Monday, June 27, 2011

Rivera Maya!

Meg and I were able to get away last weekend for a delayed anniversary trip. We traveled down to the Rivera Maya in Mexico. We flew into Cancun and took a shuttle down to the beautiful Rosewood Mayakoba resort. This ecco-resort was amazing! All of the villas were on a natural freshwater lagoon right in the middle of the jungle. It was like being in a terrarium, the wildlife was amazing!

In the lagoon, there were fish, turtles, diving ducks, and even alligators. As you might expect, you aren’t supposed to swim in the lagoon. It was pretty tempting at times since the water was so clear and inviting but after seeing a couple of gators, it wasn’t as tempting. Also, there was wide variety of birds flying around and we saw lots of iguanas, lizards, a raccoon, and even a boa constrictor. It was a beautiful resort and the service was excellent! I just wished the weather would have cooperated better, there were only two sunny days the entire time we were there. We still had a great time!

Here are some pictures from the trip!

Here is a picture of the resort lobby, main restaurant/bar, one of the pools and of course the lagoon

Meg and I in the boat going to our villa while enjoying a chi mojito!
Here is the view of our villa from our dock

Here is the view of the lagoon from our lounge chair by our private plunge pool
This is the view of the rest of the lagoon from our dock

This is a view from our rooftop terrace

Here is sunset view from the rooftop terrace

This is a shot of one of our meals at the beach club with the beach pool and ocean.

Here is a shot of our lobster tacos we had at the beach club, they were excellent!
This is a shot of a code yellow day on the beach.

This is an up close view of the ocean right off of the beach club. The water was wonderful!

Another picture of the wonderful food served at the resort

If you look close, you can see one of the alligators in the lagoon

Here is the boa constrictor we saw. The driver of the golf cart we were in said he had never seen a boa constrictor in the five years he worked at the resort.
After seeing the large wild snake, we went to a Tequila tasting. Here is the tasting cart.
One day we tried to go snorkeling out on a reef but due to the poor weather the boats were not taking out snorkelers. Here are the anchored boats.

So instead we went to a snorkeling trip in the cenotes or underground rivers and ponds. Here is the entrance to the cave we went into.

Here is the exit from the cave tour we took. There were cenotes like this all around the area, they are truly amazing! They didn’t allow cameras on the tour and our camera isn’t waterproof anyway!

Here is an iguana grande that was near the entrance of the cenotes. There were iguanas everywhere there and at our resort.

Like I said, even thought the weather wasn't perfect, we had a great time. The resort was amazing and so was the spa. The locals were very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent everywhere we ate on and off the resort. Overall it was a wonderful trip and I can't wait to get back to that area. Next time we will bring the boys with us and find totally new adventures.


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