Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mexico - Xilitla, San Luis Potosi

Cenote in Xilitla in San Luis Potosi in Mexico
Mexico, as I have told those around me again and again, will always have a special place in my heart. Even though I did not end up settling down there (which was once my goal in life), my memories there will stay golden forever. Today, I would like to share with you a small part of my journey in Mexico - Waterfall Diving, Jungle Adventure, Surreal Castle and Canoeing in Turquoise Blue water in the amazing small town Xilitla in the southern tip of the state of San Luis Potosi.
On a Friday night, two big party buses (yes this trip happened during my partying days) picked up a big group of us and we were driven to Xilitla overnight - it was basically a whole night of drinking and partying in the night buses. Young, Wild, and Free - exact description of the night.
Just when the sun was rising in the early morning, we arrived to a jungle - with all of us still hungover. But we were soon widely awake once we saw the amazing Cenote (a natural pit/ sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath - source: Wikipedia) inside the jungle. It looked absolutely unreal. 
The first activity was of course - CLIFF JUMPING.
Cenote, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Cenote, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Cenote, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Cenote, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
We swam around the cenote and the caves, climbing up the rocks and cliffs and jumping down again - and simply enjoying the beauty of nature. It was one of those magical mornings.Cenote, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
In the afternoon, we went back onto the buses and continued our journey to the small town of Xilitla. We then arrived to our hotel: Puerta del Cielo (Door to Heaven) in Xilitla and it was just lovely. Our favorite was definitely the roof top pool. We drank and chilled at the pool for a while to just enjoyed the scenery of the town. 
Hotel, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
We walked around the town a little bit before heading to dinner and we immediately fell in love with the colorful houses and the tranquility of the place.
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Dinner was delicious as usual - I seriously can eat only Mexican Food for life. I remember some Asian friends of mine in Mexico missed their home food so much that they had to buy a rice cooker to make Asian food everyday. For me, however, I was more than happy to eat tacos and quesadillas everyday and I actually had a very difficult time transitioning back to eating Hong Kong food when I first got back to Hong Kong after living in Mexico for 6 months.
Dinner, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

After dinner, all of us went to a local bar (might actually be the only bar in the town) and had a little party to celebrate one of our friend's birthday. It was not like any of the other normal weekly parties we had in clubs - we did not need to dress fancy to impress anyone. It was just us in the bar and the rest of the town was already deep in sleep. We partied like there's no one else in the world - we were completely carefree and burden-free. It was an amazing feeling.
Partying, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Partying, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
The next day we woke up energized after a good night of sleep and we were ready for some waterfall diving! We first hiked up a mountain and once we reached the top, we had helmets and life jackets on - and we started jumping down waterfalls after waterfalls until we reached the lake at the very bottom of the mountain.
Waterfall Diving, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Waterfall Diving, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
It was such an unforgettable experience - conquering one waterfall after another, from the first one with a lot of screaming and kicking, to gradually jumping higher and higher, and in the end doing flips in the air. Just like a fitness journey, it really is all mental. If you tell yourself you can do it, you can.
We were all exhausted after the waterfall diving and luckily there was this local barbecue chicken place at the bottom of the mountain - and even though it looked a bit sketchy, they had the BEST BARBECUE CHICKEN I had ever tasted in my life. Even writing about it now makes me hungry..
Barbecue Chicken, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
In the afternoon, we went for another adventure - the surreal castle of Sir Edward James inside the jungle. Edward James, son of King Edward the VII, was born in UK with extreme wealth. With a crazy love for surrealist art, he built a fantasy world in this tropical rain forest near Xilitla, with the help of a famed artist, Salvador Dali. One of his creations, the surreal castle, consists of natural pools, towering sculptures, waterfalls and etc. It was magnificent.
Edward James, Surreal Castle, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Edward James, Surreal Castle, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Edward James, Surreal Castle, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Edward James, Surreal Castle, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Edward James, Surreal Castle, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Edward James, Surreal Castle, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Edward James, Surreal Castle, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico


After a whole day of adventure in the waterfalls and jungle, we were tired but of course, nothing could stop us from another night of crazy partying. 
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
I am not going to bore you with the wild partying details here (: Let's jump straight to the canoeing in gorgeous blue waters the next morning!
Canoeing, Kayaking,  Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Canoeing, Kayaking,  Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Canoeing, Kayaking,  Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Canoeing, Kayaking,  Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Cliff Jumping, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
We spent the whole day swimming in the blue water, having a little canoe competition, jumping down from cliffs and exploring in caves. It was a magical day and marked the end of this wonderful trip.
The best thing about this trip is that it costed me less than USD135 in total, including all the expenses. You do not need to spend big money in order to travel to amazing places. Interestingly, the trips that I have enjoyed the most were the budgeted ones.
Hope you enjoy reading my trip in Xilitla. Subscribe to my blog and stay tuned for more travelling stories!
Emi xx
@stayfitandtravel

