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Old 01-26-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie from WI coming to Playa to drown surrows of Packer loss

Will be there Feb 4th-8th @ Riu Palace Riviera Maya. Trying to get wife to come to peep meet on Fat Tuesday ----wish me luck. Long time lurker, just thought I would join to say Hello to everyone in case I get the chance to meet up with you at El Pirata.
We have 2 excusions planned for 5th and 6th. We are going to Tulum to visit the ruins in the AM and Xel-Ha in the afternoon on the 5th. On Wednesday, we are going horseback riding and doing the ocean safari through Maroma Paradise. Anyone ever do the horseback riding/ocean safari trip? I've heard alot of good things about the ruins and xel-ha.
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Welcome Mr. Corona. Nice that you finally came out of 'lurkdom'

Have fun in Playa and make sure you make it to a peep meet since it is always a lot of fun!

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Welcome Mr. Corona to the form. I didn't know Wisconsin had a football team.
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Welcome Mr. Corona to the form. I didn't know Wisconsin had a football team.
Yeah, if Wisconsin gets a football team, everybody will want one....like Minnesota f'rinstance.

(O'boy.....am I ever askin' for it. Calm down folks. I've been a Packer Backer for about 50 years, a Viking fan because of geographic proximity, and a Steelers supporter forever. Talk about a heart-broken loser.)
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It's not nice to pick on the people from Minnesota. They have a football team, I think, at least GB plays in Minnesota once a year. Take Adrian Peterson away and you could call them the Gophers.
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Have a great trip! I love Tulum! Go to the meet! It will be a great time!
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thanks Tommygurl. Tulum looks interesting. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone at the peep meet. I've learned alot from reading all the trip reports.
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We are going to Tulum to visit the ruins in the AM and Xel-Ha in the afternoon on the 5th. I've heard many of good things about the ruins and xel-ha.

Not to disrespect your plan to do the Tulum / Xel-Ha combination but we did the same tour in December 06. Some of us opted to stay at Xel-Ha for the day instead of going on to Tulum. We found it was near impossible to fully enjoy both locations given the limited time spent on site at both. My wife and I were among those that stayed behind and as such had a better experience.

Plus if you are like me you should be aware that Tulum has taken steps to limit access to the actual buildings. Everything is roped off, you still can enjoy yourself but be aware this is not the hands on experience you may have see in images posted on the web. I was honestly a tad disappointed with this but at the same time fully understand the need to do this so the environment can be enjoy in the future. I applaud what they have done but at the same time wish I could have visited 10 or 15 years ago when things were managed differently.
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Not to disrespect your plan to do the Tulum / Xel-Ha combination but we did the same tour in December 06. Some of us opted to stay at Xel-Ha for the day instead of going on to Tulum. We found it was near impossible to fully enjoy both locations given the limited time spent on site at both. My wife and I were among those that stayed behind and as such had a better experience.
We had a similar experience. You can easily spend the whole day at Xel-Ha...half a day is not enough! We like to go to Tulum first thing in the morning, and then spend the balance of the day at El Paraiso beach club. Xel-Ha is a full day experience on its own, IMHO...have fun!!!!
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Thanks for the info Medicine Hat. We are coming to Playa as a result of winning a contest with Chrysler and this is one of their pre-planned trips, so I can't really complain. I'm sure if we had more time--we are in Playa for only 5 days, and when you take 2 days out for flying, it only leaves 3 days to do anything--I would like to spend a full day at each, but time doesn't permit.
I appreciate your input, though, Xel-Ha does look like there is more to do than Tulum. Tulum, we have a guided tour, but I don't know about Xel-Ha. Anything we should make sure we do at Xel-Ha?
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Anything we should make sure we do at Xel-Ha?

It's $125 per person but but but You Gotta Swim with the Dolphins.

I took this photo last time at Xel-Ha, it was a great experieince and aTotaly Hands On Experience

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Welcome Mr Corona
Welcome to the fourm, tell the wife its a lot of fun and to bring her camera lots of pictures and great people that like having a great time. I have meet some great new friends at those peep meets and still stay in touch with them. Have a great time in Playa and welcome again.
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Welcome aboard Mr. Corona. Have a great trip. Craig.
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Trying to get wife to come to peep meet on Fat Tuesday ----wish me luck.
Good luck. I would take in as many peep meets as possible. It's great meeting both local and visiting folks from playa info. Where in Wisconsin are you from?
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