A Guide to Tulúm

Tulúm, my favourite place so far!

Sea, sunshine and Cenotes is what I was expecting. And apart from the minor hurricane that passed through, Tulúm delivered! It is one of the coolest, most beautiful places I have been and it’s already on my ‘to go back’ list!

Accommodation

Tulúm has a lot of luxury style resorts. They are all beach side and run all down the coast. We did not stay in one of those! I thought maybe we could do one night as a special treat but I couldn’t justify the $500 per night price tag.
We grabbed a private room in a hostel in the centre of Tulúm town. Which was all we needed because we were out doing things most days (apart from the hurricane!). We stayed at Casa Del Sol Hostel.

Food

It’s no secret I love Mexican food! I was so happy to be back in Mexico after Cuba’s variations on chicken and rice. Tulúm also had a lot of healthy cafes, vegetarian options and juice bars. So i definitely took advantage of the fresher food! Among copious tacos of course..

Transport

Tulúm is big on being eco friendly. So a lot of people ride and hire bikes. It’s easy to get around on a bike as the place is relatively small. If we were going further, to the cenotes for instance, we would get a taxi collectivo – a shared shuttle bus.

Four days in Tulúm

Day 1

Our first day, we spent the morning doing laundry 😂. The glamourous life of a backpacker!
After a couple of other boring admin tasks that comes with consistent travel, we hit the beach!
There was a very obvious hurricane rolling in but we still managed to bike down to the beach. We got a couple of hours of swimming in before the down pour.

Day 2

Day two was the eye of the storm. The power and the internet went on and off all day. We were stuck up in our room, waiting out the rain. But I did make some good headway on my book!

Day 3

The storm had finally cleared and we hit the Cenotes! Basically a Cenote is a big hole or cave in the ground that is full of fresh water. They are amazing for snorkeling and swimming. The one we went to had turtles swimming in it! 🐢
We got to two cenotes before we hit the beach again. Unfortunately, it was at about this point when we realized Danny’s phone was missing. We figured he must have left it in the taxi. It sucks when stuff like that happens and we weren’t able to get it back. But ce la vie!

Day 4

On the last day, we went to the Tulúm ruins. These are Mayan buildings, built cliffside. They are stunningly gorgeous against the ocean backdrop.
We walked down to the beach from there and, you guessed it, spent another afternoon at the beach! I loved swimming in that crystal clear ocean and the water was so warm!

Next stop: Caye Caulker Island, Belize!

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