Hello everybody as most of you know I went away for a little bit to de-frost and de-stress with a bunch of relatives for a wedding in the Mayan Riviera. How can I sum up my experience there? FRIGGING AWESOME!
The sun and tropical heat for a Canadian in the midst of the great doldrums of our winter are simply rejuvenating. Putting it in the simplest possible terms I experienced an almost 60 degree Celsius temperature difference the minute we stepped off the plane in Cancun, Mexico. We left Winnipeg in the grip of a blizzard, a bone chilling minus 25 degrees Celsius, happy to make it out of Winnipeg at all. Cancun was a tropical+28 and the humidity hit me like a brick wall after a long exhausting day of travel.
Still though we were in good spirits and raring to hit the pools and the beach the next morning. Hit them we did, sporting shorts and mike a junkie hitting a crack pipe. Sunblock applied, towels over the shoulder and breakfast in our bellies the pool side area was our oasis in the blazing heat.
It seemed like every other accent was Canadian also making our adventure away that much more enjoyable. Sometimes a bit of familiarity brings comfort after all.
After a day or so in the resort area hitting the pools and the beach we decided to venture out into Playa Del Carmen for a bit of shopping and adventure. That’s when the heat really kicked my fat little ass. Dressed as I thought appropriate in a white cotton T-shirt with shorts and sandals couldn’t keep me from sweating buckets. I needed something a little more extreme, wandering into a little shop Darlene suggested a tank top or two for me. Normally I steer way clear of that style of clothing but extreme times call for extreme measures and I relented buying two.
A few shops down the road and I completed my Mexican transformation buying a very delicate and elegant blue and white linen top. Stylish and functional it quickly became my go to item of choice when dealing with the heat. Along with my newly acquired upgrade from a functional straw hat to an exquisite Panama Hat I felt styling and profiling.
From there our hilarious and knowledgeable tour guide José drove us into the heart of the Mayan jungle for a trek in the bush. We learned very quickly not to touch the trees, as some of them have running sap that can give exposed flesh 3rd degree burns. We met the Mayan people and were blessed by a Mayan Shaman (Holy Man) in a ceremony that to my mind mirrored a Northern Native Peoples sweet grass blessing. He bathed us in smoke from burning amber held in a ceremonial vessel.
From there we swam in a Cenoté (Underground Cave Pool) with water so blue and clear the likes of I had never seen before. We zip lined, canoed and repelled into a sink hole. It was like Disney Land in the Jungle and all authentic. Not one bit of it contrived or touristy, had lunch with the Mayan people and explored the village in which they lived. Simply incredible and very humbling knowing what riches we have in Canada.
We attended the Wedding of Jordan and Kenneth Curé, Snorkeled in the warm waters off of Playa Del Carman, and held hands in the sand. What could be better.
Not at aaaaaaall jealous 🙂 looks amazing and of course you look smashing in your new outfit, proper tourista lol. Enjoy and slightly surprised no food was mentioned in this article, you are enjoying the local couisine I hope… Have fun now…
It was a blast Rincewind!! On the food thing, I didn’t get as much free time in town to really explore the street food aspect that I had hoped to. So alas no street tacos for Bobby. The resort had decent food, buffet mostly though.
The À la carte restaurants, were decent enough in the resort. But served mostly American classics. The only truly “authentic” meal we had was cooked in the bush by our Mayan hosts at the village where we repelled and zip lined. That food was very good indeed.
Next time hopefully I can do a bit more legwork out of the tourist areas and get some good street meat.
Sounds like a really nice holiday! I love the pics. Ziplining and trekking is so much fun. Looks like it was a well needed and deserved holiday for you both. 🙂
Thanks Ivy, our trip was an absolute blast. Can’t wait to do it again!!
That sounds absolutely incredible. I can’t fathom what -25 degrees would fee like but I bet you were happy to get out of it. So you weren’t worried about being kidnapped and your bodies hollowed out and used as vessels to transport cocaine?
Well if you’ve ever been in restaurant walk in freezer it’s about twice as cold. Dressing in layers is a must. But its not that bad once you get used to it.
Mexico just thawed me out perfectly. Nice tropical breezes coming off the ocean. Palm trees swaying, damn, now I really want to go back.
Looks like a fabulous time! Pretty great way to escape winter!
I think that an escape from winter will be on our list of things to do every year now!!