Scuba diving and raining in Isla Mujeres

Bontjour!

I don’t know what that came from, it’s getting messy in my head now with all the languages.

So I went out scuba diving at the reefs here in Isla Mujeres on Tuesday. When we were going out, we had to wait around one hour for the boat that was going to take us because the ferry with the gasoline had broken so the boat had to leave to another island to get gasoline.. haha, it’s always happening something when I go diving! Also, it was good weather when we left, but when we came back it was raining A LOT! Haha.

coral reefs in isla mujeres

coral reefs in isla mujeres

Divers and fish

Divers and fish

This time it was a small group, the dive master, an American guy and one guy from Paraguay. The American had 10 years of experience, but the Paraguayan  wasn’t certificated, only had some lessons before.. weird. But we were only 10 meters under the sea so it wasn’t that difficult. I can’t compare this to Cozumel, because that was magical.. but I saw lots of more fishes here, hundreds and hundreds everywhere! And I saw a turtle again, so cute :) We did 2 dives, around 1 hour each..

I got up with 1500 bars left in air, the new guy had to ascend about 15-20 minutes before because he had around 500 left. It’s funny because it makes me feel experiences even if I only have some hours of total amount of dive time.. haha.

Tortuga! :) a turtle eating in isla mujeres

Tortuga! :) a turtle eating

extremely many fishes!

extremely many fishes!

By the way, I have problems with my camera underwater… it started to zoom itself in all the time and I wasn’t able to zoom out.. Then when I recorded a video I wasn’t able to quit it.. etc etc. I don’t know what’s wrong.. but I think there is some manufacture problems.. I hope they don’t get worse, because I can’t send the camera somewhere or get a new one send back to me now while traveling!

So.. When coming back to the island it was really raining heavily. It was fun to walk around with wetsuit without problem when everybody was hiding from the rain, haha. It kept raining the whole day.

storm coming, lots of rain!

storm coming to isla mujeres!

You can't really see on this pic but it's raining a lot here :)

You can’t really see on this pic but it’s raining a lot here :)

 I also had problems with my eye, it was all red and irritated, hurt by light, and it cried all the time (thanks to the rain you couldn’t notice though but it hurt anyways).. I went to the pharmacy to buy some eye drops for it, 40 pesos… then I slept a long siesta, but when I woke up it was the same or worse.. all swollen too.. so we went out in the rain to the medical center. It costed 50 pesos to go to the doctor.

First, the nurses received me out in the open where the other patients where, and I had to weigh myself, see my high, they tried my heart beat, listened to my lungs etc… weird. Then I waited a bit for the doctor to receive me in her room. She sad I had conjugitis – like eye infection, she wrote a prescription for me to get at the pharmacy, like 25 pesos.. so it was cheaper than the other ones, haha. Haha, one funny thing is, that when the doctor was going to light my eye to see how it looked like, she used the lamp on her iphone.. haha. Not much medical equipment here!

So I had to take the eye drops every 6 hours for 4 or 5 days.. and after 2 sessions, I was already better! I was able to see again, hallelujah :) Haha.

Still, since it was raining, we didn’t do much more that day more than eat dinner, drink mate, and have fun in the rain. :)

It’s a pity we didn’t do the tour to isla contoy – we really wanted that on Wednesday  but since it was a chance it was going to rain, we didn’t want to pay 700 pesos for a rainy island trip… but when we woke up it was all sunny and beautiful and we went down to the beach, walked around half the island (it’s very small, 7 km the long side and 1 km the short side). Beaaaautiiifuuuul!! We stayed to see the sunset too.. amazing. Very good vibe here, as I said before!

Panorama over the rocks and the beach

Panorama over the rocks and the beach

Sunset and some fishermen

Sunset and some fishermen

 

Annonser

Last stop in Mexico: Isla Mujeres!

So yesterday we packed our bags again, checked out and got to the bus to Cancún (104 pesos).  At first I had planned to spend some days here but no, it doesn’t interest me at all… to big and touristic. Instead we took a taxi to the Puerto to grab the Ferry that leaves for Isla Mujeres, a small island about 30 minutes from Cancun.  I think it was 130 pesos with the return ticket.

We had checked on the internet before to see if we could find a hostel or a cheap room, but everything was booked, and we could only find from 600 pesos and up. So when we got here we asked some local people working here if they recommended anything and they said where we could find a room for 400 pesos. But along the way, we bumped into a lovely lady that said she had double rooms for 300 pesos, with AC, private bathroom and wifi… sooooo… this is where we are staying at right now, Posada Suemy. :) Our only preferences were, no sand!! Hahaha…

Where we live from the outside. It's absolutely best to just walk around when you arrive at a place, that's how you get the cheapest and best accomodations.

