Monday, October 27, 2014

Mexico Part 1

We finally decided to celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary with a trip to Mexico. I was so happy when everything was booked months before and that we were able to arrange sitters for the kids and request time off. This was something that we had been planning on doing for a while and I was so excited to go and experience this with Luke.
We had a layover in Georgia {where we had the worst customer service ever known to man} and we hung out in the airports for a little while, but it was all so thrilling knowing that we had an amazing adventure waiting for us. 
We arrived.
 The moment we stepped off that plane, we could feel the hot humidity of the coast and it felt incredible! It took us about an hour to get to our hotel {via shuttle} where we checked in. As we were checking in, the nice workers brought us a cold margarita. when we refused the alcohol, they were so surprised and brought us some virgin drinks right away. Looks like we may be the only non drinkers in this part of town.

After we dropped off our bags and changed into our suits, we ran to the beach.

It was Luke's very first time stepping foot on an actual beach. He had a wonderful welcome by a soft sandy beach with beautiful clear blue waters. It was a little cloudy when we got there but that was certainly not going to stop us from having the time of our lives. 
And I wouldn't want to be there with anyone else. 
The following day we had a full day planned of adventure. We booked a tour of the cenotes where we were picked up by a tour guide and a shuttle bus and taken out to the middle of nowhere to explore the Cenotes. The Cenotes are natural pits, or sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. These are out in the middle of the jungle so the surrounding are incredible and lush and so amazing to explore. Our tour guide, Edwardo was so great and we had a pretty fun group that consisted of people from Canada, England, Australia and Mexico. We were the only Americans.  

It was so much fun to see the Aztec culture and to learn more about their Gods and the traditions that took place. Each Cenote that we visited had a different God.
At the first stop, we did some zip lining. Luke was the first to go and he showed us how NOT to do it. His hands slipped and he quickly fell in the water. I was up next and was a bit nervous but ended up making it all the way down the line and into the water. We swan down the river in just our life vests and got to enjoy the amazing scenery.

Floating down the river.

This is where we did a little cliff/ledge jumping.

Luke and his mad Fish-out-of-water skills. He sure got the crowd laughing on this one. 

That day was a bit overcast with a little rain so when we weren't in the water, it was a little chilly. One of my favorite parts was warming up to a delicious concha and some really good Champurrado. YUM!

 The next stop was to another Cenote where we got to repel into the cave. It was really cool and a bit spooky all at the same time to repel into a dark cave.

Inside the cave we jumped off the ledges and tried not to get freaked out by the dark roots all around us and bats flying around.
 Floating in the depths of the cave with Bats flying around us. Pretty eerie if you ask me.
A better picture inside the cave with our group.

 The next Cenote was where we got to kayak and snorkel. Since the water was high, our kayak trip was very short but it was still amazing to be surrounded by so much beauty.
 And the snorkeling was fun, even though we didn't get to see much.
The last Cenote was the best one. We got to zip line some more and because there were a few people that "dropped out" early on, Luke convinced our tour guide to let us play at this one a bit longer, to which he obliged. 
Some cliff jumping with a Canadian.
Swimming back to squeeze in just one more run.
This seriously was so much fun to do. We spent the entire day doing such fun things. They fed us lunch which was delicious and there was just so many memorable moments. Just to include a few more...
-Luke getting farted on by a French man
-The rich couple and their wet suits.
-"You shouldn't be cold, you have wet suits on"
-Playing in the rain
-Switching busses
-Getting pulled over by the 'Federales'
-Paying $80 for pictures
-My bottoms skidding off
-Tiny life jackets
 Already our trip to Mexico had been perfect. We loved that we still had the rest of our vacation to bum around and do anything we wanted. No schedules or itineraries to follow. Just the two of us, as much food as we wanted, and the beach. We were in paradise.