It has again been too long since posting, so I apologize! As you may know, I have started a new job as a flight attendant. So far, I have only had two sets of trips for work (one with an overnight layover in Kansas City and one with layovers in Atlanta and Dallas). So far, it has been great! Due to the job’s flexibility, I ended up having 6 days off at the beginning of this month, so I decided to take advantage of the travel privileges and I hopped on a plane to Cancun! It was a spontaneous adventure that ended with me in Mexico for 4 days, exploring Cancun, Chichen Itza, Coba, and some beautiful beaches and caves.
Because of my travel privileges, the airfare to Cancun from Miami ended up costing me only $60 roundtrip. I also received a nice discount on a gorgeous hotel on the beach. Here is a view from my room and a view of the accompanying beach.
After a day at the beach, my friend and I rented a car to explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza was about a 3-hour drive from Cancun and is one of the most famous Mayan ruins. If you are ever in the area, it is a must-see.
The site has plenty of other ruins to explore, including an ancient ball court. Apparently, tribes used to battle on the ball court and the captain of the losing team would accept defeat by becoming decapitated! Along the site, there are plenty of vendors selling souvenirs and there are some shops and restaurants surrounding the park. You can rent a tour guide, though we decided to explore on our own.
On our way back to Cancun from the ruins, we also stopped at Balankanche caves, a quick visit but well worth it. Throughout most of Mexico, there were plenty of opportunities to stop at “cenotes.” Some of them include swimming holes within the caves. Next time, I’d like to explore one of those!
The next day, we drove to Coba, about a 2-hour drive. I actually enjoyed this site more than Chichen Itza, as you are allowed to climb to the top of the ruins for a spectacular view.
The entire site has many ruins to explore and includes plenty of walking in a somewhat jungle-like setting. You can see some neat wildlife as you’re walking along. I happened to spot several species of lizards as well as a red-rumped tarantula.
There are plenty of walking trails, and you may opt to walk, rent a bike, or rent a driver to essentially push you in a cart throughout the day. I preferred walking for the exercise and likelihood of spotting creatures along the way. We spent most of our day here and grabbed a quick bite to eat at a restaurant right outside of the park.
There is still plenty of Mexico yet for me to explore, but I highly recommend these areas if you are planning a quick trip!