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The Best Transportation Options in Cancun the Riviera Maya



In this post I will explain all the possibilities that transport in the Riviera Maya offers you, analyzing the pros and cons of each means of transport. Traveling through this area of Mexico is not complicated so it is usually not worth paying for the excursions offered by hotels to go to places like Cozumel or the Bacalar Lagoon.

If you are concerned about safety, I think that in this area of southern Mexico you will have a hard time getting into trouble. It is an area that lives off tourism so you can move around relatively easily without forgetting that as a general rule Mexico is a country where you have to be more careful than usual. Personally I can tell you that my companions and I rented a car to tour the Riviera Maya for a month and we didn’t have any problems.

Transportation in the Riviera Maya

Keep in mind that in Mexico language is not a problem and you can talk to anyone about it. So I encourage you to venture out and get to know the area on your own and interact with the Mexicans, it will always be much more interesting and of course cheaper. I’ll tell you all the transports that you have at your disposal, you can book transport in Mexico here.

Car rental the best transport in Riviera Maya

The rental car is always our first option as it gives you total freedom to move around any destination and that for us is very important. In Riviera Maya there are good roads and you don’t drive fast so from my point of view the car is an option that you should value.

By car in Mexico

It solves the problem of transportation completely since you rent it from the airport. I recommend you to use this price comparator to look for rental cars in Cancun, you can save a lot of money.

The only thing you have to be clear is if you prefer to pay a little more for a full insurance or it is enough with a third party insurance with an excess with which you will pay at most the amount if they cause damage to the car.


In Mexico there is no train so over the years an extensive network of buses has been created that make intercity travel. The most important routes are quite frequent and there are several types of buses in which the comfort increases with the price. There is a night schedule on many lines and on some you can even go lying down so they are a very good option to save a night’s accommodation.

Its operation at first may seem a little complicated since there are many different companies and some of them do the same line. The best way not to lose too much time is to book them online, so you can compare schedules and prices of different companies.

The Collective: a different means of transport

Vans are widely used to move around Mexico, both on urban and interurban routes. They are known as colectivos and are an authentic and very cheap form of transportation, in fact they are mostly used by Mexicans in their daily lives. For the visitor it can be a very confusing transport through the cities since there are no maps to indicate the routes and you have to ask constantly. On the other hand, they are very practical for short trips between different locations.

Collective Bus in Tulum

There is a line that runs along Highway 307 that you can use to travel anywhere between Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. It stops in front of all hotels and in fact is the transport used by most hotel workers.

The stops are often not signposted so it is best to ask where you should wait. They happen very often, so when you arrive, get on quickly and keep in mind that you normally pay when you get off. We in Mexico always ask another traveler the price of the trip, it is the best way not to overpay.

Taxi, private transportation or similar services

Private transportation in Mexico is not expensive so it is an option that you will appreciate more than in any other part of the world. In fact I guarantee that it is what you will use most to move around the cities, especially if you are traveling with three or four people, since it is very comfortable, safe and easy to book.

You can stop a cab or a tuk tuk and get in it although even Mexicans don’t use cabs and if they do, they do so with care especially in big cities. You don’t know who is driving and sometimes there are robberies by cab drivers. We use the company Cancun Airport Transportation and feel quite safe at all times (if there is this service is for a reason) that for a little more money guarantees you total peace of mind in this regard.

You can also trust applications like Uber since the driver is fully identified and also require a criminal certificate to register on the platform, but currently Uber is not available in Cancun, so you’ll have to wait.

By the way, I recommend you the private transportation service to go and return from the airport loaded with luggage and even for some intercity journeys that are not many kilometers. Nothing expensive even between two people is very comfortable.


The last transport in Riviera Maya that you should value is the Ferry. There are several islands in the area worth spending at least one day on, such as Cozumel, Holbox and Isla Mujeres. You can choose between making an excursion or spending the night in them, we recommend that you make at least one night to discover them a little better, to get to the ferry stations, we recommend you to arrive through a Cancun airport transfers, since it is not very practical to leave your rental car waiting for you or to pay to take your car through the ferry.

Ferry to Cozumel

There are many ferry services connecting the three islands to the mainland every day.

You can buy the tickets before taking the boat or online in the links above, be careful when you arrive because they will try to trick you with tickets for Mexicans, which are cheaper but not good for travel. Our advice is to buy them online or at the office of the shipping company itself.

And with this I think we have already analyzed all the transports you can take in the Riviera Maya. Now it’s up to you to decide if you want to venture out on your own or prefer the peace of mind of an excursion that picks you up at your hotel without any complications.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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