It was then time to clean up and meet Webster. We checked out some snorkel gear from the resort, loaded the cooler and headed to Akumal. Akumal is one of my favorite places to visit while here. The beach is wonderful and the snorkeling is great. There is a fantastic restaurant right on the beach as well.
The boys headed out snorkeling first. The girls caught some sun for a bit, and then I geared up and went in search of some fun underwater creatures. Splenda had already seen a sea turtle, and a stingray amongst the many fish, and I wanted to see them too.
Lunch was fabulous, but we had to strategically place the young men in our party to face the restaurant rather than the beach.
After lunch, we loaded the van and Webster took us to another Cenote. At first, Tuffy was going to be the only one swimming since the rest of us had done it the day before, but when we got there it was so clear and beautiful, you just couldn’t help yourself. Jumping in had to happen.
I did jump, but Splenda got it on video rather than a still shot. I haven't even seen it yet. Could be pretty scary!
This cenote was so fun, that we ended up spending more time than we planned and by the time we climbed out, dried off and loaded back up in the van, we were behind schedule.
Our next stop was Xcaret. Xcaret is an ecological park near Playa Del Carmen.
Instead we headed straight for the underground river. This is such a cool thing. You load your belongings into a bag that they shuttle down to the end of the river. You don a lifevest and jump in. The current is strong enough that you can simply float down the river. It is underground, so sometimes it’s completely dark. Total distance is over a thousand feet. The water is cold, but it was dang fun! Sadly, no pictures.
When we finally got done, we showered off and headed for the theater. They have a SPECTACULAR night show!
It begins with a depiction of the ancient Mayan ball game. If you have seen the animated movie The Road to El Dorado, you’ll know what it is. It’s a game they played with a ball, and you can only use your hips. There are tiny rings on each side of the stadium that you attempt to get the ball through. Legend has it, that the winning chief then was sacrificed by decapitation. It was supposed to be an honor. Of course, no human sacrificing here, instead they took the game to a new level and lit the ball on fire! Using a form of a hockey stick, they continued playing the game flinging this flaming ball around. It was awesome, and a great way to express the Mayan culture.
They then depicted the Spaniards with Cortez coming to conquer. A battle scene, and then the merging of the two cultures. After that they did a musical number or dance scene showing something well known about each state of Mexico. It was absolutely beautiful. The music, the costumes, the talent was just breathtaking. I had seen the show before 12 years ago, but this was positively awesome!
After the show, we gathered everyone together and Webster took us back to the resort. I said my good byes’s to my little Mayan friend. I kinda have a soft spot for this guy. He is so nice, honest, safe, and trustworthy. He takes us to fun little places that helps his people, and provides us with unique experiences that we wouldn’t get from a standard tour bus.
The day was long, I was exhausted and my cold was just getting worse. To bed early with the wonderful thought of NOTHING planned for tomorrow!