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By Blake K
From Carrboro, NC
Feb 6, 2009
Top of Condor 3 at Cerro Catedral

I'll be heading to Cancun in March for some R&R... I read on the site that there's some bouldering on Isla Mujeres. Has anyone been there or heard anything? Would it be worth packing my shoes & some chalk?

Any helpful info or links is appreciated


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Feb 6, 2009
Lone goat..

Excellent bouldering on the trails around the "Parc Garrafon" on the Isla. Take your shoes and chalkbag, slather in sunscreen.

Compliments of cammo.


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By Blake K
From Carrboro, NC
Feb 6, 2009
Top of Condor 3 at Cerro Catedral

Thanks for the heads up - we'll definitely try that out. Any advice on the logistics? I read the ferry to the island is cheap, but do you have to pay to get into the park?


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By Dan Cohen
Feb 6, 2009

If you are very desperate, there is a bouldering wall in Playa del Carmen. It is in a park on the south side of the street the bus comes in on from Cancun. I can't remember the number of the street.

I was in the Tulum ruins recently and tried to boulder a little on the beach and was quickly whistled by the lifeguard.


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By Blake K
From Carrboro, NC
Feb 25, 2009
Top of Condor 3 at Cerro Catedral

I looked at photos of Tulum but probably won't have the cash to get down there... Isla Mujeres should do the trick though! Any tips on what part of the island?


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By tom selleck
Feb 25, 2009

Hank Caylor wrote:
Excellent bouldering on the trails around the "Parc Garrafon" on the Isla. Take your shoes and chalkbag, slather in sunscreen. Compliments of cammo.


Cool, I'm goin' there next week. What kinda rock is it?


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By patrick wild
Feb 25, 2009

kochx137 wrote:
I looked at photos of Tulum but probably won't have the cash to get down there... Isla Mujeres should do the trick though! Any tips on what part of the island?


El Parque Garrafon is the southern tip of Isla Mujeres and the easternmost point in Mexico. It does cost a few bucks to get into the park, but worth it for a day. I wouldn't get your hopes up about the bouldering; there is a bunch of rock but it didn't really look too quality to me. Then again, I didn't actually climb on it. Tons of really big lizards that fight and fall off the cliffs, a cool old ruin, sculpture garden and a nice restaurant are the other highlights of the parque. Rent a golf cart in town to cruise down there and check out the rest of the island while your at it. There is also an old pirate's hacienda on that end of the island with a zoo. The white sand beaches of Isla Mujeres are phenomenal; you can walk out about quarter mile into the warm, calm, clear as glass gulf waters.

Disfrute!


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By patrick wild
Feb 25, 2009

Oh yah,

If you're staying on the island and are looking for a "romantic" place to stay check out Casa Sirena. Run by an expat from the Twin Cities, definitely five stars. If you're looking for a party scene or have kids it's not the place for you.


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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Feb 25, 2009
Stabby

kochx137 wrote:
I looked at photos of Tulum but probably won't have the cash to get down there... Isla Mujeres should do the trick though! Any tips on what part of the island?


It doesn't cost much to travel up and down the highway by bus, but it takes a lot of time. Tulum is pretty far from Cancun, maybe a 3 hour bus ride. It is a cool place overall, but don't just go there hoping for great bouldering. By itself, the bouldering there does not qualify as a reason to make the trip. Plus, someone posted that a lifeguard kicked him off the rocks.
I would suggest a snorkeling trip to Xel Ha just to get out of the touristy Cancun zone. Maybe visit a diving cenote and see if you can establish some DWS.
I think its always worth bringing your shoes and a bag along any trip. Just don't joke about the white powder with any customs people.
And watch out for the time-share gauntlet you'll have to run through at the airport. They dress like government agents and direct you over to their booth like an official stop. After the customs stop, there are no more official stops to make so ignore them.


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By Dan Cohen
Feb 25, 2009

Mike Lane wrote:
Maybe visit a diving cenote and see if you can establish some DWS. I think its always worth bringing your shoes and a bag along any trip.


I brought my shoes and chalk on a cenote dive as well as into an above ground cave and the guides didn't seem very receptive to me doing any climbing. Maybe someone else will have more luck.


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Feb 25, 2009
Lone goat..

Franky wrote:
Cool, I'm goin' there next week. What kinda rock is it?


The people have spoken. Have fun.


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By Ed Wright
Feb 25, 2009
Magic Ed

I would forget about the bouldering and enjoy the snorkeling.


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By mcarizona
From Flag
Feb 26, 2009

TULUM: So... I had a great time down there myself,: sleeping in a hammoc for like 6 days for under 20 bucks. I bouldered the whole coast there solo with no lifeguard intervention, danced on tile installed on the beach, swam deeeeeeep into cenotes I had no business being near and I will probably go back one day. There are few rules in Mexico, just dont hurt anyone and spend a little money here and there. Please post a trip report.
Steve


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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Feb 26, 2009
Stabby

Dan Cohen wrote:
I brought my shoes and chalk on a cenote dive as well as into an above ground cave and the guides didn't seem very receptive to me doing any climbing. Maybe someone else will have more luck.


Climbing in general is a foreign concept in that part of the world, people seem puzzled by our interest in it. However, one thing that almost everyone down there is a fiscal opportunist. If the right kind of cenote is found that would be condusive for enough amateur-level DWS that it would be a destination for people like us, the owners would definitely listen to a money-making proposal.

After the first 3-4 days of being in a tequila/cervesa based coma, you start to get a little itchy for some sort of physical activity.


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By Dan Cohen
Feb 26, 2009

Mike Lane wrote:
Climbing in general is a foreign concept in that part of the world, people seem puzzled by our interest in it. However, one thing that almost everyone down there is a fiscal opportunist. If the right kind of cenote is found that would be condusive for enough amateur-level DWS that it would be a destination for people like us, the owners would definitely listen to a money-making proposal. After the first 3-4 days of being in a tequila/cervesa based coma, you start to get a little itchy for some sort of physical activity.


I agree with you 100%. That is why I was surprised and impressed that there was a bouldering wall in a public park. I met a local climber there who told me that wall had just been constructed a few months back. I was in Playa del Carmen for 10 days and was getting very restless. It was really nice to just have something to climb.


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By Blake K
From Carrboro, NC
Mar 24, 2009
Top of Condor 3 at Cerro Catedral

Thanks for the advice everyone - it was a hell of a trip & the bouldering did make for a nice break from the endless days of tequilla and swimming.


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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Mar 24, 2009

Dan Cohen wrote:
I was in the Tulum ruins recently and tried to boulder a little on the beach and was quickly whistled by the lifeguard.


He probably just thought you were really good-looking Dan, you beefcake you.


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