You may remember that a couple weeks ago, I went to Mexico. It feels like an eternity since I got home, so I don’t blame you if you forgot. But I finally got around to uploading photos from my iPhone, Erik’s iPhone and the waterproof camera we used when we went jet-skiing and snorkeling. Here’s a brief look at our trip:
We stayed at the Grand Residence Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. It’s about halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It’s a quiet fishing town, a little touristy, but not nearly as bad as the larger cities. We never went into Cancun, but we did spend an evening in Playa.
Our first day was just a day to relax at the beach. We woke up late, at a lovely brunch, and I read Joyland by Stephen King (courtesy of Kathleen and her postal book club). Both the beach and the book were awesome. In the afternoon, we went jet-skiing, which was alternately super fun and quite scary. I did not fall off, which was quite the achievement. That evening, we went into town and had a nice little Argentinian dinner (empanadas FTW) and wandered a bit. There was also gelato.
We were supposed to get up nice and early on Monday for our drive out (yes! we drove!) to the Mayan ruin Chichen Itza, but we overslept, so that didn’t happen. We didn’t arrive until nearly noon, and didn’t get a chance to eat lunch before starting our epic three hour tour of the ruins. Our guide was adorable (“Now, let me tell you…”) but I was getting a little hangry by the end. After our visit, we drove to Valladolid, as we were told by the concierge it’s a cute town. He was right. We saw the cenote Zaci and had traditional Mayan cuisine, some Cochinita Pibil.
A note about driving: We rented a car using Easyway Rent a Car, which is located near the Cancun airport. A representative waited with us until the driver came to take us to their location. The car rental was not cheap ($290USD) but Mexico requires a lot of additional insurance which drives the price up. Driving in Mexico is very easy. The rules of the road are similar. The main differences are that there are speed bumps everywhere and the posted speed can change rather quickly. It can go from 90 KPH to 100 KPH to 80 KPH all in the matter of a mile. But we kept an eye on the signs and had zero problems. I highly recommend renting if you are going to be exploring the area. The flexibility to go where and when we wanted was really nice.
Tuesday was my 21st diaversary, and we started out with a quick breakfast and then a Mayan massage. It didn’t really live up to my expectations, which was disappointing as I love a good massage. After the massage, we went back to the hotel to get dressed for our dinner in Playa del Carmen. The drive down was easy, but parking was challenging, which was expected given the size of the town. Our dinner at Yaxche was more classic Mayan food — a marinated fish for me, and lobster for Erik. Plus margaritas and chocolate chalupas oozing with fudge. Yum. We also scored a cute seashell nightlight, and a hand-painted vase.
Wednesday was our last full day. We had breakfast in Puerto Morelos at a little cafe. I had a traditional Mexican breakfast of tortilla chips covered with a spicy salsa and eggs. Then we went on our big snorkeling adventure. It wasn’t nearly as colorful as I had expected, but I definitely recommend doing it. Hopefully next time I won’t be so anxious about breathing underwater! We spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach, I happened to meet another diabetic on the beach, and then we had a huge final dinner.
Although Thursday was our last day, our flight wasn’t until the evening so we took our sweet time leaving. We had a final buffet breakfast (so good), and then after packing and putting the luggage in the car, we spent a couple hours reading on the beach. We finally headed to the airport in the late afternoon. We were greeted with a fifty degree temperature difference upon landing! It’s supposed to be only five degrees (!) tomorrow and I am gazing longingly at these photos…
We’ll definitely be back, and at the very least, an annual winter escape to the tropics has definitely made the Nimlos must-do list!