¿Qué hacer en Cozumel? ¡Snorkel!

Como ya todos saben ¡AMO Cozumel! Es un lugar tan hermoso, con una vibra tan relajada y hasta cierto punto es tan similar a los pueblos del caribe donde yo crecí en Venezuela que desde la primera vez que fui quedé enamorada de la isla. Sin embargo, con toda vergüenza debo admitir que NUNCA había practicado snorkel en Cozumel hasta hace poco(ya sé, apesto).

La cosa es que el día comenzó super temprano yendo al punto de encuentro en Plaza La Fiesta, en el corazón de la zona hotelera. Ahí hice el registro y recibí mi lonchera con desayuno que incluía el tour a Cozumel antes de salir hacia Playa del Carmen en una van super cómoda que además incluía bebidas para el camino; quienes me conocen, saben que detalles como comida y bebida me hacen extremadamente feliz XD.

Ya en Playa del Carmen nos reunimos con los visitantes de algunos hoteles de la Riviera Maya y abordamos todos juntos el ferry a Cozumel. Una de las ventajas de ir en un tour es que uno se olvida de hacer filas o de evitar a los vendedores y revendedores de boletos en el camino al muelle, para mí eso es siempre una situación ganar-ganar porque me fastidia bastante decir una y otra vez que soy local (para que no me hablen en inglés u otro idioma).

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Consejo: ojo, quienes sean sensibles, les recomiendo tomar té de jengibre frío o dramamine antes de abordar el ferry.

Ya en el Muelle de San Miguel de Cozumel, todos tuvimos oportunidad de pasar al baño a cambiarnos y aplicarnos protector solar. Es importantísimo que todos los viajeros sean más conscientes y utilicen productos biodegradables ya que el ecosistema que están por visitar es sumamente frágil. Ya todos listos con traje de baño y bloqueador solar, nuestro guía nos llevó hasta una lancha con fondo de cristal (wow) y emprendimos viaje a 3 famosos puntos de snorkel en Cozumel.

La verdad, mi déficit de atención hizo que no apuntara los nombres de los puntos de snorkel a los que fuimos, pero si recuerdo que eran diferentes profundidades (5, 8 y 12 metros aproximadamente) y en cada uno pueden apreciarse diferentes vistas, especies y bellezas; la luz cambia de una manera impresionante. En los puntos menos profundos, el color es un turquesa eléctrico hasta llegar a un azul profundo eléctrico (valga la redundancia) en los lugares más profundos.

Para aquellos que no podían nadar bien y/o estaban cansados, el bote tiene un fondo de cristal a través del cual aquellos que siguen arriba del agua pueden ver tantos peces y corales como los que están debajo (no tanto pero si ven bastante) mientras que pueden tomar refresco, agua o una cervecita mientras esperan por los demás y disfrutan así de vistas de la isla desde el mar.

Después de al menos 90 minutos chapoteando entre peces, es momento de subir a la lancha e ir de regreso al muelle. En el trayecto (al igual que en la ida) pasamos por los puertos donde atracan los cruceros en Cozumel, durante mi visita pude ver el Navigator of the Seas, uno de los más grandes del mundo. Estas ciudades flotantes son realmente impresionantes.

De vuelta en San Miguel de Cozumel, nuestro guía nos llevó hasta un restaurant que es un estandarte de la isla “La Mission”. Fue muy lindo regresar a comer a este restaurante que nos alimentó copiosamente durante la aventura en Cozumel del 2014. Me alegró verlo igual de cálido, con un servicio muy amistoso, música en vivo, bebidas frías y comida suculenta (les recomiendo el pescado al mojo de ajo, está para chuparse los dedos).

Luego, tienes 2 opciones: salir a recorrer el centro de San Miguel de Cozumel, su malecón y calles coloridas o, abordar el siguiente ferry de regreso a Playa del Carmen y pasear a tus anchas por la famosa Quinta Avenida hasta las 5:30 de la tarde, que es la hora en la que el guía reagrupa a todos para emprender el regreso a Cancún. Independientemente de la decisión que tomes, la pasarás increíble.

Por último, al ser local, son pocos los tours que digo: vale la pena que lo haga. Les recomiendo muchísimo el Tour Cozumel + Playa del Carmen de Cancun Tours, tendrán tratamiento personalizado y Maui es el guía más simpático del mundo.

