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Mush & Alga's Adventure: Ten days in Akumal, Mexico
2-16-2011
Stayed 100 feet from the beautiful blue water spending a lot of time on our third floor balcony. Did a lot of other stuff too like Xel ha, Akumal Beach, Tulum, Coba and Yal ku.

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Yal ku Lagoon SnorkelingWednesday, August 22, 2012
This is a small little park where the fresh water meets the salt.  It's just north of Akumal Beach where you go behind beach front condos to get to it.  There is a small entry fee but it's worth it.  Water is a little chilly in February.

Yal ku Lagoon, Akumal, MexicoWednesday, August 22, 2012

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The entry point into the water.

Yal ku Lagoon, Akumal, MexicoWednesday, August 22, 2012
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Here's Yal ku Lagoon in Akumal, Mexico.  A small lagoon where the fresh water meets the salt causing "distortion" in the water that looks like oil and vinegar.  Mostly underwater footage.  Our "skin suits" saved us again but there were other people swimming without them, but they were complaining about being cold.  

Our day at Xel-haWednesday, August 22, 2012
We had great day at Xel Ha (shell ha).  We were there when they opened and left when they closed.  This park has fresh water entering the ocean from the park and where the waters meet, it creates a "vinegar and oil" effect that looks like distortion.  They have dolphins and snuba (that cost extra) but the food was really good and included in your entry fee.  We paid like $80 for the day (kids were $40) and at first, we thought that was kind of steep but at the end of the day, we didn't.  We really had a lot of fun and it was just one of those places where you walk around marveling at everything you see.  Our recommendation is to snorkel when you first get there as the wind and people tend to stir up the water diminishing it's clarity.  We didn't do that but it was still great snorkeling.  Also, for the lightweights out there, a "skin suit" that is made for swimming in temperatures above 75 degrees was a big help to us.  After a few hours in the water, we did get cold, even with our suits so we can only imagine if we didn't have them.

Xel-Ha Feb. 2011Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Our day at Xel-Ha.  This place is literally "Shangri-la".  Lush foliage, clear water (for the most part), lots of life both above and below the water. The food was excellent and the park was big enough to allow you to not feel crowded.  It was really awesome.  We would go back again in a second.  Next time we'll spend more time with the dolphins.

Xel-Ha Animals Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Posing for the camera.

Xel-Ha 2Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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You can float through the park, snorkel or just walk around.  It's all fun.

Xel-Ha 1Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Doesn't she look happy?

Our stay at Villas de RosaTuesday, August 21, 2012
For the first time ever, we didn't want to come home.  There was a couple there that had extended their vacation twice, paying for the airfare penalties both times, and not regretting it a bit.  The water was really pretty and there's a reef just off shore with lots of life and great exploring. Their chef/kitchen had great food and not too expensive, although we did buy our own food also. This hotel is made out of concrete and is an official hurricane shelter.  The management was awesome.  What a job Tony Jr. has!  "Just another day in Paradise", as he used to say.  His parents built the place in the 80's and he's been there most of his life, running the place now.  There's also a bar next door run by Tony's mother.  

We highly recommend the place.

Villas de Rosa CourtyardTuesday, August 21, 2012
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Walking around the courtyard in February 2011.  Our internet only worked at the table by the pool.

Aquatech Villas de Rosa walking on the beachTuesday, August 21, 2012
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Some footage taken from 2/11 of the beach in front of our suite and south a little.  We're having a great time.

Aquatech Villas de Rosa, Akumal, MexicoTuesday, August 21, 2012
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Suite tour and view from our third floor ocean front suite.  Best suite ever....didn't want to come home.

Aquatech Villas de Rosa 2Monday, August 20, 2012

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Mush likes to take pictures of her feet in various locations to show she was really there!

Aquatech Villas de RosaMonday, August 20, 2012

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View from our room.......we love how close we are to the water.

Akumal Beach and snorkelingMonday, August 20, 2012
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Love Akumal.  The snorkeling was great, not to mention the turtles....so much fun.

Akumal Beach was great!Monday, August 20, 2012
This place is known for it's turtles because they bottom feed on grass there. You can see from the video that there's a lot more than just turtles.  It has pretty calm water and is great for snorkeling in the area.  We went a few times and saw different stuff each time.

Akumal Beach "Playa Akumal" northern tipMonday, August 20, 2012

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Cool cannons on the northern tip.

Akumal Beach "Playa Akumal" main areaMonday, August 20, 2012

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View of the water and boats on the main area of the beach.

Yo poquito miedo zip lineSaturday, August 18, 2012
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Here I am trying to get enough courage to hold on with one hand and film with the other but the harness they have me in isn't very secure and I end up chickening out...but you can hear me trying to get up the guts to do it one handed.   Hey, if you were there, you'd understand...it was way up there and of course, there were man eating alligators in the lake (not that I would have survived the fall)  LOL.

Our day going to CobaFriday, August 17, 2012
It was about an hour's drive from Akumal to Coba.  It was in Feb. of 2011 and the weather was great.  We saw this really cute butterfly place "Casa de Las Mariposas", where  the young man running it had built it with a lot of love with his own hands and was very proud of it.  It had beautiful plants and various butterflies in different stages.  We spent hours walking around the pyramids and Alan climbed the biggest one  (they don't let you climb Chichen Itza any more) so it was pretty cool.  It is definately a good idea to have that thick rope cuz it is steep and tall.  After the climb, Alan went on a long zip line ride that was located in the parking lot, across the lake to the other side.  He was too scared to hold on with one hand and film with the other because it was his first time and it didn't feel very safe the way the setup was...also, they were sure to tell me about the alligators...the hungry alligators waiting in the water, should I decide to take a swim on the way over....all the more reason to want to hang on  :)  Fun day going to Coba.

Coba Pyramids 3Friday, August 17, 2012

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Alan and Michelle in front of Coba after Alan's climb to the top,  Mush chickened out!

Coba, Climbing the pyramid 2Friday, August 17, 2012

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Struttin' my stuff after climbing that beast.

Coba pyramids 1Friday, August 17, 2012

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This girl was here on a birthday vacation with her girlfriends and since she didn't have a real boyfriend, she went everywhere with the blow up boyfriend that her friends got her as a present...they were having a lot of fun with that doll.

On the way to Coba - Mayan pyramid incl. Butterfly PlaceThursday, August 16, 2012

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Butterflies eating on the oranges.

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