Part 6 - Costa Maya

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Part 6 - Costa Maya
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 3:14pm

We werent due to dock in Costa Maya until around noon today.  So we slept in some, and then went down to Lumineres for the ala cart breakfast.     After breakfast John took the girls to the kids club.    Shortly after breakfast I started to feel awful - so John and I went back to the stateroom.    I pack OTC meds with us, so I took a few items and laid down.    I really felt badly, and debated going on the excursion.   The Mayan ruins were an hour bus ride each way. . ..I couldn't imagine going through this in the middle of no where.    John took my ticket down to guest services to see if they would remove me, and he said he would still take the kids.    I asked him to please not tell them I was feeling sick, as I was beginning to think it was something I ate and the last thing I wanted was to be quarantined.    John came back and said that it was too late to get the tour refunded, which I already knew (as it was under 24 hours) my concern was head count.    John said if I wasn't better he would just make sure they took me off.

I debated as I really didn't want to miss the ruins.   And thankfully after about an hour the meds kicked in and whatever was wrong seemed to pass.   So, around noon we went down to the theater to meet the tour group.   We were led off the ship in the same manner.  This was one very long pier.  They have a tram that runs from the ship to the port  & back to help people.  But the group we were in was very large - so we walked.    It was a pretty day.

Pic of the pier/port  from the ship

They couldn't get over how blue the water was

We were broken out on about 4 buses.  The guide said there were 50 on our bus.    So, we then set off for the ruins.   He was a funny guy - English was his 3rd language (Mayan and Spanish 1st and 2nd).  So when he was at a loss for the appropriate English word he would say "blah blah blah".   Sometimes a guest would fill in the word he was missing, but always someone would giggle.

My family was very excited to get going. . .

And here they are about 15 minutes later (seriously)

So, I watched the world go by on my own.    At one point in a small town we hit several speed bumps.  The guide told us the bumps were put there to force tourist to slow down in hopes of the stands along the side of the road getting to sell some of their fruit.

I snapped a pic of the stands as we went by

Nearly an hour later we stopped at a spot with a bathroom.  So I made sure both girls went.  After which we took a short hike out to the ruins.    I wasn't sure how the girls would behave, wondering if they were too young - but to my surprise they found it fascinating.   Maddie often shot her hand up to ask questions.  

Chacchoben means "place of the red corn".   They believe the soil used to make the bricks were red back then.   The structures were built in 700 AD.

There were three ceremonial structures here.  The guide shows us pics he took himself at sunrise and sunset, the sun/moon lined up perfectly with the temple.

We also heard noise in the trees overhead.  After zooming a bit - we saw. . .

From another of the structures

After about 2 1/2 hours we headed back.   We bought some snacks & a Mayan mask.  The tour guide passed out cold water.  WE got on the bus and headed back to port.  As you can imagine my 3 companions all zzzzzzzzz again.

Some shots walking through the port buildings back to the ship

Kim, not sure if you are still thinking of the pool area in port - but it looked really pretty, clean and not crowded.

these guys were standing around.  I'm sure to pose or perform for $.  But I snapped their pic anyhow. 

Looking back at Costa Maya as we were getting back on the ship. . .

All aboard was at 5:30, we were back in our stateroom at 5:15 and dinner was at 5:45.   Sheesh.  We cleaned up fast and headed back down to Luminere's.  Thankfully it was cruise casual night.

I don't have any notes for this evening - but if I had to bet, we were back in the lounge for the dance party & Tim took care of us again.    It really was something the M&Ms wanted to do every single night.

I do have a pic of what we found when we got back to our stateroom. . .a critter with eyes & tail of chocolate.


So tomorrow is Cozumel, Thanksgiving and semi-formal night - all rolled into one.


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Mon, 12-10-2012 - 9:12am

I remember the book.  I had thought you were looking at Costa Maya at some point too - as I remember us talking about the long pier, etc.     Doesn't matter.  It's done.  :)    If you ever make it there, the port area is very nicely done. . the free pool in town looked clean, not crowded & pretty.

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Registered: 01-27-2005
Mon, 12-10-2012 - 7:21am

What you remember is me being confused about where I was going. LOL I had made up some info on Costa Maya but then realized it was not Costa Maya but Puerta Maya in Cozumel that we were going. So I changed all the info for the little presentation I made up for the boys.

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Sat, 12-08-2012 - 10:04am

Oh man, I remember you sharing information on the port of Costa Maya - I guess you shared it for me, and I have it mixed up with your vacation.

Costa Maya is a place that I'm glad we went, but I have no need to go back.   The area immediately leaving the port was bad.   I mean it looked worse than Jamaica as far as poverty.   But the port area is built up very pretty.

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Registered: 01-27-2005
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 6:12pm

We're not going to Costa Maya-just Cozumel. :(

I'm glad you felt well enough to go. It looks like it was a nice excursion and I'm thrilled the girls enjoyed it. When they cover that in history (if they even do nowadays-who knows) they will know first hand all about it.

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