Water Enthusiast planning 3rd trip November 10, 2008

The group originally from Mt. Pleasant, SC are planning their third annual trip to Akumal. We are opening this trip up to anyone who loves the water, ruins, and adventure. Their second year the group grew to include people from as far away as Canada. The first trip the group stayed only in Akumal. The second year we ventured to Valladolid. This year the trip will include Merida and Progreso.

Note this trip may be an add on the Just Imagine Vacations, Inc and WaterARTS Fitness International Certification Trip! Which begins November 5th.

Sample Itinerary subject to change
Day One - Sunday, November, 9th Arrive Cancun Airport. Transportation will pick you up and transport you to Akumal. You will have time to get settled in and make yourselves at home. Enjoy a stroll on the beach, snorkel in the calm bay or relax by the pool.

Day Two Monday, November 10th Wake up to sound of tropical birds, take a walk along the beach as the sun rises, enjoy breakfast and then join the WaterARTS folks for a 10:00 Finning Fun Session at Yal Ku Lagoon. The rest of your day you can sign up for a side trip, relax at one of Akumal's 3 great water spots; Yal-Ku Lagoon, Half Moon Bay or Akumal Bay.

Day Three - Tuesday, November 11th - We will spend the day at Xel-Ha at this wonderful all-inclusive, eco-park. That evening we will enjoy the new night show at Tulum Ruins.

Day Four Wednesday, November 12th Say good-bye to those new WaterARTS friends who have to leave. Grab some breakfast and get ready to hop on the vans and head to the state of Yucatan. We will check into a hotel at the world-famous Chichen Itza, one of the modern Wonders of the World. You will explore the ruins and have the opportunity to do the night show if you wish.

Day Five Thursday, November 13th You can take an early morning stroll back into the ruins but don't miss the bus cause our adventure is about to take us to Merida one of the finest Colonial Cities this side of Spain! We will meet our hostess, Kahki who has planned an incredible tour of the Merida, the surrounding area and she has included some of the best restaurants, shopping, museums and cultural events. Afternoon: Calle 60 Stroll Night: Dinner at Peregrina followed by a Concert Classical Thursday. Thursday is the busiest night of the week in Merida, so we may end up with 3 or 4 "must see" shows

Day Six Friday, November 14th Merida Morning: Cholul Artisans & church Afternoon: Artisans with wonderful local arts and crafts. After our tour we will head on to Progreso for lunch on the Gulf of Mexico.

Day Seven Saturday, November 15th Will be a fun-packed day of adventure. We will start with a quick breakfast at the hotel and then head to San Cristano for a beautiful birding tour by boat. After our tour we will return to the hotel in Merida and have a nice siesta and relax for the evening ahead.

We'll have dinner on Saturday night at Amaro's. After dinner entertainment will be provided by the City Council of Merida. Noche Mexicana and/or En El Corazon de Merida. Our hotel is exactly between the two. You MUST see En El Corazon de Merida. This is where you want to do your shopping - GREAT prices - and there are live bands on stages all around the Plaza Grande - salsa, trova, jazz - the works! from 9:00 PM til 2:00 AM and its all free entertainment. The cafes and hotels put all of their tables in the streets and everybody just enjoys the night and the music.

Day Eight Sunday, November 16th Merida in the morning, head back to Akumal by sunset. Morning: Bici-Ruta, Merida en Domingo, Art on the Street, photo opp. at corner of Science and Intelligence. We will return that afternoon to Akumal.

Day Nine Monday, November 17th Wake back up to the sound of those tropical birds and the lapping of the bay. We will enjoy the day in Sian Kaan that will include boat tours of the lagoons, lunch at a small fishing village and snorkeling on the reef.

Day Ten Tuesday, November 18th Hang out in Akumal and enjoy one last full day in paradise.

Day Eleven Wednesday, November 19th - Head back to the airport.

We will be adding more details as we get closer - so please check back. If you would like to be included and want more information please contact us. To learn more about their past two trips please read some of the trip reports and view the photo albums.


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