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mayan ruins and water parks in mexico

Posted on | September 12, 2008 | 8 Comments


It’s Photo Friday again. Brought to us of course, by Debbie at DeliciousBaby.

My photos this week were taken in Mexico in 2006 (when CAM and BigB were 10 and 6 respectively). We planned our summer vacation gambling on the weather that year: we vacationed on the Mayan Riviera (the Caribbean cost of the Yucatan peninsula) in August. I must have checked the hurricane watch on NOAA daily for weeks before we left. Yes, it was a little crazy, but it was also darn cheap. We also avoided Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and all the purpose-built resorts. We stayed in Akumal, a little pueblo between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. There’s very little in Akumal except the beach, a grocery store, a dive shop and the Ecological Center – which suited me just fine.

As it turned out, my husband had to change his plans at the last minute (work, work, work). So I ended up traveling with the kids alone. (He joined us later). We relaxed on the beach for the first couple of days but it didn’t take long for me to get ansty with all that sitting still. I bargained with my kids. I wanted to go explore Mayan ruins, they wanted to check out the water parks they’d seen advertised on the roadside. We compromised: Tulum first and then the water park.

Tulum was cool. Naturally they were reluctant at first, but they got into it. The game of the day was to pretend Mom was a Mayan princess and find a suitable place to sacrifice her. (CAM’s idea). It was enough to have them chasing around the site, map in hand, looking for a place to push me off into the sea.

CAM and BigB in Tulum 2006
CAM and BigB taking a break from their schemes to sacrifice their own Mayan princess (i.e. Mom).

The next day, I stayed true to my word and took them to Xcaret. We did a little snorkeling, but after wearing themselves out at Tulum the day before, the boys really just wanted to relax. Since BigB and I had become snorkel buddies in the open water and CAM was taking scuba lessons in Akumal, lazing was OK by me. This photo, I think, sums up the day:

Boys at Xcaret 2006
“Yes, Mom, we’re doing fine.”

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8 Responses to “mayan ruins and water parks in mexico”

  1. Marie
    September 12th, 2008 @ 9:30 am

    A nice mix of Mayan adventure and waterpark relaxing – a something for everyone to enjoy holiday!

  2. Dominique
    September 12th, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

    Looks like they are having a great time! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mara
    September 12th, 2008 @ 10:12 pm

    I’m with you – I can’t spend too much time on the beach without getting bored. I love how you engaged your children to get them to go along with your plans! I assume you didn’t go into too much detail about what those sacrifices actually entailed…

  4. wandermom
    September 12th, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

    Actually, I wasn’t the authority on sacrificial rituals of meso-american peoples. No, my ultra-bookworm, photographic-memory kid (CAM) was the one with all the facts. He had read the Angry Aztecs and Incredible Incas book from the Horrible Histories series and was able to lecture myself and BigB as we walked around Tulum. These books have been such a hit with my kids. If you can, check them out.

  5. Debbie Dubrow
    September 14th, 2008 @ 10:39 pm

    What a great story. I visited both of these sites years ago (long before I was married), and now I can totally picture visiting Tulum and Xcaret with my kids.

    Thanks for joining in Photo Friday.

  6. Roger
    February 15th, 2009 @ 2:52 am

    I find very exciting that we all exchange links with pictures about Mayan Ruins. I just found a great gallery with lots of pictures from Mayan Sites from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

    You are going to love it.
    Mayan Ruins Pictures

  7. Akumal, Mexico - WanderMom
    May 12th, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

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  8. mayan ruin tours
    July 20th, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    Great pics. Cool kids too. It’s obvious that they had a great time.

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