Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pulque, a Bride and Musical Lawyers

11/12/16 Day 4 Akumal 86 degrees

Relaxing last day in Akumal. I took advantage of our package's free admission into the spa's "hydrotherapy circuit". It was a sauna, a steam room with eucalyptus, a giant pool with several waterfall features and a hot tub. Even one small rectangular pool filled with pebbles to walk on. There was a very large open air cabana type room for lounging with a fountain, fruit waters and snacks. Very fancy.

In the afternoon we went back to the pueblo and looked around. Purchased a local beer and some pulque to try (didn't care for it).

Saw a bride!

The evening was the conference's closing dinner outside and the traditional Talent Night to close off the conference.








Monday, April 03, 2017

Tulum Iguanas

Tulum iguanas...and a bird. From our 2016 trip.













A Hawk, a Coati, Iguanas and a God

11/11/16 Day 3 Akumal 86 degrees

In the morning I saw two local guys walking around the resort with a Harris hawk. The guy holding it explained that they use the hawk to chase of nuisance birds. He said that just seeing the hawk around the grounds is a deterrent...I imagine letting the Harris hawk hunt is more of a deterrent but I didn't see that happening. Google tells me that a person who hunts with a hawk is called an austringer.

I spent the morning art journaling and enjoying the grounds. In the afternoon we took a taxi to the Tulum ruins. The taxi driver waited for us while we explored the ruins. This was a much better, relaxed way to tour, and affordable. The first time we visited the ruins was on an organized tour with a rushed time limit, no bueno.

At the ruins, we saw many iguanas. On one structure there are red hand prints and a carving of the Descending God. Tulum is right on the ocean and is surrounded by thick walls on the land side, a fort.

In the evening, we had cocktails in the lobby bar and dinner at the resort's Italian restaurant, Portofino.

Harris hawk

Harris hawk with austringer

Check in area of the resort

I sat under a palapa and did watercolor in my journal


Tulum ruins. There was a coati in the women's bathroom, digging in the trash.

Inside Ruinas de Tulum




Handprints on the ruins

Carving of the Descending God on the ruins


Ruinas de Tulum is right on the ocean, and walled like a fort on the land side


Sunday, April 02, 2017