El Rey Ruins – Want to see some Mayan ruins but not travel too far from CCP? There is a very good site just  a few minutes towards town. You can take the R1 or R2 bus for just a few minutes down the street. The ruins  will be on the Lagoon (left side). Or you can walk there. Be careful as the pavement is not always even and  on the Lagoon side, a sidewalk may not exist in some places. Admission is around $7 USD. You can hire a  guide ($20 is a good negotiated rate for a group of you) when you get there, or just walk around, climb the  ruins, and take your time. There is not much explanation about what you are seeing at the site, so either look  up info on the internet before/after your visit or get a Guide. Our guide was an 85 year old former professor  and he told us more than we really wanted to know, but I think he wanted to give us our money’s worth! Note  that there will not be much shade there – as is common with most ruins – so bring water, hat, sunglasses and  sunscreen. You might also think about doing this in the morning or late afternoon when the heat is not as  intense. 

Be careful when climbing. Lots of uneven footing and dangerous drop-offs when climbing. Mexicans rarely  post DANGER signs (unlike the US). They probably think it is obvious! 

Sea Turtles – Cancun is a huge nesting area for sea turtles. Beginning from June to September, the sea  turtles come back each year to the same place to lay their eggs. We have seen six at one time out in the Sea  during the early morning hours while having our coffee. They like to lay eggs at night (usually after 10 pm).  Conservationists are out on the beaches searching for them, and as these large creatures lay their eggs, the  conservationists (or at times the lifeguards or hotel security) gather up the eggs in buckets and re-bury them in  corrals close to the sea walls. I have personally seen this miracle of nature and to see a giant turtle lay over  130 eggs at one time is amazing! To watch the entire egg laying process can take several hours. 

If you can’t stay up to watch for the turtles to come out of the Sea to lay their eggs, you’ll know the next  morning that they’ve been here by the tell-tale tracks that they leave, along with their birthing hole. Mom digs  the hole, lays her eggs, and then covers it up before she goes back into the Sea. You’ll see these tracks and holes up and down the beach. If you’re interested, the island of Isla Mujeres has a turtle farm ($3 USD  admission fee) where you can see these turtles and other sea creatures up close at any time of the year.

During September, the conservationists help the baby turtles to hatch and put them in a cooler and store them  in a safe place during the day. This is so the sea gulls and pelicans don’t snatch them up. You are invited at  nightfall (9 pm) to come and “liberate” these new babies and put them into the surf. It is said that 1 in 50  actually make it to adulthood, and Cancun tries its best to give them an even better chance of survival! Our  complex alone releases more than 6,000 babies each year!