Showing posts from July, 2013

Turtle Nesting in the Riviera Maya

Loggerhead Turtle Playa Xpu Ha
Running down the beach under a starlit sky, following the pale red light bobbing ahead of me, getting a little out of breath and feeling the sweat trickle down my neck. We're on turtle patrol on Playa Xpu Ha in the Riviera Maya, looking for nesting mamas to ensure that they are able to lay their eggs in peace and make their way back to the sea. Guillermo Camarena of Animo-OneWorld is a man on a mission, his job during turtle nesting season to monitor the long stretch of beach on Playa Xpu Ha, tracking the nests, moving eggs to protected areas and educating tourists and locals alike in how to preserve and protect these incredible creatures. He invited us to shadow him for a night in his valiant conservation quest.

Guillermo is obviously accustomed to hustling fast down the beach, it was really tough to keep up with him! We were glad we did though, as we huffed and puffed approached the Al Cielo hotel we came upon a beautiful loggerhead female in the …

Cenote Jardin del Eden Riviera Maya

It is stinking hot in Cancun. Melty hot. Cook an egg on my porch hot. Electrical bill through the roof hot. In almost ten years here I have never felt so danged sticky. I thought I had grown accustomed to sweltering temps but this year is killing me. If I could, I would live in a cenote, permanently underwater, even if it meant having pruny feet and fingers and growing gills and webs between my toes, it would be totally worth it.
Cenote Jardin del Eden
There are literally thousands of cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, each one with its own unique characteristics. A cenote is a natural limestone "sinkhole", they can be open (total collapse of the limestone "roof"), semi-abierto (half open) or closed, meaning the "roof" is intact and to access the cenote you must enter through small openings and lower yourself down to the chilly water-filled caverns below. The cenotes are often connected to underground rivers, there are no surface rivers in the Peninsula s…

It's a Kelly blog!

Sooo, I haven't been blogging much. Not as "myself" anyway, I write daily for work, it pays the bills, but it's not "ME".  I have this HUGE sense of guilt hanging over me about CancunCanuck, like it's something that I MUST do. Have to. Forced to. Responsibility. And thus, nada. Writer's block. A couple of months back I met up with my awesome friend Suzanne who is the Mexico expert. She asked me why the heck I wasn't blogging. I floundered for a second then said "I don't know what it is anymore, travel blog, expat blog, Mexico blog, mommy blog, bilingual blog, news blog or personal blog!!!" Sweet Suzanne smiled and said "It's all of those silly, it's a Kelly blog!" Well huh, go figure, her response has been stuck in my head ever since and I've realized I just have to write. As me. Same as I used to.

BUT I realized there is a difference now. I used to write to escape and to pretend a bad situation wasn…

Xplor Fuego - HOT Night of Adventure in the Riviera Maya

I first visited Xplor Park in the Riviera Maya when they opened many moons ago, a fun day of ziplines, underground rivers and amphibious vehicles. They've just launched a NEW adventure, Xplor Fuego and invited me for a fam trip to check out the experience.

Xplor is great fun in the daytime, but a whole new level of adventure at night! We started out with a swim in the underground river. Lit with red, it had the appearance of a volcano (or hell as some said!). The guide cracked a joke about the water being hot (it was bubbling and glowing like lava), but we knew darned well we were going to be shivering in no time. Not a bad thing, we were sweating like mad, it was pleasantly refreshing! It was a relaxing float through the gorgeous stalactite formations, natural wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Soaking wet we made our way through the twisty turny paths to the start of the zipline circuit. The night circuit is a variation on the day, a little shorter (for time) but still a total r…

Xenotes: A New Experience in the Riviera Maya

Team Xenotes
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I looooove me some cenote action. Hopping in the car and cruising down south to refresh in the cool waters, do a little snorkeling and jump off some cliffs, it's a pretty regular weekend thing for us here in Cancun. I've been hearing all about the newest park from Xperiencias Xcaret called "Xenotes" and was excited to receive an invitation to a fam trip to check it out this past weekend.

The friendly public relations staff greeted us at the meeting point and after a few minutes of teasing them about their waiter-like uniforms (dos micheladas por favor!), we boarded the bus to make our way to Puerto Morelos. It was the usual gang of social media folks and press and the giggles started early, it's always nice to travel with a group of fun folks who are really knowledgeable about the region. (Y'all know who you are, abrazos!)

Cenote "K'áak"
The drive took us down the cenote route near Puerto Morel…