Way south of the border - to Cancun!

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Hyubie, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    My family went to a big summer outing, and we decided to try Cancun. Aside from the beach, we were very interested in Chichen Itza, so off we went. I brought with me an E-P5 and X100s. For primes I brought the Panasonic 20 Olympus 45, but the O45 went mostly unused. I had fun with both the 9-18 and 40-150, and I'm happy that most of all I planned to shoot I was able to with these tools. Here are some pictures (and that is a very generous use of the word "some" :biggrin:) :

    From the beautiful hotel with the mediterranean feel - the place was wonderful, and I can't help myself from keeping on snapping:

    Cancun-4675 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Cancun-4467 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Cancun-4621 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Hotel by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Hotel by Hyubie, on Flickr​

    And the girls are always ready for a swim!!

    Ready for a swim by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Here's a view of the gorgeous ocean from our restaurant:

    Cancun-6210488 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Cancun-4455 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Even Edmund enjoyed people-watching (though his face may not look it! :smile:) :

    Cancun-4636 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    And here's my daughter soaking it up!

    As I said, one of the main goals of our trip was Chichen Itza, and it didn't disappoint. It was awesome - as in I was awed by its beauty and majesty. It was a sight I won't soon forget:

    However I think it was only us adults who really enjoyed it, as it was really really HOT. Julia tried to prepare as much as she could, but I think it wasn't enough:

    Julia by Hyubie, on Flickr

    We also visited a few other sites, like the quaint village of Valladolid including Iglesia y Convento de San Bernardino de Siena which is almost a ruin on the outside but houses a sort of museum inside. And I believe people still use it for worship.

    (I used Velvia here, but the walls were really that kind of pink! It goes without saying that this is my girls' favorite part of the church!)​

    We also visited The X'keken Cenote, which is a very large underground water basin with stalactites and stalagmites, but I was so awed by its beauty that the only images I got were family snaps. After I took those requisite snaps, I just enjoyed the view. :biggrin: We also took the time to visit a local mercado (market), but we made sure to visit one that is not a tourist trap.

    Cancun-4573 by Hyubie, on Flickr
    This one was about an hour away by local bus​

    Though I was a little wary at first, talking to the locals quickly dissolved any worry I had. Everyone was just so friendly!

    Cancun-4538 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Cancun-4536 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    My wife and sister in law haggling their way to a good deal:

    In their element by Hyubie, on Flickr

    At the mercado by Hyubie, on Flickr

    Cancun-4576 by Hyubie, on Flickr

    And this one was a scene I came across a lot in that place where tourists are infrequent:

    This one though was from a tourist trap :smile: but my niece didn't seem to mind:

    Cancun-4695 by Hyubie, on Flickr​

    All in all it was really great fun. Hot and tiring, but ultimately worth it. A lot of my friends have been effusive in their praise when I posted in facebook, but I always tell them though the backdrop looks like paradise, there's always hard work involved behind the scenes!

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  2. xdayv

    xdayv Top Veteran

    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Looks like you really had a good time - beautiful set. Thanks for sharing Sir!
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  3. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    Yep, it was FUN! Thanks Dave!
  4. mnhoj

    mnhoj gee aahrr

    Jan 27, 2012
    Wonderful set.
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Thanks for sharing the photos and narrative Herb. Looks like it was a very nice trip. We recently spent four nights in Cancun as well. But stayed in the resort the entire time because we wanted to get every penny out of the all inclusive package. Felt like royalty getting pampered by the staff!
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  6. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    We were very tempted to do just that, but I figured we don't know when we'll be back, so we braved the heat and explored. :biggrin:
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Great set, Herbert. Makes me wish I was into photography when I was there. All I remember about Chichen Itza (or however it's spelled) is that there was no shade ANYWHERE. I felt like an egg in a frying pan. But I still want to go back. The ocean breezes there seem to never stop.

    And on a side note, the best Thai food I ever ate was in Cancun, Mexico. Strange, but true.
  8. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    And after all the exploring, for the life of me I couldn't find a decent burrito (never mind decent - I just wanted one!) while I was there in Mexico. Haha!
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  9. nippa

    nippa Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    I'm impressed with the photos.
    You've made Cancun look good :)
    While you were there we were in Cozumel which was our second Mexican destination after Tijuana.
    Neither location to be recommended.
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  10. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Really nice photos. Excelent colors.
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  11. Quite a lovely set, from what looks like a great vacation.
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