Spring Break with the Mayans travel blog

Traditional Mayan house

Main pyramid at Coba

A view from the top

Mayan blessing

Underground river

Zip line!


Up at 6:30 and meet the van – only ten people in all and the driver, George. Four college students from Australia, two young couples, and a woman from Canada.

We drove the back roads rather than the main highway so there were lots of small villages to see. Stopped for the start of our adventure – rappelling down the side of a cenote – but being in open air after about ten feet. Saw a turtle in the small pond at the bottom. Then up the steps and to a short zip line – across the cenote – with a stick for a break!

Back in the van and off to a lake. Got into kayaks and paddled about half a mile – lots of running into each other and not going very straight. Got to a dock then walked about ¼ mile to a cave – then climbed down into a deep cave with a pool at the bottom – a cenote that hasn't quite collapsed yet! Jumped in and swam around a bit, cool and very clear. About 15 feet deep. Then back out and about a ½ mile hike back to the van, then a quick lunch and bought a CD of all the pictures they took. Some nice ones, but my helmet is crooked...

Drove about half an hour and arrived at Coba – after the obligatory (and contradictory) story about the Mayans and ball courts, the Canadian and I rented a bicycle taxi that drove us to the main pyramid – 120 steps – and VERY steep. A couple dozen people there. Quite impressive view – but could see radio towers, but also the tops of several more pyramids. Back to the van...

About 2 ½ hours later we were back in Cancun. I tried to contact Gray Lines about my transport on Friday, but three numbers didn't work. The concierge said he'd call for me, but no message as of this time.

Went off to a nice seafood restaurant and had a big meal – oysters, stuffed grouper, and cheese cake for desert. Bought a couple things and back to the hotel. Internet is still out.

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