A day spent mainly on waiting. Well, trying to cut the costs of my trip I decided to look for accommodation at Couchsurfing. Unfortunately, without any references, it is not so easy. There are a lot of people in Cancun who offer to be your host, so despite the fact that I had enough of that city I decided to stay there for two more days if I could find someone who would take me in. First of all, to build my „reputation”, and secondly to use this opportunity to gain more knowledge about the region and recommendations for the further travels. I had started searching in England, sending a request for accommodation to various people. I was pleasantly surprised when one of them answered. That’s how I met (virtually) Luis – a local DJ.
Just today I should move to his place for another two days in Cancun. Well, but I do not know where. So I was sitting, with my luggage packed in the hostel’s patio, every hour I dipped my heated body in the pool and was waiting to hear from Luis. Finally, in the late afternoon I got a message with the address and information that because Luis was working late, he expected me after 9 pm. So I was waiting for the eveningto come, just leaving the hostel to eat something with the young Swiss lad called Jan. We ended up in a Chinese tavern where for 80 MXN (3 GBP) we ate rice with some meat and vegetables – I probably prefer Mexican cuisine, but at least it was cheap.
Finally the long-awaited hour to move on came, so I said goodbye to the people I met in the hostel, collected my heavy and huge backpack and went on a taxi to meet Luis. I’d decided to take a taxi because after checking the address on Google Maps, it turned out that the place is quite far away, and to get there is not easy. I didn’t want to wander with my heavy belongings at night in the unknown area. That was the right decision. Even the taxi driver had problems to find a place. In the end, we reached a shaddy neighborhood, with some four-floors blocks at the low-lit street. The taxi driver asked the kids having fun despite the late hour on the street, and they pointed us to the right block. I left the driver with my main luggage asking him not to leave at any reason, and with the most valuable belongings packed in hand luggage, I climbed the dark, open staircase to the first floor and knocked on the door behind which supposedly was living Luis. I knocked once, twice, third time… silence, no one opened the door. I went downstairs and looked at the windows – they were dark. The taxi driver began to get impatient and wanted to go, leaving me there. I tried to explain the situation to him with my poor Spanish. He decided to help me and called Luis’ number using his own mobile – only to get recorder voice message. I decided that I did not want to be alone in this place trying to connect with Luis, anyway I needed a Wi-Fi network to do that. So I decided to go back to the hostel.
And so after an unattractive tour of the city by taxi, which cost me 160 MXN (6.50 GBP), I found myself at the starting point – the hostel. I bought one extra night and despite the late hour I was working on plans for the next day. I booked my stay at the hostel on Isla Holbox, researched the possibilities to get there. I chose the van option, which was maybe only 10 pesos cheaper than the bus (240 MXN – 10 GBP), but one hour shorter. Suddenly, I received a message from Luis who asked where I was. Because the time was quite late, I explained to him the situation and thanked him for his willingness to help. Louis said that he didn’t know why it had happened. And so my first adventure with Couchsurfing ended in failure.
Just a few sentences about the hostel. I slept in Agavero Hostel in an 8-person dormitory. Friendly service, interesting people to have the conversation with (greetings to Kevin), small pool to cool down, modest but varied daily breakfast included in the price of the accommodation, located in the city (not in the hotel zone), quite close to the ADO bus station and public transport. For a four-day stay I paid 550 MXN via booking.com + 200 MXN buying one extra night in the hostel, for a total of 750 MXN (30.50 GBP).