A wise man once said “To travel is to live” and I couldn’t agree more. I can’t think of anything that makes my heart beat more faster than sitting in a plane, holding my husband’s hand and waiting for the airplane to take off. And that’s what our summer was all about: holding hands, changing planes and celebrating our first year of marriage. This summer has treated us incredibly well and I as you could read in my previous travel posts about Puerto Vallarta and Isla Holbox, we have spent almost 3 weeks in Mexico. One of our last spots in this amazingly stunning country was Tulum – the former hippie outpost and probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Tulum is located on the federal highway and therefore very easy to get to. It’s about 115 km from the Cancun International Airport (roughly an hour and a half). Tulum is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in all of Mexico. Natives, but also lots of tourists keep saying that Tulum has remained Cancun’s antithesis: everything is “low-rise and low-fi”. And I can definitely agree. Here, ecotourism and sustainability are top priorities. Solar panels provide electricity, and nighttime lighting can be so low that you might need a flashlight when going out to grab some dinner. Tulum feels like a laid-back hippy haven and we loved every corner of it! It’s a place where you can sleep for even 12 hours a night, every night. Here, you don’t have the danger of being woken up by noisy cars, but rather lulled by the waves breaking on the shore, right under your window. In Tulum, no building is taller than the skinny palm trees, phone reception and Wi-Fi are patchy and the atmosphere is quite laid-back.
WHERE TO STAY IN TULUM
In Tulum, there are plenty options for accommodations along the beach road. From rustic cabanas to posh luxury boutique hotels and private beach homes – the choice is yours. We stayed in Luv Tulum, which is a family owned and intimate eco-hotel. This tiny hotel epitomizes the true meaning of nature’s own. You can choose between 12 ocean front rooms and cabanas, “each carefully constructed in the local Mayan style, with fabrics and furnishings from the Chiapas highlands”. Luv Tulum is perfectly situated on the powder white sands between Tulum’s Mayan ruins and the breathtaking biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an. Our ocean front king room was absolutely magical and romantic – perfect for couples. We had a private terrace and an ensuite bathroom with a rustic shower offering homemade organic spa products. The hotel uses only low voltage electricity which forbids the use of any electric hair styling equipment. This means I wasn’t able to use a hair drier or a hair straightener…and honestly…I didn’t really mind. I loved the salt in my hair, which made my hair look quite wild and natural – exactly the way my hubby loves it :). We were enormously sad that we had only two nights to spend in Tulum, but we tried to enjoy the time as much as possible. We allowed ourselves to sleep in, enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean from our king-size bed and afterwards, we would treat ourselves with a long breakfast under the high palm trees.
WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT TO DO IN TULUM
Besides the spectacular beaches, the closest and most popular local attraction in Tulum is the archaeological site. The ruins of an ancient Mayan holy city overlook turquoise waters and the view is simply amazing. This is a true must-do while staying in Tulum. The place is mostly overrun by tourists and I guess it’s better to go early to avoid hordes of tourists. However, we went in the afternoon and it took us only about 5 minutes to get there from our hotel. Despite the crowd, one does feel quite special for having a chance to admire the Mayan empire and never stop asking ourselves what techniques they used to build all those heavy-looking buildings. I’m not sure if we are ever going to be able to find out the real truth behind it. Tulum is also a paradise for foodies, especially for vegetarians and vegans. You can find basic food joints nearby, where you can fill yourself with guacamole, tacos, tostadas for a couple of dollars each, but you’ll find also loads of gourmet restaurants – definitely a place for every pocket and taste. We loved Cenzontle and Restaurare. I could swear that we had the best fish of our lives at Cenzontle and the best vegan curry at Restaurare. Yummy, yummy! Definitely places worth visiting!
How about you? Have you ever visited Tulum? How did you like it?
*A very special thank you goes out to the Luv Tulum for welcoming me as a guest. The opinion expressed in this post is, as always, 100% my own!