Cancun Trip Report: Day 3, Garrafon

Day 3

Monday morning, we took a few more pictures outside (just can’t get enough of that water!).

We took a motorized catamaran over to Isla Mujeres. The water was an amazing color that shifted in how dark or light green it was.

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When we arrived at Isla Mujeres, after a 30 min. ride on the boat, we walked down a very rickety dock (it was missing planks and they had boards over the holes that you had to walk on) to the main building. Since we had all inclusive wrist badges, we didn’t have to fork over deposits for lockers and towels. We changed, and then had to pay a $20 deposit for our snorkels. So, life vests, snorkels, masks, and flippers in hand, we headed for the tiny beach where the snorkeling was. Garrafon National Park is at the eastern end of Isla Mujeres. There are coral reefs there that are quite nice. We went along the edge of the reef (there are ropes up so you can only go around the reef) and there were amazing fish! I was very excited to see Blue Tangs (Dory from Finding Nemo!). It was really amazing! Except I also got seasick from the slightly choppy water.

After snorkeling, we had lunch at a great buffet. Then we headed for the end of the island where there are cliffs, a plethora of iguanas (I was quite taken with them, as my many iguana photos will attest), some mini-ruins, and some arty statues that reminded me of the infamous “Fightin’ Red Onion Head” at Penn State.

It was really pretty on this end of the island.

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This is the biggest flag I’ve ever seen!

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After we returned from Isla Mujeres, we caught the bus into the cuidad. We ate at La Rosa Mexicana, another Cancun for Dummies recommendation. Right after being seated outside, I got stung by the bee, which hurt like hell. The bee didn’t fare too well either, dying after it stung me. Fortunately, I had some cortizone cream in my bag and amazingly, it took the pain away almost immediately and it didn’t bother more any more after that. Wow, I had forgotten how much bee stings hurt! Our food was ok – not all that memorable, though not bad. We did get a free shot of Tequila each at the end though, oddly. That was probably the best part of the meal. And sadly, the first shot I’ve ever done. Anyhow – we decided to try and catch some “Voices and Dances of Mexico” show that Dummies recommended. Unfortunately, we got off the bus too early and had quite a long rushed walk to get to the theatre by 7pm. All the tequila was sweated off quite quickly! When we finally got there, at around 7pm, we found no evidence of said show. So all that hurry for nothing. We settled for Hagan Daas instead.

Full Flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/maggie42/sets/72157615333319660/

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