Central America for Honeymooners - Mexico
Your honeymoon is a special time in any couples life… a time to unwind, and celebrate your future together as husband and wife. I’m sure most newlyweds would agree that the extensive time and effort (let’s face it the blood, sweat and tears!) that goes into planning a wedding, along with all that merriment and overwhelming happiness shared with your loved ones, can be utterly exhausting. Of course, tying the knot was the happiest moment of our lives and a time that we will always cherish.
The reality is that after the big day is over, any newly united Mr and Mrs needs some well-deserved time to R E L A X, reflect on the good times, and start your new married life. What better way to celebrate than 4 weeks exploring far-away lands, and hopefully ticking a few items off your travel bucket list! For my wife and I, Central America was a place we had always dreamed of visiting. We decided Mexico, Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica would do just the trick.
Our itinerary was planned with precision by our Adventure World travel designer and all of our ‘must do’s' were accounted for: exceptional live music, unbelievable wildlife, unique urban and cultural experiences and good quality rum! This photo blog will hopefully give you a snapshot of our unforgettable honeymoon experience touring Central America and maybe a few useful tips.
First stop - Mexico for 5 nights.
Recovering from the jetlag and acclimatising to the summer sun in Playa Del Carmen.
We stayed in an ocean view bungalow at beautiful Petite Fetite Resort – highly recommended for rest & relaxation. They make sensational margaritas and tacos at the beach bar.
A must do if you are in Playa Del Carmen (right next door to Petite Lafitte Resort) is to visit the Vereda de Xcalacoco Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a really peaceful place where endangered birds and mammals of the region live and reproduce. On our visit we saw many species including toucans, parrots, owl, deer, macaws and many other exotic animals.
A beautiful Toucan rescued after being caught (smuggled through customs) and rehabilitated
We had a full day guided tour exploring the fascinating pre-Columbian city of Chichen Itza, built by the Mayan people around AD 800-900. The tour was fascinating and a must do for all culture or history buffs if you are in the region.
Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula
After a long day exploring Chichen Itza we stopped off at one of the local ‘Cenotes’ or sink holes for a refreshing dip in mineral rich fresh water. Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. There are literally thousands of them along the Yucatan Peninsula.
Below is another ‘cenote’ (sink-hole) we visited on our third day, about an hours drive from Playa Del Carmen heading towards Tulum. Open to both snorkellers and scuba divers this one had a kilometre of underwater tunnels to explore filled with exotic fish, crabs and plenty of birdlife.
After a day’s rest we had a day tour exploring the fascinating historic walled city of Tulum on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, followed by half a day at the aquatic theme park Xel Ha
Caribbean sea view from Tulum
All smiles in paradise!
Xel Ha is a huge inlet and nature park full of all kinds of aquatic activities from snorkelling, visiting cenotes or cliff jumping and zip lining for the more adventurous. You can get an all-inclusive pass which gives you unlimited access to the restaurants, bars and attractions. Excellent day out for the family and lots of activities for the kids.
Tubing downstream through these natural mangroves was a highlight
One of many Black Iguana’s we encountered basking in the sun
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