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Dec 10, 2011 - Unplanned Free Day...
Hola everyone, Today turned out to be an unplanned free day. Unplanned because originally I was suppose to do a day trip to Cozumel. The tour package that I had chosen was canceled due to the Harbor Master over in Cozumel canceling all water activities. Something about the water being rough. I don't mind that they canceled the tour because I'll get a 100% refund, and I needed to recoup from yesterday's tour. What I do have a problem with is that they did not contact me at the resort to let me know ahead of time. They waited until we got to...Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2011 - Tulum and Coba Tour Day
Hola Everyone, Today was another 12 hour day, and I have yet another long day tomorrow. I'll be heading to Cozumel for the day. They will pick me up at 7:00 a.m. Why I scheduled 2 long tours back to back is beyond me. What was I thinking...? I rescheduled my short tour on Thursday to Sunday, but depending upon how I feel when I get back tomorrow, I might scratch Sunday's tour and get some rest. I'll probably lose the money that I paid for it, it was less than $50, so I won't cry over it too much. Now let's talk about Tulum and Coba a bit....Jump to full entry
Dec 8, 2011 - Cancun Day Of Leisure
Hola Everyone, Today was a day of leisure for me. It was a bit on the cool side, not cool enough for a jacket, and somewhat windy. I'm sure the weather was still nicer here than back in Cali. I prepared breakfast and lunch for myself, did a little work , and I did not get dressed until 4:00 p.m. I was somewhat mentally and physically drained from the long day yesterday (Chichen Itza tour). I canceled the short tour that I had scheduled for today until Sunday. Tomorrow I have yet another long day ahead of me. I am touring Tulum and Coba. The...Jump to full entry
Dec 7, 2011 - Chichen Itza Tour Day
Hola Everyone, Today I did the tour of Chichen Itza. Just about a 12 hour day. It's a long drive from the hotel zone to Chichen Itza, about a 2.5 hour drive...each way. I was the first pickup...7:25 a.m.,...needless to say I slept a bit on the bus this morning. Sheila, Catherine, and Sheila's husband, Howard were my touring friends. They are from England. Older people, but they were fun to hang with on the tour. On the bus coming back, we watched a documentary on the history of the Mayans. Afterwards, I dozed for a bit. On the bus I felt...Jump to full entry
Dec 6, 2011 - Doing Cancun Like A Local...
Hola Everyone, There was tropical rain early in the a.m. It rained for at least 3 hours this morning, maybe longer, but by 6:00 a.., the rain had stopped, the clouds were starting to clear and the sun broke through. Even with the clouds, the sunrise was beautiful. Today I did Cancun like a local. What I mean by that is that I took the bus to Walmart to buy groceries and a few other things, then later I hopped on the bus again and went to the major flea marker here,...Market 28. At Market 28 I bought souvenirs, and of course things for me....Jump to full entry
Nov 9, 2011 - Isla Cozumel
Today we moved from one Caribbean island to another. I wanted to go to an island called Cozumel. As there is no direct link between the two islands, getting there was complicated and expensive. First we took a bicycle taxi to carry our luggage to the ferry. Then the ferry to Cancun and a taxi to the bus station. Next, a bus from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. The bus station in Playa del Carmen is very close to the shore so we did not need a taxi here. That saved one step in the trip. Instead we used another of the handy bicycle taxis to carry...Jump to full entry
Nov 6, 2011 - Isla Mujeres
Today we went by ferry to a small island off the coast of Cancun. The Yucatan peninsula juts out into the water with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. We are on the Caribbean side, which is the south side of the peninsula. Therefore, technically the island is a Carribean Island like Cuba or Jamaica, yet we are still in Mexico and just a few kilometres from the mainland. The ferry took 20 minutes to get here. The name of the island is Isla Mujeres which means Island of Women in English. It is called the...Jump to full entry
Oct 31, 2011 - Arriving in Tulum, Mexico at Shambala Petit Hotel
We arrived in the pouring rain in Tulum and to our hotel, but the amazing place, our luxury hut in the trees on the beach and the gobsmacking view onto the sea kind of made up for it...! We are staying here for a week, but have extended our stay for one more night because it is so beautiful. Not sure we are ready for the backpacking in hostels after that! The weather has become much sunnier in the week and we had the chance to visit the Mayan ruins of Coba, Tim jumped from 10 meters high in a Cenote (cave) and we also went snorkelling in a...Jump to full entry
Sep 5, 2011 - We've Arrived!!
4th-5th Sept 2011 So after a shakey start and a long 20 hour journey (as explained in cat's blog) we arrived at our very basic, very hot, (as in sweaty) hostel, Maria Sabina, Playa del Carmen- Mexico! Our initial thoughts were sleep but after walking through the hustle n bustle of the main strip we were too excited to sleep and had to go out to sample the local tequilla and have a few beers... Playa del Carmen certainly was an amazing introduction to our new traveling lifestyle :). Still feeling completely overwhelmed and a little jet...Jump to full entry
Sep 4, 2011 - Tulúm (Mayan ruins on the Caribbean Sea = awesome!)
Hey M&T fans! Our adventure today was the first with our GAP comrades; the beachside ruins of Tulúm and a subsequent snorkeling expedition off the coast. After an early start, our group made it to the archaeological site. The weather was blazing hot and humid, so we were all anxious to get to the breeze coming off the ocean and through the ruins. The archetecture was fantastic, the company amazing, and iguanas were everywhere! No matter where you looked, these big lizards were catching rays on 1600 year old ruins. The walk up the ancient...Jump to full entry
Sep 3, 2011 - Life´s a beach!
Hola Amigos! After a bit of a sleep-in to recover from our exciting adventure, we ventured down to the beach in Playa del Carmen to catch some sun and take in the sights. Running parallel to the beach is a tourista strip full of all kinds of interesting shops, bars and resturants; where we ran into some Maya in full ceremonial dress, tame new-world monkeys, and innumerable bottles of tequilla. We made our way down to the georgous beach (bathtub warm water and sand so blindingly white that it feels like you´re standing in a postcard) and...Jump to full entry
Sep 2, 2011 - Whale Sharking and other adventures
Heys guys! So right after we wrote our first update, we ran into an incoming gaggle of GAP-ers (people our age on the same kind of tour) who were thinking of going snorkeling with whale sharks and needed two more bodies in order to book it. Of course, we jumped on the chance! Whale sharks migrate annually and are only found off the coast of Cancun from the end of July to mid-September, so we JUST caught them! For those of you not familiar, these particular beasts are very large (8-15 meters = up to 50 feet long) but are vegetarian and very...Jump to full entry