Ruins and famous (not so secret) secret beach
16.07.2017 - 21.07.2017 35 °C
About a year ago Adam and I were watching a TV show about the best hidden beaches in the world. One of them was at the base of a cliff under some Mayan ruins. Well we found out where the beach was - its in Tulum, Mexico! So we've made our way here to visit both.
Turns out Tulum is heavily geared towards tourism and if you want to stay on the beach be prepared to spend $200 a night. We ended up staying in place called Zazil Kin which is more reasonably priced, beachfront and located quite closely to the ruins. The place is a taxi drive out from town but the food onsite is really good! We stayed in a cabin which was literally four concrete walls, a thatched roof. We had two beds with mosquito nets and a dodgy pedestal fan (a far cry from our 5 star all inclusive experience a few weeks before). The power was only available from 7pm - 7am, the only window in our place opened onto a sand dune and was therefore useless, the shared bathroom facilities were at the other end of the property to us - this could be seen as a pro or a con - definitely good for less smell and noise but not good for midnight loo trips. It was so hot and the only person that got a good sleep was Lucas who had the fan next to him. Annoying!!
We visited the Tulum ruins early one morning; as per Chichen Itza it was super busy! There were people and tour groups everywhere! And so much for a secret beach - the water was absolutely packed!
Our visit there, around and back took a little over an hour. Possibly the least time we have spent at ruins. The ruins are not as impressive as others we have visited but the view is beautiful. We turned our visit into a "spot the iguana" game. Everywhere you look you'll see iguanas. Not the pretty green ones either just ugly brown ones shedding their skin. They're not that scared of you and you can get quite close before they run away.
Tulum is also good for visiting cenotes. We only visited one and compared to the two we visited in Valladolid it was incredibly busy and quite small. This one was quite shallow but had a lot of caves off to the sides of the main pool which was pretty cool.
The beach here is a gorgeous colour. Beautiful clear water and powdery white sand. A lot of seaweed though. Its still a good spot to sit under a palm tree, read a book and drink a beer; which is how I spent a lot of my time.
This is our last stop in Mexico (*insert me sobbing here*). I loved Mexico and will definitely be back at some stage. There is still so much to see and do!!
Next up for us is an overnight bus trip to Belize City and quickly heading out to Caye Caulker. We've just missed the lobster festival but apparently they're still around in large quantities and incredibly cheap!