While staying in Cancun, my friend Elsa and I both knew that we really wanted to visit Tulum. I had built it up in my mind to be this really cool hippy town with an untouched beach and ruins that overlooked it. So we rented an adorable tiny car, packed up a backpack with water and bug spray, and off we went in search of some more ruins and beach time. What we got was pretty great, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected.
Although I really loved the ruins, they weren’t right in town, and getting to them was quite a walk from the parking lot, especially with the heat and humidity. Once we did get there though, I do see why they’re so popular. We had visited Chichen Itza just a few days prior, but I think these ruins were actually much more my style. You could still totally see that this used to be a town, as the grounds here were much smaller and more manageable.
If you could get past how hot it was (you might be able to see the sweat on us if you look closely), Tulum is gorgeous. There are wild iguanas everywhere, there is so much history, and the ocean is stunning. Just go in knowing that its not in the city, and I think you’ll be pleased.
Tulum city is a cool little strip, we didn’t wander around that much, but I imagine that I would have liked it. Its definitely not a resort town, which I appreciated, and there were lots of hostels to stay in. We ended our day trip to the area with a swim in the Sac Actun cenote, which I would HIGHLY recommend if you want a cenote swim that’s less crowded and extremely well run. Our guide was hilarious and we definitely had an unforgettable experience.
Overall, I really liked Tulum, even if it was different than what I expected. Have you ever been to the Yucatan peninsula? What were your favourite photos from this post?