If you’ve been following me on Instagram lately, you probably know that I was on vacation in Mexico earlier this month! I truly had the time of my life and considering that I am still over the moon about my trip, I thought I would write about it and give you the details about why I loved Mexico so much.
My plane landed in Cancun, which is in the southern part of Mexico, and only a 4h flight away from Montreal. Cancun and the Riviera Maya area are quite touristy because of the beautiful beaches and large deluxe resorts, but there is so much more to see and experience!
We booked an all-inclusive package with Air Transat, due to lack of time to properly organize a trip, and we opted to stay at the Bahia Principe Akumal, which was even better than the pictures! This 5-star resort was absolutely perfect: great food, friendly staff, nice and clean beaches, and many activities to chose from if you like to be entertained.
During my 8-day vacation, I spent some time at the beach working on my tan, I tried the hotel’s beautiful pools, I ate way too much yummy food (including a delicious Peruvian-Japanese fusion meal), took walks in the sun, admired the fauna (I fell in love with agoutis!), etc. My friend and I also took part in 2 incredible adventures that were so unbelievable I still have to pinch myself to understand they truly happened!
First, we visited Rio Secreto, a cenote (underground river) full of stalagmites and stalactites. It was mysterious, impressive, and I was in awe during the whole tour. Armed with a wetsuit, water shoes, a helmet and a little lamp, we traveled through the underground network of rivers and caves, sometimes by foot, and sometimes swimming in the crystal clear water. It was truly magical!
The other adventure that we took part in was a visit to the Mayan archaeological site of Ek’ Balam followed by a swim in a cenote. The tour was organized by Alltournative, who work closely with the Mayan community and provide you with an authentic experience instead of a highly touristy visit. The ruins of Ek’ Balam are very impressive and it is totally worth a visit.
Before entering the cenote Maya, we took part in a Mayan ceremony where a shaman purified our souls so that we could enter and return from the cenote safely. In Mayan mythology, cenotes are believed to be entrances to the underworld so your soul needs to be purified before entering.
Then, we rappeled down 26 meters before reaching the cool water. There, you can swim around, try out the slack line, or jump off the Tarzan vine (scary but so fun!).
Here are the few souvenirs I brought back from my trip: some fancy tequila, a handmade handbag, hot sauces, mexican candy, coffee and cigars (the skull was given to me by my sister who went to Mexico last year).
I truly fell in love with the little part of Mexico I saw, and even though I was already fond of Mexican culture before visiting, my trip confirmed my interest. It is hard to put into words the feelings I’ve experienced there, but I can guarantee I will never forget this trip. This is why I love traveling so much: it puts everything back in perspective and challenges some of your views that you take for granted.
Next time I visit Mexico, I would like to stay in the villages and interact with locals more. I understand this means I have to learn more Spanish, but I’m up for the challenge! I am very much looking forward to visiting more places in Mexico!
Now that I’m back in Montreal, I am nursing an awful cold/sore throat (I always get sick after being on a plane), and it has been snowing EVERY day since I got back… and it’s SO cold here!!! The reality check is real!
¡Hasta pronto México!