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Thursday, 2 September 2010 04:39 by Mandy

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SEPTEMBER PROMOTION CODE!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 03:00 by Mandy
  During the month of September you will find a new promotion code (LABORDAY) for an additional 10% off your parking reservations made through the website.  Unless of course you were the APC savvy and signed up for the newsletter that went out last friday, check back here frequently or the Facebook page to find current promotion codes!

Trip Report - El Dorado Casitas Royale, Riviera Maya, MX

Friday, 27 August 2010 05:54 by Jon

Hey APC,

My wife and I took a trip to the Riviera Maya the second week in August and we had an awesome trip.  Here is a brief trip report and some photos for you to post on your blog.  We started by reserving parking at the Mission Brewery which went perfectly.  Our flight took seven hours from San Diego and we ended up at the resort by 4 PM that afternoon, so we had the first afternoon to explore the resort and walk along the beach.  It was beautiful there.   The resort is about 20 miles south of Cancun on a beautiful stretch of uncrowded coastline.  We were staying in the Casitas section of the resort which consists of a number of separate clusters of rooms each arranged around a pool and bar area.

Here are some pics of the view from our room.

        

 

 

And the bar area in our section.

On our third day there we actually rented a car and drove to Chichen Itza.  I highly recommend this over taking a tour because we got to experience driving in Mexico which is pretty darn exciting in itself.  It's an easy drive once your off the coastline road and onto the Quota or Toll Road.  The Quota is about 120 miles of nearly perfectly straight well maintained road that leads you straight to Chichen Itza.  Be advised though that you do need to pay a toll and it was surprising how much it cost, at $27 each direction.  So bring some extra cash with you and no, they don't take credit cards ;-).

Chichen Itza is amazing to experience.  Why the Mayan's chose this spot to build these incredible buildings is mind blowing, apparently there are two large Cenotes in the area that are thought to have provided a source of water for them.  As with all pyramids, when you look at them you can't help but wonder... how in the hell did that build that?

 

El Castillo Pyramid

 

 

"El Caracol" The observatory Temple.

 

Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors)

After exploring the ruins at Chichen Itza, we headed over to the incredible Mayaland Resort which is right next door to Chichen Itza.  I highly recommend this stop to you if you ever get out to Chichen Itza.  Mayaland is a beautiful resort and the food was the best we had on the whole trip.  While we were there, they entertained us with a traditional Mexican dance, with somewhat non traditional head pieces!

After our excursion to Chichen Itza and Mayaland, we spent the rest of our week relaxing at the resort.  The El Dorado Royale is a spectacular resort with highly manicured gardens everywhere you look.  Here's the main section of the resort looking from the lobby down to the ocean.

And this is the main pool area

 

Another cool thing about this resort is there are huge Iquana lizards that sunbathe on the walkways.  Here's one we befriended that was along the walkway to our room.

All in all, it was an incredible trip.  We would go back again and again.  Thank you APC for posting my trip report and pictures. 

Flying on Smaller Planes Really Offers a Unique Experience

Friday, 27 August 2010 01:50 by Mandy

When talking to fellow travelers, I often find it surprisinghow many people seem to feel a disdain for smaller planes.  In fact, I have met more than my fair shareof travelers who are willing to undergo longer delays or even fly out of theirway just to be on a larger plane.  Itsurprises me, considering how much more exciting a small plane ride canbe.  I don’t necessarily refer to thetiny ten-seaters they place you on when traveling to some middle of nowheredestination, but to anything short of a jumbo jet.

 

When you are taking a huge jet to your destination, thereare certainly perks.  You typically getmore television choices, better entertainment options, larger meal selections,and the like.  But there is no benefitthat doesn’t come without giving up something in return, and I find that theseperks simply aren’t worth all that I sacrifice to receive them.  Sure, I can enjoy my choice of meats withmysterious grill marks on them to give the notion that there is a huge openflame grill at the rear of the plane, but at what cost?

 

When I take a vacation, the idea for me is to meet newpeople and see new things.  There is nobetter way to do this than to take a smaller plane.  It starts before you even board.  You are placed in a small area not alwaysunlike a holding cell, where you are encouraged to chat with the other peopleherded into the group.  Then, they actuallylet you walk right onto the tarmac.  Youcan actually see the whole entire plane, gaining an understanding of exactlywhat you are entrusting to keep you from falling out of the sky.  Try to board a jumbo jet and you are lucky tosee anything besides the door frame.  Youwouldn’t even know if a wing was missing (thankfully, someone checks thesethings).

 

Once I have boarded the plane, I typically find myself in awindow seat (by request, of course). This gives me the chance to see the world laid out before me as I flyand gives me an out in case the person seated next to me turns out to beincredibly dull.  More often than not,however, I find myself seated next to some of the friendliest people I haveever met, eager to share details of their trip or of their lives that are oftentruly fascinating.

 

Ultimately, travelling on smaller planes is just the way togo.  I get to meet great people, neverhave to worry about getting stuck in the middle of a long aisle, and rarelyhave to wait ridiculous amounts of time before boarding or deplaning.  I just park my car in the space I booked inadvance, pass through security, and get right on.  I am sure there are those who prefer theimpersonal nature of the jumbo jet, but for me travel is an experience, and itall starts with making the right flight choice.

8 Days left for August Promo Code Discount Coupon

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 02:32 by Mandy

Extra 10% off Discount ending in 8 days!  APC Promo Code  - APCSUN.  Don't forget to enter the code at checkout!