Cenotes Near Cancun – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 24th, 2018

Cenotes Near Cancun - 2TravelDads

The Yucatan Peninsula is full of unique experiences from Mayan ruins and swimming with sea turtles to jumping into enormous natural swimming pools: cenotes. Cenotes are really a highlight to any Cancun vacation or road trip around the Yucatan and we’ve chosen our favorites, the best cenotes to visit in Mexico.

This handy how-to guide is also full of information about what you need to bring for a day in the cenotes, what to expect with the many types of cenotes, and our top tips for photographing cenotes and all the fun you can have.

What is a cenote and how do I visit?

Cenotes are a type of cave or sinkhole. They are typically formed in the same manner as caves with fresh water percolating through the earth and meeting up with the aquifer, or underground river. This erosion creates small and large holes in the earth’s surface and gives access to the beautiful, crystal clear waters of the aquifer.

What to expect at different cenotes

Because each cenote is different from the next, you’ll have totally different experiences. The cenotes near Cancun and Playa del Carmen are more built up around the exterior to make it easier for tourists to visit, but then as you go inland you’ll find cenotes that are much more rugged and surrounded by jungle.

One cenote near Playa del Carmen, Cenote Azul, is very open with many different fresh water pools surrounding a large one, yet Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum are very dark caves with a slow flowing river moving you through the caverns. Some cenotes have fish in them and bats flying overhead and others are just a grand bubbling spring like you might find in Florida.

Xcaret On the Mayan Riviera – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 28th, 2018

Xcaret - Mayan Riviera - Keep Calm and Wander

I am not a theme park person. But, if the ticket is offered free, why not go, right? And you know, I’ve never been to an “eco-archaeological theme park” before, so Xcaret in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico was my first one. This is a 250-acre theme park that brings you from jungle to sea.

How to go there. If you’re buying your ticket in one of the hotels in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya, transport is already included. If not, you can either hire an Uber or take a public transport called “shared taxi/van.” Ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Xcaret, along the national highway. And from there, you can walk.

Get a brochure/map of the park right after you buy the ticket. Sit down and talk about it with your companions on what to do and see first and last. Every free activities (included in your ticket) here are worth trying. Take note that there are paid activities here. Before buying the ticket, inquire what are included (especially the lunch buffet) and excluded. Take note of the time and places of the live performances you want to see.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Villa Sole – Gay Puerto Morelos Vacation Rental Villa

Author: , March 5th, 2018

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Find a comfortable and convenient beachfront home away from home to enjoy stunning sunrises over the Caribbean Sea on the Mayan Riviera.

Located in the safe and tranquil fisherman’s village of Puerto Morelos, this charming and nicely styled villa has ample spaces to enjoy life, a fully equipped kitchen, a/c throughout, deluxe mattresses, and sea views from the living room, bedroom and terraces.

Listen to the ocean waves, watch cruise ships pass by in the distance, observe the international tourists from the resorts next door as they walk by, swim in the infinity pool or in the serene ocean, explore snorkeling or scuba diving on the second largest coral reef in the world which is in from of the property, follow the route of the Cenotes or natural wells, scout the ancient Mayan sites of Tulum or the new seventh wonder of the world, Chichen Itza, or simply relax and sunbathe or enjoy the shade on a deck chair under the Palapas by the pool or on the beach.

The Mayan Riviera has it all, great restaurants, exciting theme parks, water sports adventures for everyone, night shows such as Joya, the Cirque du Solei production or the famous Coco Bongo disco.

See the Villa Sole Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Adventures in Tulum – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , February 17th, 2018

Tulum - The Globetrotter Guys

There are many exciting adventures in Tulum, it’s just a case of looking! Cycling around Tulum is the best way to find these adventures and see as much of this beautiful town as possible. Take a look at our short video on what we saw in Tulum here. We recently spent 4 days in Tulum and here are some of the things we did.

Cycling around Tulum – Just explore!

