Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mexico, Part 2: Excursions

We had a really fun day with Edventure Tours out of Tulum. I highly recommend them!
We started the day at the Tulum ruins:
The main temple:
About half of the ruins are roped off, but you can still get up close with a lot of them. Think this was a bed?!
Apparently this is how they weed/edge in Mexico -- with a machete!!
The city was surrounded by stone walls and the sea. Here is Scott in one of the entrances through the original wall:
Next, we went zip-lining. It was SO fun!
Scott went upside-down!
Here we are canoeing back from where the zip-line ends:
This picture is a little fuzzy, but look close and you can see me jumping off a cliff into this cenote!
My understanding is that cenotes (seh-note-ays) are basically sinkholes in limestone that are filled with fresh water. They are clear and cool.
Scott feeding Chato, a pet monkey:
We took this boat out to sea in Akumel:
To snorkel with these guys! We also snorkeled in cenotes in caves (at "Dos Ojos") - here is the entrance:
It was a little scary and a little cold, but overall amazing.
Our last stop of the day was snorkeling in this lagoon, where fresh and salt water meet. The water gets fuzzy and cool where the two meet.
We loved Mexico and loved Edventure Tours. We'll be back!


Janet said...

wow Ginger what a great vacation! I think the zipline would be fun. So did Scott go upside down on purpose? Looks like you had a grand time. thanks for sharing.

Lisa Blair said...

Wow! That looks like so much fun! It must have been amazing to snorkle with the sea turtles.

Susie said...

That looks like so much fun! I bet that was a blast on the zipline. I enjoyed seeing all the photos. Now I'm ready to go.

Dirt Princess said...

I cannot believe Scott went upside down! GEEZ!!!! That is a little much for me! Ya'll saw some amazing places! I have enjoyed all of your pictures

Ginger said...

Janet - Yes, he went upside down on purpose! We were VERY secure in the harnesses, but I wasn't that brave!!

Lisa - It was amazing that we could get so close and the turtles didn't seem to mind us. I guess they are more interested in sea grass!

Susie - The zipline was a blast, and the canoe ride back was very relaxing with all the jungle sounds. Mexico is a great place to visit, and not nearly as expensive as the Caribbean islands.

DP - Scott has been sky-diving, so the zipline was nothing for him!!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That looks like so much fun and so pretty. I'd love to try zip lining

Prairie Chicken... said...

I for one would NOT like to zip line. Its quite possible that I'd pee myself and then pass out!

cuuute monkey!

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Such a nice vacation. A paradise!
~ bangchik

Pam/Digging said...

What a fun-looking vacation. Those cenotes are beautiful, and the zipline must feel like flying, huh?