We took our first leisure vacation this year! By this I mean that we did not have a full day of activities planned ahead of time. My usual vacations consists of seeing as much as possible, waking up early and a lot of walking. But for this vacation, it was okay to sleep in, lounge by the pool and soak up the sun.
We planned a 5 night stay in Mexico and had 4 full days in Cancun! We also managed to get a day of excursion in there and it was a great way to understand more about the local culture and history.
- Compare prices on multiple credible sites. We ended up purchasing our tickets through Travelocity because they have bundle offers and as we purchased multiple items, we were able to save more. For $880 per person, we got our round-trip airfare, 5 night stay in an all-inclusive resort (Hotel Catalonia), shuttle to and fro the hotel/resort, 1 day of excursion with food and drinks included! This was definitely a steal and well worth the buck.
- All Inclusive Resorts are definitely the way to go. We did not have to worry about spending money on anything and did not have to deal with any local currency. We kept a few dollars on hand for tipping but overall we spent about $50 during our stay on things like souvenirs and tips. Oh also paid $13 for bugs spray because we forgot to buy that ahead of time. *lesson learned*
- Tourist spots: https://www.expedia.com/things-to-do/chichen-itza-cenote-hubiku-valladolid-with-breakfast-lunch-open-bar.a414540.activity-details >> This is the package we purchased and hit the below spots!
- Hubiku Cenote: This was truly an unforgettable experience. We took a dip in this 140 ft underground sinkhole. You can immediately feel the temperature difference walking down the cave. It was about 50 degrees in there and the water was as clear as it could be with the sun shining in from the top and water sprinkling in. I do not know how to swim but got a lifejacket for $2 and I gathered up all my courage to into this magical waterbody!
- Tequilla Museum: Right next to the cenote is a museum with different types of tequilla– aged 30 days, 2 months, 6 months. They also had flavored tequilla which included kiwi, coffee, coconut, chocolate, mango and so on.
Chichén Itzá: This is what the trip was mainly about even though I wish we spent more time at the cenote instead 🙂 But hearing about the mayan civilization and the pyramid structure was really inspiring. The history of the place and it’s people is very interesting and some people still carry it out to this day. After all, it is one of the 7 wonders of the new world.
- Colonial Valladolid: This was a cool little town that we got to stroll down and explore on our own for 30 minutes. We got to check out a historic catholic church, see local people go about their day and have some of the best churros ever stuffed with chocolate or Dulce De Leche. I would go back to Mexico just for the churros 🙂 Just don’t go asking people around for it, because they assume you are asking for something else that may get you into trouble.
While we enjoyed our stay in the resort, it was also fun to take part in the local history and see the non-touristy part of Mexico.