We had an awesome room overlooking the pools and ocean. All tile and even bunk beds! Even got NBC on the TV to watch the Flyers on Sunday.
Miles went up and down the ladder all week. We turned the bottom bunk into a fort for him to sleep in.
View from our balcony. Every morning we would open the door and listen to the ocean while drinking coffee.
Another view from our balcony.
Daily walks on the beach to splash around, build sand castles, and bury Miles legs.
The ocean was a bit rough at times, but not too bad.
Checking out the waves.
The kids pool... a giant castle with a pirate ship, slides, and all sorts of fun stuff.
Miles daily lunch... hot dogs and fries. Just like any good ole American kid. It was so great to have all day buffets!
Strange sculpture and the evacuation meeting location.
Sunrise over the infinity pool.
Putt-putt golf for our daily 18 holes.
The hotel lobby, very open and airy.
Ready for swimming!
We drank Cristal, just like millionaire rappers.
The daily routine of covering Miles in SPF400.
Miles loved this pool because it was swallow and he could walk across, climb out, repeat.
As he was jumping across the pool he kept saying "boinga boinga boinga".
Our daily visit the to pirate ship pool.
Miles getting ready to commandeer the vessel.
PB&J with "Fred the whale floatie".
Our daily round of golf... with margaritas.
The steakhouse with a mechanical bull.
Hard to get tired of this.
Cool statue in the lobby and a bored 3yr old.
Jean at the adult pool swim-up bar.
We dropped Miles off at the daycare (awesome hotel amenity) and had some margaritas at the adult pool.
Italian restaurant. The buffet is open every night or you can make reservations at the speciality restaurants. We went to the Mexican, steakhouse, and Italian. All were fantastic!
Nightly ice cream for dessert.
Miles was glad to see a Mexican Spiderman on the way out to Chichen Itza.
Actually, they were advertisments for CoCo Bongo.
Cenote Ik Kil. A fresh water swimming hole 85ft below the surface.
Really cool to swim in there. Fresh water and little fish all around.
Vegetation hanging all the way down.
Also the site of the 2010 and 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving competition.
There was a platform about 30ft above the water to jump in from. Fun!
Since there are no rivers in the Yucatan the Mayans believed that the Cenotes were the passage to the after life.
Lots of vegetation all around on the way out to Chichen Itza.
Miles prepping for a Mexican hat dance. Jean wasn't sunburnt, the "super vivid" setting on camera made everyone look burnt.
Miles getting the upper-view of Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza means "at the mouth of the well of the Itza".
Another Cenote near the ruins for fresh water and sacrifices.
Mayan walls separated the classes of citizens and an extensive road system was present.
Las Tumbas platform. Human remains, shells, and obsidian found here.
Top of a Mayan wall.
The Ossario, aka The High Priests Grave.
Serpents with intertwined bodies lined the stairways.
The head of the serpent.
Inside was found seven tombs full of jade, copper, crystal, and shells.
El Caracol observatory. The doors and windows are lined up with the path of Venus.
The Red House.
El Castillo in the central court. A pyramid dedicated to the deity Kukulkan, the feathered serpent.
On the Spring and Fall equinox the shadow of the steps forms a serpent.
When you clap your hands in parts of the plaza, the structure on the top echoes the sound of a bird.
The steps are lined with serpents, and the number of steps correspond to the number of days in a year.
This was built above another temple, inside they found a "Jaguar Throne Room".
The newest excavation site, right next to El Castillo.
You used to be allowed to climb the steps, but they were closed when erosion began, rocks were missing, and someone urinated in the room on the top.
Temple of Warriors.
"Group of a thousand columns".
Carvings on the columns in front of the Temple of the Warriors.
Miles is practicing for Archeology class in college.... sound asleep. Not sunburned, just playing around with the "super vivid" camera setting.
Chac Mool, the reclined carving on the top of the Temple of the Warrior.
The Venus Platform.
Part of the Wall of Skulls.
Wall of skulls.
Temple of the Jaguars.
Temple of the Jaguars, right outside the Great Ball Court.
The Great Ball Court and plenty 'o tourists.
The Great Ball Court 550' x 230', the walls are 26' high and covered in carvings. This is looking towards the Temple of the Bearded Men.
Mayan graffiti about blogging.
Mayan blog about graffiti.
These folks really dug serpents.
Plenty of trinkets and stuff to haggle about the price.
The giant chicken that Miles was afraid of. He kept saying "I don't like Mexican chicken".
Can't go to Mexico with seeing a donkey in the hotel lobby. After this, we kept saying "A donkey stole my (insert any word)" with our best Australian accent.
A carved watermelon that would make any jack 'o lantern jealous.
They took all this colorful food and cooked it in a giant pot in front of the pool. Looked fun, but 90% of which I couldn't eat.
Each day they brought a different animal around the pool to get your picture taken with. This was iguana day, followed by parrot day, followed by monkey day. Anything goes in Mexico!
Loads of fresh fruits and veggies everyday.
Go big or go home!
Each night they had shows in the hotel too. This was the Michael Jackson Tribute.... Very entertaining, to say the least.
Yep, thats Thriller.
Sand Castle building 101. Our room was just to the left of Miles head.
Prepping to bury Miles legs, another daily fun activity.
And my favorite part... crashing Miles into the waves then we would both laugh hysterically.
Just as he would rub the salt water out of his eyes, another wave would come along to splash him into.