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Recently I spent the day at Xplor! For a long time now I have wanted to visit Xplor because of all the hype but until last month we hadn’t made the effort to go there until my kid sister came to Cancun for a wedding. Amy visited us in June and hubby and I organized a whirlwind tour of Cancun and the Yucatan to best show off some of the highlights of our region. We had an amazing time and more importantly I had the chance to get to know my youngest sister as a young woman.

Getting ready for Xplor!

When she and her boyfriend ended up in the Rivera Maya for a wedding I jumped at the chance to spend more time with her. So when they had a “free day” we picked them up and headed to Xplor. After paying for our tickets and donning our hard hats we set off on our adventure. We started out with the ATV course, which I loved, even though we were constantly blinded  flying dirt and sawdust particles but I roared with laughter the whole way!When we finished the course we lowered ourselves into makeshift rafts and paddled around the impressive underground caverns posing for the numerous automatic photos at every turn.Next, we headed to the “river swim” all the while snapping photos and enjoying our time together.

The River Swim

After lunch we headed to the ZIP lines.We kitted up with our harnesses and listened attentively as our “teacher” gave us a quick lesson and then we were off climbing up the first of many  stairwells  until finally we arrived at our first jump off point. I can’t remember who went first but what a thrill!!! We continued zip lining experiencing  many exhilarating moments that included soaring above the jungle and plunging into the cool, refreshing water of the underground cenote until finally we completed the circuit and after drying ourselves off we went to Puerto Aventuras.

Zip lining

We had taken Amy there on her last trip but this was Mike’s first visit to see the manatees, dolphins and sea lions.We finished off our day with huge lime margaritas and appetizers before driving them back to their hotel.It had been a great day full of fun and adventure and I was sorry to see it come to an end and as we drove home we started making plans for our next big outing.

Dolphins at Puerto Aventuras

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So it has been one of those days when you wake up in a foul mood and can’t seem to shake it. I won’t go into the who’s and why’s of it all but suffice to say that even though I am battling another cold or flu (whatever) I find myself seeking solace  in my blog with a teensy glass of Merlot wine. Sure hope it doesn’t mix funny with my meds.

Picking up where I left off in my previous blog we had just survived 48 hours with Wendy, my gal-pal from Vancouver, and by the time Monday rolled around we were ready for a new adventure. We set off to Puerto Aventuras, a pretty little marina about 1 hr from Cancun where many expats now call their home. One of the biggest attractions there aside from gazing at beautiful boats and yachts are the dolphins and other sea creatures as well as the various waterside reaturants.The sun was out, though the forecast had been for rain, so we counted ourself lucky as we strolled around taking photos of the playful dolphins and their newborns and laughed at the silly antics of the sea lion.We stopped for a pleasant lunch at an outdoor “pub” and then bid farewell to Puerto Aventuras and made our way to one of my favourite watering holes -Cristalino cenote.

Wendy at Puerto Aventuras

I have gone to Cristalino cenote for over 12 years now and have reluctantly witnessed the changes over the years. When I started going very few people knew of its existence. In fact, on most occasions when I went there with friends we would be the only people there.Our very own private oasis. Through the years that has changed with the advent of major development in the Riviera Maya and “cenote tours” Cristalino cenote is no longer just “mine”. It remains a beautiful spot and I visit it often especially when friends are in town. The sun now felt very hot, perfect for Wendy as she was on a mission to go back with a dark tan. We set up our chairs and dove into the crystal clear water. This would be our routine for the rest of the day, read a few chapters, talk a bit and then refresh ourselves.We left for home  feeling relaxed.

We arrived home hungry and if memory serves me correctly we took Wendy to our local taco restaurant Primos for.. tacos of course.We went back to my place where after a few Jack & Ginger’s the conversation inevitably lead down memory lane. Soon I was pulling out old photos from dusty albums and we were laughing and reminiscing about bygone days until the wee hours of the night.

On Tuesday, a little worse for wear, we got up packed some things into a bag and then headed for the ferry. Next stop Isla Mujeres! After a smooth sailing we fought our way through all the vendedores (sales people) and rented a golf cart for the day. Yipee!!! time to terrorize the islanders ( I say this in jest as anyone who has ever rented a golf cart on Isla knows that you could probably outrun it on foot) We drove around the island as Wendy snapped endless photos while in motion. We stopped to look at the turtles,admired the floating island (a ramshackle house mounted on used 2 litre plastic bottles–way to recycle!) in the bay, drank cool fresh coconut milk at the island’s look out point and stopped for lunch at Lancheros. I take everyone that visits to Lancheros as they serve the best tikinchic (fish marinated in a sour-orange sauce and chili paste then cooked in a banana leaf over an open flame). Yummy! As we were relaxing at the restaurant on the beach we gleefully noted that it was raining in Cancun but that on Isla the sun was beating down mercelessly…which made Wendy a very happy camper.

Turtle

At 4:30 pm it was time to take the golf cart back to the rental agency. So we finished our tour around the island and caught the ferry home. We ate our leftovers as “fish for 3” was more like fish for 6 and watched a movie. So far the weather had been great. We hoped it would hold out for tomorrow as we had planned to go to Playa del Carmen for the night. Wendy had been in Cancun for three days by now and I had enjoyed every minute of her visit.

Floating island

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