Wednesday, January 16th: We booked horseback riding on Tuesday evening, but never received a confirmation voucher as is the norm when booking online. The ride was scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and we were on the phone at 9:30 in the morning with the tour company trying to get it straightened out. Both Dad and I were sure we would not be going on the ride because it was getting later and later and the guy on the phone was being super helpful, but had no record of our reservation.
He took our information and said he would call back in 5 minutes. 5 minutes was actually 15, but when he called back he had found our reservation and e-mailed the voucher to us. Brad with Cancun Vista is awesome, just for the record! We had to go over to the Gran Porto Real hotel to be picked up and we headed over there quickly since we didn't have much time at that point. I stopped at a drug store on the way and got us Chips Ahoy for breakfast. You know you're on vacation when you eat Chips Ahoy for breakfast.
The van picked us up and we were on our way. We picked up some other people at different hotels and headed to the horses, who were located at Maroma Beach along with other activities such as ATV rides, snorkeling and scuba diving. We arrived and were directed to a bar area on the beach where we waited about 30 minutes and finally were taken to the horses.
The ride was great! It was about 90 minutes through the jungle and sand. We passed by a lake with a fake crocodile in it that looked real. We also went by the ocean. It was a beautiful way to spend the day. Dad was smart and wore a light, long-sleeved shirt. I should have done that. I got a slight sunburn on my arms and neck, but it wasn't too bad.
After the ride, we headed to the restaurant where we had chips and salsa, and sodas. That was included with the ride package and was very good. We then loaded back up in the van and went back to the hotel. We showered, rested, and then went to Las Delicias for some excellent fajitas! We returned to the hotel and rested for the dive that would take place on Thursday.