Spring 2013 Brand Boot Camp – Cancun to Merida

Ik Kil Cenote

The following images are from the Spring 2013 Destination Freedom Brand Boot Camp which took place March, April and May of 2013 in Cancun, Mexico. We took three members through the program and mentored them while they built their brands and websites. In mid-March we had a week-long adventure tour with Snail Adventures as a team-building exercise  and to give the students a much-needed break from the Spanish and brand building classes five days a week.

We are currently accepting registration and deposits for the Winter of 2013 program. Click here for more info.

While hard work is definitely a pre-requisite for building a brand and getting a blog off the ground, part of having the freedom to travel the world and explore exotic locations is just that: getting out there and exploring. And while there’s no doubt that we pushed the students hard during their three months here, it wasn’t just about the work and brand building. Along with plenty of cultural activities throughout the week, the team building adventure is an integral part of the process and helps build the bonds between members, helping for cohesiveness in the coworking environment.

After planning several months in advance, Chimi from Snail Adventures and myself decided on the route, the sites and the activities that the group would be exploring during their time away from the classroom. Right there on the top of the list was getting to see the snake god Kulkulkan descending from heaven into the underworld down the side of the temple in Chichen Itza, an event that only happens on the Equinox.

Chichen Itza

But before we could get to that point, we had to head out from Cancun and make the drive to the ruins…with a little pit stop on the way for some cenote diving, a buffet lunch and some time with our feet up and out of the van. Enter the Ik Kil cenote, which is just outside of Chichen Itza along the highway, a local as well as international tourist hotspot because of the underground cenote and the delicious all-you-can-eat buffet that is perfect for getting your grub on before a heavy day of ruin hiking.

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Ik Kil Cenote Buffet

Although you aren’t supposed to go swimming after eating, we were all famished by the time we got to the cenote after a few hours in the van and our early wake-up and farewell to Cancun that morning. Grub consumed and bellies sated, it was time to hit the cenote and enjoy some downtime before hiking the ruins.

Ik Kil Cenote

Tim and Cris

Ik Kil Cenote

Ik Kil Cenote

Cris

From there, it was off to the ruins to explore for a few hours and take in the power of the Equinox as the mighty sun god Kulkulkan descended from on high to make his way through the underworld before emerging once more into the celestial realms.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

We left the ruins in the late afternoon and continued our drive to Merida where we were sleeping for the evening. After we dropped our bags off at the hotel and showered off, it was time to hit the city for some food and some sight-seeing before catching some shut eye ahead of the next day.

Chimi & Dave

Tim and Cris

Destination Freedom, Merida

Merida, Mexico

Destination Freedom, Merida

Merida, Mexico

After that it was time to head back to our hotel and get a good night’s sleep before an early rise on the following morning to head off to Palenque  and El Panchan. A long day, but a highly energetic and fun experience.

I’d previously been to Chichen Itza a couple of times but had never bore witness to the Equinox pyramid event…so that was pretty groovy in and of itself. And of course going with the group was a chance to share some of Cris and myself’s favorite aspects of Mexico and the Maya culture.

Have you ever been to Merida, Ik Kil or Chichen Itza? Did you enjoy it? Have you never been but want to go? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out the video!


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About T.W. Anderson

T.W. Anderson is the founder of the Marginal Boundaries brand. He is the writer, editor, videographer, photographer, and social media guru alongside Cristina Barrios, the other half of the brand. In his spare time, he is the creative director of the Saga of Lucimia, a forthcoming MMORPG from Stormhaven Studios, LLC.

2 Comments

  • Chichen is pretty groovy no matter what time of the year, Freya :) And it was a great time! Only 8 days out of the entire three months our students were here, but it was one of the highlights of the brand boot camp!

  • Freya says:

    Looks like you all had a great tour, the ruins look very interesting and the area stunning.

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