|Dance troupe at the whale shark statue on Isla Mujeres|
Recently we have seen an increase bright, cheerful signs simply proclaiming – Isla Mujeres. We think the signs have been installed to help combat TCS, tourist-confusion-syndrome. Symptoms of TCS include an inability to distinguish between one city and another. Sufferers of TCS are usually oblivious to their surrounding due to the over-use of selfie-sticks and alcohol. Conversations with a visitor who suffers from TCS can sound something like this:
“This is my favourite part of Cancun,” the bikini-clad woman said.
“Cancun?” The islander asked, his eyebrows lifting, questioning. Then he noticed the woman was wearing identification wristband from an all-inclusive resort, located on the Riviera Maya.
“Yes, we are on a day trip from the hotel zone. This is my favourite part of Cancun.”
“Actually, this isn't Cancun.” He patiently replied, “We're a separate community. This is Isla Mujeres.”
“Oh! I’ve never heard of it.”
|Arriving on Isla Mujeres|
If you are here on a day-trip, the first indication that you aren’t in Cancun is the enormous metal sign spread across the top of the Ultramar passenger ferry terminal – Isla Mujeres. Snap a phone pic of that one to help you remember where you were. Or just a few steps from the boat, at the head of the wharf is another photo opportunity – an anchor, a painted wooden sign, and the beautiful blue ocean. During the Christmas holidays an enormous inflatable, wooly bear complete with Santa hat and scarf sat beside the anchor. It is an ideal stop for a memory-jogging photo.
|Whale Shark statue at night|
|Sunrise side of Isla on winter solstice December 21st|