After spending six days in Isla and exploring the island, we took a ferry back to Cancun. We purchased a bus ticket at the station and then we headed to Tulum. Is it indeed a busy city, lots of traffic and locals as well which we didn’t mind because as I mentioned before that we enjoy exploring different cultures! Tulum is known for its soft, white sandy beaches and laid back vibe. There are two parts to Tulum, the once was quite town but now it is boomed with shops, resturants, beach strip, and affordable hotels. Locals call the town as Pueblo and the beach as Playa, they are roughly 5km apart where you can get a cab or a bike to explore in between. Because we wanted to try the local , expierence of Mexico, we decided to stay in town and rent a car. Here’s a breakdown of where we stayed, everything we saw, explored and experienced while in Tulum.
Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins that looks like a massive step pyramid, known as El Castillo which dominates the ancient city and thrived from 600 AD to 1200. It is infused with graphic stone carvings at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. The city has added nightly lights to illuminate it shadows and allow people to see it at night. During our time there we were able to visit the ancient ruins and see pyramids that are thousands of years old. Also we swam in the cenote cave (sink hole in the ground that has fresh water).
We couldn’t help but spend a day at Playa Del Carmen.
Its Quinta Avenida pedestrian runs parallel to the beach, with blocks of shops, restaurants and nightspots ranging from laid-back bars to dance clubs. We went through the 5th avenue, Parque Fundadores ( park with sculptures and performances) to eating shaved ice-cream in the Caribbean Snow, to walking around the biggest mall on the strip, Quinta Alegria.