Sunday, July 05, 2009

Project 365: Day 65

So, when you think of Cancun, this is what you think of. The beach was amazing! The water is the most incredible blue-- really, I thought all of the photos were enhanced or something. But no, it's just that color. The sand was soft and white, and the surf was pretty intense (by my standards, at least). And the flags were red, which meant that technically we shouldn't have been swimming at all. And really, "swimming" isn't quite right. We waded out into the water and played in the waves. The surf was full of sand and seaweed, and it snuck into hair and swimsuits and such. (Ask AJ about a great quote from that one. hehe.)

After we got tired of fighting the waves, we decided to take a walk along the beach. So pretty, but covered in kind of horrible looking resorts. (We were on a public beach, with the rest of the non-resort crowd. It was nice to be on a beach in Mexico with Mexicans.) We decided to try to find some Mayan ruins that I'd read about, but we ended up on the bus again. At a whopping $7.50 mxn (~$0.60), it was a great way to get around the city.
When we got to El Rey (the site), it was closed. We were about to go try to find the bus back when a guy sitting outside started talking to AJ in Spanish. I'm not sure exactly what he said, but he had the keys and led us into the site via a crazy underground passage. We got in, and he pointed at the ticket booth, and asked us for the admission fee. Since it was about $3 each, we gave it to him, and he let us in.
 (That's AJ pointing to an iguana, if you can't tell. They're pretty good at hiding in the scrub, but they were scurrying everywhere on Cancun island.) We had the site completely to ourselves, except for the bajillions of iguanas that have burrowed into every concievable nook and cranny at the site.
Pretty great, even if somewhat dubious. Of course, the site was nestled into the corner of a resort and a big, wild looking golf-course. It's not that often you get to spend some time basically alone with buildings that are nearly 1,000 years old. It was a neat way to spend the evening of our last night in Mexico!

1 comment:

JJJ said...

yes! love El Rey with the freaking Hilton in the background. Mom and I got yelled at by their grounds guards for 'trespassing' on their golf course. the public sidewalk turned into the golf course sidewalk! what were we to do?!
and anyway, your experience (minus underground tunnel) would have been much the same had it been officially open, I bet. we were there mid-afternoon on a beautiful day and there was one other family. silly resort people.
glad you got to see the kitties! I took sooooooooo many iguana photos. fun times.