Paradisus Day 6: Jungle Maya, Repelling into a Cenote, Ziplines, Cave Snorkeling, Pre-Columbian Mayan Walled City of Tulum, Concierge Octopus and Treats, Dinner at Olio, Belly Dancers, The Jersey Boys
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Jungle Maya day!
First a shuttle ride
Then we arrive for a morning of ziplining, repelling, cave snorkling!
Some of the places we will experience today!
I snorkeled in this cave!
From shuttle to Jungle Rover
Alan and Sasha repel down into an underground cave!
It's a long way down!
This was super cool
And into the splash we go
Holly has to go solo
Sasha did not want to do it
Holly drops down to meet us at the bottom
Video: Zipline 1
Video: Zipline 2
Video: Zipline 3
We are zipline pros at this point in history
It's just how we travel in Mexico now!
Video: Water Zipline 1
Video: Water Zipline 2
Down in the cave
look at how crazy cool this place is!
The photo guy made sure we executed all the requisite poses
Then we did them all again with Holly!
This was our adventure crew before we went snorkling
A nimble leap into the cave pool
splashdown in 3...2...1
Anya looks before she leaps
For a moment she just walked on the water
Anya and Holly pose but do not make the jump
Lunchtime! Anya enjoys a large helping of shredded carrots
We arrive at the Tulum archeological site
A tribute to Yucca farmers
Following our guide Arturio
This part was a bit rushed
But it was a long walk
And a VERY hot day
This photo was taken seconds before I clocked my head on the stone wall entry to the site
The ruins of Tulum
We learned that the temples had stone roofs
And the houses were thatched
In this second photo you can see why this city was here, that break in the reef
Arturio points out that the natural break in the reef allowed for ship traffic and trade
And everything here centered around that trade
Gum was one of the products traded
This would be a home, see... no roof
Anya and an iguana getting some sun
One of the temples
A quick family photo. Arturio waited until there were not tourists in the background to spoil the shot
Here you can see some of the figures carved into the structures
The main god honored at Tulum is the "diving god," or "Descending God," depicted on several buildings as an upside-down figure above doorways.
This large field was a marketplace
And this is Holly in one of her floppy sunhats!
The castle is the most famous structure
Arturio points out more architectural embellishments
Including some bloody handprints
This was a shot inside one of the buildings of some actual painting from the period
Looking down toward the beach at Tulum
There were about 1000 steps down to the water
Only Sasha and Alan ventured down
Sasha at the beach of Tulum
A look back up at the cliffs
Another lizard waits for us at the top
Hiking out to the other side
Each side of Tulum was partitioned with these long stone walls
Sasha throwing poses in her floppy hat
The whole floppy hat crew at Tulum!
Tulum was pretty amazing
I'm glad we chose to visit this site.
Grabbing a beer for the road. I think this was the only Corona that I had on this visit to Mexico!
Kids passed out on the way home
Sasha regains consciousness
After a super fun and hot day
We arrive back at the room with a nice bubble bath and octo-balloons waiting for us
Leonardo is perfecto!
Into the bubble tub!
Chocomilk and peach nectar
A nice way to relax after a long day of adventures
Olio a Trattoria where you will enjoy traditional flavors, combined with an Italian ambiance creating a touch of sophistication.
And you get warm bread in little bags!
Another amazing feast
The end of a long fun amazing day
What could be better?
Oh.... An Arabian belly dancing show! There's always that!
Video: Belly Dancers 1
Video: Belly Dancers 2
Video: Belly Dancers 3
Video: Belly Dancers 4
Video: Belly Dancers 5
Video: Jersey Boys
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