Where we live from the outside. Sorry for the finger!!

Our room in Posada Suemy, 300 pesos at night, quite good.

Our room in Posada Suemy, 300 pesos at night, quite good.

After taking some showers, we went out to get to know the city, and it’s such a good vibe here!! We were both smiling and just being grateful that our last location in Mexico is great. It reminds us of Holbox, but a bigger version. The locals are really nice and sweet here and we are glad that the prices are in pesos and that the vendors speak in Spanish, haha.

We ate dinner at Poc-Tuc or something like that, just one square from here, with good food and affordable prices!! Once again happy to be able to eat until we aren’t hungry, about 150 pesos for both of us.

Next day: nothing planned! Haha. Just going to the supermarket and to update this blog. But tomorrow I’ll be doing some scuba dive! Oh, by the way, we also bumped into the Argentinian guy from Cordoba that worked in the restaurant where we used to eat dinner in Holbox, he is now here working with tours :) I’m so amazed that the world is so little, or mexico, haha.

Wandering around in Isla Mujeres.  We live in that pink  building on the left.

Wandering around in Isla Mujeres. We live in that pink building on the left.

I just like some front doors better then others. Like this one. So charming.

I just like some front doors better than others. Like this one. So charming.

Last days in Tulum, snorkeling and eating some fine cheap food!

I like Tulum. It’s very small and cozy.  You can decide if you want to stay close to the beach or in center of the town. We lived by the beach. It was nice, bathing, snorkeling, going out on boat tours… but it’s expensive around here though. As said, we got our cabaña for 400 pesos, but since we didn’t have internet we went to another hotel that had a restaurant with internet to have some dinner. We ordered 2 pizzas, 2 beverages and shared a desert, it costed over 600 pesos. By far the most expensive meal we ever had!! But we sat there for a couple of hours too uploading pics and stuff haha.

Our cabaña at Diamante K. It's windy by the beach, so all the sand comes in through the walls and lands on the floor.

Our cabaña at Diamante K. It’s windy by the beach, so all the sand comes in through the walls and accumulates on the floor.

Next day we went in to the center to eat dinner and to say good-bye to Miel, who is going to Guatemala and then all the way back to DF to catch his flight in the end of march. He is staying at the Weary Travelers hostel, good vibe there with nice people, much better then Lobo Inn where we stayed the first night, haha. I feel so sorry for those who don’t speak spanish or english, or both. They just can’t communicate! Haha.
At night we went out dancing in a bar quite close where a reggae band was playing, very good. First time we are going out since… can’t remember, Holbox I think! Haha.

Eating out at a Argentinian restaurant in Tulum, and it was soooo god!!! Long time ago I ate some "reel food". I had spinach and brie cheese risotto.

Eating out at a Argentinian restaurant in Tulum, and it was soooo good!!! Long time ago I ate some ”real food”. I had spinach and brie cheese risotto.

At the weary traveler hostel, saying good bye to Miel!

At the weary traveler hostel, saying good bye to Miel!

The day after we went into town again to hire some snorkel equipment, yes we got hooked :) We took a taxi to the Gran Cenote. The entrance fee there is 100 pesos. By the way, you can hire snorkeling gear here for 70 pesos… we rent it for 100 pesos in town, so we would have saved some money there if we would have known, but we used our gear at the beach later too just to get some value of our money! Haha.

Anyhow, the Gran Cenote, at first, we thought, “what? Is this supposed to be the big cenote?”… it doesn’t look so much on the outside, but once inside with the snorkeling gear, wow, such another world!!!! It sort of creeps you out sometimes, because your are at the surface and you only see a wall, but when you look down, it’s a cave. You can only see as far as the light let’s you, but I’m sure there is a lot to discover down there! Very cool. We stayed for 3 hours or something I think, we went down for a while to discover a part, got cold, got up, had some sandwiches and water, got warm in the sun, went down again… yeah, like 3 or 4 times. Nice day! Oh, at this cenote, I ran into Louie from hostalito in Cozumel! His parents from UK were here to visit him.  He is scuba instructor and living in Cozumel. The world is little!! 

At the Gran Cenote in Tulum.

At the Gran Cenote in Tulum.

