Our crew and expanded family have extensively explored the town of El Cuyo and an "El Cuyo Guide" is in the works and will be posted shortly.
In this blog we wanted to share the stoke of El Cuyo and all of the other close by attractions.
We have had several groups and students here to explore the kite conditions, and we have all shared many other adventures off the water as well. Here are some memorable moments that we have experienced this far.
Kiteboarding in El Cuyo, Mexico
Kiteboarding Lessons in El Cuyo, Mexico
Family Fun in El Cuyo Mexico
We also enjoy BBQing in the evenings with friends or just being lazy and heading to the local pizzeria, making lifelong friends and memories filled with laughter regardless.
And since everyday is filled with sun, the beach is the place to be during the daytime with SUPing, swimming, sunbathing, and playing in the sand being favorites for all generations.
Food in El Cuyo, Mexico
I will let some of the pictures do the talking, but know that my pictures only scratch the surface.
Wildlife in El Cuyo, Mexico
As far as fishing goes, the waters around El Cuyo may just be some of the best fishing grounds in the world.
Beauty on the Doorstep of El Cuyo: The Pink Lagoons of the Las Coloradas
When you get there, pools of pink salt fields create lagoons teaming with microscopic algae that give them their pink hue (and make the flamingos pink too) and their amazing contrasts with the surrounding landscape. The Las Coloradas are beyond perfect for taking photos that you will remember for a lifetime. There are pools of all different shades of color; green, orange, pink, blue, etc. The beauty of this area rivals the Salar de Uyuni salt fields in Bolivia, so it is one place that is not to be missed.
The round-trip from El Cuyo to the Las Coloradas and back will take somewhere between 3 and 4 hours. It is a perfect adventure that you can squeeze in before lunch and your time on the water kiting the afternoon thermal.
The ComeKiteWithUs "No-wind" Daytrip (Ek Balam, Cenote Samula, & Valladolid)
- Leaving El Cuyo around 8 a.m. you will head roughly 2 hours south to fulfill your lifelong dream of climbing to the top of a Mayan pyramid at Ek Balam.
- After baking in the sun at the ruins, you will take a quick 20 minute drive to Cenote Samula to swim and cool off in one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico.
- After cooling off and getting some awesome pictures (if you brought your camera with you), finish off the day by eating dinner in the colonial town of Valladolid, Mexico.
Ek' Balam : Mayan Pyramid and Ruins
Overall the walled city of Ek' Balam spans 1.25 km2 with the Acropolis sitting majestically in the middle, over shadowing all the other features with it's height of over 31 meters. When standing atop this structure, you get an amazing 360 degree view over the jungle rooftop of the Yucatan, and you can visibly see the pyramid at Chichen Itza in the distance.
For many of us, standing atop this structure was an experience of a lifetime. Who doesn't want to say that they have climbed to the top of a Mayan pyramid?
A close by and favorite cenote of the ComeKiteWithUs crew is Cenote Samula. Each clear, sunny day from 11am-3pm this cave covered cenote contains a perfect beam of light, shining through the hole in the cave roof, extending magically into the crystal clear waters below. Sit still long enough and you will get a spa day from the small fish that will content themselves by nibbling the dead skin off of your feet and legs.
We suggest only paying the fee to see Samula and skip X'keken (the other cenote at the same property). X'Keken does contain giant stalactites but is lackluster in comparison to Samula. If you want to take a souvenir home with you, be sure to take advantage of getting your picture taken as a group and with the parrot at the entrance.
The Colonial City of Valladolid, Mexico
From Wikipedia: "Named after Valladolid, at the time the capital of Spain, the first Valladolid in Yucatán was established by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Montejo's nephew on May 27, 1543 at some distance from the current town, at a lagoon called Chouac-Ha in the municipality of Tizimin. However, early Spanish settlers complained about the mosquitos and humidity at the original location, and petitioned to have the city moved further inland.
On March 24, 1545, Valladolid was relocated to its current location, built atop a Maya town called Zaci or Zaci-Val, whose buildings were dismantled to reuse the stones to build the Spanish colonial town. The following year the Maya people revolted, but were put down with additional Spanish troops coming from Mérida."
Don't let the sunset of your life come before you experience one in person here in El Cuyo, Mexico!