Most people cannot locate Tulum on a map, this tiny little town hidden in Riviera Maya is an absolute revelation and a place I would go back to in a heartbeat! It’s the perfect little rustic slice of paradise for anyone who want to disconnect and live amongst nature, sun and sand! Think just moonlight guiding your path while biking through the town, no electricity and wi-fi at night so that you go to sleep listening to every ebb and flow of the ocean. Everything about Tulum makes it a bohemian rhapsody! That said, it might not be a place for everyone, so take my words with a grain of salt if you love the whole resort experience.
How to get here:
I flew to Cancun from Houston on a United Airlines direct flight. If you are looking for a good deal or booking last-minute, Vivaaerobus is a decent option (I flew it for my return journey). Don’t get dissuaded by their general aloofness, they have some really cheap tickets and there were hardly 20 people on my return journey in a very big plane, so I could sleep like a queen! Booking a shuttle or a cab at the airport can be a nightmare – with cab drivers screaming in your face to make you travel with them! Avoid all that by pre-booking a SuperShuttle online (its costs around 35 USD for a one way shared trip) or a shuttle service at your place of stay (around 130-150 bucks). It takes about 1.5 hours to get to Tulum from Cancun airport.
Where we stayed:
As we were visiting on the Easter weekend, most places were booked out. Fortunately, we found a decent cabana at Om Tulum. Though they are not exactly beach-facing, we stayed just steps away from the beach. As mentioned before, most places are very rustic, eco-friendly who switch off their electricity at night, so don’t go there expecting room service, air conditioning or even a fridge.
Things to do:
Cenotes –a simple word that will make your trip the most memorable! I have always loved water though I am a terrible swimmer and exploring these deep caverns was an exhilarating experience for me! We covered two cenotes– Ik Kil and Sac Actun. However, one was different from the other like chalk and cheese. We snorkeled in the crystal clear water of Sac Actun amongst bats and great stalactites hanging from the roof of the cavern, add to that the pitch darkness in some parts and snorkelling in these cenotes becomes an experience not for the faint hearted.
A trip to Yucatan and Quintana Roo is incomplete without a trip to Chichén Itzá (one of the new Seven Wonders of the World) and the Tulum Ruins by the sea. Please avoid the guided tours if you can, you can read about the structures along the way, it will give you a good understanding of Mayan history. We also swam with sea turtles in the azure waters of Akumal beach, but it was too crowded due to the Easter holiday.
If you want to immerse yourself in the culture or find peace while swimming alongside catfishes and bats in the cenotes without the hustle and bustle of other tourists, reach these places early, often we left our hotel by 8am! The weather is also not forgiving if you arrive later in the day.
Tulum is a perfect place to practice your savasanas and find your inner dristi! We came across a lot of yogis practising their asanas on the beach every morning. A lot of places nearby including, Casa Violeta have regular yoga sessions if you are interested in truly disconnecting from the outer world.
Photos by: Roomi, Navya, Chitra and Pallavi