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Isla Mujeres: Sunset of our Mexicadventure in the “Sunrise of Mexico”

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Legacy 
I wrote this article extremely sad! Sad because I knew this was the last destination of our BRO-ventures. This timeless saying is oh so true.
“All good things must come to an end”
I have to say, and I’m not bragging or anything here *cough* but Romain and I plan some amazing trips!

Just to name a few! We embark on these trips and write our adventures here because we know our children and grandchildren will read them one day!

We want them to know grandpa LIVED LIFE, explored and sought adventure!

Personally, I never knew any of my grandfathers.

I remember Romain showing me a picture of his grandfather in the French Military, shirtless, on top of a military jet with his BROs! This photo is from the 1950s:

Romain’s Grandpa in the Middle
I look at this old photo like “That’s my kind of guy” “Grandpa was fucking awesome”
  • That photo says Grandpa LIVED!
  • Grandpa broke the rules and did stupid things sometimes, but that’s okay 🙂
  • Grandpa was a BRO that loved his friends!
  • Grandpa wants you to do the same!
Images are powerful. Timeless. They provide insight and tell the story of your existence in this world.
Role Models, Graduation
My little sister (left) and My little brother (right) at my college graduation
The question(s) you have to ask yourself is:
  • What legacy do I want to leave behind?
  • How do I want to be remembered?

History of Isla Mujeres

“Isla’s history dates back over 1500 years when it was part of the Maya province, Ekab. The island served as the sanctuary for the goddess Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness. The Temple was located at the South point of the island and was also used as the lighthouse. The light from torches was shown through holes in the walls, which could be seen by the navigators at sea. The Maya also came to the island to harvest salt from the salt lagoons.
Recently the National Institute of History and Anthropology announced the discovery of Mayan ruins and pieces of various materials in Mundaca Hacienda. There is evidence of five Mayan buildings, one of which could be the true temple of the goddess Ixchel and the south point ruin simply a lighthouse. The INAH also found and is holding over 100 pieces of obsidian, jade, and human skeletons and skulls.

Isla Mujeres remained a sanctuary until it was discovered by Francisco Fernández de Córdoba in 1517. Legend has it that the only inhabitants of the island were the priestess of Ixchel and her court of women. Scattered around were numerous gold, silver and clay statues of Ixchel, and so the island got its name: Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women” (Source: Isla-mujeres.net/history).

Landing in Isla: Yeah, Sooo How Do I Get Here? (Romain) 

Getting to Isla Mujeres is fairly easy, but you HAVE TO know what you’re doing. If you’re starting your journey from the Cancun airport, like we expect most people will:

  1. Take the ADO Airport bus. A return ticket will cost you 56 pesos, which is less than $3. Look for the stand with a large “ADO” sign in red to purchase your ticket to downtown Cancun. The bus runs every half hour.
  2. From the downtown bus station, you can take a taxi to the Puerto Juarez ferry (for around 80 pesos, which is $4). Or if you are really feeling adventurous, catch the “Ruta 13” bus that will drop you off at Puerto Juárez. In total, bus + taxi should take you 40-45 min.
  3. From Puerto Juarez, take the ferry boat to Isla Mujeres, with Ultramar. The ferry run every half an hour until midnight. It takes 20min to reach Isla Mujeres, and musicians will entertain you up on the deck.

Immediately after you arrive aboard the ferry your eyes are captivated by a vast sea of beautiful turquoise-blue water. If you work in an office and you need a getaway, this is the place for you!

The people of Isla extremely welcoming and friendly to us. The weather was warm and subtropical even though we landed on a cloudy day. And the island itself is tourist friendly so all are welcome to explore.

Palm trees in Isla Mujeres MexicoPalm trees in Isla Mujeres Mexico

Speaking of exploring, since I knew this was our last few nights in Mexico I wanted to do everything: scuba dive, snorkel with whale sharks, rock climbing, bungee jump, all with my good friend Romain by my side but he had a mild to severe “medical condition”.

The video below from BROography TV will explain everything:

Quite frankly there’s so much you can do on this island that we did not get to explore, and I definitely plan on coming back here!

