How to arrive in Mexico.
At the beginning of the year, I compiled a list of places I long for to visit. The trips that for me foresee dreams in the drawer.
I didn’t think that just two months from that day, 2 incredible places would already be removed from that list.
This is a diary page dedicated to Mexico and the unmissable posts, a destination of a thousand colors and complete from every point of view: history, archeology, sea, cuisine, etc.
Air France, a historic French company, second in Europe and eighth worldwide for the number of passengers carried, allowed us to experience the Rome – Cancún route (passing through Paris).
Thus, on a cold February morning, dawn was in Rome and breakfast in Paris with pain au chocolat in the flag company lounge.
A “corner” of peace in the peace of a huge airport (Charles de Gaulle), where you can relax while waiting for your flight between rooms with bed, spa, detoxification room and much more.
But the clouds are waiting for us …
11 hours of flight and we are in Mexico! A warm embrace is the welcome that makes me sigh with happiness.
The best period is certainly from December to April, where the climate is between 25-30 degrees and the possibility of very low rainfall.
We chose to dwell more in the area of Quintana Roo (between Tulum, Isla Mujeres and Akumal), because I really needed to enjoy some sea.
At the same time it is the best base point for many excursions, I will tell you about the ones that most impressed me.
The unmissable places and how to organize excursions with Karma Trails.
I won’t deny you that Mexico isn’t exactly the easiest place to go as tourists.
We ourselves have had problems with car rentals and travel (reservations canceled at the last second without explanation, non-existent public transport, etc.).
A solution with which instead we had a great time is that of the excursions organized by Karma Trails, bookable online HERE.
It is a Tour Operator that I had already noticed in the past through the stories of my friends: MiPrendoeMiPortoVia. Born from an Italian based in Mexico, it really offers experiences that know how to sculpt the heart.
The convenience is to be able to calibrate the experiences according to your needs and your location. The excursion transfers will be waiting for you directly at your hotel and you will therefore be able to discover so much wonder in a short time.
BIOSPHERE OF SIAN KA’AN
Declared a UNESCO heritage site, it is home to 385 species of birds and 103 marine life threatened with extinction.
A stone’s throw from Tulum is a true earthly paradise.
The colors of the sea that I admired here will remain forever indelible. Not blue, not light blue, but crystal.
Sian Ka’an, in the Mayan language literally means: Gate of Heaven.
Today, as centuries ago, it is difficult to distinguish where the sea ends and the clouds begin.
On board of a small boat (with Italian guide) we experienced a real safari to discover sea turtles, dolphins and many species of birds such as: pelicans, eagles and much more.
Lunch, included in the excursion, is in Punta Allen. A small fishing village of lobsters where I really felt the atmosphere of the Caribbean I love: colors, dirt roads, children playing undisturbed between a hen and an iguana slowly crossing the road.
Those are the places where I remember to breathe fully; those in which what surrounds me flows slowly and life with the sea is a concrete reality.
Those places where I really feel in tune with my surroundings, those I feel I belong to.
A sentinel gator greets us at the end of a wonderful day, but our adventures with Karma Trails do not end there!
CHICHEN ITZA and VALLADOLID: discovering 1 of the 7 wonders of the world.
We leave the Riviera Maya behind to discover one of the 7 wonders of the modern world: Chichen Itza, an incredible Mayan complex in the Yucatan region.
The distance from Akumal (Playa del Carmen area), where we stayed the last days, is about 2 hours by car.
Alexis, official guide who will accompany us throughout the day is a Mayan thoroughbred (yes, they are not extinct at all).
Along the way he made us love his people, telling us wonderful stories and making us come into contact with one of the 4 Mayan communities along the way to Chichen Itza (I managed to have a special moment with a shaman of the community during our lunch break in village).
In support of what is now an ethnic minority in the country, we decided to support a local project by creating a personalized Mayan birth certificate (created by hand on tree bark). I still have to translate it from Spanish, but then I will let you know in my Instagram stories my premonition about the future!
The tour also includes a quick stop in Valladolid, the capital of the Yucatan.
A veritable explosion of colors for a city where the Mayans are the hosts.
This is also one of the most beautiful areas where you can find the cenote (a sort of freshwater cave).
The IK-KIL cenote, which we visited when returning from Chichen Itza really leaves you speechless (you have to pay the entry, but it’s included in this type of excursion)!
But let’s get to the wonder of the world. The feeling is really strange, the sultry jungle temperature makes its vision almost ethereal. What is most surprising is to listen to the stories and suggestions that the Mayans, skilled architects, mathematicians and engineers have been able to create to make their king a true divinity.
Alexis accompanied us on this incredible journey; the guide here really makes the difference.
Think that by tilting the steps of the “pyramid”, when you clap your hands, a sound is produced that emulates the direction of the bird of paradise.
Over the course of time the Mayans have assumed in the eyes of all a mystical and strongly esoteric entity, when in reality they were “simply” great scientists.
On some points of view, I believe they are still ahead of us, how can we not believe in the energy that pervades ourselves and all that surrounds us ?!
See you soon with the next episode of Mexico!