 

 

 

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De Cancún a Chichén Itzá en fotos

Una de las ventajas de vivir en Cancún es tener escenarios naturales espectaculares a pocos kilómetros de distancia así como a lugares históricos y con gran carga cultural; recientemente tuve la oportunidad de visitar Chichén Itzá en un tour desde Cancún, la cual fue una experiencia completamente nueva ya que en mis visitas anteriores nunca tuve un guía que me compartiera datos importantes (esos que no se pueden leer en la señalización del lugar), además de la comodidad de no tener que manejar ni preocuparme por nada que no fuera disfrutar del paisaje.

Como escribir sobre Chichén Itzá me tomaría muchas entradas, por ahora les voy a dejar una pequeña selección cronológica de fotos sobre la visita ¡SIN PHOTOSHOP! Como comenté en una entrada anterior, no soy fan de editar las fotos y mi viejo Xperia casi nunca me falla 🙂

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Cuchura de lonchera o “box lunch” del tour

 

Valladolid, Yucatan My Cancun Tours

El tope de la iglesia San Servacio en Valladolid, Yucatán.

 

El Castillo Chichen Itza Plus My cancun Tours

Selfie reglamentaria frente a El Castillo en Chichén Itzá.

1.000 #chichenitza #yucatan #mexico #viajemospormexico #liveittobelieveit #archaeologicalsite #mayanruins #nofilter

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Al final del recorrido por el sitio arqueológico fuimos a un delicioso cenote a refrescarnos del calor abrazador del verano y regresar cómodos, soñolientos y contentos en el autobús del tour Chichén Itzá Plus desde Cancún de My Cancun Tours; realmente una super visita con 0 stress (no como las veces que fui con mi familia donde todo era un rollo, jajajaja).

#tbt to facing my free-falling fear one tiny jump at a time in a cenote in Yucatán 💚 #yucatan #cenote #mexico

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Traveling With Friends – Bacalar 2017

marhublog bacalar blog postIt’s been years (literally) since I wrote or posted anything here, but the first half of 2017 is already gone and – blame it on the solar eclipse – here I am again, after wandering and wondering for almost 2 years. So, I want this start to be a good one, and that is why I am going to go back and forth between 2015, 2016 and 2017 from this time on until the end of the year.

I turned 35 this year and I decided to go away to celebrate this milestone; so I turned to my friends and said: guys, lets go to Bacalar to celebrate my 35th birthday! That’s how rockstar bloggers Kelly (a.k.a cancuncanuck), Fer (a.k.a Mafesaro), Eli (a.k.a HolaSoyEli), Ppto (a.k.a PptoTravel) and Miguel (a.k.a La vida es viaje) jumped on board to one of the coolest road trips I’ve had in my entire life.

Taking advantage of the holiday weekend in February, Kelly took her kiddo and a bunch of stuff and drove all the way from Cancun to Bacalar first, then the rest of us got on the first ADO bus from Cancun to Bacalar we could get after we were able to get off from work so we arrived around midnight and took a taxi to our accommodations at Magic Bacalar Camping.

On the first day, Mafesaro, Eli, Ppto and myself decided to walk around town after waking up super early to watch the sunrise (Kelly stayed up all night and therefore, slept through the morning) while Miguel decided to bike around town and the Costanera Avenue along the gorgeous Bacalar Lagoon which is also known as “The 7 color lagoon”. While walking around we were hit by the struck of genius: Lets rent a car and drive to the mayan ruins of Kohunlich, Dzibanché and Kinichná!

@ilianapb @on.type @sircafeta @pptotravel #deaquisoy

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During the rest of the day, we decided to take a tour around Bacalar Lagoon on a boat, we were taken to sites such as The Pirate’s Canal, Cenote Azul, Cenote de la Bruja (rumor has it that this cenote has a curse from a witch that used to live by its shore a few decades ago, we didn’t really care and we jumped in it anyway as seen above), we got ourselves nice clay facials and saw stromatolite formations in the lagoon almost until the sun went down.

The next day we woke up early, had breakfast (which was deliciously included in our camping site fare) and headed to Kohunlich. The name of this ancient mayan city does not come from mayan language but is an english translation made into mayan, it actually means cohoon ridge, after the characteristic palm trees found in the area. Its architecture is very similar to other mayan cities such as Peten in Guatemala and even thought it is relatively isolated by tourism standards, that makes it perfect for quiet long visits.

Kohunlich estuvo habitada entre el 900 y 1400 A.C. #deaquisoy #Kohunlich

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After climbing structures and looking for Fer and Eli, we headed to Dzibanché ruins; this ancient mayan site got its name after the wooden lintels found in the “Temple of the Lindels” and means “Carved or written on wood“. This ancient city was part of the cities that belonged to the Calakmul radar of influence back in the day. At Dzibanché we were greeted by a pack of howling monkeys that were jumping on the tree tops.

