Wednesday, December 5, 2018

End of Year Review of Adventures

Ahh, 2018, thanks so much for the memories!
Sweating my way through Tulum

I'm a super lucky lady to live in Cancun and this year was blessed with many adventures! In my work as a content creator and writer, I am frequently "required" to play tourist and go on excursions to take photos and video and provide feedback to the tour operators. (I know, poor me, right?) Sometimes the tours are awesome and extraordinary and other times.....meh. Not "bad' just not up to snuff compared to other providers of the same tour.

There are a few tours that really stood out for me this year and they were all provided courtesy by Translamex. The "house tours", operated by Translamex are all TOP NOTCH, reliable transportation, expert guides, good logistics (this is far more important and complicated than most tourists realize) and I know I can count on quality food and beverage. Of course the attractions themselves are bomb, but it's easier than you think to mess up even a simple tour to Tulum. and Translamex do it right, every time!

4 x 1 Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen

This is an intense day, LOTS to see and do but so worth it for the price! I've visited all of these places multiple times but the Translamex guides always find something new to teach me (Chito is my fave, he has oodles of fascinating tidbits about the ancient Maya). Trying to do all these activities in one day on your own would be pretty complicated for new visitors but has done a bang up job of finding a way to make the day flow seamlessly.

Crazy hair at Coba's Nohoch Mul pyramid

Favourite part: Climbing the Nohoch Mul pyramid

Chichen Itza Tour from Cancun

It's almost embarrassing to put Chichen on the list, it's a "no brainer" for first time visitors and the Mayan ruins that EVERYONE knows about, nothing hidden or secret about it. EVERY Cancun travel agency has a Chichen Itza excursion and they are all just a little bit different, from the friendliness and knowledge of the guides to the quality of the food served. I hate to say it but I have had some BAAAAAAD tours from other operators, but going with Translamex is a guaranteed good time.

Playing with angles at Chichen Itza

Favourite part: LUNCH! Seriously, Chichen Itza is astounding and beautiful and meaningful, but the Yucatecan buffet lunch is da bomb! Translamex nails it with totally tasty grub.

El Cielo Cozumel

I confess, this year was the first time I was able to visit El Cielo in Cozumel! "Coz", as it's affectionately known locally, was my first home in Mexico but El Cielo was always just out of my reach. In 2018 I finally got to  explore this hidden piece of "heaven" ("el cielo" can mean "heaven" or "sky") with In fact, I liked it so much that I did it TWICE this year! Obviously I am a snorkeling fanatic, anything in the ocean makes me SMILE!

Ready for El Cielo with my  bestie Andie

Favourite part: Getting up close (but NO TOUCHY) to a bunch of starfish, super cool!

I have had a terrific 2018, these three tours are just a small taste of the adventures I've had! My wish for you all is to have a 2019 full of travel, adrenaline and love! What's on your bucket list for the new year?

-- These Cancun tours were provided by by Translamex but the opinions are my own.

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