Day Tripper @ Isla Mujeres
For my birthday last year (the penultimate day of our 12-day Cancun stay), we decided to spend the day in Isla Mujeres. Earlier we found out that there are two ways to go there, by taking the roll on roll off ferry or the regular ferry. Now our location in Puerto Juarez was very ideal. The regular ferry station was a 5-minute ride away to the right and in the opposite direction the roll on roll off ferry was about the same distance. However, taking the car (roll on roll off)with us for the day was too expensive, so we nixed that idea.
While waiting for boarding, we were grouped into locals and tourists. They let the locals board first, I like that very much.
The ride took less than an hour, and as we were leaving we got a good view of our resort. It looks pretty. From our balcony we could see Isla Mujeres. It is across the sea from us and only 13 km away.
You can also rent a small motorboat to take you to the island. For me though the bigger the vessel the better I feel about crossing large body of water.
This is why I love the Caribbean Sea; the hues are amazing. So soothing.
The dock is at the northern end of the island.
The popular way to go about visiting this tiny island of 7-km long is to rent a golf cart or a moped. We rented a taxi, because it's a no-no for me to stay out in the heat too long, but you see I don't always listen to doctor's advice. But the airconditioned taxi was my compromise.
The lighthouse at the southern end of the island was our first stop. Apparently everyone comes here too. The lighthouse is not a working lighthouse I don't think so, but there's plenty of shopping here as well.
Also at the southern end there are art installations. I didn't go closer - the heat was getting to me.
There used to be a small temple for Maya (the goddess of childbirth) at this end but suffered heavy damage from Hurrican Gilbert in 1988.
A statue of Ixchel, the goddess of midwifery and medicine.
And of course there is a statue of the iguana.
Nearby water enthusiasts can enjoy a day of snorkeling and scuba diving at Garraffon Natural Reef Park.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY
*****to be continued*****