Joined December 2017Living in: Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
  • Day2

    Grutas de Tolantongo, Hidalgo, Mexico

    January 1 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Grutas Tolantongo are a collection of hot spring pools built into a cliff in the semi desert of Mezquital valley in Hidalgo, Mexico.The pools are filled with warm water which is full of salts and minerals. The water is heated by the surrounding volcanic mountains but cold water is mixed into it before the resort supplies it to the pools. Hence, the water is lukewarm.Some of the pools have small springs of hot warm water falling into them under which you can go and take a splash of water. It was surreal to just lie in pool of warm water while overlooking the canyon. An experience like no other.

    Also, there are caves and a tunnels to explore, a hot spring river to swim in, and a pool with a waterslide. The river isn't much deep at any point, maximum depth would be 5 feet. The water inside the tunnel is slightly warmer than the tepid one in pools. Inside the tunnel the warm water drips and sprays out from the walls and ceiling thus showering us while we walked towards the small pool at the end of tunnel. All these sites - the Pools, river, pozitas (smaller pools), the waterfall and the cave (gruta) are in tolantongo but not nearby. There is a considerable distance between each of the sites. Like, it takes around 25 minutes by walk to go from pools to the river. So because of this distance and the size of the whole park, there is an insane number of stairs that one had to frequent up an down to go to these sites. It's beautiful but definitely tiring!
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    December 25, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Apparently this is world's third largest monolith which we tried to hike up (We knew we wouldn't finish, and we didn't :P ) This is what happens when two extremely unfit and lazy people try to venture into uncomfortable zones of being active on Christmas day - scale only halfway through and give up, come down to the base and have Cocolocos and Micheladas {to refresh after the hike (?) you see!} And head to a vineyard right after!. we went to Finca Sala friexenet vineyard where we took a tour of the dried up vineyard, the cellar 25 mtrs deep. Tasted a glass of white wine and got the glasses as souvenirRead more

  • Day8

    Isla Cozumel, Mexico

    December 15, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Truly turquoise blue water. Walked for 3 kms and reached Tequila beach resort. Enjoyed beer and some chicken wings under the shade of tree on the beach. then we left band reached Centro of Cozumel. we spent rest of the time walking around centro.

  • Day7

    Islas Mujeres, Mexico

    December 14, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Catamaran ride with open bar till Islas mujeres. Lunch buffet at icebox beach club. The only downside was the very hot sun while we were on he deck of catamaran. we docked at the island after lunch , got down and the had to walk for around 20-25 minutes to reach Play Norte where we had decided to go, we were so so hot that we barely managed to have patience for booking a beach bed from one of the shacks there and change to swimwear. As soon as we were done we just plunged into the cool water. What a relief that was! We spent a couple of hours there just relaxing in water and walked back to the ferry terminal taking in the views of playa Sol and the town on the way.Read more

  • Day6

    Xenses, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

    December 13, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We got interested is the theme park for it's river experience and the bird flight after looking at the brochure. We checked out from our hotel in Tulum and started for Cancun. Xenses is on the way so we stopped by here at around 9.30 -10 AM. we started the tour by going to the various photo booths and pueblo first and decided to do the water activities later. Wandering around the quirky weird pueblo was fun! We then had amazing tacos with beer for lunch. The pricing im xemses for entry as well as in restaurant is reasonable. We then went for birdflight twice, water slide and river experience. In River experience we had water float, mudbath, rain and sauna. We left for Cancun in the evening. We checked in late in the evening after our visit to Xenses near playa del carmen. We stayed at Hampton inn. Later in the night we went for dinner at Indian restaurant ,Taste of India and for a drive to Zona Hotelera. As we already had seen so many amazing beaches, we preferred not to do the same thing again in Cancun and went for visiting even better ones at Isla Cozumel and Isla Mujeres in the next two days of our vacation.Read more

  • Day5

    Cenotes and snorkeling at Tulum, Mexico

    December 12, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We had selected entirely different set of Cenotes to choose from but then we spoke to Lydia, the owner of the in house restaurant at Xscapetulum hotel where we we're staying and she suggested some other places and Cenotes as well which she thought weren't very touristy and that she preferred. She suggested Kaanloom lagoon, Caleta Tankah, Casa tortugas. Well, the general rule is to go by what a little call tells you and that we did. We decided to go to Caleta Tankah and Casa tortugas that day.

