"Chicken Pizza," the term our tour guide used to describe visitors' poor pronunciation of this historic site, was humbling to see. Designated as one of the Seven World Wonders, these Mayan ruins saw their heyday around 600-1200 A.D. The complexity of the architecture, and the stories we were told about the ancient Mayan civilization, were so amazing. It intrigues me that human hands created such beautiful art work, in comparison to the human minds that create the metal skyscrapers were see in our cities today.
"Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully"
My favorite part about staying at Moon Palace was being able to watch the sunset each night. As soon as 6 o'clock rolled around, the blue sky transformed into vivid pastel colors - these pictures can't even do it justice.
This amazing trip wouldn't have been complete without putting my recently acquired SCUBA certification to use. Since we were staying in Cancún, I was only a short trip away from the world-renowned diving epicenter of Cozumel. My dad (also a certified diver) and I woke up at the crack of dawn to take a taxi down to Playa del Carmen, where we then hopped on a ferry to this small paradise situated in the Caribbean Sea. Before our dive, we walked around and took in all the tropical vibes (and our favorite Mexican dish, fajitas, pictured below)! One day, I hope to be advanced enough to use underwater gear while diving, but for now trust that it was one of the best experiences EVER. For my first legitimate dive, I miraculously saw nurse sharks, lobsters, sting rays, baby black-tipped sharks, and even THREE SEA TURTLES. Safe to say I'm hooked on diving. :)