Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sharks, jellyfish, and monkeys oh my!
The next day we took a ferry to Cozumel, which we were totally excited about. Sadly, this turned into possibly the least fun day of the trip. First, the snorkel trip was a bust. We heard how freaking insane snorkeling as in Cozumel, but we were stuck on a boat with another couple who were SCUBA diving, and it was obvious that the boat captain was catering to them.
They dropped us off on a reef but it was about 40 feet below us so the only things we saw were big things. One shark, 3 sting rays, not much else.
Oh wait, we did see one more thing: jellyfish. Lots. The night before we went snorkeling the current changed and came up from the south and carried with it lots of baby jellies. We got stung by those little guys the whole time we were out there.
It mostly felt like someone rubbing their feet on the carpet then touching you, but we were totally freaked out. And when the SCUBA divers came up the boat didn't take us to a good snorkel spot during the hour those people needed to take a mandatory break, the crew went FISHING. I kid you not. Then it was more snorkling in crappy water for the SCUBA people. I did get to see a giant sea turtle on the surface, but that was the only cool thing about the trip. Oh, and then the crew fished on the way back so they took their time getting us back to shore.
On to day 3! This was Ryan's favorite day of the trip. Monkeys! We went to a place called The Jungle Place.
It was not what we were expecting at all. I think we sort of both thought that we would be going to a rehab place and they would introduce us to some nice, tamed monkeys. But oh no. These were rehabbed monkeys, but they were still totally wild.
They ushered 6 of us into this huge enclosure. They told us that we had to sit very still and just let the monkeys do what they wanted. They did give us some treats to ply them with, but anything the monkeys claimed as theirs (including flip flops, jewelry, treats, etc.) we had to let them have.
It was so amazing and insanely wild. The only scary part was when I got up (with permission from the owners) to help the guy with my camera. When I was walking back to my seat a monkey jumped on my head and claimed my hair bun for her own. She was yanking so hard! Thank goodness she got bored with it.
So there ya go, the first few days of our trip in Playa del Carmen and the areas around it. More pictures of AMAZING Mayan ruins (which are all now closed due to that silly flu thingy) and Cancun to come. Thanks for hanging tight.
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.