Monday, January 7, 2013

Out and About in Cancun

Our Adventures Continue...

Although we were only in Cancun for 5 short days, we knew that we wanted to make the most of our time there.  After a ton of research, we finally decided on two outings during our first vacation together. 

Chichen Itza

We booked our tour of Chichen Itza through Cancun Discounts.  The tour was inexpensive, and included a guided tour of both Chichen Itza and a cenote, or underground spring. 

The entrance to the Cenote

Needless to say, both sites were breathtaking.  Thinking back now, two years later, Rob and I agree that this was the most memorable part of our trip.  Experiencing first hand something that you have seen for years in books and movies is incredible.  Our tour guide was great, and taught us things that we didn't know-like how they believe there's another pyramid underneath the large one!  Be sure to wear walking shoes though-I was amazed at how large the actual complex was. 

Swimming with Dolphins on Isla Mujeres

We booked our dolphin excursion directly through our hotel for a very reasonable price.  The tour included a ferry to Isla Mujeres, and then a day long excursion swimming with dolphins and sting rays, and visiting an acquatic center.  Neither Rob nor myself had ever done this before, so it was one of the aspects of our trip we were most looking forward to.

The day of our scheduled tour came, and it was cold.  I mean so cold that our lips turned blue.  In November, in Cancun.  No bueno.  The tour itself was nice, but it was unfortunate that we were so chilly that it was difficult to enjoy.  We actually headed back to our hotel about four hours early, just so we could use the hot tub in the spa.  This was actually our wake up call that for the winter months we would be heading further south-much further south.  

Seal on Isla Mujeres

 So that is basically the end of our trip to Cancun.  We had a wonderful experience, and would love to go back one day after we explore a bit more of the Caribbean.  Was it a touristy trip?  It sure was!  And sometimes, that is exactly what is needed. 

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