Me posing underwater ;)

Me posing underwater ;)

Gallery from the snorkeling in Gran Cenote:


At night we went back to leave our gear (before 22 pm) and we asked for a cheap place to eat dinner, and they told us about a place just besides the Weary Traveler hostel, that has orange walls. Their logo is like a kebab (the meat on the grill thing). We got there and wow, so happy to find cheap local food again!! It felt like we were back in chiapas : ) Haha. So good to just order whatever you want, instead of always looking after what’s the cheapest on the menu. We ate until we couldn’t eat anymore and the price was 113 pesos for both of us. :) You see the prices behind me at this picture.

Me and my orders, one tacos, one panuche, one salbute and one gringa. :) All vegetarian. So good!

Me and my orders, one tacos, one panuche, one salbute and one gringa. :) All vegetarian. So good!

This is how the very cheap and good place looks like from the outside. It's just besides the hostel the Weary Traveler, close to the ADO bus station.

This is how the very cheap and good place looks like from the outside. It’s just besides the hostel the Weary Traveler, close to the ADO bus station.

At night at our beach in Tulum. :)

Playing with the lights at night at our beach in Tulum. :)

Snorkeling in Tulum

Yesterday we talked with a guy at the tourist information point by the ruins of Tulum about a tour where you would get the entrance to the ruins, and later you go to a beach where you take a boat that takes you outside the ruins so you can get the photo there, and after goes to the reefs, lens you snorkel equipment and guides you there. That would cost 35 dollars, about 410 pesos. Without the entrance to the ruins, if you have a student credential, it would cost 350 pesos.

Having breakfast, long time we wate out... first time since holbox actually. And we miss chayas so much! haha.

Having breakfast, long time we ate out… first time since holbox actually. And we miss chayas so much! haha.

So we were going there in the morning today, we woke up around 8 and we were looking for a place where to eat breakfast first. On the way there we saw a stand where they sold snorkeling tours,  so we went there and asked how much it would cost, and they would do the tour for 250 pesos. We kept on looking for yet a place to eat breakfast, and passed by another stand where they had snorkeling tour, and they would do the same for 150 pesos. Wow! So worth it. We got that instead. Getting your own entrance the ruins will cost 60 pesos, so we saved around 200 pesos each. We are very happy! Haha.

In front of the ruins of Tulum.

In front of the ruins of Tulum.

The reefs are only 1-2 metres underwater here so you have a good view when you snorkel. :)

The reefs are only 1-2 metres underwater here so you have a good view when you snorkel. :)

Doing snorkel in Tulum

Doing snorkel in Tulum

It was fun to snorkel too, not the same as doing scuba dive, but still it’s a window to the other world, much closer than just to swim. Duilio was very excited haha. We saw small dishes, coral reefs, sea cucumber.. haha. Later we walked along the beach the way back, took a siesta, went down to the private beach, read our books… now I’m writing this and soon we’re going to eat something close by where they have internet. We are planning on staying here until Sunday and then go to Isla Mujeres or something. We’ll see!

My first real dive in Cozumel with Aqua Safari

So I got certificated with Aqua Safari, it’s a very reliable company with lots of years of experience.  I also went out on my first dive from a boat with them, it costed around 1100 pesos for two tanks. We went out like 1,5 hour from the center to the south, when our boat broke because of some water tank or something. While waiting for another boat to come so we could change to that boat to take us to the reefs, we had almost two hours to just chat and hear different diving stories. Very interesting.. It was a lot of Americans on the boat (12 to be exact), around 5 Mexican in the aqua safari crew, and me and another Swedish girl, Sandra. So funny that it was only americans and the other one was also Swedish!

Boat dive with Aqua Safari

Boat dive with Aqua Safari

So we were 14 divers and 2 dive masters down in the water at the same time. Quite many but it was such an experience. Just putting on your gear (even if I’ve just learned that the crew and other more experienced divers helped me with everything, really everything!).

When we jumped in the water and was going to descend, I really didn’t know what to expect. And I was amazed. It was really breathtaking. The most important rule in scuba diving is to always breathe, to never hold your breath because it can cause serious injuries, and I had to remind myself of it all the time. Underneath the surface lies a whole other world I couldn’t believe. It was layers and layers of corals, like a castle underneath. While “standing” almost at the bottom of it, and looking up, it was totally overwhelming. Woooow. We followed the dive master and got in holes of corals and it was like a completely different universe. We saw big turtles, box fishes, lobsters and other fishes I don’t know the name of. Awesome. We dived 80 feet, around 24 metres, so I wasn’t allowed to bring my camera since it can only be 12 metres or 40 feet underneath the water. With my open water certification I’m also only allowed to go to a depth of 18 metres, but they let me if I hold myself close to the dive master. Sooooo cooooool.