Dzibanché obtuvo su nombre por los dinteles de sus estructuras. #deaquisoy #dzibanché

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Last but not least, we rushed to catch a glimpse of the smaller site of Kinichná which is basically just across the street from Dzibanché. This site only has one major and impressive  structure. We arrived there only 5 minutes before it had to close and the site guard was kind enough to let us in for 20 minutes because “nobody ever gets here” so, I think he was just happy that the site had any visitors.

Amigos, viajes y placeres; tomados de la mano con otros quereres. #deaquisoy #dzibanché

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The day was still young and we decided to drive south to Chetumal, Quintana Roo’s capital city to catch the sunset on the bay, take a walk in its colonial style streets and have dinner. This included both a sugar and grease bomb that were literally the best meals we had during the trip, not only because of how it tasted but for the memories attached to it. We had the famous deep fried hot dogs in bacon and gouda cheese (NOMMSSSS) and Machacados. Machacados are a mix of crushed fruit, crushed ice, condensed milk, vanilla and all sorts of toppings, from oreos to peanuts. My mouth waters as I write about them.

All in all, I claim to anyone who asked, that that single day has been the best day of 2017 so far and there is no way that it would have been the same without the people that share that same moment in time; it taught me how valuable they are and how much I want to keep traveling with friends.

What To Do In Wynwood With No Money

Hi there!

So, today is supposed to be #traveltuesday and therefore I should post a photo, blog and everything in between that is travel related. Since my last trip was to Miami where I attended Social Media Week which was held in the hip and cool Miami Ad School I had no excuse to not show some photos but I was pretty much broke so this raised an important question: what to do in Wynwood with no money?

Luckily I was staying at Manuel´s bachelor pad which is conveniently located in Midtown, that made my morning commute easy because I could just walk there, however the weather was not by my side those days and it was just downpour rain… still that didn´t keep me from walking and taking photos whenever I was able to do so.

Here is a disclaimer:

I hate Photoshop and basically any photo editing software, I think it had something to do with my university teacher and/or the fact that back in Venezuela one of my first jobs after graduating was as a photojournalist for a major newspaper where photo editing was off. I could maybe balance colors a bit or ad some contrast but that was pretty much it, photos were not touched by photographers so you just had to rely on your own skills to get a good set of photos, remember, those were the days when if you had a 32MB memory card and a 10mpx camera you could get away with it.

So, back to Miami, it was raining, I had a few good 9 blocks to walk every morning and afternoon and no money, the answer of what to do in Wynwood without any money is pretty simple: photograph until you can photograph no more!

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Out of the Closet. I´d pass this store on the corner of Biscayne Blv. and 29th street everyday and thought it was cool that they offered free HIV test. Nuff said!

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On 29th street and about a block west from Biscayne Blvd. I passed this railroad and got my first doze of street art of the day.

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You can call me baby.

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Nice garage!

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Don´t you just hate it when a car blocks your photo? Damn!

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“Protect Yo Heart” I promise I will Steve-O.

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I just loved the trees and the colors.

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Again, where am I? Oh, Wynwood!

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White walls, black ↑, black&white stripes, red shades… couldn´t help it #selfie

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Aparently shoe stores a big thing in Wynwood, who knew.

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I could not go further away to get this shot, I swear.

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According to Wikipedia (and my friends) the once average puertorican neighborhood known as “Little San Juan” or “El Barrio”, Wynwood gained notoriety when graphic artists and designers found spacious and cheap spaces to live and work about 10 years ago, which turned the once working class latino neighborhood into an up&coming area delicious for real estate brokers and investors. Probably one of the best examples of neighborhood gentrification in the US, just behind Brooklyn.

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The Bric House Grill and probably a shoe store, I can´t remember.

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Devoured by nature I suppose.

And now a few more photos from Miami Ad School. This bright pink building is just so cool, I love it!

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Mural inside Miami Ad School Wynwood

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Murals Miami Ad School Wynwood

Someone had some mushrooms aparently…

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These are my #nofilter photos of Wynwood on 3 rainy days. I still have tons of photos of the amazing street art I found in Wynwood just a couple of month before, on a kind of nicer day (weather wise) but I can´t get past my broken spirit of those days… yet! But I know I will because I always do.

I hope this #nofilter #noedited photo blog didn´t disappoint you and you´ve got a cool reference of what to do in Wynwood for free when you get there! If you want to look at other pictures from the other trip and just random photos (kitty photos included) check out my Instagram account, you are not compeled to follow me!