Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is renowned for white sand Caribbean beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, and refreshing underground cenote pools.
I recently decided to base myself in the town of Playa del Carmen for the winter. It’s a popular stop along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The area offers numerous outdoor activities, delicious food, sunshine, and easy living.
This is why it’s so attractive to North Americans looking to escape the snow.
My friends Anna & Dave came down to visit, so we decided to rent a jeep and explore a bit more of the region. The plan was to spend a day driving to famous Mayan sites & limestone swimming holes called cenotes.
The adventure lovers over at Madda Fella hooked me up with some tropical travel clothing from their fall line too — perfect for the heat of the Yucatan.
Mayan Ruins Of Chichen-Itza
Voted one of the new 7 wonders of the world, Chichen-Itza is an ancient Mayan city that’s been standing for 1000 years. The site is composed of a series of restored stone buildings and monuments that cover 5 square kilometers.
It’s estimated that about 50,000 people lived around the city. They survived the arid limestone environment with help from a series of cenotes (sinkholes) that provided access to underground rivers for drinking.
The main attraction at Chichen-Itza is the Temple of Kukulkan (or El Castillo), a large 90 foot pyramid. You can’t visit without getting a shot in front of it! Madda Fella’s soft Earnest Linen Shirt helped keep me cool in the hot sun.
The mysterious ruins are located about 2 hours West from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. It’s best to rent a car and visit early in the morning to beat the crowds, as 1.2 million people get their photos taken here each year.
Swimming At Cenote Zaci
After marveling at the ruins of Chichen Itza, we jumped back into our jeep and headed for the small colonial town of Valladolid. Just like the cenotes of Chichen Itza used by the Mayans, the town boasts a freshwater sinkhole called Cenote Zaci that’s great for swimming.
Because I was already wearing my Schooner Swim Cargoes, I was prepared to dive in immediately. It’s nice to have a combination of dress shorts & swim trunks all in one!
Cenote water is crystal clear, like glass, filtered by the many layers of porous limestone that makes up this part of Mexico. We had a blast jumping from the walls of the cave into the cool, refreshing pool after a hot day in the sun.
Traveling With Madda Fella
The team over at Madda Fella makes comfortable, timeless clothing that’s inspired by a tropical & adventurous lifestyle. Based in Key West, the company’s name is Caribbean slang used to express astonishment.
When it’s time to get outside at the end of a long week, you need clothing that plays as hard as you, but can also work for a night on the town. As a professional traveler I want clothing that’s dual purpose to make packing & moving from place to place as painless as possible.
I’ve really been enjoying wearing their shirts & shorts down here on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. They sent me a bunch of stuff to try out, but my favorites were:
If you’re looking for sturdy, comfortable, and stylish clothing for your next tropical adventure, make sure to check them out at MaddaFella.com ★
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