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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal October 19th 2010

On our first morning at the Rio Playa hostel we were surprised to find edible breakfast. Just cornflakes, carton milk, bread and jam, but still a step up from the last place. The weather was a little overcast, but we had decided we wanted to visit the Caribbean island of Cozumel. We knew this place was a divers' hotspot but we decided we wanted to go for a look anyway. We sat around for a little while chatting with some guys at breakfast, and eventually they convinced us that it would be a complete waste of time to go there unless we did dive. They had been to snorkel there a few days earlier, and apparently there was nothing to see. So we decided that we would go to Akumal, a place which is known to ... read more
Another beach paradise
Katie underwater
Our new snorkels

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal July 3rd 2010

Wednesday June 30th was a success. I returned to the pueblo with Antonio and interviewed a woman and her daughter. They weren't the best interviews because many of their answers were very brief but regardless, it helps. We ended up at a Mayan restaurant where I met a family who owns the place as well as works in the hotel industry. I hit the jackpot! Or is it 2 words.......Anyways, the owner was from Chicago and manages a hotel on the coast. His honest answers blew me away. I'm saving those details for my thesis. His wife is from Guerrero, one of the most beautiful places in Mexico, and she has worked in all the big resorts of Mexico. When I say resorts I mean "hubs" or destinations (terms used in my field), such as Cabo, ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal June 30th 2010

Monday June 28th started a very productive week. I jumped on the colectivo and headed to Akumal pueblo to find community members to interview. I found 5! With my effed up Spanish I managed to explain the research I'm doing, the reason I want to interview them and setting up appointments. I admit, I need to work on my grammar skills. I always fuck up verb tenses so my sentences sound so odd. Perfecting my Spanish and starting a 3rd language, possibly Polish, German or Mayan, are some of my big plans after grad school is finished. Back to my exciting day.........My volunteers were: one woman who worked at a laudrymat, a man who worked at the internet cafe, a woman just sitting in front of her home and 2 wonderful ladies chatting it up in ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal June 28th 2010

Day 2 was an very unproductive (thank you unreliable wi-fi). The good thing is that I now have 3 interviewees that I plan to talk to this coming week. I have come the decision that I will only stay in Akumal for a month instead of 2. The remaining time I will spend satisfying my curiosity by visiting the Mayan ruins that consume this beautiful place. Not much has happened in the last 24 hours so sorry for the lack of excitement today. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal June 27th 2010

I arrived on a Tuesday, (I count as day 0), lacking internet, a communication tool that my life has become heavily reliant upon. Yesterday I finally gave in a jumped on the 15 minute 20 peso colectivo headed south to the magnificant town of Tulum, famous for its ruinas that bear the same name. The town is cute, busy, has good food, drinks and free wi-fi. There I found el rincon poblano, a cafe that deserves much more credit that any travel guide has given it. In fact, I have yet to see it mentioned in any guides. I left there at 9 PM only to be dropped off at the side of Hwy. 307 which connects to the main road where I am staying. The worst part, the main road where I am staying is ... read more

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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal October 19th 2009

When we made plans off to Mexico. After say, 3+ years of not travelling outside Canada. We made a conscious effort to do some Scuba Diving as part of the trip. We hardly knew where Akumal was on the map or how it compared to famous destinations like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and the likes. All we cared about is its cheap and this will give us an opportunity to see Chichen Itza. Apparently “Akumal” is a Mayan word that translates to “Place of the turtles”. To our surprise, it was only after we arrived that a few locals told us that the place is a huge nesting are for Sea Turtle. Imagine that… But before I get to enjoy this activity, I had to undergo a certification course which was nerve racking. As easy as it ... read more
Spider crab
Corals galore...
Sunrise at Akumal

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal March 15th 2009

Woke up this morning a little later than any other morning this trip. This how it generally happens, I get up at the crack of dawn everyday but our travel home day. I guess I am just too wiped out from all our activities and too bummed out that I have to go home. Our flight leaves out of Cancun at 2:30pm so we need to be out of the condo and on the road by 10:30am in order to have plenty of time to drop the rental car off and get some lunch at the airport. We packed up all our stuff, a little less care going into it now that we are leaving, emptied the fridge...our lucky neighbors got the remaining cervezas and Javier got a nice bottle of Spanish Red Wine and off ... read more
Parting Shots

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal March 13th 2009

Woke up this morning to another beautiful sunrise. It was going to a great last day in paradise! Today's the day that we finally get back to Tulum to tour the ruins again, but this time we're hiring a guide. We went last year in the later part of the morning without a guide and it was really a waste. Too many people(many of which were very rude) and no understanding of what the significance of various buildings were. So, time to wake the guys and get ourselves together for our Tulum adventure. We hit the road heading south around 8:00ish, not as early as I had wanted but for the guys it was early enough! We found the parking lot which cost 40 pesos and started off towards the ruins. On the way, right by ... read more
Aidan on the tram to Tulum Ruins
Pathway in Tulum Ruins
Tulum Ruins

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal March 12th 2009

So, the plan was to head down to Tulum for the day. Last year we toured the ruins without hiring a guide and really didn't get much out of the experience other than a breath taking view. This year we want to get there right as they open, hire a guide, and make the most it then head over to one of the beach clubs. When I woke up I noticed that the winds were down and the bay was much calmer than the previous couple of days. A perfect day to get Aidan out to snorkel. We moved the Tulum plans to Friday but still made the journey down there to reprovision at the San Francisco grocery. On the way back we took a detour through Pueblo Akumal. It was about the time when the ... read more
Akumal Pueblo
Akumal Pueblo
Lazy day on the beach

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Akumal March 12th 2009

We were up early this morning as we needed to meet up at Cueva Del Pescador to go out fishing. It has been one of my "bucket list" items for a couple years to go out on a panga boat in the Carribean...and today is the day! Also, this was an excellent opportunity for Aidan and Sean to finally go fishing on one of our trips. We have often talked about going out but never had the guts to do it! For those of you who aren't familiar with what a panga boat is, these are boats that you see up and down the Mexican coast usually with white bottoms and colorful trim. They aren't large boats and aren't what you would take out on a commercial fishing trip in the States. I made a bigger ... read more
view from the front of the boat
Sean with the crew
Aidan waiting patiently for a Sailfish to bite




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