Ola fair readers! My husband and I just spent a week at the Secrets Silversands resort in the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. The majority of our vacation was spent lounging by the pool, drinking corona and reading books. We did take one day off from relaxing to do the Coba Maya Adventure Tour with the company Alltournative and it was incredible.
Below are a selection of some of my favourite pictures from our trip, enjoy and try not to be too jealous…
The resort was very contemporary. I loved the sleek, modern furniture.
The main pool area had a lot of activities throughout the day but we preferred hanging out by a smaller pool that was quieter.
To snag this amazing spot, between the beach and a large pool, we had to get up at 630am everday! Using old T-shirts, towels and crappy Danielle Steele books we kept our chairs safe from lounge chair thieves.
Try and guess who spent $180 on their sunglasses and who spent $25…
We arrived in Mexico on March 1st and did our big Mayan adventure tour on the 3rd. After being picked up at the hotel at 830am, we drove 90 minutes to the rappelling and zip-lining site.
I was originally chosen to rappel — 60 feet down!!– into the jungle – first but my husband wasn’t feeling well from the car ride so I hung back to take care of him. The only reason I’m smiling in this picture is because I didn’t have to be the guinea pig.
Rappelling was a lot of fun. The scariest part was standing on the edge of the rock face and having to squat over the side before starting the decent.
Zip-lining was also new to me and was soooo much fun! You could choose how fast you wanted to go as they gave you a break, but naturally I went as fast as I could. We only had one shot at it so I had to make it count. I look like a major dweeb in this picture but I assure you I looked badass in person.
After zip-lining we hopped back in the van and drove 20 minutes to the site where we would swim in underground cenotes (caves). To get to the caves you had to kayak for about 5 minutes and then hike for 10. Here is my lovely husband doing all the work while I took pictures!
From the cenote swimming – which was amazing and I’m sad we weren’t able to take pictures – we headed to the Mayan Ruin site in Coba. Since we were with a tour group we didn’t have a lot of time to walk around we hired this Mayan Limousine to take us to our main destination, the pyramid Nohoch Mul.
Our limo driver is quite the skilled photographer. He earned himself a decent tip for this capture.
Pictures can’t convey how amazing the pyramid was. Try and wrap your head around the fact that this was built somewhere between 300-600 C.E. and is 138 feet tall!
This is the only remaining ruin that tourists can climb on as the historical preservationists will be stopping that at the end of this year or the next. If you have any interest in climbing ancient ruins now is the time to head to Coba.
Climbing Nohoch Mul didn’t take very long, but the climb was extremely steep considering there is nothing along the side to prevent you from falling off and the steps are all different shapes and sizes. I was pretty nervous (only because I’m clumsy!) but was so happy I did it. The view from the top was amazing – 100% jungle.
This aerial view should demonstrate how steep it is:
Climbing down was the worst! This picture is taken at the bottom but when I was at the very top I had to take the majority of steps sitting on my bum. I wasn’t the only one doing this so you can’t laugh at me : )
There were a lot of cute little shops around the entrance to the site but I was way too tired from all my activities to buy anything.
The remainder of our vacation was spent strolling along the beautiful beach…
…and being silly around the resort.
I miss you already, Mexico!
I hope you enjoyed my vacation pictures. I wish I took more than what I did, but honestly how many pictures do you need of yourself reading by the pool?
If anyone is looking to book a vacation I’d recommend using CheapCaribbean.com’s “Mystery” resort option. We did the ‘Mystery Secrets” option and got assigned to this hotel. We figured we would as it was the cheapest out of the three potential resorts and we ended up saving $150 per person by not knowing our hotel until one week prior.