Car Adventure Day

So today, instead of being tourists on a bus, we were tourists in a rental car.  We grab a day rental and headed south towards ruins at  Telum.  Our original plan was to drive all the way down there, see the ruins and then snorkel a few places on the way home.  Like all good vacation plans, this got derailed right from the get go because all of a sudden I needed food.  So we pulled into a Mexican trailer park in Paamul.  To be fair, were going to stop by on the way home anyway.  We had a wonderful breakfast on the terrace overlooking a beautiful half-moon beach.  After breakfast, we went snorkeling for a bit (tons of sea fans to the left of the boat channel).  We then headed down to Telum and what a picturesque site Telum is.  Wow, it’s just amazing.  To finish up the day, we stopped in Akumal for some snorkeling.  We headed for Yal Ku Lagoon which is where an underground river meets the see.  The fresh and salt water didn’t mix and you could dive down and see and feel the different layers.  The was a good amount of fish but it wasn’t that clear (partially due to non-mixing of the water layers and some sediment being stirred up).  The place had a nice, comfortable feel to it.  We will definitely stop by the next time we’re in the area.

Total tourist day

So we booked a tourist trip to go see Chichen Itza which was actually really awesome.  First off, it’s a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Cancun to get there and we had a driver, plus a tour guide, plus food & drink, plus umbrellas when we got there.  I had reservations about being with a bunch of touristas (shocker, I know), but we had a good time.  After spending about 3 hours in Chichen Itza, they took us to a pretty rocking buffet lunch and then we got to swim in a cenote (a limestone sinkhole).  We visited Cenote Ik-Kil It sounds a lot more interesting (I was expecting something more along the lines of caving), but it was beautiful and I got to swim in it.  So all in all, a very good day of being a tourist in Cancun.

Dive certification – Day 2

Today was such a better day (a little rain to start but calm seas).  The dive part was much smaller too (5 people including me).  Both our  dives were to Manchones in Cancun.  On the first dive dive we saw an underwater cross and some under water statues.  The second dive, we was a TON of fish and coral formations and a school of massive fish that seemed vaguely human (they were other divers).  And as a bonus, I am now a certified PADI open water scuba diver.

Dive certification — day 1

Did my pool session which was informative yet fairly uninteresting.  We then did 2 ocean dives: Santo Remedio (35ft) and Chitales in Cancun (27ft).  The ride out was rough and the diving was fairly mundane.  But I didn’t manage to figure out all my gear and I think I got hooked on diving on my first dive.