Well, real life sidetracked me from finishing up my Awesome Mexican Vacation Report. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up here and here. Perhaps most of you are soooo over me recounting every fabulous detail of my trip. Or, perhaps there may just be one or two of you (Hi Mom!) who are still interested in seeing how the rest of the trip turned out. So, to those faithful few who still care, I offer you Mexico Part Tres.
I’ll start with some more shots from around our resort. There was so much to photograph. Sometimes I feel like a big ol’ nerd walking around examining tress and bushes from every angle with my camera as people pass by. But for me, the environmental details are always such a really important part of my experience. I like to capture those details in a way that will “bring me back” when I look at them.
One of the things that I did not talk about in my last 2 posts were the Nice Dinner Restaurants at the resort. I talked about the awesome buffets, but not the actual sit down ones. They all had really great reviews, and we were excited to try them. There were six dinner restaurants and we tried 4 of them. We liked them all, but Erik’s favorite was the Steak House and my favorites were The French and Italian. However, taking into consideration the best pesto sauce I’ve ever eaten in my life and the awesome decor of the Italian restaurant, It’d have to be my favorite. It was really fun “dressing up” each night (because that is something we rarely do.) Sadly, most of our reservations were after sunset, so we don’t have a whole lot of photos of us at or going to dinner. But, one night we did manage to find someone to take a pic of us on our way. The photos below were from Italian night.
I had to get a couple of shots of this interesting Boutique Hotel that we passed pretty much every day on our drive up and down Hwy 307. I was so fascinated by it. A Chocolate Hotel? Yes Please!
On our last full day in Mexico, the stars aligned. We took our 3rd, and yes final, trip to the Tulum Ruins. It didn’t rain AND I had my camera with me. Horray!!! This time I got some colorful shots of some of the shopping there.
We had not seen these guys on our 2nd day and I was just in awe of them. Just seeing them made the trip back again worth it. They all climbed up on this 50 ft (at least) pole with a jury-rigged “merry-go-round” at the top. They then tied a rope around their wastes, got spinning really fast and then lowered themselves down by the ropes which made them fly outward like a carnival swing. It was pretty cool.
Before they would start their “flight,” one guy had the job of going around and collecting donations. If you gave a donation, you also got to have your photo taken with him.
“What’s that? You want me to give you some money? Oh, you and all your friends are going to climb that 50+ foot pole without any safety gear? Then you’re ALL going to sit on that tiny spinning contraption at the top while you attempt to harness yourself to a rope? Then you’re going to descend from that rope while it continues to spin and you hang on for dear life. AND you’re going to be doing this while upside down? Hmm…well, I guess I can spare a couple of bucks.”
Shame on anyone who did not give them money! Risking their lives for our entertainment! And look at that guy on the bottom right, he’s like 80!
The only down side to this day at the ruins, was that it was the hottest day so far and it was quite crowded. It was actually a little harder to get photos at the picturesque views because there were lines for those spots. We quickly snapped a few though.
Down by my favorite tree again.
More Iguanas and Ruins!
After the ruins, on our agenda was snorkeling and swimmimg in a cenote. We never made it to the cenote, but we were o.k. with that sincewe found an awesome snorkeling spot (back at the small public beach in Akumal that we had visited a few days earlier.) It was super cheap to just rent the gear and you could start right at the shore, no need for a boat. There were turtles literally 20 feet out from the beach. We swam for about 2-3 hrs (Erik longer than I) straight, not wanting to leave. Eventually I swam to shore and waited for him to be done. I kept getting cramps in my legs (I am not a regular swimmer anyway and I think walking flat foot on flip-flops all week and then extending my toes while swimming for hours, did not mix well) and I was getting cold (yes, I even get cold in 80 degree, bathtub temperature ocean Mexico.) While waiting for him, a lady saw me shivering and said, “I bet you never thought you’d be cold in Mexico?” I was like, “Yeah, actually I did. I’m always cold” So, what we’ve pretty much established in this post is that I’m a big wimp. Ha!
Anyway, here are just a couple of pics from the GoPro.
And you can click here to see a video with some of the snorkeling footage in it.
Thanks for sticking with me! One more to go. Stay tuned for some pretty beach landscape photos!