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Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

July 4, 2014
Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

This will be my last Mexico post in the series, unless I decide to do some kind of #ThrowBackThursday or #FlashBackFriday, although I rarely participate in those. The final excursion we took was to the Isla Mujeres, or loosely translated to the Island of Women. If you thought that the ocean images I showed you before were beautiful, you have to come to this island yourself to experience it. Crystal clear turquoise waters crash on the shores filled with soft white sand. All we did for roughly 2-3 hours was travel by yacht across the beautiful body of water until we arrived at the island where we were treated to a delicious afternoon buffet lunch. I had some spare time after the meal so I took a few minutes to lie down in the cabanas strewn across the beach. I could have easily drifted to sleep within a few minutes of lying down had the captain not called everyone back onto the yacht.

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market 
Yes, please do enjoy my hotdog legs. I am a typical girl that takes typical and cliche vacation photos, but the view was so breathtaking how could I not? 
Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market
We were than taken to another island to explore its markets and to soak up the culture. I happened upon this tree where little monkeys were hung and thought that it was the most adorable thing ever. My brother and I took a stroll through a local grocery store and found these buns, similar to some of the food that we were served back at the resort. I’m not quite sure what these are called so if anyone has an idea please let me know! I would ideally like to find a recipe to recreate them as they were so deliciously light but pleasant tasting.

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market
Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

We later returned to the resort for our final night of dining and attending  dinner and a show. We were served a delicious three-course meal while being entertained by talented acrobats. As much of a rabbit that it may make it appear, I enjoyed the salad portion of the meal the most. The vinaigrette was sweet but light, and the cheese was the perfection addition to a fibrous meal. 
After the dinner, we took a stroll through the night market that rotates through resorts weekly. Many talented artists displayed their crafts and some even displayed their talents by producing goods at the same time. We happened upon a man that drew beautiful acrylic photos of tropical landscapes purely with his hands. A couple of his paintings were brought home as souvenirs. Another stall had a man doing something similar but with spray paint and fire. Equally interesting, but more expensive, we did not end up purchasing any paintings from him.
Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market
Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market
Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Isla Mujeres x Island Hopping x Night Market

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

June 30, 2014
The abundance of wildlife at the resort was mind blowing. There would be the typical squirrels, birds and insects, but I didn’t expect to see these adorable little mammals, kawatis, roaming the resort without a care. To me, kawatis look like the result of a red panda that mated with an ant-eater. As strange as that sounds, they were seriously the most adorable things that I had ever seen. These little guys travel in packs across the resort and usually graze on the lawns for food or rummage through the garbage cans. One was even so brave as to come almost close enough for me to touch. They had some serious claw business going on though so I maintained my distance mostly in fear of getting my eyeballs scratched out.
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

We also witnessed some crazy, next level, Discovery Channel business between a frog, snake and iguana. As my brother and I watched an iguana try to wrestle a frog that was being half-digested by a snake, Morgan Freeman’s voice narrated the entire session in my head. It was strange but terrifyingly interesting at the same time to witness something like that happen in front of you.

