A Taste of Mexico - My Family Travels

Yes, the rumor is true!  Seven nights, eight days in the magical city of Riviera Maya at a five star resort is a pretty nice vacation.  Staying in a gorgeous, beachfront suite with a beautiful, luxurious patio makes it even better.  Oh, and did I mention, there was a beach, wave pool, lazy river, and five other pools?

Once we checked in with the concierge at the resort, we did not waste any time to have fun in the sun.  We immediately went to our room, put on our swim suits, and went to the beach.  The beach was beautiful.  The soft, warm sand gave me a feeling of complete relaxation.  I could hear the graceful, calming waves crashing against the rocks.  The water was so refreshing, especially after being so warm from lying in the sun. 

In addition to going to the beach and pool, my family and I also went on excursions outside of the resort. We went rock rappelling, zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, and swimming in an underground cave.  We hiked about a mile back through the luscious rainforest and descended into a cave about 200 feet.  Once in the cave, we had the experience of swimming in a cenote.  A cenote is an underground cave that has extremely clean, mineral enriched water.  In fact, anything unnatural was not permitted and if you wore such substances you had to be rinsed with a hose prior to entrance to the cave.  

After we left the cenote, we hiked a bit further into the rainforest to a big, rocky cliff.  Once we arrived at the overhang, the tour guides supplied us with the equipment needed to successfully descend from the 200 foot cliff.   In order to safely descend, you needed to have one hand above you to support yourself and your other hand in under your body to control the speed at which you were descending.  The cliff was not straight down, instead it was more so of an overhang.  The fact that I was hanging in midair with only a harness, a rope, and my strength, gave me such a feeling of freedom and self-dependence.  

At the second cliff, we zip-lined across the rainforest canopy, to another cliff 2500 feet away.  We kept on our harnesses from rappelling and the tour guides just hooked us up to the rope that was strung from our cliff to the cliff 2500 feet away.  We were given a piece of bamboo in the shape of a wishbone to be used as a brake. What I found to be frightening was when the one tour guide said, “Be careful not to use your brake too much or you could get stranded in the middle of the rope.  Then, the only way to get you to the other side would be to send another person across to give you a push.”  All I could picture in my mind was someone coming full force at me on this zip-line to get me to the other side.  I did not use my brake at all due to my fear of getting stranded.  As a result of my lack of breaking, I had quite the ride!

I am a very adventurous person and I love to learn about different cultures.  I find other diversity to be fascinating.  This vacation impacted my life greatly.  I was able to be emerged in a totally different culture from that which I am used to.  It taught me that the world is such a diverse place and there is so much exploring to be done.  


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