A trip for just the girls! My sister, Jeanne, and I decided to go to Yucatan, Mexico, which was quite a change for us since our two families (10 people) had driven on trips to Mexico many times for quite a few years.
We flew to Cancun and rented a car. In Mexico one doesn’t have a choice of cars, other than the price range. As they were bringing up the cars for various customers, we saw them bring a little VW bug—-just perfect, we thought. Well, it was not to be—-our’s was a great big two-door (with gigantic, heavy doors) and our first excursion was to put it on the ferry to go to Isla Mujeras. We managed this successfully, but a VW bug certainly would have been easier!
Isla Mujeras, a small island about eight km from Cancun, was very pleasant—-beautiful sea views, good food, and even a small Mayan ruin to explore.
One day we walked to the tip of the island to see this ruin and also a scenic lighthouse nearby. Of course we did a little beach time, but we’re not very beach-ey people—-our ancestral Norwegian skin is too light!
After a couple of days we reloaded our car back on the ferry and returned to Cancun.
When we were checking into our modest hotel, the desk clerk’s eyes got very big as he watched Jeanne sign her name on the registration. He said, “How can you write so fast?!”
El Rey Archeological
Zone is the name of the Mayan ruin in the town of Cancun. It was not very grand, but fun to climb around. We are planning to see many of the Yucatan Mayan ruins on this trip.
Moving on we stopped off to see the ruins of Coba, a ruin that has not been fully excavated. In 1841 John Lloyd Stevens explored this ruin and his colleague, Mr. Catherwood, drew pictures using the ‘camera oscura.’ The drawings look very much like what we were looking at even today. Jeanne climbed way up on one very tall pyramid, which I thought was kind of scary. She got down again, without incident, and we drove off to Tulum, a popular ruin on the coast.
Tulum is beautifully located and we enjoyed climbing around on it and photographing it in its beautiful ocean setting. There were a surprising number of people there, which I suppose were vacationers from Cancun.
Xel-Ha was our next destination, on down the coast from Tulum. This is a beautiful lagoon area with lovely tropical fish that one can observe in a glass-bottomed boat.
And on shore we also got close-up looks at iguanas.
We’ll be staying overnight here and tomorrow we’ll push on to Chichen Itza.