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Our fourth day was mostly spent roaming the shopping district of Mexico as well as beaching on Playa del Carmen. The crystal clear turquoise water was a dream to swim in, but I lost one of my favorite sunglasses to the devil snatch of a wave. Just kidding, I forgot to take them off before going for a swim so it was completely my own fault.
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
By the time the fifth day came around, we were ready for another excursion and off to Chichen Itza we went. Since Chichen Itza is one of the New7Wonders of the World, it’s largely a tourist site that doesn’t have as easy access as Tulum. There are many ruins surrounding the main building which you can tour and honestly you could easily get lost at the site. It’s so large that there’s enough space for vendors to set up shop to sell their wares. Unfortunately we were unable to climb the steps to the top of the temple as the government has now banned that. The steps had to be preserved for the amount of tourists stampeding up the steps actually force the monument to begin falling apart.
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
You pass by these vendors on your way in as you pass your gates, way before you even reach the main monument. The street vendors also have pretty simple but interesting tactics to lure tourists into purchasing their goods. The most popular being them yelling “One dollar! One dollar!” to anyone that passes. But, if you pay close attention to what they’re saying, at the end of each sentence there is a muffled “off, off”. So essentially they aren’t selling anything for just one dollar, which makes sense because then they wouldn’t make any money. But when you see beautifully colored T-shirts and souvenirs for one dollar, then you’re looped in right? And the vendors can be quite aggressive once they see that you are relatively interested.
Another cool tactic were these little wooden instruments that made the sounds of a jaguar or mountain lion when you blow into them. The vendors’ children would run around behind the trees or near tourists blowing into the toys making the cat calls. At first I thought that there were actually wild animals roaming the jungle, but I eventually noticed the sounds coming from the children.
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
Had there been some extra space in my luggage, I would have bought one of the vibrantly colored hammocks to bring home.
After spending roughly 4 hours walking through the ruins of Chichen Itza, our excursion ended with a trip to another cenote that was located inside its own resort. We were treated to a fresh lunch buffet and headed to the bathrooms to change into our swimsuits. The sink hole was a little different such that it wasn’t under ground but exposed above top. It extended to a depth of roughly 150 metres and a staircase with platforms of varying heights were carved along the wall. Here we had the chance to go swimming in the fresh water and dive off of the platforms. Along the edge of the cenote were several little streams draining into the centre creating beautiful waterfalls. From the height that the water was falling, if you swam underneath it, it felt like a strongly pressured massage. Of my whole trip, swimming in this sinkhole was one of the most liberating and peaceful experiences.
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen
The ride from our resort to Chichen Itza was roughly 3 hours in length so we stopped by a local city on the way back to take a quick 15 minute rest and stretch out our legs. As we were passing by the city, the sun was setting and it cast a beautiful orange glow the buildings.
It wasn’t until close to 10 PM that we arrived back at our resort. We missed our dinner reservation but the day’s adventures made up for that loss.
Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza x Wildlife x Playa del Carmen

Relaxing x Tulum

June 29, 2014

A couple months ago back in May, I took a week off from work to go on a trip with my family to Mexico. It’s been awhile since I’ve been back but I’ve finally had the chance to sift through the huge collection of pictures that I took.

My posts for the next few days will most likely be a small cluster of Mexico related ones. I was editing through my photos from the trip and realized that I alone took almost a thousand of them. Had I included my father’s, probably closer to three thousand. I’ll try not to extend this series for too long and let the beautiful photos do their talking. If anyone is considering vacationing in Mexico anytime soon, I definitely encourage it. The country is beautiful, the people are so kind and the food is delicious. It’s absolutely a destination I would never be bored of and would be willing to revisit over and over.

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

I’m quite sure that I spent the majority of my trip in Triangl bikinis. Lately they’ve become an obsession of mine and I really enjoy the quality of the fabric and craftsmanship. The neoprene is relatively thick so when I get cold after getting out of the water, there isn’t much to show through the top. Although I don’t have much to show regardless.

We spent the majority of the first and second days lounging around and enjoying the resort. Although we had wanted to go ahead and start some of our excursions, the long flight had tired everyone out, so swimming was a unanimous option. Since the duration of our stay in Mexico was to be for seven nights, we had more than enough time to enjoy the resort before going out to get explore.

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

After a few days of well deserved relaxing, we left for our first excursion to Tulum. Not only were we able to walk through the beautiful ruins, but we had a chance to see the gorgeous beach located right next to it. Unfortunately for us that day the wind speeds were too high so we were unable to enjoy the water.

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum
Relaxing x Tulum
Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum

Amongst the ruins was some interesting wildlife. Iguanas appeared to be the main attractions at this specific location. But I later learned that they are abound everywhere in Mexico. I wanted a closer shot of these ones, but they didn’t seem to happy for my lens to be resting on their rock with them.

Relaxing x Tulum

Relaxing x Tulum
Relaxing x Tulum

On the way out of Tulum, we happened upon several stalls of street vendors. I sincerely wished that I had the chance to bring back some of the beautiful pieces of fabric art with me. Hopefully I’ll be able to have a chance to revisit Mexico in the near future with the opportunity to bring back various other memorabilia.

Our Tulum excursion that day also included some serious outdoor activities where we winded up in some Jungle Maya adventure course that lasted the majority of the day. It was quite a relief to be doing the adventurous activities after visiting the ruins because we were completely soaked in sweat at that point. We had the chance to zip-line across the canopy of the jungle, into a cenote (sinkhole), snorkel through a sinkhole to see submerged underground caverns and to rappel into another sinkhole as well.

Our guides provided us with a delicious, traditional Mexican lunch afterward the activities in a little kitchen on site. The food was amazingly fresh and the hibiscus juice was to die for. Unfortunately I don’t have photos of this part of our trip as it was difficult to transport a camera around while participating in all of the fun and games.

If anyone knows where I can get a hold of hibiscus juice in Toronto please let me know in the comments below!