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Mexico Study Tour

Here are some pictures to go with our blog from yesterday.

Mexico Study Tour

Day 1: November 13th, 2008
We finally arrived at our gorgeous resort and we all bonded over our first dinner in the Yucatan. We are so excited to visit Chichen Itza tomorrow and the rest of Professor Harris’s itinerary. Hasta Luego!

Day 2: November 14th, 2008
Today, we left our hotel early and began a tiring, three hour long bus ride to the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. Upon arrival, our awesome tour guide, Hugo, informed us about all the sustainable actions taking place to insure the preservation of temples and other ruins. After leaving Chichen Itza and enjoying a Mexican buffet, we arrived in the colonial city of Valladolid. We visited a historic cathedral, which reflects the strong Spanish influence in the Mexican culture. Upon arriving back at our hotel, we enjoyed a late night swim in one of the pools and a walk on the beach.

Day 3: November 15th, 2008
On our second full day in Mexico, we visited the ecological park, Xcaret. While here, we snorkeled through an underground river and observed the aquatic life and the underwater caves. After snorkeling, we ate an extravagant lunch where we all tried new and exotic forms of Mexican food. The next couple of hours allowed us to separate and enjoy different parts of the park on our own. After our solo explorations, we met to watch an authentic Mexican rodeo. Our last attraction at Xcaret was a spectacular show that took us on a journey through Mexican history and culture from pre-Hispanic to modern day. The show gave us examples of the various culture found throughout Mexico.

Day 4: November 16th, 2008
Today began with more ancient Mayan ruins at the walled city of Tulum. Hugo provided us with a very in-depth explanation of the city and its history. From Tulum we traveled to Xel-Ha, where we were able to experience more snorkeling for a very quick two hours. Along our way down the inlet toward the ocean, there were two twenty foot cliffs that we were able to jump off of into the water. Following our extensive view of ocean life, we enjoyed another awesome Mexican buffet. Next, we were allowed to explore some of the surrounding areas of our hotel, including a near by marina that houses dolphins, during some free time. Currently, we are getting ready to enjoy dinner and then the night life in Playa del Carmen! Adios amigos!