12 comments:

  1. Hi Emi! I love your travel blogs, but they're all retrospectively done right? I feel like some of these posts aren't really the "new you" and it's sometimes conflicting with your other health posts. And I think that's the real difficulty with travel- do you want to eat the local food to experience the culture, even if it's drenched in oil? Can you really keep up your fitness, if you're staying in a 12-room dorm? I wanted to request a blog about staying fit while travelling on a budget to see if you have any tips! I was just in Indonesia where I was sharing a room with a friend. There was no floor space to do any workouts, the days were very humid and about 35 degrees and I am a bit ashamed to say I only got one work out in during my three weeks there because I found it so uncomfortable and I would wake up my roommate when I woke up early. I wish I was in my own room or in a hotel with a gym but alas, no money! If you could share your experience with staying fit on a budget that would be awesome :)

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    1. Hello! As you could read at the beginning of this post - that I wrote this trip happened during my partying days so I do not think it is fair to say it is conflicting with my other health posts. to answer your questions about travelling, I actually wrote about it in my interview with The Salonnieere's Apaprtment (http://stayfitandtravel.blogspot.hk/2014/11/interview-by-salonnieres-apartments.html)
      my answer is as follow:
      What are your strategies for staying fit while on vacation?
      This really depends on how long the vacation would be. If it is just a weekend getaway, I would highly recommend giving yourself a break if you already workout 4-5 days a week. However, if it is a vacation that lasts at least a week, I would say, try to plan ahead and squeeze out time for some short workout sessions to keep your body active and not ‘lazy’. Also, try to choose healthier options of food – but of course, experiencing local food is also one of the most precious life experiences so I would suggest trying to maintain a balance, i.e., eat healthy most of the time but also allow yourself to try out new food.
      Hope you find this helpful! (: and yes, I would eat the local food to experience the culture even if it is drenched in oil. I wont eat it for every meal but will defs try it (: i think its important to stay fit but there are more important things in life to me sometimes (:
      and we are doing a vietnam trip soon I will also write about how to stay fit and do work outs when you are travelling (: stay tuned! (it wont be exactly one that's on a budget as we do less budgeted trip now that we are working, but i still hope you will find some useful info to you!) xx

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    2. and for work outs wise- maybe just do powerwalk/ run somewhere outdoor? if you can find a park with benches, there will actually be a lot that you can do, such as knees up/ tuck jumps/ box jumps/ tricep dips/ skipping and etc and etc (:

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  2. Thanks for your reply! I didn't mean to offend when I said conflicting but like you say this was in your partying days and it just sounds very different to your other posts! But I look forward to your blog about vietnam!

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    1. Hello Emily,

      Don't worry about it - no hard feelings (: it's just that I dont find it a problem to write about my travelling posts during my partying days because in my story I made it clear that it was part of my past and I know that my followers are well aware of that. and it is not something that I want to hide from others - they are great memories after all and I would love to share them on my blog especially the travelling parts.

      yes stay tuned (: I do hope you can find it helpful x

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  3. Hi Emi,

    I've been following your wonderful journey and progress on instagram (as bbg_vivian). As someone who also loves both Kayla/ fitness/ eating right and travelling (just returned from Costa Rica and leaving for Jamaica in 6 days!!), your posts are always enjoyable and inspiring. I know you had an extended stay in Mexico, and was wondering if you went as part of some program or just moved there for a while? Did you meet your friends along the way or leave Hong Kong as a group? I've only every traveled as a tourist or backpacker, but I think its important to stay for long periods and actually live somewhere, I just haven't yet!

    Stay awesome,
    Vivian

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    1. Hello Vivian! Love how you also enjoy travelling as much as I do! For mexico I was there for a half year of exchange. I arrived to Mexico by myself and I left Mexico with friends from all around the world and it was the best experience in my life (: I therefore travelled to different countries in Europe and the United States after Mexico and I stayed at some of these friends houses from a few weeks to 1-2 months. For me, the best thing about travelling is cultural immersion and I think it can be best achieved by living at a place with local people for at least more than a week (: x

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