Where are the whale sharks?


Sunrise at Playa Del Carmen

Sunrise at Playa Del Carmen

After the wonderful Cenote dives and a restaurant in a cave only one thing could improve this trip and that was seeing whale sharks, but the weather still wasn’t co-operating. Since I’d already had a day of sitting around taking it easy I decided to book a little site seeing excursion. One of the big attractions in this part of Mexico is the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, these are a good 3 to 4 four drive away from Playa del Carmen though and would really require an overnight stay to do them justice. Since I was still hoping for an improvement in the weather that would allow  the boats to leave in search of the whale sharks, I decided to head to Tulum instead. this proved to be an excellent choice as the heat of summer was tempered there by a cool ocean breeze as we toured the ruins overlooking the beautiful Caribbean. Tulum from the Mayan for wall or fence is an impressive fortification overlooking the ocean.

Templo Dios del Viento (God of Winds Temple)

Templo Dios del Viento (God of Winds Temple)

I had a very enjoyable time touring the ruins and checking out the numerous iguanas that have set up home in the rubble.

Iguana

Iguana

Then it was time to head out for lunch and a little snorkeling at  nearby Xel Ha .

This sheltered inlet has been turned into a resort with an all you can eat buffet, and various attractions. I chose to spend my time there checking out the multitude of colorful fish as I swam around.

color fish, Xel Ha

color fish, Xel Ha

Xel Ha

Xel Ha

 

Then it was back to Playa Del Carmen for some good news, the weather looked to be improving, the next morning the boat would head out from Cancun in search of Whale Sharks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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