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CXXXII : Mexico Day 5 (Coba Ruins)
April 12, 2013
Day 5 - Coba Ruins
Prior to this trip, I did a research on which ruins to visit. The internet said Coba has the least people - alright!
Although Coba's pretty far from Playa del Carmen (maybe about 2 hrs or so? and 3 hrs from Cancun?), explaining why I was in Tulum for the rest of my trip. You can catch a bus from Tulum and would drop you off on the other end of the lake or lagoon (whatever body of water that's called). It took about an hour and the confusing part was we were so lost when we got off. There was a map but it didnt really helped that much plus the people there barely speak any English. Whew~! thank you phone apps! So make sure you know a bit of Spanish!!!
It was a good 10-15 min walk to get to the ruin entrance.. There were fresh coconuts for sale by the entrance, grab some!! and you know those fresh fruit popsicle they have in Mexico? I don't know what they're called but I've seen it a lot on the streets. Man! I love those!! It was just kind of hard to deal with street food vendors due to the language barrier, but if you know how to count in Spanish, then you'll be fine!
Upon entering the place expect tourist guides to flock around you~! If you dont want any then go straight. But I suggest you get one, it just makes the tour more interesting. Unless you already know lots about the Mayan culture.
They offer different kinds of tour, I hired one for a short 30min onto the first group of temples; just so I have ideas on their culture, the Mayan Gods, what to expect / take note of and just some cool stuffs.
After the tour we rented a bicycle! there are singles, doubles or you can have those rickshaw-sidecar types with a driver. Well according to the internet, Coba is about 30 square mile big and I wouldn't really want to walk that far on a hot and humid noontime. haha! l-a-z-y
So many different group of temples!, theres some area where bicycles are off limits though. We were on the rush, going around, which I felt really bad about. We took the bus and purchased a return ticket. I thought 3 hrs would be enough going around Coba, but it wasnt!!!!
Another cool thing about Coba, is that you would find the tallest Mayan ruin in Mexico, and 2nd tallest in all plus the fact that you could still climb up!! other Mayan ruins are off limits -_- but since we were running out of time, I didnt had the chance to climb up. Booo
Outside the ruins are some restaurants with authentic Mayan food (another thing I missed), souvenir shops and a cool batik studio. Its like a tie dye-ish painting but Mayan version. It looks so cool under the sun! its as if they glow.. check it out!
oh yeah~ we had dinner at Don Cafeto when we got back to Tulum. They have live music and I remember that this place gives off a really really tempting aroma and that it has always been packed. I dont remember what my food was called but it was a chicken dish. I dont remember how it tasted but I think it was good, I never really had bad food in Mexico, nor did I get sick.
note to self : Do not ever wear white shoes! and spend more time in Coba next time you visit!!!
Labels: 2013, Adventures, mayan ruins, photowalk, Places to see in Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel, Tulum, Vacation, what to do in mexico
CXXXI : Travel Diary - Mexico Day 4 (Boat Tour and around Tulum)
April 11, 2013
Day 4 - Boat Tour and around Tulum
Here I am again writing about my Mexico trip. Day 4 was basically about heading off to a smaller town called Tulum. An employee of the hotel we stayed at recommended that we take a boat tour/bird watching before we leave. Im not much of a photographer so almost all the pictures I took were blurry.
So we checked out from our previous hotel and headed off for the small town of Tulum. Here we stayed at a boutique hotel right in the town pueblo just a few minute walk from the main restaurant strip in Tulum. I found this place through Trip Advisor. It was so hard to find an affordable hotel with a private wash room that was beach front so I decided okay we'll stay in town.
The hotel is small and only had about ten rooms? We were the only ones staying in the second floor which I loved! We got our private balcony with a hammock where we like to hang out during the night and watch Netflix. LOL! They also provide free hot/cold mineral water, coffee and tea and provided us with a map of the area, recommended good restaurants and told us how to commute (weve been taking the cab / a private car service before)
We took a stroll around, got fascinated by this sugar cane juice cart. Mmmm it was sooooo refreshing. I got attracted to a garden looking restaurant called Abuela's and decided to have afternoon snacks here. Best chips Ive had in Mexico!!! and Im loving the 2 for price of 1 / 3 for price of 1 drinks. :D
For dinner we went to La Gloria de Don Pepe. The paella was soooooo good!! Only thing I dont like about them, people here weren't friendly. IDK reviews over the internet says "friendly service" I dont agree though.
oh and here's a farewell complimentary dessert from the staff of the Fairmont Mayakoba.
They're so nice!
Labels: 2013, Adventures, Eating Out, Fairmont Mayakoba, Food, Hotel Rooms, Mayakoba, Mexico, Places to see in Mexico, Restaurant, Travel, Tulum, Vacation, what to do in mexico
CXXX : Travel Diary - Mexico Day 3 (Xcaret)
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April 10, 2013
Day 3 - Xcaret
Xcaret is majestic archaeological park located in Riviera Maya, Cancun in the Mexican Caribbean Sea shore. Enjoy a show at night, with more than 300 actors on stage, resulting in a musical journey through the history of Mexico since pre-Hispanic times to the present day, with all the colorful costumes, folklore and dancing. The recreation of apre-Hispanic ball game, a charro celebration, a Mexican cemetery, a coral reef aquarium, a butterfly pavilion moreover underground rivers, beaches and natural pools, a place where you can swim with dolphins and have fun with countless attractions and activities that will make you live magical experiences. Come to Xcaret, one of the best Cancun attractions, and enjoy while discovering the natural and cultural wealth of Mexico.
Labels: 2013, Adventures, Attractions, Food, Mexico, photoblog, photowalk, Places to see in Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Tourism, Travel, Vacation, what to do in mexico, Xcaret