If you like iguanas just keep your eyes open while in Cancun, they are EVERYWHERE! Unfortunately, I have a phobia (YES I think its a phobia! LOL) of any kind of lizard and I cant stand them. Well they cant be avoided while in Cancun, I saw them on the side walks, beaches, everywhere! I'm sure they're harmless but ewwwwwwwwwwww! I took this picture while waiting for the bus and there they were just staring at me.
My sister who was with us decided to swim in the "cenote" pictured here which is a natural sink hole that could have provided plentiful water year round at Chichen. But, I decided not to swim since it looked deep and scary. And my instinct proved me right when I later found out about the human sacrifices performed there!
Of the two cenotes, the "Cenote Sagrado" or Sacred Cenote (also variously known as the Sacred Well or Well or Sacrifice), is the more famous. According to post-Conquest sources (Maya and Spanish), pre-Columbian Maya sacrificed objects and human beings into the cenote as a form of worship to the Maya rain god Chaac.
American Consul Edward Herbert Thompson dredged the Cenote Sagrado from 1904 to 1910, and recovered artifacts of gold, jade, pottery, and incense, as well as human remains. A recent study of human remains taken from the Cenote Sagrado found that they had wounds consistent with human sacrifice!!!
Providing for expanded adventure, day cruises to Cozumel and elsewhere from the docks at Playa del Carmen near Cancun are plentiful. A Caribbean Funday cruise goes to Isla Mujeres, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tropical Cruiser sails to Isla Mujeres and El Garrafon Beach. The Treasure Island Cruise leaves at 8 a.m. for swimming, snorkeling or shopping and includes lunch. Sunshine Cruise, incuding a buffet lunch, goes to Isla Mujeres through the lagoon, allowing snorkeling and swimming amid giant sea turtles.
Discover the tropical paradise of Cancun aboard your own private speed boat with an experienced guide leading the way. You and friend will drive through the lagoon and the dense mangrove jungles filled with exotic birds, tropical plant life and strange marine animals. Then you will arrive to a beach of cancun, here you can enjoy snorkeling in the beautiful caribbean among living Coral (this part is AMAZING) , there are milion colorful fishes.
The tour takes two and a half hour and all you need is inclusive.
Cancun has a small bullring in downtown, Plaza de Toros, near the northern end of Boulevard Kukulkan. Bullfights take place every Wednesday at 3:30 pm . A sport introduced to Mexico by the Spanish viceroys, bullfighting is now as much a part of Mexican culture as tequila. Don't miss it!
You can go snorkelling directly from the beach, but there is not so much to see here as many other places along the Maya Riviera. There are plenty of agencies offering snorkel trips and it might be better to take one of these if you want to do some serious snorkelling or scuba diving. Check a bit around to find the best price.
Meaning 'The King', this is the largest archaeological site in Cancun. Pay a small entrance fee and wonder around at your own leisure whilst reading about the ruins. Other visitors you're likely to run into are little Iguanas. That's if you can find them - they camoflauge well into the surroundings.
The site is open everyday from 8am till 5pm.
This is a beautiful little island which can be reached by a short ferry ride. There is alot you can pack into a day trip. You may choose to snorkel, dive or simply sun bathe for the first half of the day and then shop and dine before boarding the ferry back.
Ferries depart from Puerto Juarez every 30 minutes and tickets can be purchased just before you board. One way will cost you Mex$35.00.
This is a 'must do' rather than a 'must see'. Swim with dolphins. It's the most amazing experience. This was booked in advance from the holiday rep at the hotel. There are lots of places where you can choose to swim with dolphins. I chose 'Wet 'n' Wild' and it was - literally! It rained like crazy that day. They closed the park but the 40 minute Interactive Dolphin Program was worth every hailing raindrop!
In our hotel is a beautiful spa called "SpAzul" or Spa Blue. Situated oceanfront, you can sit in the outdoor jacuzzi, experience an outdoor waterfall or have an oceanfront massage in one of the massage cabanas.
The spa offers a different perspective with Mayan-influenced Sáas Philosophy program. In the Mayan language Sáas is translated as "clarity and light". The SpAzul dedicated to reviving and recreating ancient Mayan healing treatments as an added benefit for spa guests. Using the proven power of the four basic "earthly" elements: Tierra or Earth, Viento or Wind, Agua or Water and Fuego or Fire. The Spa will calculate the element that best represents you and design a treatment program custom made for you.
The young man at the reception desk did not speak English at all, nor did he really want to do so. In a five star resort this should NOT happen. It proves to be a bit difficult in scheduling your appointments. He kept saying everything I wanted to book was not available all the Mayan treatments which, according to him, they have not begun yet. The treatment rooms are spacious allowing the guest to have all the massage and facial services done in one room. The rooms can be a cool from the air conditioning so just ask for another blanket. I had a $100 resort credit which I applied to the massage and facial. I spent about $80.00 for a massage, facial and nail polish change and it covered all the tips. I was disappointed that the Mayan based treatments were not available and for the services I did have they were what I call a "resort facial and a resort massage" perfunctory, at best. Had I paid full price for the treatments, I would not have been very happy. Despite all of this I did enjoy the treatments and I really enjoyed the Spa's facilities. Lockers and showers were provided as well as bathrobes and slippers.
Take in a show by this famous dance ensemble performing regional dances and music from all over Mexico . Watch as their costumes become a swirl of vivid colors as they vivaciously dance to live Mexican music. These performances are held at the Cancun Convention Center
The best time you'll ever forget.
You'll hop a bus loaded with people just like you --- people who want to PAR-TAY!
Actually, the busses line up, 8 or so in a row, loaded with people who want to get loaded....
Air conditioned, soft & cushy busses, too.
You'll go eat first, after having a few drinks; then move on to have a few more drinks; and then on again to yet another for more drinks.
Watch as the night progresses --- people start to disappear; whether you choose to hop back on the bus with your fellow hoppers, or just stay where ya are, or... just pass out? You'll be having a great time!
Bring a camera though; because I guarantee it, if you make it to that last bar (We did!!!), you'll be too drunk to remember it. So snap some shots & check them out while you're nursing that hangover the following morning.
I like this ..... on the monitors of the plane they show you the way the plane is flying. You have an idea where you are and where you are going. At first you cant see the place you are going to...and then suddenly its there and you get those butterflies in your stomage.....you are almost there !
Terrifying if you scared of heights, like me. But actually a lot of fun.
You start on the beach and the boat then drags you out and you go up...really up...higher then the building.
You get a great view of the entire area as well as the lagoon in Cancun. If you have the balls to look down you might even see a large fish swimming in the ocean.
It does not cost that much between $35-$50 dollars. Your up their for about 12-15 min. When you are coming down you have to pull on one side of the parachute. Then let go of it and you will float down nice and soft...remember to let go or you'll go down like a stone!
A place to shop and buy different things. They sell a lot of silver and Gold. They braid hair like wild. The sales people are also very pushy. Most marketplaces the salesman are very aggressive. If you go to the marketplaces in Downtown Cancun, the sales person will actually chase you down. Just have to tell people to take a hike.
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