Winter Vacation in the Mayan Riviera

Winter Vacation in the Mayan Riviera

January 20, 2012 0


Recently my husband and I went on a week long “sun” holiday in the Mayan Riviera.

We stayed at the Fairmont Mayakoba, and visited the sites around the area. Our room was on one of the man made canals at the resort, so we always had a nice sunny and secluded place to have breakfast with the ducks swimmming by, and the occassional paddle boat floating by. Here’s what we did, what we liked, and what we’d change if we could do it all over! 

Overall the hotel was very nice…but pretty removed from everything and the trek to the beach was quite far. While we were looking for a nice quiet getaway, it was almost too quiet. After a few days of reading by the pool, eating lazy lunches and lounging around, we were both ready for some action!

So we took a day trip to Chechen Itza, which to be honest was a bit of a dissapointment. The ruins are beautiful, but it seems so little is known about the Mayans that it’s difficult to make their stories come alive through guided tours. It ended up being a really dry and boring tour, and I was surprised to see so many hawkers and people selling their trinkets and bad artwork in a UNESCO World Heritage site. I’m glad we went….but I’m not sure I would recommend this tour.

the famous Mayan “basketball courts” at Chechen Itza…where the losers head was cut off!

On another day we went to the ruins in Tulum, which were much nicer! So peaceful, a beautiful setting (these smart Mayans had their city right by the ocean!), no hawkers in the actual historic areas, and much less people.

Of course did the normal touristy things, like going to Playa del Carmen, a little sightseeing in Cancun, and a boat ride through the canals at our resort.

One fantastic thing occured to me on this trip though! Normally, when taking a vacation I have my head crammed with ideas of things I want to do….problems I need to solve, and at the end of the trip I normally have pages and pages of things I want to “fix” in my life. When driving to the airport I realized this time that I really don’t have anything in my life that I need to urgently “fix”! My company is growing at a nice pace and I’m making some positive changes that will allow it to grow more strategically, my relationship with my husband is in a good place, I have a handful of lovely friends that keep me centred and very happy…and I don’t have any family drama or “problems” so to speak of! What a wonderful realization!!

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