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A Wonderful Honeymoon in Cancun

November 15th, 2012

If you haven’t seen me online much, or I’ve been a bit busy, it is because following the elections I was getting ready for a trip to Cancun.  My parents blessed Sarah and I with the ability to go to Cancun, and many others blessed us with the ability to enjoy it just a bit more.  Thank you to everyone, and here are some pictures from the first part of the week.

The following are a number of pictures from the first part of our trip in which we took two incredible day trips.  All pictures are unedited, and 99% of them were taken by my talented wife.  (Essentially the pictures look really good because she took them, or because she is in them.)  Here is a quick sneak peak for my loyal blog readers.

The lovely Casa Maya hotel where we are staying.

If you are going to attend a timeshare presentation, attending one at one of the best resorts in the world sure is worth it.  This is the view from one of the penthouses at the Villa del Palmar.  The ridiculous prices they gave us on excursion tickets also made it incredibly worth it.

The view of the beach and ocean from our hotel room. I have never seen an ocean so blue before.

The mixed drinks in Mexico are easily and consistently the best I have had yet.

…and I was very glad to enjoy them with my wife.

Sarah looking beautiful as we head out on our boating and snorkeling expedition.

If you are in Cancun, you should take a trip with Samba Catamarans.  They do incredible all day trips which take you boating, snorkeling, swimming, shopping, and include a buffet and a chance to hold a shark.  You should also request the boat Mar.  The crew members were excellent tour leaders, and being on a small catamaran made for a very relaxing and enjoyable day.

Heading to Isla Mujeres from Cancun. We spent the day at the island and the waters around it. It is the northern part of the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Few things are as relaxing as being on a beautiful ocean with my lovely wife.

It is hard to capture in pictures the beauty of the blue water.

A picture of us with a nurse shark. We got a fellow tourista to get a picture since we rightly figured the tourguide was going to try to rip us off for a copy of the picture.

The dock at the inlet where we went shopping. Every tourguide brings you to his friends shops to go shopping. From the moment you try to leave the airport, Cancun is one big sales pitch, and they do an incredible and entertaining job of it.

…a beautiful place to relax in the middle of the day in Isla Mujeres.

Since many Mexicans sleep in hammocks, they know how make them very well. Mexican hammocks are much more comfortable and colorful than American hammocks.

…heading back from a colorful beach.

The sun setting over Cancun.

Our boat crew working hard as they let out all the sails and raced the other boats back to port.

Two worn out but very happy love birds.

The sun setting over Cancun as another catamaran sailed home. The colors were much more vivid in real life.

The map showing our route from Cancun to Chichen Itza in Yucatan, one of the wonders of the world.

The inside of a Mayan sink hole. We stopped multiple times to get a sense of Mayan culture along the way to the pyramid.

A Mayan burning incense. The water in the sink hole is kept very clean and pure. People are even asked not to wear sun screen if they are going to swim in the sink hole so that the water won’t become contaminated.

A Mayan weaving one of the hammocks. They are hand made and take about two days to make.

Mayans dancing while we enjoyed our buffet of local food. Mexicans and Mayans will do all kinds of creative things and ask for a tip. Tourists really do have a lot more money than most locals (many Mayans choose to work in the hotels for 5.00 dollar a day according to our tour guide.)

Some obsidian rock sculptures for sale. Obsidian is a very special rock to the Mayans. It forms from lava and is believed to be the blood of the earth. It is also said to contain energy and healing properties, and looks gold when in the light.

It is very interesting to see what Mayans think tourists will buy. At a different market I saw Mexican blankets with Patriots and other NFL and College Football logos.

A shot of the pyramid at Chichen Itza, one of the most important Mayan holy cities. The pyramid is an incredible architectural, mathematical, and astrological achievement.

The flower the Mayans used to paint many of the buildings in the city.

A happy couple at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Val Deutsch

    You are right – your wife takes beautiful pictures!! And you two look like you are celebrating honeymoon life quite well there. So happy you have this amazing opportunity to travel to such a beautiful land and get away together. Thanks for sharing the pictures and story. Love to you both. – Mom

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