During Spring Break, I had the opportunity to escape to Cancún and the Yucatán with the girls!
After moving into the resort on the first day, the sunset and beach waves were all we had eyes for:
One could call our vacation a Really Overpriced Photoshoot, but taking photos proved to be a great opportunity for creating content abroad, reflecting on our experience and coming closer and closer to complete body acceptance!
Our next day was almost exclusively a beach day. Blue waters, fake tattooos, new friends, jet skis and non-alcoholic cocktails from 9-9 (accompanied by an ugly crop top tan and writing assignment dragged from the depths of my LA, pre-Spring Break hysteria)
That day was perhaps the most peaceful (when do you ever literally get to lie out and soak up the sun?!) and we spent the night dancing away with Black students from across the US, London & South America!
Finally, the most culturally enriching experience involved hopping on a bus to take a 2 hour + journey to and through the Mayan Yucatán (peep my IG Story highlight for roadside details)! We visited the Hubiku Village and Park (below) which was highly reminiscent of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii:
Wherever I go, my homies come, too: We visited a Mayan Village & park at Hubiku and learned about Mayan food, farming, arts & tribal painting, clearly. It reminded me of how important it is to hear someone's story in their own words… I didn't love riding through someone's village on a tour bus (privilege¿), but I DID love hearing Yucatan Mayan and speaking Spanish with the guides all through the trip thus far, connecting with people in their first tongues🌎💞
And I had the honor of crossing of a major (newfound) bucket list item, which was to take a dip in a glistening cenote:
A cenote is what happens when limestone caves in and creates a turquoise water-filled depreciation in the Earth and God says "hold on, Imma make it the most beautiful thing they've ever seen" so he adds bats and birds and friendly little fish with tiny mustaches. Then, an IG crazy chick with an understanding that ancient Mayans sacrificed young virgins in these cenotes, spends the entire time trying to find the light to show how much she f/w it
And before a final day’s rest, we traversed the ruins at Chichen Itza! Pictured below is my easygoing smile before an hour of pouring, muddy rains and heavy Mayan ritual history:
Chichen Itza and the Mayan ball courts defy norms and blow expectations. I naively came in thinking: "cool, Imma see a pyramid" and instead felt the presence of thousands of people from a time past, in which snakes and deadly athletic performances were worshipped, and structures were erected to enable people to hear each other speaking from hundreds of feet away😩👏🏾👏🏾That's communication that excites. I'm going to stop feedposting from Mexico so I can enjoy my surroundings!
I would absolutely recommend at least a weekend in Cancún and day in Yucatán if you’re considering a trip to México! If you’re an excited tourist like me, consider also the following tips:
- Don’t eat lettuce, ice or drink water unless bottled or risk an upset stomach/sickness
- Don’t walk alone in the day or nighttime. Hide your valuables and use your street smarts, just like you would in LA, SF or any other major city
- Get an all-inclusive resort package so as not to worry about food!
- Book your airport shuttle with a travel company before arriving to México
- Bargain for everything! No price is set for tourists
- Speaking competent Spanish will get you major brownie points
- Fat Tuesday in Cancún is a Black dance spot. Go with friends!
- Don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen if needed
- Fly Southwest roundtrip – great prices, customer service, familiar airport terminals & flexibility
- Use Hopper to set low price flight alerts and find an optimal time/price for your flight!
Speaking to a few of you, I know I’ve already inspire some to go visit Cancún – let me know if you have any more questions!
Thanks to @theblacktravelclub for the feature and shoutout!
@joyofodu "Wherever I go, my homies come, too: We visited a Mayan Village & park at Hubiku and learned about Mayan food, farming, arts & tribal painting, clearly. It reminded me of how important it is to hear someone's story in their own words… I didn't love riding through someone's village on a tour bus (privilege¿), but I DID love hearing Yucatan Mayan and speaking Spanish with the guides all through the trip thus far, connecting with people in their first tongues🌎💞" #TheWorldIsYours #TheBlackTravelClub