Day 3: Merida to Cancun
Right from the very beginning I knew today was going to be an amazing day. In fact, one of the main reasons I booked this Yucatan Highlights Contiki tour were for the two activities that we had planned for this day.
The first activity being our visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is one of the most visited sites in Mexico, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As one of the largest Mayan cities, the site has many stone buildings and ruins preserved to explore. We were led around the area by another tour guide who enlightened us with the meaning and history behind these structures and the many theories behind the Mayan people and their culture. We were even shown a certain area which is believed to have been the court for a ball game played by the Mayan people and told about the cenote where ladies are said to have been sacrificed, although no one knows the exact truth behind these sites. After our tour around these incredible archeological sites, we were given some time to explore the ruins ourselves as well as stroll through the markets that lined the pathways inside the city – I bought one of the traditional Day of the Dead skulls and Kristal bought a Mayan calendar ring.
After an interesting morning jam-packed with plenty of knowledge about the history of the Mayan people, it was time to sit back and relax in one of the most famous features of the Yucatan peninsula – the cenote. A cenote is an underground sink hole of fresh water. After seeing plenty of photos of cenotes on the internet, I was very excited to be able to see one in real life. And boy, did it live up to my expectations! From the moment I walked down the stairs into the cave and caught my first glimpse of the cenote, I was beyond happy to see how beautiful it was. We spent some time swimming in the beautiful blue water and admiring the beauty of this hidden gem in Mexico!
Once we were all back on the tour bus we set off towards our final destination of the Contiki tour – the wild Cancun! As we pulled into the tourist hub of Mexico, we were met with amazing views of the bright blue ocean hitting the perfect white sanded shores. We had a short period of time to explore our new hotel and have a quick nap before heading out for our first evening in Cancun.
For dinner we went to the very entertaining, yet very pricey, Carlos and Charlie’s. Not only did I get a Chicken and Cheese Burrito and a mojito, but the meal also came with balloon hats, clowns and various other forms of entertainment. It was the perfect way to get the party going before we headed across the road to DadyOs. We went for the all-inclusive drink package at DadyOs, where we were given our own tabled section and own bar tenders for the night. It was a great night out for our first night in Cancun with our Yucatan Highlights Contiki group!