My trip to Cancun, Mexico was thanks to the generosity of my best friend and came just before my 10-year relationship with my child’s dad was officially over.
It was an incredible experience.
I joined her there. I arrived at night. My lift to the hotel wasn’t there. I took a taxi and mispronounced the hotel. Got dropped at the wrong place. A taxi driver offered to drive me to the correct hotel for free because he wouldn’t want his daughter alone at night in a foreign country.
The hotel was incredibly beautiful. The view from our room was breathtaking.
Within a day, my skin was smooth and clear and my hair was silky and incredibly beautiful. My body simply agreed with the beautiful weather. I always joked that I was born in the wrong country.
Travelling with friends is when you really learn about one another. I am an early riser. My best friend is a night owl. I tried to get out of bed with a book and go sit on the balcony while she slept, but she’s also a very light sleeper and I couldn’t make it outside without waking her up.
We decided to get a day pass for the all-inclusive Club Med, which has the best beach views. While there, we befriended a Club Med employee who was going to pass his day off and birthday alone. We ended up passing the day together and having a wonderful time.
I really wanted to visit the El Meco archaeological site as I read that it was where local schools went on an educational trip. I have a minor in archaeology and wanted history over tourism. The Mayan civilization was among the original cultures of the New World and spanned more than 3,000 years. The site isn’t a typical tourist area. You must cross the poorer area of Cancun to get there. It’s not recommended to return home after dark if you are travelling alone. We ended up going with a travel guide and his nephew that met the day before who brought us on their personal time. So, yes, two girls embarking on a stranger’s car in a country that is unfamiliar to them. My mom would so kill me if she knew we did this!
We went on the boat ride that was supposed to be an hour or two long and ended up being much longer as the boat got technical issues and we had to be rescued. Our host kept the alcohol coming and the music going. We barely noticed anything was awry. It was a great evening with a beautiful sunset on the water.
We also visited Chichén Itzá, which is much more of a tourist trap.It was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, so it’s still worth the trip and the expense. It is truly breathtaking to see.
We also had the opportunity to swim in a cenote. It’s a very special experience. I must warn any families travelling to Cancun that cenote is not for small children or people who aren’t strong swimmers. The properties of the water making it harder to swim and if you sink, no one can get you out.
“Travelling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Unknown