Hi everyone! Here is an article I posted some time back on Wander.Media. It talks about some new things you might see when visiting Mexico. For most people, it will be a culture shock. They don’t always have flush-able toilets, the police move around with guns ready to shoot, and there are still class systems. The article is great for giving you a heads up before you head over for a wonderful vacation!
Situated amidst the jungle and alongside the beach, Fairmont Mayakoba is a great hotel in the Riviera Maya. From its close proximity to attractions to the numerous pools, this hotel has something for everyone.
The resort prides itself on having 5 pools, a lagoon, and a beach where you can lay at your leisure while you drink a Pina Colada. Believe me, I spent a couple hours on the beach with the Pina Coladas. They’ve also got some games for the kids to play such as soccer or volley ball. If the wind isn’t too bad, you can also rent boogie boards and go out for a fun ride.
After a long day on the beach there’s nothing like getting a good meal. There are three restaurants to choose from as well as a dine-in menu. You can choose either Italian, Mexican, or an Asian Mix. I do have to say that while this food is great, it is very heavy so take it easy and don’t over do it. In the mornings they also serve a continental breakfast which is included in your stay. They have an array of buffet selections from freshly made omelets to crepes and cinnamon buns. Make sure to get there early, because the rush hits about 9 am.
The staff is friendly for the most part. I found that the men were quite amiable, but the women were very distant and slightly rude at times. Overall, they did a wonderful job. They aim to make your experience the best it can be. If you want to do an activity, but haven’t looked into it they will research it for you and send you the information. Yes, that’s quite different, but sometimes they can find great deals for you!
You’ll find that it’s easy to relax here, especially in the hotel room. These rooms have feathered pillows and comfortable beds. Most have a balcony where you can relax covered among the jungle foliage. Here you can see an array of birds or even a monkey, but don’t feed them because they can get quite aggressive. You can also see iguanas throughout the place. The area makes sure not to kill them and asks that you do not touch them. They can most be seen in between the bushes or walking across the walkways. Another perk to the hotel is that the water is filtered twice. This is great when you’re in the Yucatan area, because the local water is unfiltered and numerous people swim in the cenotes that are part of the source. The hotel makes sure that you have several bottles of water in your room and when you leave to go on an excursion they offer even more.
While the resort itself is amazing, it’s also in a great area to reach other attractions. From here, you can easily go to Playa del Carmen, Cancun, the Tulum ruins, or even Coba. The Akumal Monkey Sanctuary is worth a visit when in the area.
Overall, this resort is a great place to relax, but make sure you set money aside for this luxurious stay. They charge a lot of extra fees and taxes when you arrive at the hotel. Though, it is a bit pricey it’s well worth it!
Quintana Roo is thriving with these furry creatures. Since the area is a jungle, there are unique animals such as panthers, pythons, iguanas, and white tailed deer. You can spot these animals along the roads or even at some of the resorts.
Break from the beaten track and take the back roads to see some of these unique animals. The trek to Coba can be quite interesting. Small Mayan villages dot the area and monkeys swing among the trees. The people live in small colorful houses with only a hammock to to rest in.
While Mom and I were traveling through one of these villages, we didn’t think too much of it until we saw a crowd of people starring into the trees. We pulled to the side of the road and were amazed. Among the colorful branches there was a small monkey jumping around. It was the first time I’ve seen one outside of a cage. To the locals this was a normal thing, but for an American it was an amazing site!
Seeing that monkey made us look up the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. This place is a must visit! The company started as a sanctuary for monkeys, but soon people began asking for help in regards to other animals. Over the years, they’ve accumulated goats, deer, boars, toucans, and parrots.
When you book a tour, you’ll learn unique facts about the animals and hear their rescue stories. One monkey became used to be lonely at the sanctuary until they got him a cat. The two became best friends immediately. So when the cat escaped, needless to say the monkey quickly followed. They were missing for days. The cat was never found, but the monkey was located and harmed. Unfortunately, he lost his hand during the incident and now has to be kept separate from the other monkeys until they get used to him. This is one of the numerous stories you will hear among your adventure.
Halfway through the tour they’ll provide refreshments, usually a cold juice and a unique treat. Not only do you get to learn about the animals, you get to be up close and personal with a select few. You’ll have the chance to hold a parrot, python, and sit in a cage full of Capuchin monkeys! Be warned! The monkeys love to play and steal. If you have glasses, you might want to wear your contacts for the day.
When you book a tour, make sure to purchase the photo package. It takes away the stress of trying to capture each moment yourself. Now you have someone else to take phenomenal photos of you and your family interacting with these great creatures.
Remember, if you should see a monkey in the jungle, do not feed it. They can get quite crazy and our food isn’t the best for them.