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Old 08-20-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Seasoned PDC Traveler Looking for New Stuff

Hello Everyone!

My wife and I will be traveling to PDC 9/12 thru 9/16 and are staying at the Riu Palace Riviera Maya. This will be my 6th trip to the area so I wanted to reach out to all of you to get some ideas on some unique or different things that we can get into while we're there. We've done a lot of the "typical/great" stuff like Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xel-Ha, scuba, horses on the beach, cenote diving, trip to Cozumel, etc. This time around, we'd like to find something different that we havent done and maybe get off the beaten path just a bit more. We're thinking about heading to Rio Secreto (never been there) and maybe even doing some charter fishing (still looking for a good company to go with). Any advice and reccomendations would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-20-2010   #2 (permalink)
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If you like monkeys, and want a hands on, private, really unique unforgettable experience, you should go to the Jungle Place. You have to call ahead to make a reservation as they don't take walk in's and no more than 5 people at a time.

How about going to Merida/Progresso. Its quite different from Playa - v colonial. (Edit: never mind, you don't have enough time for this, this trip.)

XPLOR was also a lot of fun. Be prepared to be v wet tho and it helps to be in shape!

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Old 08-20-2010   #3 (permalink)
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How about some ziplining or sky cycles @Hidden Worlds?
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Old 08-20-2010   #4 (permalink)
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Chilly Willy's would be a good choice for something different!
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Old 08-20-2010   #5 (permalink)
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How about a day trip to Isla Mujeres? From there you could go to Isla Holbox.

From Isla Mujeres you could do a dive trip - check out Whale Sharks.

If you really want to get out of town you could take the overnight bus to Palenque, spend the day at Palenque, and take the over night bus back.

Palenque IS kind of a stretch but possible.

You could shoot down to Belize for an overnight.
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isla mujeres..
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Old 08-22-2010   #7 (permalink)
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From the Riu Palace to Mahahual. Quite a journey. And I'm not commenting about the distance.
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ok punta allen
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Both good options, and very different from the AI experience at the Rui.
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Old 08-23-2010   #10 (permalink)
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We just did the whale shark discovery tour yesterday, it was a very early start but boy, was it worth it! After an hour on the boat we arrived and there were easily 100+ whale sharks in the area. You snorkel with them for a couple of hours (hopping on and off the boat rotating with the other half dozen or so people on our launch) and it was truly amazing! I think they do the tours until the end of September but the later you leave it, the less likely you may be to see them, certainly in the numbers that we did. Afterward we headed back to Punta Sam, stopping at a lovely part of the water just off Isla Mujeres where you can snorkel the reef there and have lunch on the boat.

This was a day I wont forget and well worth it if you like that type of thing.
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Old 08-25-2010   #11 (permalink)
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We do charters with our private boat to offset marina expenses. This is the slow season for fishing (we still catch fish just not like April/May) so we augment it by doing custom trips.

For example, instead of driving to Tulum, take a boat. Do some fishing, stop and do some excellent snorkeling. Stop and have a great lunch on the beach. Visit Tulum from the ocean side. If you haven't been to the beach there, it's a blast with nearby snorkeling as well.

Same thing with Cozumel. Instead of taking the ferry, take your own personal yacht. Fish as you come and go. Stop for lunch in Cozumel.
Do some shopping. Fish your way over to Playa. Stop for lunch at your favorite restaurant but come at it from the sea.

Be as creative as you want to be.

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Old 08-25-2010   #12 (permalink)
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Skydive!!! The view is AMAZING. This is one of the greatest things we've ever done. You land on the beach in Playacar. You won't be dissapointed!
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Old 08-26-2010   #13 (permalink)
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Turtle Bay

Have you tried Ackumal? Swimming in the bay with the turtles is a great day trip and you could even fit in a trip to Yal-Ku Lagoon, a very cool, low key place to snorkel. The Jungle place "kuxi k'aax" in Mayan, is a must! But you have got to love animals and be prepared to get the monkey business.... I enjoyed it very much and would do it again, as Heidi and Joel do a great job, rescuing, and saving many monkeys.

If you would like to see monkeys in the wild, Punta Laguna is a bit of a trip (off the rotary to the north, out near Coba) but well worth it. Get a map chick map, they have many off the beaten path places to visit, and directions and GPS points, so you don't get lost getting there.

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Old 08-27-2010   #14 (permalink)
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I second Akumal. Inexpensive, close and easy. Turtles are amazing and calm around people. It seems like they are left alone and treated very well, so they don't mind putting on a show (if you call eating and breathing a show - I do). Spending 3 days there this trip.
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