    We left from hotel at around 10.15 AM. Reached Caleta Tankah in around half an hour after filling gas. Caleta Tankah is actually a beach club on the side of a beach and has two Cenotes it's premises. One Cenote is connected to the sea now as probably it used to be right at the edge and the partitioning wall would have collapsed in due course of time. The water is Crystal clear and you get to see beautiful beautiful marine life right on what seems like an extension of the beach but actually is a the Cenote. It is not deeper than 4-5 feet at any point and on the right side , it's Rocky. The Rocky side has many more fishes and even bigger ones and if you swim through to that side, the kind of cave from where the fresh water of Cenote comes can also be seen. I don't can't swim so I never venture into deep waters for snorkeling and have to be content with whatever I am able to see at 4-5 feet depth of water, Here was my best snorkeling experience ever till date.

    We then went to Casa Tortuga which is not very far from Caleta Tankah. The entry fee is 400 pesos paying which we get to see and swim through 3 Cenotes and would be accompanied by a guide as well who would explain about the Cenotes. We went inside, changed clothes. We were collected into a group of 7-8 people and joined by Leo, our guide who took us to the Cenotes one by one.

    The 3 cenotes have their own names - Wisho, Caracol and Tres Zapotes.

    Wisho is completely inside a cave, and is at a level deeper than the ground level as compared to the other two. We went like 40 steps down , removed our footwear and people just plunged and seam through into darkness. I , on the other hand, who can't swim, was obliged by Leo. He just asked me to hold on to a life jacket and float. He held the other end of life jacket, swam and dragged me along. The water was cold and it was funny to do it but nevertheless, I got to see the wonderful Cenotes, so I shoved the embarrassment into an unreachable corner of my mind and just enjoyed looking at the marvelous stalactites on the roof of the cave. It was pitch dark inside, so leo had a flash light with him and he showed us how deep the water was, a bat family which had made the cave their home, the bat poop called guan and the pointy stalactites on the roof.

    The second Cenote, Caracol, has some part exposed and majority of it is inside a limestone cave. The entry and exit gates of sorts are next to each other. We entered through one swam inside looked around, took a U- turn at one point and exited to the same point through another gate. Caracol Cenote, I felt, had lower cave roof or one can say , the lever of water is higher in this one so you gotta sort of duck at different places where stalactites are poking down.

    The third Cenote we went to, Tres Zapotes is the biggest one and is completely open to swim in. It resembles a deep canal one can say and while swimming on the left hand side you can see the big rock under which are the caves which would have an extension of the Cenote but they are completely full of water so you can't swim there.
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  • Day3

    Río Lagartos, Mexico

    December 10, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Natural Pink lagoon.It was truly bubblegum pink. The cloudy weather made the lighting weird so the pictures really don't do an iota of Justice to the real deal. It was really a sight out of this world! I had heard about some lake in Australia with pink water but seeing pink water with my own eyes was a sight to remember!

    To add some Adventure to the trip our car for punctured right at the lake and the guide there helped us find a mechanic thankfully. There are no restaurants in the area so we had to manage with taking chips and fryums on the go. We started our travel back to Tulum at 3-3.30 PM and reached by 7.15 PM. We went straight for eating first proper meal of the day at La Barracudas! It had good food and decent price ! We were too tired to enjoy much. Just saved some energy to come back to hotel, freshen up and theb straight off crashed on bed preparing for the next days plans!
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