Feb 23

Mexican Reflections

by Nicky in Adventures, Mexico, Sailing

We are a little behind in our updates, so writing this from a marina in Belize where our boat is being fixed after our engine failed yesterday…more on the drama to follow..:)

We spend a week sailing down the Mexican coastline. Some updates on our time in Mexico…

Arriving in Mexico (at the little island, Isla Mujeres) after cruising in Cuba was like arriving in another world. Lots of boats, people and…SHOPS!! We hadn’t seen shops in a while and wandered around the isles of the grocery store aimlessly just gazing at all the products and admiring all the choice available.

Security eventually started to follow us around as we took photos and did excited jigs of joy to find a variety of food again:)!

Jig of Joy Video

Thanks to a very kind aussie (thanks Storme if you read this!) we stayed in a BEAUTIFUL marina for a very good rate. Clean toilets (that flushed!), clean and la la la la HOT showers….was like a dream come true. We reveled in the small luxuries for a few days. Little Pako with all the big boy fishing boats was quite a funny sight.

Isla Mujeres is a lovely island off the crazy big city of Cancun. We had a wonderful time exploring the small island on our bikes, enjoying the beautiful beaches and crystal blue waters, eating some delicious Mexican food (such a variety, we were overwhelmed!) and of course celebrating with some Don Julio tequila!

We set off down the coastline stopping at some lovely ports along the way

We based ourselves at Puerto Aventuras for a few days to hide from a big storm and took the opportunity to do some land based travel.

The Yucatan Peninsula is a playground of adventure spots from Mayan ruins to hundred of cenotes (deep water filled sinkholes…check out this link if you are interested http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenote) and incredible underground river systems and cave formations. Its amazing to go through the jungle to find a hole in the ground and a fresh underwater cave system. We dived in an area called one of the cenotes which was a magical, outerspacey kind of feeling. You enter into the jungle in your scuba gear, make your way down a dark tunnel into a cave with crystal clear water. It is the most incredible feeling diving in these caves with magnificent stalagmite and stalactite formations. You feel like you are flying as you can maneuver your way around the formations (beautiful!).

We hired a car and went to see the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Coba. What an interesting and sophisticated civilization so many thousands of years ago and still so much to be uncovered and learnt. At Coba there were a number of mounds which still be need be uncovered…more Mayan temples? …exciting!

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4 Responses to “Mexican Reflections”

  1. From Mum and Dad:

    Wonderful to catch up with your wanderings…..after the dearth of food choice in Cuba I can well imagine your euphoria at the prospect of titivating the tastebuds again! Yucatan sounds and looks beautiful and fascinating. Engine trouble?….the adventure continues in it’s mysterious multi-dimensional way…looking forward to the next installment! love M+D

    Posted on 23. Feb, 2011 at 6:59 am #
  2. From Gill Osburn:

    What adventures you are having. The diving sounded amazing but for me claustraphobic.Hope the engine gets sorted with not to much bother and expense. I love keeping up to date with the web site. I,m missing you so much,it feels like you’ve been away for ever. All well at home. getting excited for the trip ti India. LOTS of love mom Gill

    Posted on 23. Feb, 2011 at 7:58 am #
  3. From danie:

    Love the Jig Of Joy

    Posted on 23. Feb, 2011 at 11:21 am #
  4. From Taryn B:

    Just love the Jig for Joy – I can just imagine how exciting that must have been. Looks like you guys have had such an awesome experiance. Lotsa Love Taz

    Posted on 02. Mar, 2011 at 8:39 am #

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