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Trip to Cancun Mexico
11-18 December 2004

Last Edited - 08/25/2018 12:01 PM -0400
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Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza

Observations about Ambiance Villas
Observations about Cancun

Observations about Ambiance Villas

  • Ambiance Villas - Booked through Expedia (Funjet).  At KM 8.5. Next to the Presidente InterContinental Resort  and across the street from a grocery store, pharmacy and Laundromat.  Two bus stops right out front.  I had a nice air conditioned suite with full kitchen, free safe, king bed, living room and semi-beach-view veranda for a very reasonable price.  There is construction next door, but it didn't bother me.  The best beach in Cancun.  Quiet.  Well kept by a large staff of people.  About a 10 minute walk to the entertainment / convention area.  At checkout there was no surprise bill and no overcharges.  Great!

  • The 20" TV in the living room had RCA audio and video inputs, so the TV became my audio amplifier for my MP3 player (No VCR and no DVD player).

  • Internet - My notebook computer got 26400 baud from the local number.  US 5 cents per minute and US 55 cents per local call.  There is a coin operated internet access machine in the Ambiance lobby, which I saw being used, but I never used it.  I remember seeing internet cafes in town.


  • Ambiance Villas - My room had a bad smell for the first two days, but then Cancun often smells like sewer gas.  One morning I woke to find a dead 2 inch cockroach in the kitchen sink.  I guess that's what the garbage disposal is for. The air conditioning was set to 63 degrees F when I arrived but I managed to coerce the thermostat warmer.

Observations about Cancun

  • Buy the Perry and Laura McFarlin Cancun Map (see below) before you go.  It is a great map.

  • Want great deals in Cancun, and to see what the locals eat and buy?  Go to the downtown Wal-Mart.

  • Buying some Tequila to take home?  Look at the extensive displays in the hotel zone shops, and then buy at Wal-Mart for about 1/2 the price.

  • The week of Dec 11 was very quiet in the hotel zone.  It almost seemed an economic depression.  Few tourists.  Empty restaurants.

  • The whole Cancun area seems very safe.

  • The price of everything in the hotel zone is 2X to 10X, compared to downtown.

  • Have you met tourista?  You will. You will get sick in Cancun.  Bring Imodium and expect 2 to 3 days in your hotel room.

  • Cancun seems to cater to the inactive passive American, not the active adventure traveler. Expect the beach, partying, snorkeling, jet skiing and bus excursions to ruins, but don't expect walking or hiking opportunities.  If you like to hike and see wildlife, go somewhere else.  However, there are plenty of places to jog in the morning when it's somewhat cooler.

  • Cancun can be very windy.  Otherwise, the temperature was always about 80-85 degrees F, and partly cloudy.

  • An Irish bar (Pat O'Briens) in Cancun only serves Mexican beer and Mexican food.  Want a Guinness?  Stay home, or go to Ireland.

  • The local bus is fast and cheap (US60 cents) but don't expect to find a bus map. I never saw one.

Stop back later - More pictures will be posted.

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Ambiance Villas

Ambiance Villas - Aerial View of the area
Olas Residence, Ambiance Villas
Cancun - Photo of a billboard advertisement.
Great aerial view.  An artists rendering of the completed
"Olas Residence".  Next to the "Ambiance Villas".
 Olas Residense is under construction as of Dec 2004.

Cancun, Ambiance Villas, Suite
Ambiance Villas - 1 bedroom suite -
Kitchen - Dining - Living Room


Ambiance Villas -
Bathroom view from the bedroom at the first vanity.
The second vanity is on the other side of the sliding mirror door.

Ambiance Villa Bedroom - Handcrafted decoration from towels and flowers of the property

Ambiance Villa Bathroom - Handcrafted decoration from towels

Ambiance Villas
Ambiance Villas Beach - View of the property

Ambiance Villas - From out front

Ambiance Villas Beach
Ambiance Villas - view toward the beach

Ambiance Villas Beach
Ambiance Villas Beach- The beach sand is fine and deep

Ambiance Villas Beach
Ambiance Villas Beach

Ambiance Villas Beach
Ambience Villas Beach

Ambiance Villas Beach
Ambiance Villas Beach

Ambiance Villas - Massages are available at the beach.

Chichen Itza

Cancun Shrine
Souvenir shop on the way to Chichen Itza -  Shrine

Cancun Souvenir shop
Souvenir shop on the way to Chichen Itza

Cancun Souvenir shop
Souvenir shop on the way to Chichen Itza

Cancun Souvenir shop
Souvenir shop on the way to Chichen Itza - silver rings

Mexico Village Chichen Itza
On the way to Chichen Itza - Village street

Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza - Everyone must wear this wrist band

Chichen Itza - One of two un-restored sides

Chichen Itza - Ball Court as seen from the Pyramid

Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza - Climbing up

Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza - The climb down

Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza - climbing down

Chichen Itza, Out Lady of Guadalupe
Chichen Itza - Our guide with woman in festival dress.
"Our Lady of Guadalupe" day, Dec 12, 2004


Funjet Jet Cancun
Cancun Airport Arrival - Funjet Operated by Ryan International

Cancun, Coco Bongo
Entertainment District - Coco Bongo

The Plantation House Restaurant - Boulevard Kukulcán Km 10.5 Hotel Zone

The Plantation House - Lunch

Corona Extra T Shirt



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