Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mayan Riviera

Last week Rod and I were able to travel south for a little vacation in sunny Mexico. Rod had just finished a tough semester of school and he was ready for some real relaxation. We stayed at The Grand Mayan, which is about halfway between Playa Del Carmen and Cancun.

On our first day we drove to Tulum to explore the ruins and touch the Caribbean for the first time.

We played in the water and then went to Playa Del Carmen for some delicious food.

We spent the next couple of days mostly hanging out at the resort.

We read . . . 

slept . . .

and went for walks

Our building

Our classy room

fancy dinner date

The next day Rod went scuba diving while I went to yoga and laid at the pool. Our waterproof camera couldn't go deep enough for his dives, so he doesn't have any pictures.

On Wednesday we drove ourselves 2.5 hours to Chichen Itza because we really don't like doing tours with big groups of people on a bus. On the way back we took the "scenic route" through a lot of little towns, and it took us about 3.5 hours. On the way there we stopped in an old town called Valladolid and ate lunch.

Chichen Itza was amazing. We were able to walk around at our own pace and look at everything. Rodney really liked it because he got a Spanish minor in college and took some history classes about the Mayans. I love going places where he has to use his Spanish. I just listen and try to follow the conversation the best I can. At the end the person he is talking to almost always compliments him on how well he speaks the language and I can tell because I hear him say "Vivía en Venezuela por dos años" and I know he's explaining his mission. So lucky I married such an intelligent man.

The next day we went into Cancun. The beach was amazing, with pure turquoise water, but it felt a lot like Waikiki or the Vegas Strip. Not really our favorite, but fun for a day and we had the most amazing burritos of our lives for lunch; they were so good that we went back to the same place for dinner! 

The next day we went snorkeling in the Cenotes (freshwater underground caves). Rod was in heaven, but I was pretty sketched out. I didn't want to do it, but I faced my fears and actually enjoyed it. There were big tours that were expensive that would take you, but Rod just found a little podunk place that let us go all day for $12 each. There were 3 different Cenotes and the water was so crystal clear. 

Then we went to a beach called Playa Akumal. It was gorgeous. We went snorkeling some more and saw sting rays and a giant turtle!

This trip was pretty much perfect and was deemed our unofficial 2nd honeymoon. People kept calling us honeymooners and we just went along with it even though it's almost been 4 years. (we almost got bumped up to 1st class even! So close!).


Pennie said...

Okay- That video is awesome!!

curtis+ash said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! That old town you stopped in looks amazing! Tan, your abs are unrealll.

Paul and Shannie said...

Jealous! :)

deanna said...

I'm a little bit jealous

Samantha Marshall said...

These pics were very fun! We went to a lot of the same places. :) The video at the end was the cherry on top and made me giggle. :) You guys are awesome!

Mandy said...

Love the pics! What a fun time!! :) And Tanya, I want your bod! :) *sigh* one day... :)
You two are just the cutest couple out there!!! xoxox