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when in this town, I enjoyed the friendly service of El Fenicio restaurante with its touch of refinement but in an easy going environment and at reasonable prices
in Mexico the dinner time goes from about 18.00 to 21.00 and if you are looking for a restaurant in Chetumal after this time, there are two only remaining possibilities: hot dogs by a street trader (like the one in my bad taken pic... sorry the tripod was in the hotel...) or the fairly posh Los Cocos with its impeccable service: cloth and not paper table napkins, artistically folded, a glass of water served as soon as you sit down, which won't look so strange to a Canadian but it is in Mexico, and served with the important clarification that it's purified water in a refined atmosphere but not of the kind which inhibits or clashes with poverty, of the kind which mollycoddles you... even if my preference always goes to more 'local' places...
Favorite Dish: chicken tacos dorados at El Fenicio and a sopa with avocado and mexican sauce before the dish of melted queso (cheese) at Los Cocos
Written Oct 4, 2002
if you need a bathroom when you arrive at the bus station, remember that they ask you for 2 pesos but with receipt...
and if you don't find the flush, it's because there isn't and you just have to rotate the cock on the water pipe...
Written Oct 4, 2002
Never give the merchant a bunch of local money for him to count the right amount, because they will short change you.
Merchants resent being asked rock bottom prices beyond a fair bargaining. They may accept your price but they will get even with you by overpricing other items or by selling you tin for silver. They consider fair to trick you if they think that you're trying to take advantage of them. If the price seems fair, pay it and move on.
Unique Suggestions: Count carefully your local money in the hotel and keep bundles of 50, 100, 500 pesos and when you pay count aloud the money in the bundle and give one bundle at the time. If you don't count the money alound, they tell you that the bundle was short 10 or 20 pesos.
If you like a particular item, don't show interest right away, pretend you don't care about it and they will try to reduce the price to entice you.
What you purchase is not guaranteed, make sure you know what you are getting. Don't ask "is this silver? They will say "yes", of course.
Fun Alternatives: If you don't trust the merchant, don't buy. You might pay more but a established business is more likely to be more honest. Beware of street vendors.
Written Apr 11, 2009
If you are into flora and fauna the jungle is where you will find all sorts of plants and creatures.
Written Dec 19, 2006