Ready for a crazy story? Our last stop for the day was swimming at a cenote called Multun-Ha. Jake and I both jumped off of the high diving platform because were super brave and fun adults (but I’m pretty sure that my stomach is still up at the top of the cenote ). Ten minutes later, a lady from our tour group asks Jake what time it is, and he realizes that his Apple Watch CAME OFF when he hit the water. We swam back to the diving area where there just happened to be a guy with 3 small children AND flippers and snorkeling goggles. He swam down at least 30+ feet to look for it, and after 3 dives, HE FOUND IT! True story. We call it El Milagro del Cenote y el Apple Watch.
I loved seeing all the local craftsmanship as we drove through the region. The road to Cobá is especially known for its beautiful dream catchers.
Coming down the stairs of the ancient Mayan pyramid in Cobá was seriously one of the scariest experiences of my life. Irrational? ♀️ All I know is that I could NOT watch Jake go down, or even talk to him. The steps are so shallow and uneven! Cobá was fascinating – so many structures still standing, perfectly aligned with constellations, the sun and moon (at different times of year) and even other pyramids across the Yucatán peninsula.
I can’t stop photographing these CLOUDS! The beach was windy, which made it seem so tropical with the crashing waves, whipping palm fronds, and boats bobbing frantically in the turquoise water.
This morning we toured the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum. The giant structures are incredible for their time and are a testament to the Mayans’ mastery of astronomy and geometry thousands of years ago. Tulum totally blew my mind. (And bonus! I was even inches away from Jordan Rogers from JoJo’s season of The Bachorette! I smiled and even tried to wave, but I was too star struck to actually say hello. Ha!)
We spent today at Xcaret, which is Mexico’s version of Disneyland plus Polynesian Cultural Center (in Hawaii) plus Waterworld plus Zoo plus SeaWorld. These 10 pics hardly even give a taste! We even spent 2-3 hours without our phones when we floated down the cenote (underground cave river) and swam in some tide pools along the park’s coastal edge, and then ate a seafood buffet with the most beautiful lunch view I’ve ever had in my life. (We had the GoPro for that time period, but the battery kept dying. Can’t wait to review the footage – it was all so unreal!) The night ended with a 2-hour spectacular performance with dancing, Mexican and Mayan culture/history/music, and even BAREFOOT FIRE HOCKEY. There were Mayan ruins all over the park, thousands of sea turtles and hundreds of other marine and jungle animals, a small aquarium with a stunning collection of coral reef and jellyfish (medusas!), the most gorgeous beaches we’ve seen so far in Mexico, a snorkeling cove with tropical fish (ran out of time for that), and so, so much more. If you ever get a chance to go to Xcaret, I can’t recommend it enough!