If you have read my previous travel post, you will know about our love for Mexico. Our first traveling experience as a family of three was to Los Cabos, Mexico. If you missed that post, you can catch up over Here. It should not come as a surprise that we went back for seconds or in my case thirds. It has always been my intention to explore other cities in Mexico, primarily those that are off the beaten path. My Bachelorette trip was to Cancun and our previous trip to Mexico was to Los Cabos. After combing through the internet and social media pages, I narrowed down the options to Tulum and Playa del Carmen, then presented my ideas to the Husband and he was down with the get down.
By now, I am sure you are going back to the title of this post and wondering if I have early onset dementia. Not to be alarmed, plans have a way of turning against you sometimes. A week before our trip, my sister sent me a link from CNN stating that the US consulate in Playa del Carmen had been shut down and all workers recalled back home out of security and safety concerns. US citizens were also warned not to visit the region which consequently eliminated Playa del Carmen out the equation. To that effect, we decided to spend two days in Tulum and two days in Cancun. Below is our adventure discovering Tulum and Cancun as a family.
Discovering Tulum and Cancun Mexico
Tulum is a small town, two hours away from Cancun. It is a place that gives you hippie, laid-back vibes. On arrival to Cancun, you can either take the ADO bus to Tulum or make a prior reservation with a private transportation company to take you to Tulum. The ADO bus costs $11 per person. From what I have read, the buses are clean, safe and well organized. We decided on arranging for private transport because of the little one. After numerous searches at the last minute, I found the Tulum Shuttle which cost about $80 in comparison to others which cost over $100 for a private car and driver.
We stayed at the Elements Boutique Hotel, which is a small hotel in Tulum city. Most hotels on the beach were pricey or not within our set budget. We ended up making our hotel reservations via the Hotel Tonight App which I would highly recommend. It saved us 30% in total compared to prices quoted on other websites. Most hotels in Tulum provide their guest free bikes to use while staying in Tulum. It’s also cheap, to rent a car while in Tulum. Which we did for our drive back to Cancun. You have to be conscious of not parking on the sand and the police. I have read about the local police
giving some tourists a hassle or asking for money. Luckily we did not have that experience.
Tulum Ruins & Coco Tulum
The Tulum Mayan Ruins is considered the only Mayan city built on a coast. It is also one of the few that is protected by a wall. In the midst of the ruins, is a castle built from limestone located off a cliff. Entrance to the ruins costs 70 pesos per adult but is free for children. We spent over an hour exploring the ruins, taking pictures, and meeting other tourists. I will encourage anyone who plans to visit to go early in the morning before the onslaught of tourists like us and the heat from the sun descends. It was a wonderful experience visiting the third most visited archaeological sites in Mexico after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza.
I came, I saw, I conquered and changed shoes.
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron
After our adventures at the ruins, we went back to the hotel via the local bus which cost 20 pesos per adult although free for kids. At the hotel, we took a shower and power nap before setting off to Coco Tulum. I discovered Coco Tulum via Instagram. A white-washed boutique hotel with individual cottages for guests right on the beach. Non Guests are allowed on grounds as long you spend a certain amount on food at the hotel’s restaurant.
We had lunch over here and the food was delicious. My husband whom I can count on one finger the number of times I have seen eat salads, thoroughly enjoyed his order of Chicken and Shrimp Skewers with a Garden Salad. I had Fish Taco’s which were equally as delicious.
The little man had a great time too
As this is this longest post I have written thus far. I will be signing off here. If time and my schedule permits I will share our adventures driving to Cancun, Playa Paraiso beach.
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