Riviera Maya Vacation

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Day 1 - April 6, 2008

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Our flight our of DFW airport on Sunday was very early - 8:00 am, so we had to get up a little after 5:00 and leave the house around 6:00 to get to the airport before 7:00. Our Champion Air flight left right on time and we touched down in Cancun a little after 10:00.

After getting our bags and finding the Worry Free Vacations people, we boarded a bus for the hour-long ride down to the resort.

When we arrived and checked in at Aventura, we were told that our personal assistant was Alfredo and that we should meet with him to learn what "all inclusive" meant as well as plan our excursions. Before formally meeting with him we decided to have lunch, and he directed us to the El Greco restaurant, located between the pool and the beach. It's a full buffet of just about anything you could want -- seafood, chicken, beef, pork, fruits and veggies, breads, an extensive dessert section, and just about any beverage you could want including a full bar. Wow! We ate our fill (which for Ginger wasn't much due to being air sick!) and went to meet with Alfredo to set up our excursions. We found out where to meet our Worry Free Vacations rep, where to meet our Lomas Travel rep, with whom we booked our Dolphin Discovery tour, and set up our other two included excursions.

There are seven restaurants on the property of various cuisine types. El Greco is classified as Mediterranean, Mo Mo No Hana is Asian, Mundaca is Argentinean, Ventanas is "international" but serves mainly pizza and pasta, La Hacienda is Mexican, La Huerta is "California Light", and La Trattoria is Italian. Over the course of our stay we ate at El Greco for a lunch and one evening for just dessert. Mundaca was right by our room so we ate there for breakfasts mainly. La Trattoria had magnificent rib eye steaks so we ate there twice for dinner.

Our room was not ready so the front desk switched us to another room, which turned out to be great, as our new room had a great view of the pool, with the lagoon and ocean beyond, instead of a view of the next building and a courtyard. We completed check-in and proceeded to our room and took a nice nap before walking around the resort, then going to dinner at Mundaca.

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