It's no secret that Mexico is my favorite place in the universe. This go round, I ventured to three separate resort locations: Excellence Playa Mujeres, Dreams Tulum, and Le Blanc. Although each location was AMAZING, it was my first time to Tulum, so naturally that was the highlight of my trip and reason for this blog :)
Tulum has gained extreme popularity in recent years, especially among millennials, perhaps due to its instagrammable nature. Just an hour south of Cancun (and 45 mins south of Playa del Carmen), Tulum is known for its uninhabited cliff-top mayan ruins (palaces, temples and pyramids), plentiful cenotes, jungles, lagoons, and its beautiful stretch of beach. Boutique restaurants, shops, and hotels line its narrow streets and since the city remains fairly preserved and underdeveloped, you get an authentic feel for the culture. On your next trip to Cancun, I would recommend either taking a day trip to Tulum, spending a night or two in Tulum, or if you're really feeling the vibe, spend your entire stay in Tulum - either way, you're in for an adventure!
**Tips and tricks**
- Rent a bike, dune buggie, mopad, or just bring comfy shoes! We walked six miles in one day and barely scratched the surface. You can arrange a formal bike tour or just bike it at your own pace. Be careful though, the roads are not necessarily built for bikers although biking Tulum is a must on my next trip.
- Visit one or more cenotes! Tulum is home to some of the most top rated cenotes in the world! We arrived to Gran Cenote around 8AM and we almost had the entire cenote to ourselves. The water was so clear that you could literally see everything below from the surface, including turtles and chipped toenail polish. You have the option to snorkel as well. Plan your time in advance by looking up the various cenotes prior to your visit. Entry was $15 pp USD. I can't swim, but I did a 15 second doggie paddle to get some great pictures here. Don't forget to pack a waterproof cell phone case or underwater camera! (cenote: pronounced "sah noe tay" - a natural pit or sink hole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.)