Something that I really wanted to try was the Underwater Museum of Art. Here you can snorkel or scuba dive and see underwater relics and statues. I couldn’t do this because you have to book your dive one day in advance and unfortunately our time on the island didn’t permit me to enjoy this experience. If you ever decide to come here I definitely recommend trying this out.

Another thing is to go snorkeling with whale sharks. Unfortunately, the whale sharks migrate to Isla Mujeres in the summer; we were 6 months off! But here’s a photo Romain’s friend Matthias caught when they came to Isla 3 years ago! Romain told me they were swimming with over 20 whale sharks!whale shark Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres also has some fantastic street art, which are all in a close vicinity:

Street art Isla Mujeres

Street art Isla Mujeres

Street art Isla Mujeres

The FOOD!

Isla has GREAT FOOD at GREAT PRICES!

I remember my first meal there. We went to the amazingly chill Cafe Mogagua. I was craving pasta and ordered some Alfredo and the taste was so amazing, like nothing I’ve ever tasted in my life. It was so good we went back to the same place twice the next night and ordered the exact same thing!

Café Mogagua Food Isla Mujeres Mexico

Romain and I have a rule: you order one thing, I’ll order one thing and we will both split something. I think this is a great rule when traveling with your friends because you’ll get to experience a variety of cuisines that you may not get the opportunity to taste in your home country.

Plus it’s nice to enjoy a feast:

A vast majority of our time was spent on the beach soaking up the sun, laying on the white sand and enjoying the warm clear blue waves.

beach Isla Mujeres

Romain and Jarelle in Isla Mujere

Romain, being very inconsiderate, was walking around with his golden tan like he owned the entire island. Frankly, I was appalled. There were children around seeing this And I didn’t want them to experience the psychological damage that I was experiencing lol

Fake Tai Lopez Program

Also, we made a fake Tai Lopez program that we will be releasing to the public for a small fee of $2999 a month!!!!!!!

What’s included in the program you ask?

Absolutely Nothing!

Romain and I made this for fun and we made a commitment if anyone actually buys this when we actually release it we will donate all the money to charity or start a scholarship program for kids to travel with us!

If you want to check out a preview of the program check it out here:

Going Back Home (Romain taking over)

Jarelle had an early flight to catch, so we woke up around 5am so I could walk him to the Isla Mujeres ferry dock. After a bromantic embrace, I went back to our hostel, grabbed my camera, and headed for the easternmost point in Mexico which, conveniently, was just 2 minutes from the hostel. Isla Mujeres calls it “El Amanecer de Mexico” (the Sunrise of Mexico):

Isla Mujeres Amanecer de Mexico Sunrise

And boy, what a sunrise it was! What made it so amazing to me was the stormy weather and tumultuous clouds covering the sky. I endured rocks as sharp as razors under my feet to spend 2 hours capturing the glory:

Isla Mujeres Amanecer de Mexico Sunrise

Isla Mujeres Amanecer de Mexico Sunrise

Isla Mujeres Amanecer de Mexico Sunrise

Isla Mujeres is BROography approved!

Overall, Isla treated us very well and this is definitely a place we plan on travel back to in the near future.
If you made it this far reading THANK YOU!
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Much Love!

-Jarelle

 

 


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Welcome to BRO-ography! I am the Co-Creator, Jarelle. A 24-year-old Fitness Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley with a goal to make people healthier. IG @NerdWithAbs, I follow back :) I met my best-friend, co-author, business partner & all around bad ass, Romain, in Brisbane, Australia while studying abroad in college. Since then we have traveled to over 15 countries and 5 continents. We're so narcissistic we decided "Hey, other people could care about our "BRO-Adventures" so "BRO-ography" was born. Romain and I are from 2 different worlds yet, we find harmony in our friendship. My writing style is purely from the heart and soul. I aim to be as authentic as possible for all my readers to enjoy. I think human beings are fascinating, so I will always write through a lens of empathy and compassion to connect with you. I fear the opinion of no man, which this allows me to be open and vulnerable with myself and you all. Please share any and all articles of your choosing & thank you for all the support in advance :)

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