After an eventful evening, a 45 minute bus ride to the nearby seaside town of Puerto Morelos wasn’t in the cards. I’d still love to see the Jungle Market someday, but I’m not so much of a planner so as not to recognize when a day of rest and relaxation is needed! So we scrapped those plans and instead leisurely explored Cancun.
We ate breakfast at a small roadside tortilla stand called Emprequekas, a place I would visit 6 out of the 8 days there, and caught the bus to the Museo Maya de Cancun.
The museum has a great layout and balance of traditional displays and digital media. Its location in the hotel zone is no accident- when ground was broken to construct a new hotel, Mayan ruins were discovered and so the location became the museum. As you can see in the first photo, the ruins of “El Rey,” contrast starkly with the modern hotels built on three sides.
After getting our fill of Mayan culture and history, we moseyed over to a local shopping center on the lagoon side of the hotel zone. After reviewing the options, we settled on Mr. Papas and settled into some chairs right on the water. Many margaritas and a Surf & Surf later (no Turf, just a whole lot of seafood!), we made our way back to the hotel.
How we could eat again later that evening, I’m not really sure . . . but I needed to welcome my arriving students from developing countries, so we enjoyed yet another large meal at Casa Tequila and made it an early night! Had to rest up for Chichen Itza the next day!
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