Mexican Stress Reliever: The Yucatan

Mexican Stress Reliever: The Yucatan Reading Time: 3 minutes

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JungleThere is nothing like a trip to paradise to relieve any ounce of pre-exam stress! I simply had no time to worry about results, or how my last geography exam had gone, because the very next day, my family whisked me offΒ to the paradisical Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Caribbean Sea

 

It is truly difficult, verging on impossible in fact, to feel the remotest touch of anxiety when staring out to a turquoise, Caribbean ocean, surrounded by blue sky, scorching sun and swaying palms. The slightest panic derived only from the failure of using factor 50 sun cream during the intensity of midday sun!

With such an intention of complete relaxation, however, we were never bored. The Yucatan offers a vast range of fascinating attractions which we made the absolute most of.

Snorkelling Cenote

 

Indigenous to the Yucatan are the Cenotes: incredible, natural sink holes both above and beneath ground providing extraordinary snorkelling locations for when (if ever) you become bored of the Carribean’s many coral reefs.

 

Even the cultural sights are a far stretch from the arguablyΒ samey National Trust properties we have in the UK. While the heat was verging on unbearable and the mosquitos were posing a genuine threat to any tourist’s sanity, Chichen Itza (the 5th New Wonder of the World) and the ancient Mayan town of Tulum were genuinely fascinating. Side note however, Chichen Itza is about 2.5 hours from where we stayed on the Yucatan, so a trip will take up the entire day… mostly on a minibus packed with sticky tourists.

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Chichen Itza and a stormy looking sky

 

 

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Tulum looking menacingly over the ocean

Altogether, I fell for Mexico, head over heals and would love to visit again, but travel it this time. Its the kind of country which welcomes youΒ to explore its actual heart,Β rather than the slightly, but tastefully, commercialised tourist coast of all inclusive resorts.

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A few more snaps: (outfits detailed in the captions.)

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Shorts: New Look. Top: H&M

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Bikini top: Boohoo

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Hat: Bijoux. Top: Zara. Shorts: Zara

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Bikini: Missguided

Top: H&M Trousers: from a market in Sri Lanka Hat: Bijoux

Top: H&M
Trousers: from a market in Sri Lanka
Hat: Bijoux

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A wide rimmed hat and loose trousers are perfect protection from sun and mosquitoes