This Magical Place called Mexico

After three months, I finally got around to posting these photos from our trip to Playa del Carmen and Tulum. If I find myself craving the beach or somewhere tropical, it's nice to know that Mexico is just a quick 2-hour plane ride from Houston. You might remember that my babymoon back in March of last year was in Cozumel. Well, since we love Mexico so much, we ended up returning for my post-baby vacation a year later. 

We stayed at the All-Inclusive Riu Tequila, which I highly recommend. It's one of several all-inclusives nestled in a resort community called Playacar. Beach access is literally across the street and shared with another Riu hotel.

We visited several cenotes, or swimming holes, on our drive down the main thoroughfare between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Okay, can anyone identify this creature? These guys were permanent residents of the resort.

After studying the Mayan culture in college, I finally got the chance to see the beautiful ruins in person. These are at the archaeological site in Tulum.

I could stare at this water all day.

Oops, we interrupted an intimate moment between these two iguanas.

Floating in the waters of Tulum's Gran Cenote.

This ceiling of this mystical cavern is covered with bats. Swimming underneath them was both thrilling and risky, as you never know when you might get some bat guano in the eye!

Wish we could have spent more time in Tulum to explore the cool roadside boutiques and eateries. I was steps away from Hartwood, but right when we got into the more popular area, I was overcome by food poisoning, or should I say bat guano poisoning. I accidentally swallowed a bit of the cenote water and felt the effects for the next two days.

Despite suffering the ill effects of swallowing cenote water, I had a wonderful trip. Because really how can you not enjoy yourself when the water is five shades of blue and the coconut is aplenty?

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