Dance by water beneath the Mexican sky.
Updated: May 27, 2019
My first blog post since updating my website and I am so excited for it to be about our most recent adventure. The beautiful country of Mexico!
For those that haven't been, Mexico is a dream.
After almost 10 hours flying across the Atlantic, we'd made it. 10 days of honeymoon bliss! Yes, that's right, we got married!
From the second the plane doors opened the heat hit. It was a beautiful 30 degrees and we were there in chinos and jumpers after leaving a very chilly England that morning. Luckily the coach transfer had aircon, lovely.
We arrived at our hotel after a smooth transfer and it was absolutely gorgeous. The Mayan-style architecture looked simply stunning against a backdrop of jungle. It gave us a true flavour of Mexican hospitality and to be honest, we couldn't complain! The cocktails were delightful, the beer was cold and the sea warm.
Here's just a little taste of what we got up to on our travels.
Playa del Carmen.
This beautiful little town, halfway between Cancun and Tulum was lively, friendly and right on the beach. It was completely full of tourist-style souvenir shops, market stalls, people selling freshly sliced fruit and restaurants covered in trees. As you'd expect the locals were trying to get you to buy literally everything but it's easy enough to say a quick gracias and move on. We sat and had a very expensive iced cocktail in a quirky bar called Fat Tuesday, watched street performers and lazily wondered along the impressive high street. All for a bus fare of just 70 pesos for the two of us, result.
Further south, Tulum is home to the famous Mayan ruins that overlook the coast. This lovely little town is set away from the beach so it took a little walking (because we got off the bus too late) to get to. We didn't spend too much time in the town itself, it was extremely hot and we had a few things to get done that day. The Tulum ruins cost us 150 pesos each to get in, a pleasant surprise after almost booking a tour for almost 10x that amount. We were free to wander around, read the signs which were in English and Spanish, and say hello to some iguanas at our own pace.
One of the highlights of our trip across the pond! Coba is the highest climbable Mayan ruin in the Yacutan and I am unbelievably glad we made it to the top. It may look small, but in sweltering heat it's a tough climb, and not mentioning the double-height steps and slippery surface from years of tourists. 100% worth the views though. The jungle is amazing!! Again, the entry fee was a humble 150 pesos each however getting there was a little more difficult. Buses don't run regularly to Coba from Tulum as they do on the main east coast route so we ended up getting a taxi, sharing with two other travellers. The round trip set us back around 500 pesos, not bad considering it was at least 35km each way.
While in the Riviera Maya, we visited two cenotes. If that's a new word to you, basically they are the natural limestone lakes either open or caved. Again we could have booked them on a tour but while travelling up and down the main highway we'd spotted signs for two cenotes and just looked up the prices online.
Our first trip was to the Kantun-chi eco-park. The park consists of 5 cenotes and an underground river which you can take a tour on. However, we decided to stick with the package that included access to 4 of the cenotes as we preferred the idea of staying above ground. The park was gorgeous and the third cenote we visited was definitely the most beautiful. It was an open air lake with a small platform in the middle, perfect for jumping from. The turquoise waters were just surreal and to be surrounded by overhanging trees was incredible.
The second park we visited was just next door, Cenote Crisaliano. Considerably cheaper than Kantun-chi and in our opinion so much more fun! It consisted of three cenotes linked via small passages and a large jumping platform of which we took full advantage.
Just remember, if you go visiting cenotes in Mexico, don't wear suncream! The oils damage the crystal-clear waters and the wildlife that live within them. If you're not swimming just take a spot in the shade so you don't burn!
Feel free to leave any questions in the comments if you're travelling to Mexico, or let us know where you'd recommend we visit next.