Tulum is quite small. Equip yourself with a map, a bike, plenty of water and set off on an adventure. Our hostel included free bikes, however there are plenty of places to hire them. We saw on the map a section where there was a thin strip of land separating the sea and a lagoon. This looked like it would be spectacular to see so off we went!

Our route

We cycled 15km along the coast and back. This was away from the main roads so was very easy and safe. Along the way there are many beautiful hotels, boutiques and restaurants. There seemed to be a bit of an “LA vibe” around as there were many health-conscious places to eat, yoga retreats and bikini boot camp resorts! Or if you just wanted to break up your cycle, plenty of boutique cafes and super food smoothie bars.

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Caravanas de Mexico RV Tours

Author: , February 15th, 2018

Caravanas de Mexico RV Tours

Caravanas de Mexico RV ToursCaravanas de Mexico is a Mexican registered tour company running RV & Bus tours throughout Mexico. We have been in business over 20 years running our own tours in both English & French and providing services to other companies such as Adventure & Fantasy.

We are gay-friendly and have had gay Wagon Masters leading straight tours for us in the past. We are now starting to organize specialty caravans for the LGBT community.

We run several bus tours and RV caravans each season to attractions like Copper Canyon and the Yucatan area. Some are suitable for larger rigs, some are not.

We are starting to run specialty trips for clubs and others. 2019 will be our first caravan designed specifically for the LGBT community, and we have lined up a set of gay wagon masters who live full time in Mexico, and are fully bilingual.

Our tours always include all RV Park fees, many tours and many high quality meals.

Future LGBT Bus tours are likely.

See the Caravanas de Mexico RV Tours Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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No Tan Lines – Tulum Clothing Optional Condo

Author: , February 9th, 2018

No Tan Lines

No Tan Lines offers two luxury condos, Mar y Sol, in a beautiful adults only, clothing optional complex. You will find them nestled in a lush, tropical setting in magical Tulum.

A spectacular pool, with meandering rivers and swim up bar, is the centerpiece of the property. Adjacent to the pool is a large hot tub which is a great gathering place to socialize with other guests. The complex is walled to offer guests privacy and security. The complex offers 24/7 security. The entire complex is clothing optional, so guests can feel free to be nude or clothed as they wish.

The spacious condos feature a four person Jacuzzi on a private balcony in the treetops. You will find gleaming marble floors, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances as well as custom made furnishings. Large wall to wall patio doors open out to the balcony.

A full kitchen, featuring a full size refrigerator with ice machine and cold water dispenser, full size oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, as well as dishware, cooking utensils, flatware, and glassware, and everything you need to prepare the perfect meal, or perfect cocktail.

The bedroom features a king bed, desk, and enjoy suite bathroom and shower with rain shower head. Just outside the bedroom is the romantic balcony with Jacuzzi.

The living room and dining room feature sofa, chair, dining table and chairs for up to four guests, satellite TV with Apple TV, bluetooth speaker and soundbar.

A patio door takes guests to the balcony with table and chairs, perfect for enjoying coffee or a glass of wine.

We have equipped the condos with everything our guests may need during their stay. For a day enjoying Tulum Beach, there are beach chairs, beach bags, cooler, umbrella, and plush beach towels. Bath towels are plentiful, and all linens are provided.

Downtown Tulum, with its funky shops, restaurants, and bars are within walking distance. We are close to the world famous Tulum beaches, cenotes, Mayan Ruins, and all the wonderful sites of the Riviera Maya.

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Cancun Day Trips – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 20th, 2017

Cancun Day Trips - Keep Calm and Wander

A friend and I went on a one-week, all-inclusive vacation in Cancun last week. It was a “spur of the moment” decision and we didn’t really plan at all. Having been twice on the eastern part of Mexico, I thought, I’d just show him the must-see cultural attractions and Cancun day trips in the area. And the rest of the week would be just chillin’ on the beach, including boy watching.

