Though I have booked shore excursions outside of the cruise line before, when it comes to Mexico, I feel more confident booking with the cruise. I was expecting that we would be on a big bus of people going to see the ancient ruins of Coba, but I was surprised. Including John and I, there were only 6 of us tourists on this particular tour.
The ride from Cozumel to Coba took about 45 minutes. We stopped for a quick break, and I decided to order a smoothie. Fresa I remembered as "strawberry," but chaya didn't ring a bell, and when I asked what it was, I was shown an unfamiliar leaf. I like greens, though, so decided to be adventurous. When I got back on the van, the tour guide explained to me that chaya is a leaf that basically cures all that ails you. Oh, and that I should not be alarmed if I peed green for a while. I hoped I hadn't inadvertently started a juice cleanse, but needn't have worried. Fresa y chaya was tasty and without ill effect.
Soon we were at the ancient ruins of Coba. Amazingly, climbing on the ruins is still allowed. John and I scaled the big stone structure and had a commanding view of the vast landscape. It was drizzly when we were there, and off in the distance I heard the rumbling of thunder. I wondered just how stupid we were to be on the highest point in miles. Fortunately, the storm stayed far away, and we were able to get down safely.
|Photo: Many tourists climb the ancient ruins of Coba.|
|Photo: John and I after climbing the ruins|
|Photo: Climbing down the ruins was a lot harder than climbing up|
|Photo: Trees grow up in and around stone ruins|
Thanks for the chance to climb ancient ruins.