Check your "Carmens"
I went to CIUDAD Del Carmen to visit an orphanage. I was dumbfounded by all the "tips" on this site for this town. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE! "PLAYA" DEL CARMEN AND "CIUDAD" DEL CARMEN ARE TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT PLACES! Almost all the tips in here are for Playa Del Carmen and it's supposed to be a Ciudad Del Carmen page. It's about a 12 hour bus ride from Playa del Carmen. I KNOW, I did it. I live on Cozumel. Ciudad Del Carmen is in Campeche, a totally different state.
Know what you're talking about before you post, luckily I know they are different but you will misguide people with the information in your well-meaning posts.
After Coba, driving an hour on...
After Coba, driving an hour on teeny roads to get to a teenier village. We tramped 1/2 an hour through the jungle, coming to a 8 x 8 hole in the jungle floor. A rappel outfit was strapped on, then you lowered yourself through that floor (act of faith here), down an underground cave 30 metres to a 30 metre deep, cool, crystalline cenote, where you snorkeled with the little blind fishies. This was also the villagers water supply. Then you climbed up a ladder of vines and branches. Another 1/2 hour tramp to the top of a cliff over a lake where that jockstrap thingee was attached to a zipline and you flung yourself off! [Where did I sign that disclaimer/waiver?] Right across the lake to the arms of 2 waiting villagers. Went back to the village for a chicken/rice/tortilla feast with the village cockerel pecking your ankles for eating his wives. Do this!, absolutely fantastic. Maybe not the fondest, but the funniest recurring memory - it seemed that at every pyramid - Chitzen Itza, Coba, and at the cliffs at Tulum, there was this American woman who had climbed up but couldn't come down.... the same woman! The climb down in Coba was quite steep & ragged (go up & down at changing angles - much better, & take water), the climb at CI was quite high, but very smooth. But that poor woman freaked at the downward idea, then never learned the next time. Also, when tramping through the jungle to go cenote rapelling - the guide telling us not to touch trees because one might be the poisonous type and then he'd hafta go find the antidote type!
Be happy and have fun
When you go to Mexico you should have fun, good weather, good hotel or room or what ever. But one of the things i like most is the food. I love to try all kind of foods / meals / drinks that are real LOCAL.
We did in a restaurant called Jaguar and as you can see i wasnt the only one who was having fun. Frans is a lucky person cause he only need to see the sun 1 hours a day and he is already having a tan....so he better stay inside till the last week so i have a little advantage on him ! He can use this "free" time for havind meals like we had in El Jaguar but then again.... he would gain to much weight !
I have really been there !
Just see more info to make sure you will have a great holiday ! You will have a good time if you know where to go and what you should be doing.
Make sure to bring enough money cause Playa del Carmen is expensive and very very touristic. http://www.golanguageadventures.com/practicalinfo/
Great site to tell you the GOOD things of Playa del Carmen. We did had a good time but we wouldnt go back there so quick cause we are more like not-touristic holiday lovers. We like to meet new friends but we also like to meet locals, and we didnt on this holiday.
I am not sure about which calender they use these days, but most of the moments / days / hours they are to late, so maybe its like this.... the tourist needs to use the Mayan calender to have an appontment with a Mexican or the Mexican needs a "normal"calender....... Manjana !