3 Must-dos in Tulum Mexico
Probably the most Instagramed place in the past year caught my attention and probably everyone else’s that has visited in the past months. This little town, where I will be discussing my 3 must-dos, is called Tulum, Mexico.
An exotic place located about an hour away from cancun, known for its boho vibes and underground watering holes has a unique touch compared to the other cities I’ve visited in Mexico. When you’re there, you feel either enrich in the small town culture or consumed by the strips of hotels and tourist shops that have made this place bustle.
This trip was planned on a whim, as most of my trips are. I feel that the urgency to fly far, far away gives me a rush for the unknown. We had an idea of what we wanted to do, but left the details mostly up to our arrival. Having the curiosity allowed us to ask questions and get the best tips on how to get around the town.
Our 3 day adventure had 3 adventurous activities that we would tackle within those days. The 3 must-dos in Tulum, Mexico consisted of swimming in one of the many cenotes, visiting the nearest ruins, and lastly my favorite, lounging on the beach.
One of my top must-dos in Tulum was to visit the cenotes. I did not really know what I was getting into when I looked up a cenote and I don’t think googling it really does it justice. If I would have known how amazing these cenotes were in person, the time I spent in Tulum would have been enjoying more of the them. They consist of the clearest, freshest, and cleanest water in the middle of no where. The experience of just visiting one definitely left me feeling like I missed out on the best parts of Tulum. We decided on Cenote Dos Ojos from recommendations and it was an experience I would love to relive.
Next up on the list of must-dos in Tulum is visiting the ruins. Now depending on how long your stay is really determines whether you want to spend your day traveling for two hours to visit one of the seven wonders of the world. We choose to remain in the city because of our limited time there. It was the best way to maximize the day. With that, we ended up at the nearest ruins, Tulum Ruins. The travel time there is super short, no more than a 15-20 minute taxi ride. When we arrived, the lines were pretty nonexistent and everything was pretty easy to get to. It’s located right along the beach which they allow you to swim in for an extra fee. The ruins were beautiful, but small compared to the others further out. It was everything we needed to get a glimpse of Tulum’s history.
After you’ve visited cenotes and ruins, it’s time for some R&R and what best way to experience that by visiting the Tulum beaches. The beaches of Tulum were beautiful and as blue as you would expect them to be. Our hotel was in town so we opted to use the hotel bikes to take us to the sister hotel on the beach. By taxi this is a 15 minutes drive, so our journey there wouldn’t be easy, but we were able to ride deep into the streets of Tulum. This allowed us to see how the locals were living. Of course there were the beautiful houses and hotels, but some of these areas were in poverty, living in shacks that were made of mud and straw which was hidden away from any tourist. Following the locals allows you to open your eyes to see the people that make this beautiful city.
It took us 30 minutes to get to the beach on bike. Though the ride was long it was nice to open your eyes to the changes of scenery and my long awaited anticipation was finally going to be satisfied. Once I was able to let the waves crash over my feet, I felt like like my trip was complete. It was everything I wanted in that moment. To be near the clear blue ocean made me happy especially because I wasn’t able to enjoy it until my second day there.