Yucatan in 2010
To be perfectly honest, when I think of the Yucatan, I think of Cancun and all of its excesses. But, it's awfully convenient from Houston, so we decided to give it a shot. Plus, despite my lust for adventure travel, I must admit that a few days of relaxing on white sand beaches on the Mayan Riviera didn't sound so bad.

To my delight, the Yucatan had a lot more to offer than what I was expecting. The Yucatecan culture seemed quite distinct from the rest of Mexico. We saw no hint of the violence currently being reported in other parts of the country. The food was a heckuva lot better than other places I've visited in Central America. (As much as I enjoy Gallo Pinto, it's still just Rice and Beans...) And, although the Yucatan lacks volcanoes, it has gorgeous cenotes and some amazing wildlife.

Top Highlights:
1. Snorkeling in Gran Cenote, an underground limestone swimming hole. Turtles swam below us while bats whizzed overhead
2. White sand and crystal clear turquoise water on the beach in Tulum, about 2 hrs south of Cancun. Duh.
3. Mexican food for 24 meals in a row. Actually, we had Italian food twice.
4. Flamingoes, herons, pelicans, egrets, and storks galore. And even a crocodile. All at Rio Galartos Biosphere Reserve.
5. Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Uxmal, Coba and Tulum. Each was unique, but gazing in solitude at the Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal was probably our favorite moment. Although, the pristine stucco at Ek Balam was also increible. The details of the columns in Chichen Itza enthralled as well.
6. People watching at Parque Central in Valladolid and Merida in the shadow of awe-inspiring 16th century colonial cathedrals (partially constructed of limestone from Mayan pyramids.)
7. I became rather fond of Xtabentun, a honey-anise liqueur which is the perfect way to finish off a Yucatecan meal.

To top it off, jen won a wet t-shirt contest at señor frog's in Cancun. Just kidding!
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