After 55 minutes we ascended and took the boat to another place and dived a depth of 15 meters. It was really current this place, totally different from the first. I couldn’t bring my camera then either, to bad. It would have been awesome to show you. But the American guy who had 25 years of experience, Ron, had a camera and he said that he would send me some pictures later, it would be totally awesome. So I will update this post later with some of the pics, until then, here are some pics from google so you can get the picture of how it was like:

The most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Pic from tropicaltravelersblog.com/

Beautiful picture from oceanfirstdivers.com/

When we got up from the last dive, it was raining and it was really windy.. but under the water you don’t notice that at all.

After getting back from the dive, I finally sent my postcards too! So many of you will now receive a post card. I haven’t been able to send them since there isn’t many post offices here, usually like one main post office with difficult open hours and really far away from where I am, but this was only one square from Aqua Safari.. so the postcards comes all the way from Puerto Escondido, like a month ago! And even Guatemala.. haha. :)

I got back to the hostel where Duilio was guarding our stuff and we took the ferry over to Playa del Carmen and directly took the bus to Tulum. We didn’t stay anything in Playa, it wasn’t at all an atmosphere I was looking for … I’m sure if you are 18 it’s great, or if you are there with lot’s of friends to party.. All the prices were in dollars, everybody on the street talking English, everybody was drinking or partying or shopping or laying on the beach.. I found it too American and too touristic. Worse then Cozumel.

 

Sunset when leaving the port of Cozumel, with the american cruises.

Sunset when leaving the port of Cozumel, with the american cruises.

We went directly to Tulum, and when we got out from the ADO bus station, we look around to see who to ask for a recommendation of a hostal… and who do we see? Pepe, from Holbox! The very Mexican guy that was in the Casa Maya gang. He worked here for a hostel called Lobo Inn, who had free bikes and internet, and a discount of the taxi there in the price, so we got there but they didn’t have any private rooms left so we had to sleep in a double bed but in a shared room, very weird. It was in a bad shape,  really hot and other people using our bathroom in the middle of the night… not cool. Also they were supposed to have a pool, which they had, but no water in it, haha.

The pool they promised us.. haha

The pool they promised us.. haha

Our backpacks. :) They are friends now, looking for a new place to stay. haha.

Our backpacks. :) They are friends now, looking for a new place to stay. haha.

Next day they had a private room available but it would cost 400 pesos with discount… So we took advantage of the free bikes thing before check out and went to the beach to see if we could find any cheap cabañas. It usually costs from 600-1500 pesos to be here by the beach, but we got a discount, 400 pesos for a cabaña just by the beach.

The room is very simple, only a bed with a mosquito net and a table. It’s half open so lots of sand gets in here with the wind, haha, and we can hear the ocean in here.  So nice. But we only have light from 19-23 in our room, and no other electricity to charge our cameras and stuff, but we can do it in the restaurant, which is beautiful. Soooo relaxed. And we have our own private beach with the beach chairs, finally! Hahaha. Very good! It’s called Diamante K.

Our cabaña! A lot of sand blows in but I love that it is rustic.

Our cabaña! A lot of sand blows in but I love that it is rustic.

Our beach at Diamante K :) Love the colour of the sea and the white water!

Our beach at Diamante K :) Love the colour of the sea and the white water!

Just before a wave.

Just before a wave.

Hahaha, such a funny pocture.

And during a wave.. Hahaha, such a funny picture.

Water splash!

Finally we managed to take the picture with a water splash!

So…. Time to have enjoy our last week in Mexico!

Video part 2

Mexico 2 from sofia armenteros on Vimeo.

Videos from the second part in Mexico, in the Caribe in Quintana Roo. Carnival in the island of Holbox and scuba diving in the island of Cozumel. A longer video, for you mother :)

And sorry for the quality of the editing and the sound mixing, which is none, haha, it’s only put together quickly in iMovie!

I’m certified!

So… I finally made my last two dives and I passed my exam so I got my Padi Open Water certification! I’m now I’m a certified scuba diver, yaaay!

Me underwater

Me underwater

By the way I don’t know the name of the fishes, sorry.. if you know, please comment on the picture!

Very well disguised fish!!!

Very well disguised fish!!!

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