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    Posted January 10, 2012 by
    San Diego, California
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    Travel snapshots: Otherworldly landscapes

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    Semana Santa in the Yucatan Peninsula

    While teaching in Guadalajara, Mexico last year, my friend Austin Herman and I decided to spend our spring break exploring the Yucatan Peninsula. Starting in Cancun we headed west to the beautiful colonial town of Valladolid where we stayed the night before heading to Chichen-Itza. We beat the crowd the next day and spent its entirety exploring the incredible site. We then bussed to another Mayan ruin site at Tulum. There we biked around the town and even to a cenote where we spent the day snorkeling and exploring the fresh water cave systems. From Tulum we headed to Coba where we were able to bike around the ruins and hike to the top of a temple for a view of the seemingly endless jungle. Having ended our ruin tour we bussed to Playa del Carmen where many Mexicans choose to spend their Semana Santa. From there it was a short ferry ride to Cozumel where we rented a VW bug and toured the island. On the south side of the island we climbed to the top of a lighthouse for an incredible view of the Punta Sur ecological reserve. The last leg of our trip we spent in Cancun and meet travelers from around the world at the hostel where we stayed. This trip was such an adventure! We spent a week and a half in the Yucatan but could have spent so much longer experiencing all that it had to offer.
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