X is for Xel Ha

Xel-Ha, one of the amazing attractions in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico, a natural aquarium park considered the largest aquarium in the world, the perfect place to perform activities in Riviera Maya. If you love nature, there is no better place than Xel-Ha to practice snorkeling and water activities

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Xel Ha Park

Xel Ha has got to be one of my favourite places to go when I have time off. It is a natural park that is based around a huge lagoon and an awesome place if you like water activities such as snorkeling. They have an amazing lazy river that you can snorkel through or if you’re lazy like me, they have inflatable donuts that you can use to just float down the river.

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Inner tubes in the Lazy River

There are tons of cool fish and sealife to see and it is all completely natural. None of the fish in the park are in captivity, they are there because they want to be. Xel Has is commonly known as the world’s largest natural aquarium.

Enjoying a day off at Xel Ha

Xel Ha

Once you pay your entrance to the park it is all inclusive and another HUGE bonus of this park is the food they have available throughout the day. I think I can safely say that I would go just for the food.

Xel Ha are very big on the environment and biodegradable sunblock is a must when you are visiting the park. Keep in mind that biodegradable sunblock can be thicker than regular sunblock so don’t over do it with the cream!!

Biodegradable Sunblock

Another unique activity that Xel Ha park offers is the Dolphin Sea Trek. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience and if you are a non-diver like myself it is the closest you will get to feeling like a dive master.

My Sea Trek Experience at Xel Ha

Hugging a Dolphin

If you’re visiting this area, a visit to Xel Ha is a must do!

The incredible views at Xel Ha

The lagoon at Xel Ha

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Q is for Quest for Adventure

I have to admit that I am probably one of the laziest people alive and there is nothing I probably prefer than laying flat out, be it at home or on the beach, with a good book or my ipad; however I often have these madcap ideas to just jump in the car and go somewhere, anywhere, on a quest for adventure. My poor boyfriend is normally the one who gets roped in on my mad ideas and is usually the designated driver.

My last quest for adventure was one of our crazier ideas which somehow ended up with us crossing the border into Belize?!?! It all started out with a simple(ish) idea of driving south to see the ruins of Muyil which are about an hour’s drive from Playa Del Carmen. On the way, my boyfriend happened to mention that there were much better ruins ‘slightly’ further south. Slightly? Like 5million miles further south! Ok well maybe that was a slight exageration however it did seem like we were driving forever. We finally arrived at the ruins of Chacchoben and I have to say that they were worth the journey. After parking the car and walking through the jungle path, a huge pyramid type structure appears out of nowhere surrounded by smaller structures. I’m not a big fan of history but even if I have to say it was impressive.

STYLETIP – don’t drive with all the windows open if you want to arrive with the same hairstyle you left home with!!

Arriving at Chacchoben

Contemplating the universe @ Chacchoben

Sometimes I wonder how he puts up with me…. Must be Love

Well after exploring the ruins, it was time for lunch… of course having lunch there would have been far too easy. So we (and when I say We, I really mean ‘I’) suggested driving even further south to the town of Bacalar for lunch! Back in the car and off we go again. Bacalar is a town in the south of the state which is situated right on the Lagoon of the same name. If you ever visit this area, I SUPER recommend trying to visit as it is truly stunning! Anyway back to my adventure, we had the most delicious fresh seafood lunch right by the lagoon.

Bacalar

Bacalar

Bacalar Lagoon

DELICIOUS breaded shrimp in Bacalar

By this time it was like 3pm and we were about 3 hours away from home so the logical decision would have been to start the journey back right? Well I think it is safe to say that making sensible decisions has never been my strong point. During lunch I had happened to mention that I had never been to the free zone in Belice and somehow that turned into our next destination.

Welcome to Belize

I don’t know what I was expecting to see but ‘la zona libre’, also known as the tax free zone, definitely shocked me. It is completely run down with unpaved streets but the shopping was AWESOME and it was great fun taking the little scooter taxis from one end of the ‘strip’ to the other!

La Zone Libre @ Belize

Posing by an abandoned bus @ Belize

During the scooter taxi ride @ Belize

All in all it was a loooong day and we were exhausted by the time we got home but it was definitely a day to remember!

Time flies when you’re having fun!

It’s my ‘Mexican Life’ anniversary! Yep that’s right, it was 8 years ago today that I said goodbye to my life in London and boarded the plane to come back to Playa Del Carmen! It’s true, time really does fly when you’re having fun.

The past 8 years have been full of life experiences, learning to live in a new culture, learning a new language, learning to be away from everything I’ve ever known. Has it been easy? Not at all, but I wouldnt change a single thing (ok that’s a lie, I probably would change a few things lol). Everything I have been through has made me the person I am today!

Here’s a glimpse back at some of the best bits of the last 8 years of my Mexican Life..

My first NYE in Mexico

Las casadas de Misol Ha in Chiapas

Monte Alban in Oaxaca

Teotihuacan – Mexico City

Isla Mujeres

My furbabies

Isla Holbox with my dad

Debuting my new truck

My 30th (shock horror) Birthday

And that pretty much brings us up to date.. I’ve travelled all over the country, celebrated ‘numerous’ birthdays, xmas’s and new years, bought a  car, bought a house, sold the car, bought a truck, managed to accumulate 7 dogs and I’m still alive and more importantly still smiling and living my dream…

Living The Mexican Dream