Hey fambam! So if you’ve seen my Week on a Carnival Cruise post and vlog, you’ll know that I was on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel and Yucatan! As promised, here’s my Mexico Travel Diary of the two days we stopped at the locations. And as always, for a more in-depth journey, the vlog of my trip will be posted below. 🙂
We got off the ship at around 10:00 A.M on day 3 of the cruise, with the first stop being Cozumel. We didn’t have a shore excursion planned, so we just did some exploring in the nearby areas. The water was so gorgeously blue, and I really wish I had a drone to fly out over the ocean, haha.
From what I heard, the island makes it’s revenue completely or majorly off of tourism. That’s why the first thing you have to go through is a long and winding souvenir shop. Once you pass though it, you emerge into pastel streets, palm trees, music, and alas, more people trying to sell you stuff.
Cozumel is bursting with color. Plop me in it with a camera for a week and I won’t complain.
But once you walk out of the facade of color and music, you emerge into what Cozumel is really like- an undeveloped island with battered cars and mopeds driving down the dusty streets.
We walked for about 20 minutes to get to a place called Discover Mexico, a “park” that’s more like a tourist information center. We made the trek out there assuming it was free, but tickets cost $26. Was the price worth it? No. Basically we were shown a 5 minute video of Mexican culture, walked through a room with some glass encased artifacts, and then emerged into a lush clearing. There was a quick show of a traditional tribal dance/song, where they spiraled downwards to the beat of the flute
This is Sophia the donkey. For $30, you can get your picture taken with her decked out in a sombrero.
The park consisted of a bunch of miniature scale models of famous sites and buildings in Mexico, so if you can’t see the real thing, you can witness what they look like. Pretty cool. Ask me again was going worth it? Yes because they had free wifi.
That pretty much concluded our stop at Cozumel! It was a quickie because we didn’t have anything planned, so after visiting the park we just headed back to our ship and took advantage of the free buffet. We ate overlooking the clear blue water and the entire island spread out below.
Day 2- Yucatán!!! Our shore excursion we booked was a trip to the Mayan Ruins, so as soon as we docked, we joined our tour group and head on a bus. The trip took 2 hours, and of course, they first took us to a souvenir store. It was hilarious because all of the vendors had a common phrase they would shout at you, which was “almost free!” And as it is human nature to be drawn the free and cheap things, we would walk over and inquire how much. Then they would proceed to say “Ahh señorita! Almost free! Just $15 US dollars!” Lol.
Afterwards, we headed to Chichen Itza (our tour guide said just pronounce it like chicken pizza instead ) to see the Mayan Ruins. The rule was that all cameras were allowed except video ones, in which there would be a $4 fee, but I bet that rule never works because nowadays, all cameras can take video.
The tour was mainly on human sacrifices and how much the Mayans liked to kill each other for their gods, but there was an interesting tidbit on why the government banned all climbing of the ruins. Because of the steepness, the majority of climbers would fall to their deaths. The very last person to climb it made it to the top, sat down, and then died. From then on the government banned climbing of not just the Mayan ruins, but all the ancient ruins such as the Aztec, Incas, etc.
This is the stadium that the Mayans would host their games. The winners were the ones that were killed and sacrificed, since it was such an honor. I don’t know about you, but I’d want to hurry up and be the loser in this game.
So that concludes my Mexico trip! Definitely very enjoyable, and I love the bright and colorful culture, as well as the history behind everything. Added on to the cruise trip, it was definitely a memorable vacation.
I hope you all enjoyed this two part Travel Diary, as well as if you watch the vlogs, following along with me. I can’t wait to see where I go next, and I’m excited to share it with you. Also, working on getting a camera stabilizer. The shakiness is real! ><
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Lots of love,