At the tail end of Mexico, the right side jutting out into the Atlantic ocean is Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Cancun is one of the biggest cities of the area but not the only airport. Making Cancun my base I spent about 11 days in the Yucatan. These are five things I did in the Yucatan which you cannot expect to do anywhere else! This is some crazy surreal things in Mexico – to do and see. I am definitely going to be expanding on some of these in separate posts so I can give more information but this is a quick summary for now. (And it only took me about 6 months to write this up – I am sorry!)
- Checking out the ‘pink lake’ in Los Colarodas
This pink lake is as surreal as it sounds. The water is pink because of the algae that grows at the bottom of this very shallow lake. The water is extremely salty so taking a dip is not really recommended. Make sure to go around the lake to the right side where the water looks the pinkest! (More pink lakes?)
2. Learning up about the Mayans at the Chichi Itza
So what exactly is there in Chichi Itza? There is the main pyramid of Kukulcan which is an impressive structure. There are a number of smaller structures likes a bath house, temples and so on. This is a UNESCO world heritage site and I would definitely think it’s worth a visit if you are in the Yucatan.
3. Spending beach day in Isla Mujeras
This is a gorgeous island with stunning beaches. Sadly, we were not able to dive and see the underwater museum (yes, it’s a thing!) since the weather was not feasible but we spent the day on the beach – no complaints.
4. Swimming in a Cenote
This was my second surreal experience in the Yucatan. (I also found out that its pronounced as ‘see know tay’ instead of ‘ka new te’ on my last day there – it was a little embarrassing.)
There are a number of cenotes around Cancun and you can choose any. We wanted one with light, easy to swim around in and went to Cenote Azul. Take along your own towels, and goggles along with sunscreen and a change of clothes. You pay about 80 pesos to get in and can stay as long as you like.
5. Lounging on a hammock at Akumal
We wanted to actually go to Tulum after our swim at the Canote but stopped by this beautiful town. We spent almost the whole day looking out at the sea, drinking beer and eating lime soup and fish. The water around Akumal is tamer and not as choppy as Cancun and we could see why this is such a popular place to snorkel and swim.
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