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Mexico & CaribbeanHorseback Family Travel Adventure

HCWT 04.23.2012 20:49 0 0

 
Cozumel Island Adventure – Family Island Getaway
Horseback Vacation in Cozumel

       We are riding on horseback through the jungles surrounding El Cedral, a small village, which boasts an ancient Mayan shrine dating back to 900 AD. We find several places to buy homemade blankets, at $3 each, and a man selling soda pop out of a cooler. We spot an iguana perched high in a wild mango tree and we see numerous underground caves where the Mayan Indians used to live.

My children and I have opted to view Cozumel by horseback but we know it’s an island off the Yucatan Peninsula best known for its underwater diving. The quaint town of San Miguel attracts 50 percent of the country’s cruise passengers, making it the third largest destination

Riding the beaches on Cozumel.

Riding the beaches on Cozumel.

in the Caribbean. Over the course of several days, we drive our rented Volkswagen to the various rancheros that advertise horseback riding.

      Soon we're riding on a small sandy path through the woods from which we can, in the dist

We delight in the exotic bird calls from the jungle.

We delight in the exotic bird calls from the jungle.

ance, catch a glimpse of the blue Caribbean Sea. Seagulls and herons fly overhead and brightly colored birds sit in the trees lining the beach.  Along the shoreline, hundreds of bumblebee jellyfish, so called because they are the color and size of bees, clog the waters. Our horses seem unconcerned about the jellyfish as they splash along the water’s edge.

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Find other family adventures:

Dominican Republic - Casa de Campo

Treks about Mexico and Central America

Isla Espiritu Santo Baja

Yucatan Family Adventure

 

 

 
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Mexico & CaribbeanGray Whales visit Mexico

HCWT 01.14.2012 15:24 0 0

 

Gray Whales come to the birthing grounds at Magdalena Bay, Baja, Mexico

An excerpt from Isla Espiritu Santo Family Adventure

The bay was calm with no wind and we all were excited about seeing Gray whales.  
    Then, it was so awesome... a momma Gray whale surfaced right next to our panga.  She first poked her head out of the water to get a look at us.  Then she made her way closer.  I think she was as curious as we were!
Magdalena Bay is the place to see California Gray whales.
    “Look, there’s another one.” Mom pointed to the other side of the panga.
     The whale gently disappeared below the water for a few minutes, then resurfaced and blew a hearty blast of air from her blowhole, spraying water high above us.  Awesome!
    “There’s a calf, the smaller, dark gray one.” Luis pointed out.  
    Luis added, “Whales really like it when kids are aboard, even pregnant ladies.  Somehow they just know.”
Luis also found that gently tapping the bottom of the panga attracts the whales.
    It all worked, between the two pangas in the bay that morning the whale
The Grays that approach the pangas are called Friendlies.s and their calves hung out around our panga.  I was kept busy guessing which side of the boat they’d surface on; when they’d suddenly breach water; where their heads would pop up to peek at me; or when they’d blow a spout-full of spray in my face.  The whales seemed to enjoy the game just as much as Mom and I!  And in between the antics, they rested, floating along side the panga.  I could even count barnacles on their backs!

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