Hey, beauties! I’m still on a high after my recent trip to Tulum, Quintana Roo. There’s no way I could possibly go without giving you the inside scoop into my travels. And by the way, I went for myself and by myself. It turned out to be a truly amazing experience and I highly recommend solo travel to anyone willing to live fearlessly. I’ll add that it was important to my personal growth journey (as part of learning to enjoy my own company). I will do a three part series of my vacay to keep things separate (and to not lose your attentiveness). First, I’ll solely talk about exploring Tulum and the things you should include on your itinerary. Second, will be about hotel stays. And lastly, I’ll give some insight on how to travel solo.
So first up, let’s talk exploring Tulum (shall we).
Explore the world with an open mind, a sturdy carry-on & clothes that don’t wrinkle.
Just in case you may not be so familiar, Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. As a better reference – it’s about 81 miles from Cancun. It’s known for its ruins, beautiful beaches and cenotes. I learned about Tulum after seeing other travelers photos showing off its beauty and I could not resist. I just knew I had to someday step foot on this attractive place and immediately added Tulum to my bucket list of places to travel. Once the new year arrived, a friend and I begin making plans to make Tulum our next vacation spot.
As we began planning we started to research things to do, its attractions and places to stay. But as we drew closer to our dream holiday, our girls trip would come to a halt due to an unforeseen circumstance on my friend’s part. It caused her to cancel plans. Hesitant at first, after attempting to find a new travel buddy didn’t work out as well as I’d hope, I decided to be fearless and travel solo for the first time. Ready for what a town like Tulum had to offer, I did what I set out to do, explored its beauty.
Things to do in Tulum
IK Lab (Art Gallery) at Azulik
Oh-em-gee! The architecture in the contemporary art gallery in Tulum, IK Lab is surreal. Unexpectedly the circular glass bamboo window actually is a door that swings open for entry. Before walking in to the gallery you are required to remove your shoes. As soon as you step foot in to the exhibition, you realize why. The architecture is very delicate. The art gallery is meant to capture the quintessence of the Yucatan peninsula’s abundant nature and rich spiritual heritage. Hence the natural and environmentally conscious design. I couldn’t help, but capture through photos and videos every corner of this fascinating place. I did not want to miss having physical visuals of its extraordinary design. What’s cool is admission is free, but you must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Oh, and professional cameras are not allowed inside. Cellphone photography will have to do (just like mine).
Sunset Bar at Azulik
A young lady from London I met in the art gallery visiting Tulum for her birthday put me on to a spot she heard about. That spot was called, the Sunset Bar at Azulik Hotel. It’s clear that this wasn’t apart of my itinerary, but I’m glad it ended up that way. At sunset bar you enjoy beautiful views of the jungle, Caribbean sea and Azulik villas until the sunset steals the show. This place has a capacity limit on the amount of people they let up to the sunset bar. With that said, it’s best to line up at least a half hour before they reach their limit. They start walking people up to the sunset bar at around 5:30PM. The entry free is $565 Pesos = $29.16 Dollars and $26.00 Euros. The entry fee includes one drink, small bites and an enjoyable witnessing of the sunset. And one more thing. Flats are best. The walk includes circular stairs and a stroll across a simple suspension bridge. Take in the views of the jungle on your way.
Chichén Itzá and Cenote Hubiku (with Cancun Sightseeing)
I highly recommend that you put this all-inclusive all day tour with Cancun Sightseeing to see the historical Chichen Itza and the amazing Cenote Hubiku on your to do list. It included the transportation (meeting location near your hotel), lunch buffet, snacks and drinks. I booked it through Expedia under “things to do” in Tulum for a great deal. Also, please be advised that there is an additional $25 tax fee to enter Chichen Itza that the tour bus staff will collect from you. They’ll accept dollars or pesos. While on this tour you’ll be able to visit the Tequila Museum on the same turf as the Cenote Hubiku that includes shot tastings of several flavors (coffee, chocolate, almond). You’ll learn about the process and how Tequila is made in Mexico. By the end, you’ll be able to shop for your own Mexico made Tequila.
Here’s a short version history lesson on the Chichen Itza and cenotes, particularly Cenote Hubiku:
Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period. The archaeological site is located in Yucatán State, Mexico. The cenote Hubiku, also in Yucatán, is a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave. It was an unbelievable experience to visit these major and historical Tulum attractions during this visit. You wouldn’t want to miss seeing the majestic cenote Hubiku and monumental Chichen Itza.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that on the way back to our meeting spots near our hotels we got to taste some classic Tequila (made by Mexico) with lime on the tour bus. We had tequila to the infamous tequila song. It was hilarious. I’ll have to say that this was hands down one of the best tours I’ve been on, lol.
La Zebra Hotel and Restaurant Bar
What’s traveling without eating the local food?!? I definitely love trying new foods, especially wherever I travel. One thing was for sure. I looked up all the places to eat and La Zebra Hotel and Restaurant Bar was listed as one of the top restaurants to check out in Tulum. The reviews said how great the tacos were and they weren’t lying. My new homie and waiter Santiago recommended that I try the “Fish Al Pastor” tacos (there are a total of 3 tacos for $230 pesos = $11.88 U.S. dollars) and the passion fruit margarita. Boy am I glad that I went with his suggestions because everything was mmm mmm good! Not only did I enjoy a delicious lunch at La Zebra, but the view of the beach was a perfect match. So do yourself a favor – make sure that you visit my boy Santiago and take advantage of the great food, drinks and amazing views on the beach.
Lastly, the beautiful white sand beaches in Tulum are one of the best that the Carribean sea has to offer. You don’t have to stay at an ocean front hotel to enjoy it either. To sit on the lounge seats on the beach, you’ll have to pay a sitting fee of around $700 Pesos = $36.15 dollars. Your choice. Either way, the white sand, warm Caribbean sea, palm trees and a walk along the shores are priceless.
Other things you should do:
Visit the Mayan Ruins
Swim in the Gran Cenote
Snorkeling in Mayan Cenote
Yoga at Sanara
Which part of my vacation do you think you’d enjoy the most? Have you visited Tulum before? Thanks for reading about my trip to beautiful Tulum. I hope that I have convinced you to experience it for yourself. Thank me later, lol. Don’t forget to subscribe to get more scoop on my Tulum vacation and for other lifestyle inspiration. Until we connect again, be good to yourself.
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