Let me just start off by saying that at the end of every trip I have gone on, I feel the slight pang of “I’m so sad we didn’t get around to do that,” or “I really wish we had done this.” But folks let me tell you, we did this Caribbean vaycay right in every way. It couldn’t have gone any better, even if the Travel Gods had handed it to me on their golden platter of voyaging and wanderlust.
We booked our first day in Playa del Carmen with an ancient ruins and cenote excursion through Entertainment Plus. We had a private driver take us to Chichen Itza, where we hired a guide to tell us all the hidden secrets. Daniel and I love love love guides and we highly recommend them. They point out details that, without extensive knowledge on the subject, would go unnoticed. I learned that the movie The Road to El Dorado, was actually very on point! The sink hole near the pyramid was where gold and jewels were thrown into the water as gifts to Xibalba, as well as live scarifies. Daniel and I were a little skeptical taking kissy pictures near this sacrificial well, but when your Mayan guide says “now kiss,” you don’t really question it.
We were then taken to the cenote, Ik Kil, where it felt like I literally walked into Fern Gully. I refused to leave or get out of the watery oasis so I ended up treading water for over an hour!
We ended the day at Coba Maya where we actually got to hike up to the top of the pyramid. It was so amazing to get to actually walk on the steps of Mayan ingenuity and craftsmanship.
The second day we went to Xel Ha, a mind blowingly beautiful eco park, where we snorkeled, frolicked through the jungle, and explored underwater caves. We also did what is called a Zip Bike, which is pretty much riding a bike in the air over the gorgeous scenery. It is in my top 3 coolest things I have ever done!
The next day we played in Playa del Carmen and strolled down 5th Ave. You must try the restaurant La Parilla! Such delicious and mouth watering enchiladas! It is such an adorable district, where you can’t help but walk into every shop.
Our last full day we took the ferry out to the island of Cozumel. We rented a scooter, because for some reason, when I am in a different country, I am adamant about traveling around on these things. Nothing feels more adventurous! We scootered over to the other side of the island where we went to Playancar beach. We had the shore and sparkling, clear blue water all to ourselves! Peacocks roamed nearby and hammocks lazily swung from the trees.
I would defiantly go back to Playa del Carmen, Mexico maybe even live there! I was never in fear or worried about the safety of our lives. When traveling just be aware of your surroundings and book excursions through reliable companies. Happy adventuring!