Since you all loved the Tulips festival weekend post so much, I thought I’d do another travel post this week with some gorgeous pictures, and the place that I have chosen is ‘Beach dream land’ Mexico! I am sure that Mexico has been a country that most of you love to visit and some of you really want to visit. So without any further delay, let’s do this!
There are several parts of Mexico that are highly recommended to visit like Cabo, Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Punta Mita, but since I only had a week, I visited Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. It is really easy to reach Cancun from New York as there are multiple flights plying to and fro with only a 4 hour duration per flight so your options are aplenty.
My suggestion is to keep Cancun as your hub and then explore places like Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Isla Mujeres which are a driving distance from Cancun. They are all in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, so it makes sense to do one state/ area per trip (Unless you have 3 odd weeks to spare and want to cover the entire country). Just to give you an essence of how large Mexico is, the Cancun to Cabo flight is a good 6 hours, almost the same as a New York to Paris flight.
I stayed at the gorgeous Westin Laguna Mar in Cancun and most of the nice hotels are located in the ‘Hotel Zone’ and I highly recommend staying here because each hotel has it’s own slice of the beach and it’s pretty amazing to have your own private beach, eh? 🙂
Also a special mention to the chefs at the Westin for having made the best chilaquiles every morning for my breakfast. You see, chilaquiles is a delicacy that is not available in every Mexican restaurant you go to. Certain hotels/ restaurants have chefs that can make it but only after you put in a special request. (PS: Do check my slideshow for a gorgeous shot of the same, which will make your mouth water!)
Mexico is a dream destination for all you water babies and adventure junkies, and you are left, spoiled rotten with a multitude of choices to keep busy, that include scuba diving, snorkeling, Jet skiing, parasailing, and dolphin watching, to name a few.
In addition to the above, the Xcaret Experiencias group also owns 7 theme parks in and around Playa Del Carmen which bus services running from most hotels in the hotel zone in Cancun.
So what are these theme parks, you ask. The attractions included in these theme parks are as follows, and I highly recommend that you do visit at least one of them. I visited the
Xcaret (Pronounced Esh- Caret) park in Playa Del Carmen(Around 75 km from Cancun)
- A river that goes through the Mayan village
- Amazing spa facilities
- Scuba diving and snorkeling in the nearby reefs
- An island of jaguars
- Swimming with sharks
- A coral reef aquarium
- A butterfly pavilion
- A bat cave
- A greenhouse
- An open church
- A replica of a Mayan village with real artisans
- An equestrian show
- Around 15 restaurants and souvenir shops
- A 6000 seater hall with live performances
The parks other than Xcaret are Xplor, Xel-Ha, Xensesm Xichen, Xenotes and Xoximilco. However, Xcaret is one of the biggest.
Once you are done exploring Xcaret, I highly recommend a visit to Tulum if you like history and archaeology. Tulum is a Mayan city around 130 km south of Cancun and was built late in the thirteenth century. Tulum can be a great day trip when you want to take a break from the above activities and do something different.
The best part about Tulum, is that in addition to having some great ruins, it also has its’ own gorgeous beach. It is also the only Mayan city to be built on a coast and it used to be a seaport trading mainly in turquoise and jade. It was also one of the few cities protected by a wall made of limestone.
The must see structures that do remain here today, are the Castillo (Or Castle) overlooking the Caribbean coast and the Temple of the Frescoes. Once you head north of the Castillo, there is a pathway that takes you to the multi hued and pristine Caribbean where you can spend an hour or two joyfully enjoying the idyllic atmosphere.
So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to this slice of paradise, right now! For any more information, feel free to write in to me! Happy holidays! xoxo