A couple weeks ago we went on an awesome trip to Mexico. We had been talking about and planning this trip for months, so we were pretty excited when it finally rolled around. I took lots of pictures, but decided to just post ten of them here to highlight a few of our favorite parts of the trip. We stayed in Playa Del Carmen, a smaller beach town south of Cancun. Our resort was right on the beach and about a 20 minute walk to "5th Avenue" where we did souvenir shopping.
The resort was all-inclusive, so we could eat and drink to our hearts content. We tried a few of the specialty restaurants that require reservations. My favorite was the Mexican one. The food was so yummy and it included the best dessert of the trip. As it turns out, I'm not a huge fan of Mexican desserts. They just don't seem to have enough flavor, or maybe not enough sugar. But we had some good tres leches here and most of the rest of the week I had to settle for the coconut ice cream. Aaron was a big fan of the little fried cinnamon balls that tasted like little churros. He even became friends with the person that cooked them so she would make him his own special bowl without honey butter in the middle. Aaron also became friends with the person that cooked the shrimp, and she made him a special large plate of shrimp without shells. He loved using his Spanish to his advantage.
One afternoon we went to Xcaret, an eco-archeological park. There was a lot to walk around and see, but my favorite was the sea turtles. They had babies, medium size, and then big huge ones swimming around. It was pretty cool to watch them. Then we went to the nighttime spectacular show. It was in a large stadium type theater and showed parts of Mayan history as well as different cultural songs/dances from various states in Mexico. It was a great show, and I was really glad we went.
Another highlight of the trip was the full day that we spent touring in the area. We started at Tulum, a coastal town with Mayan ruins. It was beautiful. We had an awesome LDS tour guide who taught us about Mayan religion and symbolism as well as how it may relate to the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ. It was really interesting.
Then we headed out to Coba where we had an authentic Mexican buffet lunch and then got on bikes to ride through the jungle to see more ruins. Biking through the jungle was pretty fun. The biking also created a slight breeze to blow on our faces and offer some small relief from the heat and humidity.
We biked to this temple and got to climb all the way to the top. I am the one in the orange shirt. Aaron is the one that already beat all of us to the bottom and took the picture. The view from the top was pretty. You could see jungle for miles and miles surrounding the ruins. Then we headed to a Cenote (a sinkhole with a big pool at the bottom) to go swimming. It was so pretty down there and the water was so clear and refreshing after a hot day. We finished off the tour by going to visit a Mayan family in a small village in the jungle. It was very humbling to see the way they still live in small huts with thatched roofs and have a monkey and rodents roaming in their house, eating their food or waiting to become their food. It was a great day of touring and I'm so glad we got to see some of the local sites.
Did I mention the resort was all-inclusive? Did I also mention that they served Pepsi? Aaron was pretty happy about that. At nights we liked to hang out in the bar/lobby area and play cards, read, try to get internet, visit, and order our virgin drinks.
The pool was delightful. You didn't even have to get out if you wanted a drink. There was a swim up bar.
The beach was beautiful. There were lots of chairs and some hammocks where we could read and relax. I loved swimming in the ocean. It was the perfect temperature and the waves weren't too crazy. I even got Aaron to join me a few times, despite his previous refusals to swim in the ocean. It really was such a great trip. We are so grateful that we got to go and spend time with the Barth family in such a beautiful, interesting, fun, and relaxing place. Thank you to everyone that helped watch the kiddos at home so we could go.