However, instead of joining a bus tour every single day for the next 3 or 4 days, we decided to see them all in one day. You know how it goes with tour buses, no matter how small the group is. And guess what? Joining a tour group is supposed to be cheaper, right? But not in Cancun! Since the city is infested with tourists who are willing to shell out their dollars, tour prices are unbelievably expensive!

So, what did we do? We hired a car. We talked to our first Uber driver in Cancun. With our survival Spanish vocabulary and his limited English, we came to an agreement. We told him all the places we wanted to visit and we received no protest from him.

Cost / Fee. The driver asked us for $230, including toll fees and gas. For some people, this is a bit much but we wanted him to be happy so he’d treat us well. We never haggled the price. There are two of us, anyway, so it’s cheaper than going on tour buses, right? He was a nice guy. And a good driver, too!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women

Author: , March 16th, 2017

Isla Mujeres

Cancun gets all the attention in Mexico. She’s the sophisticated older cousin with the glitziest hotels, name-brand malls and an over-abundance of casinos. Isla Mujeres is quieter, less mature when it comes to glitz but older and wiser when it comes to gracious hospitality. She’s more like your best girlfriend who loves spending time with you, sharing meals that stretch on for hours, strolling and Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

The island is 8 miles (13 kilometers) off the northeast coast of Cancun, serviced every half hour by ferries from pre-dawn to midnight. The Spanish graced it Isla Mujeres – Island of Women –because of the many goddess images left there by the Mayans who viewed the island as the sacred home of Ixchel, goddess off childbirth and medicine. Coincidently, it’s also the shape of a mermaid.

To the east of the island lies the Caribbean sea, rough and windy and the best place to view consistently spectacular sunrises. To the west is Cancun, which can be seen clearly on good-weather days. For visitors to Cancun, it’s the perfect day trip. For those who want to escape the glitz and see and be seen atmosphere of Cancun, it offers charming hotels, delish restaurants and exquisite beaches.

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Cancun Cuisine – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 24th, 2016

Cancun Cuisine - Nomadic Boys

The Mexican cuisine is so varied and heaps of fun to discover. Cancun cuisine in the Yucatán Peninsula has strong influences from the Spanish and the Aztecs, but its origins can be traced some 9,000 years back to the Mayans. This ancient empire migrated here and brought with them traditions like open fire cooking in ceramic pots and ingredients like batata (sweet potato), beans, corn, chilies, avocados and tomatoes. Bean paste on corn tortillas? That’ll be a Mayan creation.

Cancún cuisine has plenty of foodie experiences to explore with a variety of excellent restaurants. Here’s the famous and best food of Cancún we’ve stumbled on.

#1 TRADITIONAL TASTES

If you’re heading out to Central America and are after a true taste of Mexico, Cancun certainly has some of the best spots to suit all budgets. La Destileria is the best place to sample some of the traditional flavours and despite the stereotype of Mexico food being meat heavy, vegetarians are well accommodated here. La Destileria has local musicians who play from table to table and serve up a mean Kiwi Margharita.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Island Paradise on Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 18th, 2016

Isla Mujeres - Dani

I visited Isla Mujeres in 2010 on a day trip while I was living in Playa del Carmen, and even though it was a (too!) short visit, I was smitten with the tiny Caribbean island immediately. Crystal clear water, powdery sand beaches, palm trees softly swaying in the wind. It was a glorious day. And yet it took me nearly six years to return to Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women.

I decided to spend my last weekend in Mexico on the island, and I don’t think I could’ve chosen a more perfect place to end my Mexico trip with a bang, but it also made saying goodbye even more bittersweet. I know that I’ll be back in Mexico (hopefully rather sooner than later), but I was definitely not ready for this trip to end, especially after our fabulous road trip.

As the last stop for our road trip, the island was perfect! It is tiny enough to be explored in a golf kart in half a day, so we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything when we spent most of the weekend on the beach, sitting in a swing bar with a cool beer or searching for the best palm tree to spread out our beach towels under.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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