Wine And Wildlife – A Trip To Cancun
This is the second and final part of my account of a recent trip to Cancun, Mexico.
The hotel also had a well equipped gym (priced at $11 per day, though according to the hotel’s own literature it was supposed to be free). I made it in there for a workout one day, opting to swim instead on the other days. Other facilities included a spa, a few shops and an excellent restaurant. Food was included in the conference package, so I was able to breakfast on smoked salmon, scrambled egg and mini croissants every morning, with a selection of delicacies for lunch and dinner.
The first night, before the conference started, we went to a place called La Destileria, where we sampled a range of Mexican dishes (the jalapenos are really hot) and drank some wine while listening to a mariachi band. Very touristy but still enjoyable. Then it was back to the hotel bar to sample tequila and sangrita – served in two shot glasses and drunk together – before heading to bed.
Watch Out For The Wildlife!
The first day of the conference started with a golf tournament. I don’t play, but my colleague was presenting the trophies at lunch, so we headed off to the course around 12 to hear the tale of someone who had nearly walked into a large animal while on the course. That animal was a crocodile and there are supposedly 400 of them living on the course. Naturally, I had to see this for myself, so a few of us headed out on golf carts (note to self: turn off when parking to keep the cart in one place) to see if we could spot a likely specimen – and we did. Ten feet long at least, our croc dozed in the sunlight with its head resting on a palm tree. I got as close as I dared for a photo, then headed back to the safety of the club, though not before snapping a couple of iguanas as we went by.
Seeing the croc was one of the highlights of the trip for me, though I also enjoyed the Mexican band which played a selection of popular tunes from the 60s to the 80s (I don’t know what made me think I could still twist – my knees are aching!)
All in all, it was a good trip and I would love to go again and actually see some of the area. To round out the trip, there was a bit of drama on the return leg as we had to divert to another airport when the landing lights at our destination failed temporarily. Everything was working again soon, but it meant that we landed two hours late though, as the captain said, at least they weren’t charging us for the additional stop.
Have you visited Mexico? What was your favorite experience there?