Cancun Journals

31st Anniversary Trip to Cancun

An October 2004 trip to Cancun by dolfnsong

Quote: The trip was wonderful. We went to Xcaret, Tulum and Chichen Itza. Stayed at the Mayan Palace. Ate at Aca los Tacos in Playcar.

31st Anniversary Trip to Cancun

Overview

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Xcaret is a must. Get out and enjoy the culture, and try the food and beer.

Quick Tips:

Bring lots of water or stop at the local Costco. Bring something to keep away the mosquitoes.

Best Way To Get Around:

Rent a car; however, the locals drive crazy. Think Los Angeles with no road rules.

Mayan Palace Riviera Maya

Hotel | "Mayan Palace"

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The resort was wonderful. They kept the grounds clean. You can see the beach from the many swimming pools. Great Mexican breakfast buffet. They have nightly dance shows in one of the palapas.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Mayan Palace Riviera Maya
Km 48 carretera Federal Cancún
Cancun, Mexico 77710
1 800 292 9446

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Best Things Nearby:It's in the middle of all the attractions.Best Things About the Resort:A yummy Mexican breakfast buffet. Lots of swimming space. The pool never closes. Happy hour is 3 times a day!Resort Experience:There are five different swimming pools, so there is never a crowd. Lying by the pool is a great way to relax. You can take a short walk down to the beach. They were doing lots of construction while we were there. They are supposed to be putting in a day spa and other special things. Unit Type: 1 Bedroom Activities: Very Good Amenities: ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Mayan Palace Riviera Maya
Km 48 carretera Federal Cancún
Cancun, Mexico 77710
1 800 292 9446

Aca Los Tacos

Restaurant

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A great place to people-watch. It's an outside restaurant where you can pick up a few tacos or burritos - the quesadas are yummy. The beer is about average in price. The food is a great price, anywhere from $1-$6.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Aca Los Tacos
2nd Street
Cancun, Mexico

Xcaret

Attraction

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You get to spend all day in your bathing suit walking around no matter how thin you are. It was raining when we went in, but don't let that bother you. You can laze around in a hammock looking at the beautiful ocean or enjoy some of the many water attractions they provide. If you get a chance, they have a dolphin interaction program. There are areas to go and see many different types of animals. We ate at the Mexican resturant; the food was great. The night show is a must, it's a 2-hour show that explains about the Mayans and how Mexico came to be. Lots of beautiful costumes. So little time, so much to do!!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Xcaret
Km 282 Chetumal - Puerto Juarez highway
Cancun, Mexico 77710
(984) 883-3144

Ruins of Chichen Itza

Attraction | "Chichen Itza"

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It's very hot and humid, so bring lots of water. We took a tour, since it was free for doing a presentation through another timeshare. However, there is a lot to see and do that the tour time didn't allow for. We were able to climb the pyramid 96 steep steps up; coming down was scary. You can also climb 69 steps in the inner pyramid, but beware - it's HOT, at least 100 with no circulation of air and, if you’re claustrophobic, I wouldn't attempt to. Once you reach the top there are two statues; take your camera if you go. There is also a cenote onsite and a lost city you can see in the distance. It's a long drive there, but you go through a lot of Mayan towns and can see how the people lived.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Ruins of Chichen Itza
Tinum
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

Attraction | "Tulum"

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Tulum was very interesting. Make sure you have lots of water with you. Once you park, it's just a short walk up to buy your tickets. On the way you'll encounter some Mayan people dressed in costumes and they will gladly pose for you for a few pesos, great picture spot. There are lots of iguanas around, so keep your eyes open. We didn't get a guide, but we didn't mind, since there are little plaques telling you about each of the ruins. If you follow it around, you will then find a little beach that is great to cool off in. When you get out, watch for mosquitoes if you go near the grass. After my whole trip was over I had 62 bites.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Ek Balam Mayan Ruins
Highway 295 To Tizimin Yucatan Peninsula
Cancun, Mexico