So you’ve probably noticed I’ve been totally MIA recently. I was super super busy for a while and then I left for vacation! Last year Todd and I traveled to Europe with my sister, brother-in-law, and two of their friends, Mark and Christy. The six of us had a blast together and decided to do a repeat trip this year to Mexico. I just got back Thursday and thought I’d ease back into blogging/reviewing by posting some recaps of my trip (I do love sharing pictures!). The first two days of our ten-day trip to Mexico were spent in Isla Mujeres and the remaining eight days were spent in the Mayan Riviera.
Isla Mujeres was AWESOME. It is a small island in the Yucatan Peninsula that is known for being a prime location for whale shark snorkeling! (more on this later). Anyway – we stayed at this great little hotel on the beach, Maria del Mar. The hotel had all of these kittens running around outside of it, leading me to want to adopt them all and bring them home to America. The hotel also had this great bar attached to it that had swings as bar seats. It was really relaxing to drink on the beach and just swing in the breeze. Excellent way to start the trip. Continuing with the relaxing theme, we went to this great restaurant on the beach and ate the BEST shrimp ceviche I’ve ever had along with exquisite buttered lobster (I can still taste it all – YUM).
The following morning we woke up super early to go whale shark snorkeling! Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean. They’re the size of whales, but since they have shark teeth and breathe with gills, they are considered fish. Whale sharks feed on plankton and fish eggs and are therefore harmless to humans. They literally just swim across the top of water with their mouths open swallowing the plankton and fish eggs on the surface. Since it was mating season we were able to see at least 40+ whale sharks. Just watching them swim was amazing. They move surprisingly fast for such large animals (on average, they’re around 32 feet long, however larger ones have been found). Following our snorkeling adventure we had some great local cuisine again. Todd and I had our first fish tacos and honestly, now I want to eat them every day. We also rented golf carts (the main mode of transportation on the island) and drove out to the end of the island to visit the Mayan temple of Ixchel on Punta Sur and watch the sunset.
Day three – TURTLE FARM! I got to knock something off my bucket list! I saw baby sea turtles being born!!! AHHHHH MOST AMAZING THING EVER!!!! The turtle farm finds nests all over the island and relocates them to a secure location where the eggs can be protected. Once the turtles are born the farm lets the babies grow a bit before releasing them back into the wild. The photo on the right is one of the nests I got to see “hatch.” About 50 turtles hatched the morning we visited. I dusted off my Spanish and got to speak to the woman in the photo a little about the turtles. There are some that are born with defects that they keep on the farm for life. Two of these such turtles had their own large tank outside where they get to swim around all day. Their defect was that their shells were bent almost in half. It was really sad to see the turtles like that, but it was heartwarming to know that they were able to live happy lives on the farms. Those turtles would never have survived out in the wild. After a fun trip to the farm we finished our golf cart tour of the island and then made our way back to the mainland. We then began our trek to the resort where we would be spending the remaining seven days of our trip. I’ll write one big recap of the rest of my trip tomorrow. I’m currently battling bronchitis and the flu and am running a little slow. I promise I’ll pick up on the blog work though! In the meantime, here are some more pics from the first three days of my trip!