Photo Diary: Cancun 2014
Yay! I am finally got it together and is It feels so good to have finally set aside some time for catching up with my long overdue travel posts from last year! This was my friend Kevin & I's first international trip together.
For 6 days and 5 nights, here is how my trip looked like for my first time in Mexico + what I learned along the way!
- Casamagna Marriot Cancun Resort for $110 a night = wicked deal. Kevin took advantage of down season and asked for the ocean view room upon arrival for no extra charge + free wifi = win! I'm so glad we booked here, because they also have some great food right downstairs! I highly recommend this resort!
- Try their Empanadas. They were so so so good. We even had to buy extras to take with on the plane ride back to Canada!
- Beer is cheaper than Water. Therefore whatever to water, just drink beer! Just kidding, if you don't feel like spending $5/bottle of water, head out to the nearest connivence store to load up. Beer is cheaper there too, at $1/per can at 7/11.
- Purchase your excursions when you arrive or beforehand. So that you can have sufficient amount of time to plan out the rest of the week and include rest days in between excursions for recovery. (The sun takes a ton of energy and so does swimming for 3+ hrs under the sun!)
- Chichén Itzá + Cenote: If Wonders of the World, history, architect, mayan stories etc excites you, then I'd highly recommend this tour. If you want to beat the heat and get some of the best photos before the crowd, look for a tour that has an earlier entry!
- Bargaining: Go ahead, have some fun with it! I learned some great lines from walking through the market myself! "Almost free! It's cheaper than Walmart" being a couple of them! :P
- Tulum + Xel-Ha: The abandoned city of Tulum, was beautiful! An old seaport surrounded by soft white beach, turquoise waters + a spectacular view! It's one of the best preserved historic points in the area. | For me, Xel-Ha was a highlight for this trip. The place was paradisiaque. There were activities at every turn, with fish, lagoons, snorkelling, tubing and all you can eat + drink, I had tons of fun while being surrounded by nature!
- Safety, Downtown: I'd recommend sticking close to each other, or your group tour if you're in downtown. It's common for individuals downtown to come up and ask for money. Thankfully our tour guide gave us a heads up with that.
- Food: do your due-diligence. We got recommended to a seafood restaurant upon arrival, and found out it was a mid-high $ range place with 'ok' food. So based on that experience, I would suggest doing some research of places you'd like to try out in the area beforehand (unless you got the $ to do as you please!)
- Food Safety: Here's to busting some myths. If you could get the bottle water for drinking. Tap water at resorts are fine and filtered, just be ware if you're outside of the touristy area. Bring oregano oil to help your immune!
- Budget: Excursions ($500), accommodations ($650?), food/drinks + shopping ($300+), flights x2 ($550) ~ so roughly $2000-2200 for the two of us! Making it quite an affordable mini getaway for two post secondary students! (:
Now about the food: (To be updated**)
Cancun FOOD Diary? : click here for @ Sasi Thai, @ La Destileria, @ Mikado Japanese