martes, 6 de agosto de 2013

Day I and Day II

Arrival and Hotel
Day I and Day II
Day III and Day IV
Going back home

For our first "actual" day in Cabo we decided to do the "typical Cabo".


We went to the Marina and to take a bout tour to the Arch and the Lover's Beach.
Gladly for us the hotel offers a shuttle to their sister property next to the Marina.
We were told by our concierge to buy the tickets at the Marina as they can be cheaper, at least for the national tourist.
We got a pretty great rate of 10 USD pp for a tour but the great thing is that I didn't got a normal glass floor boat, but a mini-yacht. Not that luxurious but pretty nice.
The tour takes you around the very edge of the coast, passing through great rock formations and of course the Arch.
Now, at the airport or at the timeshares sales they will tell you "Yeah right now you can cross under the Arch, it only occurs each 4,7 10 years" FALSE!
By seeing Tripadvisor photos it occurs every year, but no one knows in which specific month, so it is luck.
We didn't have the luck enough and it was impossible to cross under, but still pictures are pretty beautiful.

The boat, like all the tours, will leave you in some beach there, where you can walk to Lover's Beach.
It's one of the most amazing beaches I've seen, Hawaii is kind of short against this beauty.

Then they come back and get you.
My recommendation is at least get 2 hours there, and take food and water and beverages.
And towels too.
Lover's Beach

The Los Cabos "Statue of Liberty"

The 5th Avenue of Los Cabos

We then toured around and headed back to the hotel, kind of late, for lunch. 
I mean if everything is included we will take advantage of that. 

For the evening we headed to San Jose del Cabo, which is 20 minutes away. 
It's the "typical" small Mexican town, but there are much better ones.

There is a church and that's it. 
It was also sad to see all the people offering tours and activities in a desperate way.
How can a city with so much tourism can host a large poor population?

Day 2. 

Uhm... Relaxing Day...

Sorry, but not a lot to tell. 
We took some activities in the hotel such as the cooking class and the meditation one. 
There is something missing in these classes. Staff? Maybe

Anyways, I leave you with some more photos of the resort. 


There isn't really beach. 
It's full of rocks and the sea in "unfriendly"

miércoles, 17 de julio de 2013

Arrival and Hotel

Arrival and Hotel
Day I and Day II
Day III and Day IV
Going back home

As soon as I woke up, me and my family headed to Toluca Airport - just as a FYI, it is Mexico City's smaller regional airport-. 
The check in with Interjet was pretty fast, they offer a very good service, though they just have some routes to the U.S. (O.C, Miami, Las Vegas and NYC).
Gladly for us, the airport has an American Express Centurion Lounge (there are 6 in Mexico, only one in the U.S.), where if you have any American Express card you can access. They offer small breakfasts, internet, Tvs, free (short) massages. 

I've been to several lounges all over the world, and I haven't seen any (I'm sure there are) that the security point is actually inside the lounge. 
So of course, the security process was a bliss and within minutes I was seated on the plane.

The flight was under two hours, but I was next to a 5 kids flying alone (all siblings) and they treated the steward like their own butler and sang One Direction Songs, not cool. 

Anyways we arrived at the airport and headed straight to our rental car: Alamo.
We found a great price, 34 USD for 4 days, for a midsize car! 
Pretty great, huh?! 
Specially in a place where the taxi to the hotel costs over 80 USD roundtrip.
Well, of course no insurance was included, and because our credit card included some (no CC includes 3rd person accidents) we weren't really going to pay for insurance, but apparently it was compulsory. No I have rented cars in Miami and Vegas with no insurance from them, so I was a bit shocked to see my 34 USD rate go up to a 120 USD rate. 

We were given a 2009 Nissan Sentra that wasn't in the best shape, but at least it worked.

We took the "toll" Highway (waste of money) and arrived at the hotel 30 minutes later. 

We chose the Hotel Hacienda Encantada, because of the offer we found at 
200 USD, with taxes included, and All-Inclusive.
Now, the rate was great, but I did not see the small print
I selected 3 people, and still in small letters it said that the reservation was quoted for 2 !
So I ended up paying 36 USD more per day, which for what it includes it's ok. 
Still, it's not great to be charged extra, and be treated badly by a bitchy front desk girl. 

I wrote a pretty large review on the hotel on Tripadvisor, which I hope it will be helpful to any one going to Cabo.

Our day ended with a nice lunch by the pool and basically an afternoon of pure relaxation. 


Hotel Grounds

martes, 16 de julio de 2013

Cabo Trip !!!

Arrival and Hotel
Day I and Day II
Day III and Day IV
Going back home

How many Californians have ever been to Cabo?
A lot
How many Americans have ever been to Cabo?
How many Mexicans have ever been to Cabo?
Not many
And not surprisingly, this was my first time in Los Cabos.
And yes, I do live in Mexico City with a flight less than 200 USD roundtrip and 2 hours away, and I've never been to this amazing place.

So a bit of background, shall we?

Summer was coming pretty fast, ( FYI it was already June), so we wanted to do something for July, preferably in Mexico.
The common, cheapest option for us is Acapulco, but we searched some flight options and found a nice 200 USD roundtrip flight from Mexico City to Los Cabos, and also found an awesome deal at Jetsetter (please visit 200 USD for an oceanview room  All-Inclusive rate in a Non-Inclusive hotel (which makes everything better).

So, we booked it and we were ready to go