We arrived at Punta Sur and it looked like everyone else had the same idea we did about coming here before the rain. The parking lot was packed, unlike the other day when we drove over here and there was next to no one in the parking lot.
Info about Punta Sur:
Punta Sur is located at the most Southern point of the island. It is also the most Eastern part of Mexico and is the first place in Mexico to receive the sun's rays in the morning. They say this is "where Mexico awakens".
Punta Sur is the highest point in Isla Mujeres, which is 20 meters above sea level.
There is a sculpture park that has been made by artists around the world reflecting the history at Punta Sur.
You will find the remains of the Temple of Goddess Ixchel that was built by the Mayan people years ago. This goddess represents love, the moon and fertility. Couples would come to Punta Sur to honor her and bring her gifts and ask for a prosperous marriage.
The Isla Mujeres Lighthouse, also known as El Faro, overlooks the Mayan temple and was used to guide fishermen as far away as Cozumel.
It will cost you $2 US or 30 pesos (which is around $1.49) to get in. That's a pretty cheap day if you ask me!
Now there is a lot of walking involved (well, at least in my opinion since walking is a chore for someone like me with an injury and all the swelling in my leg/foot) and there are stairs involved to get down to the trails along the water. So, be prepared.
We headed off on our journey. Even though it was cloudy, it still was really hot.
There were plenty of statues showing the Mayan people coming with their offerings to the Goddess Ixchel hoping to be blessed with fertility and a prosperous marriage and life.
We were high up looking down upon the most beautiful crystal clear waters off the island of Isla Mujeres. So pretty!
The temple of Ixchel
Ok, it was time to begin our journey down the stairs and walk along the beautiful water. I really didn't realize just how many trails there were down here from the pictures I had seen prior to coming to the island. It was so pretty!
When we first checked in, I handed off my GoPro to the hubby, who took a few videos in the beginning and then somehow Sakari ended up with it. She managed to get almost all of the footage of us walking around Punta Sur and did a pretty good job of covering everything. At the end of my picture review, the video will be mostly what she did. I think she may become a second me in the future. She loves photography and has taken some classes while in middle school. I'm not sure if I mentioned it or not, but when we dive, and she usually has her own camera, she usually takes around 70-80 pictures. However, our dive yesterday she took almost 300 pictures! Now that's improvement! LOL Proud momma moment! I'll get her on the right path sooner or later. :D
Sakari was hurrying for some reason and got way ahead of us as I walked along and snapped pictures. She had spotted some wildlife and she went to check it out.
You would not believe how close she managed to get to this bird. Wait until you see the video. She was right up on it. Although with a beak like that, I'm sure he was not intimidated by her and knew that at any given moment he could rip a hole in her with that thing.
These amazing birds cannot swim or walk. They fly high above the lake or ocean and dive down grabbing fish with their strong legs. They spend most of their time flying around and can fly for weeks without stopping. Having the largest wing-area-to-body-weight ratio of any bird, frigatebirds are essentially aerial. This allows them to soar continuously and only rarely flap their wings. One great frigatebird, being tracked by satellite in the Indian Ocean, stayed aloft for two months.
Just when I thought we were down as far as you could go, I seen that we had a long way to go still and further down by the water.
It was most definitely a beautiful place to go and even the iguana's had a prime location to hang out at. They were everywhere.
We climbed a ton of stairs to get back up to the top and headed back down another path to see the rest of the statues in the area that we missed on the way in along the other side.
A video from today. This is a complete walk around the entire place at Punta Sur. You can get a feel for what it's like, how much walking is involved and the steps involved...in case you want to check it out. Don't forget to like and subscribe.
Recap of Punta Sur: An absolutely gorgeous place to visit. Walking down by the water was so pretty and something you won't see anywhere else on the island. There is a lot of walking both on the grounds, stairs and around the water. So, if this is on your list of things to do, just know that. It can get super hot because there are no trees around for shade and it is out in the open.