Maya” (Mayan legacy) and it will be open till 10 of December. There you can see a selection of 40 pics, that show the mayan culture: since his glorious past, till a present that they need to readapt his traditions to the occidental culture, but that still remains alive in many corners of the Yucatan.


El próximo jueves 17 de Noviembre, a las 19:30 horas inauguro en Barbastro la exposicion “Legado Maya” y estara abierta al público hasta el 10 de Diciembre. En ella he realizado una selección de 40 fotografias, que muestran la cultura maya: desde su glorioso pasado a un presente en el que han tenido que readaptar sus tradiciones a la cultura occidental, pero que aun asi permanece viva en muchos rincones del Yucatan.

 

Texto introduccion:

A lo largo de los años han sido miles los libros que se han escrito para tratar de describir la cultura maya, esas gentes que habitaron en la península de Yucatán, tierra árida y sin agua en su superficie y selva inhóspita al sur iniciando por Chiapas, Belice, Guatemala, Honduras y parte de El Salvador. Los mayas tuvieron un auge cultural bastante extendido, sabían leer y escribir por medio de jeroglíficos, tenían libros, leían las estrellas, tenían un complicado calendario, grandes habilidades arquitectónicas o juegos ceremoniales. Pocas civilizaciones han durado tanto tiempo, unos 3000 años.

Hubo un primer abandono en el s. IX de las ciudades del sur hacía el norte, un evento tremendamente tumultuoso para ser considerado el colapso de la civilización maya. En realidad fue un desplazamiento del sur al norte, que duro cerca de 300 años y fue diferente en cada ciudad o región. Aunque las ciudades mayas se deterioraron por falta de mantenimiento y abandono, existen evidencias de que estos no las abandonaron por completo. Diversos estudios demuestran que no fue la civilización maya la que colapso, sino el tipo de gobierno y religioso. También ayudaron a este colapso la superpoblación, guerras, enfermedades y/o cambios climáticos como causas probables.

Los mayas nunca “desaparecieron” y nunca fueron una “civilización pérdida”. El llamado colapso tal vez ni siquiera ameritaría tanta conjetura, sino fuera por la llegada de los españoles que interrumpieron su historia. Cuando estos llegaron, los mayas aun tenia una cultura dinámica, mantenían relaciones comerciales y diplomáticas con otros estados de América, practicaban su propia religión, conservando su idioma y cultura propia y diferenciadora.

A los mayas aun puedes verlos guardando su identidad, viviendo su vida como en el pasado, cantando a sus dioses para pedir agua para la siembra y usando su cadencioso lenguaje. En cada milpa trabajan para obtener el maíz tal y como se hacía desde tiempos inmemoriales, los puedes tocar si te vuelves su amigo y descubrirás que nunca desaparecieron.

Baltasar Castro. Explorador maya.