While we were in Cancun this past weekend, we had the opportunity to do the ATVs through the jungle at Paradise Maroma. They gave us the choice between the ATVs and speedboats. Nicki and Erin decided on the ATVs.
I think the tour lasted an hour and a half. There were paths through the jungle where we followed the leader through the whole thing. Of course, Nicki was a wild person and was fishtailing whenever possible. I was the last one in the group, which was fine by me because I didn’t want to feel pressure to go faster than I was going. Much of the time I couldn’t even see the group because I was so far behind. They stopped every so often though to let me catch up.
The whole time I was riding I could only keep thinking, “It’s high season, I have no time to heal…”
They do provide a helmet, so I guess my brains would have been fine. Here are some pictures from our adventure.
Hello, my name is Leah and I’m addicted to pirates. (Hello, Leah) I’ve had this problem for years. My favorite ride at Disneyland was Pirates of the Caribbean (until the Indiana Jones ride opened) for the majority of my life. So, you can imagine my great joy when they made movies out of that ride and cast one of the sexiest men alive as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Anyway, I will move on. Pining over Johnny Depp is another blog entry. We recently had a training session with Lomas Travel about the various excursions that clients have available to them in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. I was appalled that I have been doing this for two and half years and I never noticed the Pirate Assault Cruise Dinner. I practically shouted across the table, “There’s a pirate cruise?”
I told Cathi over and over again that we had to do it. Cathi and I went to Cancun to film the eight Riu resorts March 25-28. I was very excited that she agreed to go with me! I’m really the luckiest girl in the world. I work for (and with) people that are supportive of my pirate enthusiasm and obsession and they only make fun of me a little.
So, Saturday night came and we were transferred to the marina in Cancun to meet our ship. We were on the Black Pearl, or course. I’m not sure how they split up the tickets, but some people were on the Black Pearl and some people were on the enemy ship. Jack Sparrow was the captain of our ship and I think the enemy captain was Captain Hook.
You get on the ship and sit on deck for the first section of the show. The first parts lasts almost two hours as you are sailing around the bay. It was wonderful. It seems like such a fun job…and the actors never quit. They were in character the whole time and having more fun than some of the people on the ship with us. They also were very good at keeping everyone involved the whole time. Cathi and I were sent down to the Brig for our meal and while we were eating the Captain came around to take pictures and make sure everyone was having fun. Side Note: He doesn’t make very good pirate faces in pictures.
I’m probably the wrong person to be writing this blog because I am forcing myself to think of the down side. I mean, come on, it’s a pirate cruise! They could have sat us on deck and paced back and forth glaring at us for two hours and I would have been singing pirate songs in my head the whole time…
But, in an effort to reach out to the peeps, I will say this – this excursion is probably not suitable for people that get really motion sick. It’s a three and half hour tour. (Maybe too close to a three-hour-tour for some people’s enjoyment) During parts of the tour you can really feel that boat moving, it’s loud, and if you don’t like audience participation then you might have to find another excursion while in Cancun.
They turn the deck into a dance floor! A pirate ship, food, pirates, loud music, lights, the ocean breeze in your hair…….and pirates…….doesn’t that sound like the best evening ever? You should go there. Call me. We need to get you on a pirate ship!
One of the most popular excursions we get questions about is swimming with dolphins.
On a recent trip to the Riviera Maya, Philip had the opportunity to swim with these beautiful creatures at the Delphinus at Xcaret. Here are some pictures from his day there.
Usually on our trips to our beloved Mexico we are busy either rushing from resort to resort doing site inspections or we’re busy spending the day on a beach bed having fruity drinks delivered regularly.
On a recent trip, however, we had the opportunity to choose between several excursions to enjoy. I chose to go to Riu Secreto.
From the Rio Secreto website: “Río Secreto could very well be one of the great wonders of the world. Come and experience this stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. It’s like stepping back in time to witness something mysterious and truly spectacular.”
To get started, we were outfitted with wetsuits and helmets with lights on the front. Swim shoes completed the ensemble. An interesting look.
The water is rather cool, which is why they put you in a wetsuit. It’s very nice as long as you’re in the wetsuit. It’s very refreshing.
I almost hate even putting these pictures up. For one thing, a wetsuit isn’t the most flattering thing a person can wear..it isn’t very kind on the eyes. For another thing, there is no way these pictures will do justice to the beauty of this place. When you are going through it, and especially when you go down through the hole in the ground into this amazing underground world you just can’t help but gasp “WOW”.
There was just one area where we were neck deep in the water. I actually could have stayed in this area longer..it felt great.
Toward the end of our adventure, they completely turned off all of the lights. It is unbelievable how completely dark it is.
I think if you’re in Cancun or the Riviera Maya you certainly need to check this out. I think it would be especially good for rainy days (because you’re underground) or during the really really hot days because you’re out of the sun and it is so refreshing.