January had been a huge travel month for me. I realized I skipped a few trip updates from November but I promise I will get there. I learned a lot of things on my work trip to Cancun that I wanted to be able to share with all of you. This post will be on tips for international travel and a few sightseeing expeditions near Cancun.
January 3rd, 2018 marked my first international flight trip as an adult. All of my foreign ventures have either been by car to Canada or by boat all over the Caribbean. My flight schedule was a quick connection to Detroit then a flight straight to Cancun. The plane to Cancun was huge! It was definitely a newer plane and all the seats had televisions and we were all given complimentary earbuds (only complimentary on international flights). The biggest advice that I can give you here is to hold on to the second half of your immigration paperwork. If you lose this, it will cost you $35 to get a new copy when you fly back to the US.
My trip was 6 days long and I stayed at the RIU Las Americas Palace. This was my first venture at an all inclusive resort. The resort was beautiful and was definitely a great place to be if you just want to relax. If you are looking for more adventurous activities, there are plenty adventures on the Yucatan! This resort is the adults only RIU, there is a family all inclusive RIU next door. There are complimentary bottles of liquor in your room as well as a fridge full of bottled water, beer and soda. Make sure you plan a morning to go out and watch the sunrise from the dock. That is a must see!
We were able to visit the Mayan Ruins at Tulum and a Cenote! The Mayan ruins at Tulum are a must. What is great about these ruins is that it is backed up right to the coastline and has its own beach. You can go down on the beach and swim if you like. These are definitely something you need to visit at least once in your life. It will blow your mind the type of architecture that was completed thousands of years ago. I would suggest a good pair of sneakers for this trip as it is quite a bit of walking and uneven terrain.
The Cenote is so unique. The Mayans regarded the cenotes as the gateway to their underworld (Xibalba). There are a few cenotes in the Yucatan, the one we visited was smaller and more intimate. There was only about 10 of us there and you were allowed to jump off of two ledges in if you desired. Both jumps were about 15 and 20 feet. I brought my own snorkel gear but they do offer some. The Cave is full of stalagmites, fish and turtles. The water is so clear and beautiful.
There are plenty of beautiful spots you can stop at on the Yucatan. Playa del Carmen is another beautiful spot that also has a ferry over to the island of Cozumel. The sand anywhere on this peninsula is so soft and pure. Check out the links below to some of my locations for your next trip!
Tulum Ruins: http://www.tulumruins.net/