Oh Tulum, where sha'll I begin! Having traveled to a few continents I've recently accepted that I have a thing for metropolitan cities. Tropical places with beaches are amazing but in my opinion once you've been to one you've been to most if not all. Embraced by the tranquil and simplistic vibe the moment I checked in I felt at peace. For once in my life I was on vacation and the only thing on my itinerary was to do absolutley nothing. Tulum is where you come to unplug.
CHICHEN ITZA Visiting the Mayan Ruins is a must. Like any main atraction I definitely urge you attend Chichen Itza early. Be prepared to travel the distance, Chichen Itza is about two hours from Tulum. Aside from the crowds it gets pretty hot out there, infact wear your swimsuit under your clothes. Theres a beautiful beach close by and the infamous Ik Kil cenote is only a couple miles away. Enjoy a dip in one of the many magical cenotes of Tulum.
CENOTES Of course, the real reason to visit Tulum is not the beaches or the nightlife. The reason is experiencing those natural and enchanted secret water places: the cenotes. I remeber seeing photos of various cenotes and never really knowing what they were or exactly where in the world they were located. Whether enclosed in a cave or out in the open, each cenotes is uniquely both beautiful and healing. If you want to experience the real essence of the cenotes you have to do the snorkeling tour. Honestly, I'm all for the adventure but once we entered Sac Actun Cenote I was terrified. The thought of swimming through a dark cave with deep blue waters and bats kind of freaked me out. But the moment I jumped into the crystal clear, cool waters of Sac Actun all my fear washed away. Snorkeling through the largest cenote in the world is pretty self explanatory. Although, all the cenotes are somehow connected each was special in it's own way. Try to go really early in the morning so that you can be alone ..Thank me later! The main cenotes are located in Kantun Chi Park. Below is a list of some of my favorites.
SIAN KA'AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is a 1.5-million acre UNESCO world heritage site. Need I say more! After visiting all the cenotes one could possibly see in a day saving the biosphere for another day was best. Possibly the most astonishing part of the Yucatan, we went straight to Muyil where a boat was waiting for us. Guided tours with companies are offered but I highly suggest taking a taxi to the end of the Tulum strip and hopping on a boat with a local. If you're lucky you will get Pancho, tell him I sent you! The boat took us through the lake to Birds Island where we saw beautiful roseate spoonbills, pelicans, ospreys and a host of other inhabitants of the Biosphere. Along the way we stopped by some mayan temples and the canal built by the native mayans more than a thousand years ago. Through the canal we watched for crocodiles and even saw a family of endangered manatee come up for air. Stopping by a private beach we hopped off the boat for a swim. The Sian Ka'an Biosphere by far was one of the most beautiful places I've ever experienced. Undeniably, the highlight of my trip!
TASTING TULUM I'm not ashamed to admit that wherever I go, I go for the food. Mexico happens to be the origin to a few of my favorite things. Tacos and Tequila being on the top of that list, you'd rest assure I experienced my fair share of both. In Tulum Hartwood is said to be the best restaurant on the beach. Unfortunately, even with a connect obtaining a reservation proved to be impossible. Moving right along we went with the next best recommendation which was a place called Posada Margherita. Posada Margherita is this amazing rustic, beach garden that literally has the best pasta in the world. So nice we ate here twice. I couldn't get enough taco's, guacamole or ceviche, it was all so incredibly good. There are so many amazing restaurants in Tulum that I truly wish I could taste them all. I'm already plotting on my return just for some more of that yummy pasta!
#TRUFFLETIPS The first thing that comes to mind once I book any trip is the destination dresscode. Lets face it your'e not going to pack flip flops to Antarctica. I love knowing the style and what looks will be appropriate for my travel. In the case of Tulum I suggest packing a bikini or two or six lol. Basically everything you do will end with you in some kind of water, so be ready. The style is very bohemian chic. Anything light and flowy works and if your're thinking about packing heals ladies don't even bother. I'm a super light packer and only had a small carry on suitcase and even that was too much. I bought a few cute new dresses and didn't wear not one. In fact I only wore about half of what I packed. Less perfume and more repellent is the motto I'd keep in mind especially at night. The bugs weren't too bad given Tulum is part jungle stay on the safe side. Many places, restaurants in particular are cash only. Be sure to collect some coins or be prepared to endure the struggle of finding a working ATM. Pesos por favor! Speaking of which, brushing up on your spanish wouldn't hurt either. We all know a little by default, it will surely make a lot of encounters more meaningful and some transactions way smoother.
Tulum is an eco friendly enviroment so be prepared for the lack of electricity. In my opinion the subtle wifi situation added all the romance to my stay. I personally hate television so the thought of no tv's made my soul smile.
Former Hippie Town turned Yoga Retreat/Burning Man after party. Tulum is a very laid back beach town that truly embodies zen. The only incentive that allowed me to leave was simply the mere thought of my sweet return. Thank you Tulum for being so good to me. Hasta luego!