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Friday 25th March - Playa del Carmen
Arrived after 23 hours of planes, trains and automobiles !
checked in to local hotel, 5 mins from beach and went for a few beers !
Started on Corona (4.5%) then, on to Sol (4.2%), a few more followed with some Nachos then crashed out for an early night.

Saturday 26th March - Playa del Carmen
Started with Mexican traditional breakfast including eggs with chiles !
Then had a 5 min walk to beach and arranged a ferry trip across to Cozumel Island to go snorkelling.
Took hydrofoil across and then straight on to boat for snorkelling trip, had our first "dive" close to ferry point !
Although we saw quite a few fish and I took the Gro-Pro for its first underwater trip, suffice to say it survived and
Hopefully we've got some decent marine shots.
About 2hrs later we got back to shore and went for a stroll around the island before catching the boat back at 4pm.
Went for group briefing at 7pm and found out that the group size was 16 ! Although there was only 5 British,
The majority coming from Nz and Oz and one Swiss person, again More women than men -
4 guys and 12 women (not complaining though 😀).
After team brief Irene and I went to local Mexican fish restaurant away from the main tourist area and had some excellent fish tacos with our first Dos XX (4.2%) which agin was ok but I think, sad to say that the Corona was the best so far (what most locals drink too).
After dinner we went from a walk through the tourist area and the hundreds of "Tat shops" selling every kind of Mexican hat or hero Masks !

Sunday 27th March - Tulum
Had an easy start, breakfast followed by a stroll down to the beach, before departing for Tulum.
Due to our group size we had 2 mini buses, set off around 11am for an hours drive to our hotel.
Rooms weren't ready so we dropped bags off and hired some bikes !
No brakes though, we just have to back-pedal like the Dutch ones !
Anyhow we made our way to the Tulum ruins on the beach cliff.
Massive queue due to it being Easter and a national holiday so it was packed with locals although we managed to jump the queue
as we were foreigners and also that we hired a local guide, split between 4 of us it worked out quite cheap.
Great Historical site, even though it was full of tourists it was well worth the visit and the views of the White Beach with the Coral Reef-
(which is the second biggest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef) was good and also one of the reasons why the Mayans built Tulum here -
As it gave them a natural defence against the invading Conquistadors !
Cycled back to the hotel via the centre to cool down before heading downtown for a night out.

Monday 28th March - Tulum
Our last day in Mexico but it ended being our best.
We started off with a Caribbean Breakfast, something different to start the day with -
a humongous plate of fruit covered with honey, yogurt and granola.
Left hotel for a short bike ride to Grand Cenote (say-no-tay)
A large natural sink hole come cave system found a lot in the Yucatan peninsula.
Got there early, the place was empty without many other swimmers or divers.
Had a fantastic swim and snorkelling trip through the underground caverns, the nearest thing to actual cave diving,
we surfaced a few times in the bat covered caves and spotted catfish and some turtles.
The Gro-Pro compensated for the low light underwater and in the cave, so hopefully we might have some good shots.
Just before we left we swam to the limits of the cave ceiling with only about
1ft of air space and watched some cave divers descend below us, lighting up the lower caverns.
Came back to the hotel for lunch by the pool before going for a bike ride to the beach.
We found a quiet spot south of the Tulum site and had a swim in the sea, although the water was warm,
the waves were very strong totally wiping us out a few times with us ending up several metres further down the beach upside down !
Spent the last evening having some cold beers and tacos (again),
Like ain't too bad 😀

Posted by Andy-Irene 09:37 Archived in Mexico

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Sounds like a brilliant trip

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