On my seven day cruise aboard the Norwegian Star we stopped four times. The first stop was in Roatan Honduras which I wrote about here. The second in Belize which I posted about here and the third was in Costa Maya Mexico.
The excursion that I chose in Costa Maya was so much fun! Around lunch time we were driven out to a hotel on the beach. We were met by a group of chefs and salsa dancers who taught us how to make homemade guacamole and salsa. The avocados were so good. Unfortunately the ones that I we grow in Florida don't taste the same. After we made our dips we were served homemade tortilla chips to eat with the dip. After we ate and drank we were taught how to salsa dance.
The price for this excursion was $89 a person for an adult $65 for a child aged 13 and under. I liked all of the excursions I went on during this cruise, but I laughed the most during this one as the group that taught us how to dance and prepare food had a great sense of humor and seemed really concerned about us enjoying ourselves. The price includes two alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks.
I wish I had gotten some better pictures but it was slightly dark in the room we were in and we were busy at our table following directions and preparing the dips. I tried to get some photos of the salsa dancers but they move very quickly! Costa Maya is a very fast growing area and seemed more commercialized then Belize but is not as built up as Cancun.
Custom Maya is a nice place to visit if you want to see the Cancun area but want to be away from the hotel zone and still experience some of the Mexican culture. Some friends that recently visited the hotel zone in Cancun say they wish that they had stayed out in the Costa Maya area. There is a lot to do including Xcaret which I wrote about visiting in February 2016 here and here.
Here are my attempts at capturing the salsa dancers:
Here is our chef, Alejandro, who did was a very good teacher who made learning fun! We mainly used a wooden mortar and pestle to prepare the dips.
Not a great picture but here are the ingredients they gave us to prepare the guacamole and salsa dip.
Although visiting Cancun sometimes felt like being in Orlando I tried to remember that minimum-wage is only five dollars a day. These people work very hard. I tried to tip a little bit here and there as they really do depend on them to get by. I was very impressed by the talent and performance by these acrobats.
We were greeted by these guys in their amazing costumes that created a great photo opportunity!
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