tulum

Travel journals: Cenotes, ruins and coconuts

I'm a sucker for mysteries, and a huge underwater maze sounds like one. There are over 3000 cenotes at Yucatán area and many of them connected to another by underwater tunnels. For Ancient Mayas some cenotes were the only source for sweet water so ritual offerings were made to placate the Rain God. Sometimes even people were sacrificed.

 

Cenote Zacil-Há

Cenote Zacil-Há was the most beautiful of the cenotes we visited. It was small and clear watered, connected to another cenote nearby. While we were swimming, 6 divers started their dive from the other cenote towards us. We could watch the bubbles come up from our end of the tunnel. Wish I had the nerve and experience to go dive there, but cave diving isn't exactly the most safe hobby in the world - especially if you're a bit claustrofobic.

 
 

 

Tulum ruins & animal friends taken over it

 
 
 
 

 

The food & drink

Few things to try if you ever decide to explore Tulum.

To drink.
Fresh coconut water served from actual coconut. If you're up for a local way to drink beer: michelada. It's basically beer with lime juice, spices and sauces. You either love it or hate it. I loved it. You could skip lunch and have just this.

To eat.
Seafood, especially ceviche. It's raw fish or other seafood cured in lime juice and spices. But make sure you eat in in a good local restaurant, not at a tourist place, there's a huge difference in taste. We ordered ceviche from our hotel - horrible. Then again from local seafood restaurant - amazing. And when lobster season, you can eat it pretty much everywhere.

Seafood restaurant to visit.
La Barracuda was really good. The picture below shows their portion size when ordered for 4 persons. HUGE!

 

Travel journals: Tulum explore no.2

Part two of Tulum. There's so much to tell so I think I need to create part three also. I've visited many places all around the world, in 19 countries if my calculations are correct, and this is one of the few places I really want to return to as soon as possible. Usually I'd go to a place I've never seen before rather than returning to somewhere I've already been, but two weeks in Tulum area was not nearly enough to see everything there is to see.

At Tulum we stayed in two different hotels at two different locations. It's funny how the vibes can be so different after changing location only by 15 kilometres. So here's about locations.
 

location no.1: rosa del viento

I prefered the first location and hotel: Rosa Del Viento. Bohemian but yet modern bungalow accomodation where you can lay in hammocks by the beach and eat in outdoor restaurant. The hotel was located at the south end of Tulums main beach area as one of the last hotels before the wilderness of Sian Ka'an biosphere.

The road after our hotel towards the heart of Sian Ka'an was bumpy and rough surrounded by thick jungle both sides. We took a bicycle trip to see the lagoon there, but noticed it might have been faster to walk - the road was that bad. With more time, that same road would have taken us 43 kilometres south to Punta Allen, a beautiful small fishertown. By bus trip to Punta Allen takes about 4 hours. So you can probably imagine how the road is if the average speed is 10km per hour by car.

 
 
 
 
 
 

location no.2: pavo real beach

Our second hotel was called Pavo Real Beach, all inclusive hotel where we ate only when we were forced to. The food in all inclusives is never good, this was no exception. Pavo Real was pretty isolated, 10 kilometres north from Tulum center right next to Cenote Manati - a large cenote connected to the sea and once inhabited by manates. This hotel was perfect for chilling by the beach but it didn't have the same relaxed feeling than Rosa Del Viento eventhough the beach bar served Mojitos among the other drinks, all inclusive as well.

But if you were too restless to just lay in the sun, you could always walk around to see pelicans, eagles or huge iguanas living nearby the hotel area. Note to self: don't go too close to iguanas, they don't like it. One of them got mad and chased me around the yard. I guess my boyfriend and the hotel staff had a good laugh on my expense.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

No pasar says iguana. This was a friendly one, the evil one who chased me was really really ugly and I was too scared to get a decent picture of him. This Ace Ventura is done with iguanas for now. Peace out <3

Travel journals: Tulum explore no.1

As november tends to be pretty dark and gloomy here in Finland, I decided to take 3 weeks off from office work, grab my camera and book few flights into the sun. Much more inspiring than cold november rain in Helsinki! Our first stop was Tulum Mexico, the home of beautiful beaches, cenotes and maya ruins. Here's a preview, more coming up later.
 

no.1 / the sun & our hoods

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

no.2 / the storm and rain