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Our Mexican journey is over (boo hoo)....

sunny 27 °C

TULUM continued.....

18th November

Akumal! Snorkeling and spotting sea turtles and sting-rays made for a pretty amazing day!
This place is only a half an hour drive from Tulum and it is amazing! We decided to be adventurous and go out snorkeling on our own (not as part of a tour). Within 5 minutes we spotted our first turtle peacefully chomping away on sea grass! We spotted a lot more turtles, sting-rays and lots of beautiful fish!

Akumal
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19th November
Chichén Itzá ruins and Ik Kil Cenote - out of this world!

WOW we had the most amazing day! We got up super early and drove about 200 kms to the Chichén Itzá ruins. Yuri has been talking about visiting this place for years so I am so happy that we finally made it! This is a large city built by the Mayans and boy was it impressive!

Chichén Itzá
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Ik Kil Cenote is just a short drive from Chichén Itzá and was equally as amazing. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.

Ik Kil Cenote
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20th November

Chill out day planning our NYC stay... We are going to be staying in Brooklyn in a gorgeous apartment all to ourselves and we bought tickets to go and see the New York Nicks v the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden - whoop whoop!
NYC is just a touch more expensive than Mexico ;o)

21st November

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Road trip today to Playa del Carmen and Cancun! We love getting out on the road. Yuri is always the driver and I'm the co-pilot. Playa del Carmen is only about an hour from Tulum. It's pretty cool and has a great vibe.

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Cancun is over the top. Resorts are lined along the beach which made it hard to see anything much. I can see the attraction, however the grandeur of it al doesn't appeal to us...

22nd November

PERFECT DAY at a little piece of paradise we have found called X'CACEL! We came here a few days ago and loved it so much we just had to come back! Why do we love it so much? It's untouched. There are no hotels or bars here. Not many people know about this place so it's not crowded. The sand is so soft and white and the water so clear. There is also some awesome snorkelling to be done here. So we pack up a foam esky filled with beers, water and some fruit and bring sandwiches and we are set for the day!
Ahhhhh...

Our paradise X'CACEL!
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23rd November

Another glorious day in Tulum so we set off bright and early for Akumal (again). The last time we were there it was a little overcast and hard to see (but still amazing). Today was sunny and very clear and we had perfect views while snorkeling - perfect! We saw so many sea turtles this time!

After that we headed to the beach and took a boat tour to see the ruins from a different angle - amazing! We also got out and did some snorkelling. We were pretty far out but we got to see part of the second biggest reef in the world - WOW! It was so, so beautiful!

Tulum ruins from the sea...
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24th November

Chill out day catching up on shows...
Anyone watching Homeland????

25th November

Back to our spot at X'CACEL today! Ahhhhh perfection!

26th November

It's our last day in paradise which makes us so sad. I think Tulum is a little sad too because it has been raining non stop since last night...
Our tans are amazing and we've had such a relaxing time here (and eaten the most amazing seafood)!

27th November

Happy Birthday Sascha!

Long day.
Up early to drive to Cancun airport which took about 1.5 hrs. We dropped off the rental car and then checked in at the airport. Quick lunch then we boarded. Mexico City is freezing - certainly colder than Tulum!
We met up with Gigi & Javier so they could show us our apartment. We were so pleasantly surprised to find eggs, milk, cereal, OJ, biscuits and most importantly tequila waiting for us! This is why we love Mexico! We are living like locals for our last few days here.

28th November

Crazy day running around Mexico City. First stop was United Airlines then a little market for lunch. We then caught the bus to Buena Vista to do some shopping. We needed to get some winter gear for NYC as we are totally unprepared for the cold weather! We also bought another suitcase as we want to buy some last minute goodies from the market tomorrow! Back home for a couple of drinks and to make a couple of phone calls before heading out for some tacos. Tacos mmm yummy.

29th November

Crazy but good day.

We started off at the arts and crafts market which hurt our wallets but was fun. Everything is so beautiful here. We then took a walk to a taco cart selling 5 tacos for $2.50! Bargain right? They were so delicious!

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After that Yuri got a haircut while I called Mum and then we caught the bus to El Zocalo. The bus ride was nothing short of crazy and dangerous. There's approximately 22 million people in this city so everywhere you go is jam packed. The same goes for the public transport system. The "unofficial rule" is as long as the doors can close, we're all good. We were jammed right up against the front door of the bus and it felt like a sauna but hey, when in Mexico tight????
The centre was filled with people but it was so festive and lively!
We have often heard from locals that "anything is possible in Mexico", you can also buy anything on the streets - including eyebrow and lip waxing ladies. I saw it with my own eyes!
We ended the night at Salon Corona for beers, tacos and tortas - Yum!

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30th November

Our last day in Mexico :-(. OMG we don't want to leave.

We spent our last day in Chapultapec park (after another crazy bus ride there). It was full of vendors and happy families enjoying the sunshine!

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We aren't ready to say goodbye to Mexico but we are so grateful for the amazing time and memories we have created here. This country has everything and the people are SO, SO amazing! We have experienced so much here. We started off with Yuri's parents for 2 weeks where we spent time in Mexico City and visited Veracruz and spent an amazing time with Claudia, Andrea, Rocio and family! We then went to Cuba before embarking on our amazing bus journey through Mexico. Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque and Tulum - WOW.
Ending the journey where we started in Mexico City seems fitting and we have been running around like headless chooks the last 3 days trying to soak it all in.

Thank you Mexico, you hold a very special place in our hearts.

Next stop - New York City baby!

Posted by sandyandyuri 16:54 Archived in Mexico

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