A lazy day around the resort today, visiting a couple of small Maya sites and the Mayan Museum.

First stop, the El Rey Zona Archaeológica. We picked up the R1 bus outside our hotel, and headed south about 5 miles. Admission only 55 pesos (£2) per person to see a handful of Mayan ruins, with informative plaques at the entrance and near all the main exhibits.

Ruins at El Rey
Ruins at El Rey

A short walk of less than a mile north takes you to the Museo Maya de Cancún. Admission 75 pesos (£3) each. An impressive modern structure, with a fascinating series of exhibits inside covering the Yucatán from pre-history through to Spanish rule.

Museo Maya de Cancún
Museo Maya de Cancún

The museum is directly linked to another very small Mayan site, San Miguelito, containing the foundations of several Mayan houses and the remains of a small ceremonial pyramid. Admission is included in the museum combined ticket.

Pyramid at San Miguelito
Pyramid at San Miguelito

Having satisfied our explorer streak, we headed north again for about 3 miles on the bus to La Isla, a modern shopping development on the edges of the Nichupte lagoon. Interesting to visit, if only to see the unusual canals and bridges which link the different parts of the complex, and the busy marina facing the lagoon. We also spotted a few ornaments which we might nip back for towards the end of our holiday.

The Marina at La Isla shopping mall
The Marina at La Isla shopping mall

The rest of our day was spent relaxing back at the hotel, on the beach and by the pool. And in the evening, a short stroll to one of the local restaurants, the ‘Hacienda El Mortero’. A Mexican-themed restaurant, the inside is dressed up to appear like a village square, with a large fountain in the centre surrounded by diners, the columns of covered walkways around the edges, and colourful bunting flags hiding the ceiling from view. The menu was a little pricier than other places we had eaten, but we did benefit from free entertainment by a Mariachi band, who were working round all of the tables in turn, playing and singing requests. A thoroughly enjoyable night out!

Right next to our bus stop, a warning sign about crocodiles...
Right next to our bus stop, a warning sign about crocodiles…

Tomorrow, day one of another two day trip, this time to climb the massive Nohoch Mul pyramid at Cobá.