Yucatán Peninsula – Land of the Mayas

Tulum

Miya Playa Del Carmen was our home base for exploring parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.  However we only scratched the surface.  One day we headed on this local bus to visit the Tulum Mayan Ruins… which had the greenest water I have ever seen.  You could literally swim in the ocean right under these ancient ruins.  Another day we explored the ruins of Cobá, where you had a 360-degree view of the jungle.  Loved the morning we woke up early and hit the ferry to Cozumel where we hung out at this secluded beach club and did a snorkeling excursion where you had an 80 foot visibility.  Upon return to Playa del Carmen, we where enchanted by the full moon and stumbled upon this popping restaurant in the sand, where we had a beer, ate dinner listing to live reggae music.  It was like out of a movie, 2 low chairs in the sand, under the moon, 85 degree’s, candle on table.  After full days of activities we always found time to stroll on Playa’s 5th Ave. where it was packed with beach bars and open air lounges, pumping international music along with a huge variety of restaurants at your fingertips!

My Favorite Foods

1- Shrimp Tostadas on 5th Ave.

2- Tofu/Vegi Stir Fry Thai Noodles @ Babe’s

3- Fish Tacos @ Palankar Beach Club

*****

Paulo – Nosso primeiro destino no México é conhecido como a Península de Yucatán ou Maya Riviera por causa de seus hotéis luxuosos e exagerados. O nosso desafio foi tentar aproveitar a natureza desse lugar e as impressionantes ruínas Maya sem se deixar levar pelo clima de “Cancún”. A nossa base foi em Playa del Carmen, uma prainha bem style com muitos restaurantes, bares e água cristalina. Como não tinha surf, fomos obrigados a explorar a cidade e curtir um pouco a noite do México! Durante o dia, não faltavam opções. Passamos um dia irado em Cozumel (Praia Palancar), fazendo snorkel e curtindo um visual tipo foto de cartão postal do caribe… Também fiz um mergulho com tartarugas gigantes em um outro lugar chamado Akemal. Outro dia fomos conhecer as ruínas de Tulum, uma das únicas cidades Mayas localizadas na frente da praia, com iguanas p/ todo lado e Cobá, um grupo de ruínas enorme quase esquecida no meio da selva. Depois de checar esses lugares impressionantes, cheguei à uma conclusão: Os Mayas moravam muito bem!

Iguana

The ruins were packed with Iguanas… and they will pose for photos

Green Water

Green water and white sand at Tulum

Panorama

Playa Palancar, Cozumel, straight out of a postcard

Snorkel

Miya underwater and almost undercover

Concha

Shells… Better at the beach

Piramide

Ruins in the middle of the jungle – Cobá

Topo

View from the top of the pyramid on the picture above. You can see a clear 360 view

Double Moon

Moonlight

~ by The Local Way on June 6, 2010.

4 Responses to “Yucatán Peninsula – Land of the Mayas”

  1. Adorei Playa de Palancar e a foto moonlight

  2. Nossa próxima trip vai ser pro México!!!
    Boas dicas!!!

  3. Muito boas as fotos!! Os mayas eram danados, neh! rs… A foto Moonlight com a Miya tá demais, chega a dar um aperto no peito – não sei por quê. =P

  4. Asking questions are actually pleasant thing if you are
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