The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Grand Mayan Riviera Maya Playa del Carmen
The Mayan Palace was great as usual, but as it was the off season there wasn't a lot to do. The staff was always curteous and friendly.
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Day trips took us to another magnificent Mayan site at Uxmal with the massive Magicians Pyramid and wonderful decorations, lots of that being carvings of Chac masks - the rain god. Another day we went to another site, Dzibilchaltun - very important in Mayan times apparently but not much there now. But a good museum and a cenote- these are 'sink holes', deep holes full of water which interconnect at the bottom in underground ...
... were packed which is always a good sign. Fran's was outdoors by the ocean and to make matters even more enticing she was offering free rum with our dinner...haha!! As we sat and ate dinner we looked over at the next table and there was sitting Hannake & Huib. They laughed and waved and as soon as they finished their food they came and joined our table. The free rum kept flowing and soon a master plan for the following day was formed. Earlier in our travels we'd met ...
... so I decided to say goodbye to the tour group and to my family to stay one more night on the island.
The sinkhole made famous by Jacques Cousteau is a geological masterpiece created by rising sea levels evident of the enormous stalactites 140ft below the surface. Peering over the edge into the dark-blue abyss you begin to feel insignificant and wonder what the hell lives at the bottom, 400ft below. I felt like I was in a Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie. With negligible gravity, ...
... my shorts were completely soaked as we got on another bus up to the Universidad del Caribe. We decided to go and investigate the place where we would be working, but more so, to meet Ile who had been talking to us on facebook and she is lovely :) Tonight we are going to her house for dinner with her Mexican friends! The University is really nice, with pretty lakes/swamps with crocodiles and the outdoor basketball court got me so excited. Our work ...
... sported a bright yellow nylon rope from which one could pull oneself up and out, if need be. On our walk back to the bus, we saw a young woman making empanadas over an open fire, apparently in traditional style. At the back of the hut was an altar covered with a brightly embroidered cloth and some statuettes. We watched some peacocks spreading their fan-tails and strutting around the caged area. It was time to get back to the bus.
At noon hour, we stopped at ...