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Orizaba, a simple palapa restaurant for workers, Mexican tourists, and the local middle class has fed me cheaply and pleasantly for years. Exercise a little care about raw foods and it is safe. It is really an extension of the older woman owner's kitchen and she watches it carefully. Sadly, she does not have fish or seafood but the cosas preparado (things prepared) are often wonderful like chicken in chilamole or escabeche sauces. She makes (I am not allowed it) cochinita pibil, the long roasted Mayan pork specialty. My favorite (with my bad heart) is pechuga de pollo a la plancha or pechuga de pollo ajillo. These are skinless, boneless chicken breasts cooked simply or (ajillo sauce) is a chile sauce slightly spicy. Costs are about 34 or 36 pesos ($US3.10) for a dinner with a coke, soup, rice, lime wedge and some sort of vegetables or fried plantains.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
There is a channel in the lake that is about 7 mile south from Casa Maya Hotelito and the currents provided by the cenotes and the flow of the water towards the ocean provide just enough speed so you can strap on a life jacket and a snorkel mask, lie on your stomach and let the flow of the water float you down the river. You'll observe amazing little tropical fish and the underwater rock formations are incredible! If you aren't the type to float facedown, just lie back and watch the amazing scenery pass by; last time I floated it there were these little monkeys that ran along the shoreline following us. ;) This is still a fairly unknown secret to the area and I'm not even sure if other hotels offer tours of it, but it is definitly an experience I would not reccomend missing.
Written Oct 16, 2006
Phone: 011 52 983 83 615 94