Posted by: Sailing Camelot | April 17, 2013

Back to Mexico on Easter Day

38 ½ hours in a washing machine, and not the gentle cycle: that’s what the trip from Roatan to Mexico felt like.

It has to be said though, that between the winds and a finally favorable current our sturdy Camelot was gracefully gliding at a steady 7 ½ knots, reaching over 9 knots at times.

Tom held up like a trooper, like he always does, while I finally joined the ranks of those who occasionally get seasick.

Yes, after 11, 015 nautical miles without so much of a hint of queasiness, I too joined the Hurling Hos Club, earned a membership to the Barfing Sisterhood, and changed my name to Barfin’ Betty…

I know, I know: too much information… But it is a big deal for me! Made me realize I am human after all and not all that tough, either. Quite humbling, really…

Anyway, that was my re-entry into Mexico. Hurray.

We are now in gorgeous Puerto Morelos, Mexico, safely tied up to a solid dock at the El Cid Marina. A short distance away the enormous luxury El Cid hotel complex extends for a long stretch of the beach.

 

Camelot at Rest in Marina El Cid

Camelot at Rest in Marina El Cid

 

We're at the end of this long dock

We’re at the end of this very long dock

 

Marina El Cid, Puerto Morelos

Marina El Cid, Puerto Morelos

 

This is still Semana Santa, the extended Mexican (and Central American) Easter Holiday that coincides with the American Spring Break, rendering any tourist spot impossibly crowded.

Lucky for us, the Marina is pretty immune to the disease, we can find peace and quiet on our boat when the craziness gets unbearable.

The Marina is just two Km away from the quaint little town of Puerto Morelos, which lies spot in the middle between Cancun (37 Km to the North) and Playa del Carmen (35 Km to the South). Perfect logistics for our explorations!

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos

 

Colorful railing!

Colorful railing!

 

 

Pto Morelos Beach

Puerto Morelos Beach

 

The New Lighthouse

The New Lighthouse

 

Thanks to my good friend Mike, who has been here before, we were introduced to The Little Mexican Cooking School  in Puerto Morelos.

 

We were here !!!

We were here !!!

 

We both ended up attending a cooking class taught by Chef Marcus Marin.

 

Cocoa Beans.. The source

Cocoa Beans.. The source

 

... and the End Product!

… and the End Product!

 

Our patient teacher, Chef Marcus Marin

Our patient teacher, Chef Marcus Marin

 

Yes, Tom can now make Tortillas.

Yes, Tom can now make Tortillas.

 

Tom making Tamales

Tom making Tamales

 

It was a fun day of learning about the local cuisine, dabbling with Mexican food and eating our results!

 

Finally we get to eat our efforts!

Finally we get to eat our efforts!

 

Dessert! Always my favorite.

Dessert! Always my favorite.

 

Should you ever get the chance, I strongly recommend this experience.

Of course there had to be the mandatory Mayan ruins tour, so we rented a car and drove to Tulum.

 

There was some adjusting involved, but Tom finally managed to fit in the rental car.

There was some adjusting involved, but Tom finally managed to fit in the rental car.

 

Tulum, the Mayan city also known as Zama

Tulum, the Mayan city also known as Zama

 

The imposing ruins and dramatic views, although a little bit of a tourist trap, were well worth the visit.

 

Right on the water!

Right on the water!

Imposing structure, still standing tall!

Imposing structure, still standing tall!

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Prime real estate, overlooking the ocean...

Prime real estate, overlooking the ocean…

Mayan Ritual re-enactment

Mayan Ritual re-enactment

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Once the crows left at the end of the Easter holidays, we spent a lot of time on the beautiful beach and in the gigantic pool of the El Cid complex, waiting for favorable weather to get to our next destination.

The weather this year has been really screwy, with all those cold fronts the USA had to endure producing strong winds and very choppy seas down here.

But the perfect weather showed up once more, so it’s time to leave!

 

Thanks for the hospitality, Puerto Morelos!

Thanks for the hospitality, Puerto Morelos!

 

Next destination: Isla Mujeres.

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