As soon as I heard the words jungle and adventure, that was it, count me in.
This was the first trip I went on while I was in Mexico and it was split into two parts; Jungle Maya & Tulum. It took about 30-40 minutes from our hotel to get to the first stop – Jungle Maya.
Here we drove off-road through the jungle on an open back jeep until we came to a small opening. We were about to walk the rest of the way. While on the walk through the jungle the tour guide is filling you with information about the wildlife and the environment of the area. There were certain trees that leak black liquid which can cause second degree burns…we were obviously advised not to touch (I was more than happy to abide by this advice, I had already been burnt by the sun, I was not about to let a tree do the same).
We eventually reached a second opening in the jungle and this is where the fun was about to start. Jungle-Maya is a kind of theme park with different activities from zip-lining and abseiling to snorkeling. Anyone familiar with ‘GoApe’ will have an idea of what to expect but GoApe really has nothing on this place.Our first couple of activities were zip-lining and abseiling, for those not comfortable with heights, ‘don’t look down‘. This was the first time I had ever done anything like this myself and I am so glad that I did it here. Flying across the jungle canopy and into caves filled with water would give anyone a rush of adrenaline.
We also got to swim and snorkel in cenotes which are natural pits/sinkholes which have revealed groundwater. Most of the cenotes were formed during the ice age. The waters were crystal clear and swimming through an underground water system in complete darkness was terrifying but thrillingly surreal. One of the reps who had been on the trip before had said the water is so clear it feels as though you’re flying. It wasn’t a lie. At times if you lifted your head up out of the water while in the caves, there were fruit bats flying right above your head.
After all the activities were done and we had finished a traditional Mayan meal, we set out for the second destination of the trip, Tulum. Here we learnt about the history of the Mayans, the temples and their ways of living. Personally, I’m not sure how I would feel about having century old ancestors buried under my living room floor, but each to their own I guess.
Once we had been filled in on the background of the history and culture of the Mayans, we were then able to enjoy some free time. Whether that be for exploring the ruins ourselves or to go down onto Tulum beach, which is a common area for sea turtles to make their nests. Obviously, those certain areas were restricted.