Lives in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
Since Jun 2013
25-34 year old female
Flea & Street Markets
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Theme Parks, Water Parks
Water Parks, Scuba & Snorkeling, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
Have you already got in your beach/pool time and need some time off the beach? The Interactive Aquarium is a great way to spend a few hours or a quick walk through. The Aquarium has many interesting species of fish, which not only kept my two young children interested but the adults as well. The sting ray tank will forever be etched in my memory...I have never seen a sting ray so up close! I was soaked afterwards!! They also offer dolphin swims, and experiences. You will have your picture taken with a Sea Lion before your dolphin or shark swim which is available for purchase afterwards. A photographer will also take pictures of you and your group during the swim, which are available for purchase afterwards as well. These are expensive, but the memories are priceless!
I love shopping in markets such as Mercado 28. All the vendor stalls packed to the limit with handicrafts, silver, authentic Mexican street food...what more could you need for an adventure? Mercado 28 is far from the fancy malls you will find on Avenida Kukulkan, but here I have found some of my most treasured souvenirs. Year after year I come home with beautiful hand made glasses and pitchers as well as beautiful hand painted pottery.
I have always been fascinated by the Mayan ruins. The ruins are easily accessed off the Kukulcan BLVD. We walked from our resort and it was an enjoyable easy walk. Admission to the ruins is $4.00/person, it is hot, so remember to bring water, wear a hat and bring the camera! You can climb the buildings!
This was the most amazing day in Cancun! We were welcomed into Claudia and Lorenzo's home with fresh brewed Mexican coffee, fresh churros and tequilla! We learned about the different cuisines of the regions of Mexico and why they are different. Then we get hands on!! Making salsas, tamales, soup...the flavors! After we cook, we are all seated on a gorgeous patio dining area and treated to an incredible, authentic meal. This is a must do! I will return to this class every opportunity I get!
Chichen Itza, how does one explain this place? You are standing in the same place as the ancient Mayan peoples, it is mystical, intriguing, haunting and beautiful. Yes, a trip here is a full day adventure...but it is worth every minute away from the beach. we booked the day trip through xperience xcaret tours, this can be done at the adventure booking desk at your hotel/resort. We boarded a big bus, served breakfast and we were on our way. The guides are certified, they go to school and study the ancient ruins, peoples and are passionate about their heritage. When he spoke, I had goosebumps!! The entrance to Chichen is bustling! People everywhere! but as you make your way inside the crowds disperse. The walk to the ruins is an easy level walk, the paths are lined with people selling all kinds of hand made goods and trinkets (these vendors tend to have better prices on goods than many other markets). The site is huge, take your time and explore, look closely at the detail in the rock carvings. Listen and ask many questions, your mind will be blown!! Be sure to bring water, sunscreen and it's not a bad idea to bring a rain poncho. The bus tour took us through a small Mayan village and onto Valladolid for lunch.
Climb the pyramid! We hopped in a taxi and told the driver to take us on an adventure. And we were brought to what appeared to be a little market. Once through the gate we saw lineups of rickshaw bikes at the ready to take tourists to the ruins. You can walk or take the rickshaw ride for $10 US dollars. We opted for the ride. Our driver stopped along the way to show us some very interesting sights we would not have seen if we had gone on our own. All of a sudden you are out of the jungle and in a clearing is the Coba Pyramid. A rope is hung in the middle of the staircase to assist people walking up and down the steep, tiny steps. At the top is a view of the jungle. The view of the gods!
Fun for the entire family!! A zoo, an adventure park, dolphin swim, restaurants, evening shows to rival Las Vegas, concerts, living history museum...Xcaret (esh kar eh) has everything!!! You can book a tour, which would include round trip transport, lunch and entrance fee from your hotel/resort. But we just hop in a taxi and pay the entrance fee at the gate. There are many many things to do in the park so plan to spend the entire day here. Snorkel, swim with dolphins, float on a lazy river, take a raft ride, explore a silver mine, explore recreations of ancient ruins, eat, drink, spend a few hours in a hammock then catch a re-anactment of an ancient Mesoamerican Ball Game. You will not be sorry for leaving the beach to spend the day at Xcaret!
Xel-Ha is another great day trip from Cancun. You will want to take a full day to really enjoy all the park has to offer. Swim with dolphins and manatees. Snorkel with huge fish, string rays, parrot fish and other colorful tropical fish. Show everyone how big your brave is and jump of a 30 FT cliff into the beautiful blue water of the lazy river! or just grab a tube and watch the people jump! Try snuba and walk on the sea floor. Swim in a cenote...which is a magical, other worldly experience. Xel-ha is full of memories to be made!