DAY 4: JET PACKS ON THE WATER!

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I was having lunch on the La Isla Marina today in Cancun Centro and I saw this guy. I’ve never seen this before and think it’s pretty cool.My waiter told me that he thinks it costs $200 usd for 45 minutes and said that he’s never seen anyone but the guy who operates it, use it, haha. No wonder. 🙂

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22DEC12. Cancun,Mexico. La Isla Marina.

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ISLA MUJERES, “ISLAND OF WOMEN” 2

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Playa Norte

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ImageArriving back to Porto Juarez after a lovely afternoon.

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21DEC12. Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Canon 550D, Lens EF 18-135mm, last pic: Instagram

ISLA MUJERES, “ISLAND OF WOMEN” 1

So, hopping on the R1 bus from Playa Delfines away from the hotel district, takes you to Porto Juarez where you can catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres. The cost is $140 pesos (a little over $10 usd) round trip. It takes about 20 minutes and there’s a ferry leaving about every half hour.

ImageMost people when visiting this tiny island, hire motorbikes or golf carts. I hired a motorbike for $250 pesos for half a day, basically. The rental place is directly across from the port exit, so you can’t miss it.

ImageImageImageIxchel, goddess of midwifery and medicine. Very minor Mayan Ruins at Punta Sur.

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ImageImageImageImageIt may not have been the end of the world, but I did find Jesus. (Hay-ZOOS) in Espanol.

21DEC12. Isla Mujeres, Mexico. First picture: Instagram Lo-Fi, the rest: Canon 550D, Lens EF 18-135mm

PLAYA DELFINES, “EL MIRADOR”

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ImageConsidered an escapists beach, this is one of the less populated beaches in the hotel zone. It is beautiful. Immaculate. You have to walk it. The water is pretty rough, though, so be very mindful of heavy currents and rip tides, stay close to the shore.

I got there on the R1 bus coming back from the El Rey Ruins. So easy.

21DEC12. Cancun, Mexico. Canon 550D,Lens EF18-135mm

DAY 3: EL REY RUINS

Rather than opting for a long bus journey yesterday, I decided to take the day off and stay local. So glad I did. It was a great day. First, I found out the the R1 bus takes me to the El Rey Ruins and to Porto Juarez where I can catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres. The bus is very easy to catch. A minute walk to Tulum Ave. from my hostel. About 8 pesos for a bus ride. The bus was never crowded, either. First stop: El Rey Ruins, the only Mayan ruins site actually in Cancun…basically smack dab in the hotel district.

ImageYou may read some comments from people saying it’s not worth it, but I disagree. Having been to Chichen Itza the day before, El Rey was a welcome change. More quiet. I was able to enjoy some solitude. You can climb all over these ruins and really explore. The ambience was spectacular as there were dark clouds looming overhead making everything seem so gray, which in itself, made everything seem older.

ImageImageImageEl Rey dates back to the 1300-1500 a.d. period. It was a trading port and high officials apparently lived here.

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Can you spot the iguana?

ImageImageImageIt’s open every day from 8am-5pm and it costs $42 pesos for entry (under $4 usd.) I hear that it’s free on Sundays, but that hasn’t been confirmed.ImageHundreds of iguanas roam the site. You can get quite close to them as they are not that afraid of people. The caretakers of the site feed them tortillas daily. So in an iguana’s mind: a person = a tortilla = not so bad. They do very simple math.

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21DEC12. Cancun, Mexico. Canon 550D,Lens EF18-135mm

ARTIST NANCY GAFFARE (Parque Las Palapas)

As soon as I arrived to Cancun and went on a search for food, I happened upon a plaza with a bunch of beautifully painted carts. Upon further research, I found out who the artist is and you can see more about her here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BalIN2v1tQ

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ImageImage19DEC12. Cancun, Mexico. Instagram Lo-Fi

CRISP IS IN CANCUN

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Tribal Mask sticker by Crisp
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on the street
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Banker Trooper
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street perspective

19DEC12. Just off of Tulum Ave. Cancun, Mexico. Canon 550D, Lens EF18-135mm

*note* 21DEC12. Banker Trooper already gone. Taken off cleanly. Probably by a Star Wars fan.