I spent last night shivering with a fever in a Mexican border town and can’t really think right now, so pictures will tell the stories from Tulum. I spent my days there learning Spanish, swimming in natural groundwater reservoirs called cenotes, hanging with new buddies, lounging on the beach, snorkeling, biking and running, eating fajitas and chile/pineapple popsicles, and generally just loving life, Mexico-style.
A half dozen people told me Tulum is their favorite place in the world. I’ll cast another vote for it as a special destination. If you get a chance to visit, make it happen!
Heading out on a boat ride in the lagoons near Tulum.
A river dumps into the Caribbean.
Pink spoonbills and a pelican.
The canals of Sian Kaan are lined with mangroves. Best part was a float (sans boat) for a kilometer through a tight canal with a ceiling of woven mangroves. Dead silence save for chirping birds.
A boat in the mangroves.
Chelsea packing her brain with Spanish lessons. She joined up a couple weeks into my stay here.
When in Rome… Chelsea protects a Santa pinata enroute to a party. Not every day you see Santa wearing a Marmot rainjacket. We got some laughs from locals who wondered what the crazy gringos were up to.
Buddies (students and teachers) from our Spanish class at the Chac-Mool Institute.
Did you know a crocodile can jump almost 10 feet out of the water?
A ruin near Tulum at Coba.
An empty beach halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
We explored a giant abandoned resort complex. There were easily 20 buildings with hundreds of rooms. Totally eerie.
Another shot of the hotel. The world without us…
A cenote near Tulum. Limestone erodes away and leaves caves you can swim around in. So fun. My favorite was a completely underground cenote over 100′ across that was accessed by a long spiral staircase down into the cavern.
Acting tough in front of the main ruin in Coba. (My compatriots missed the memo on a “blue steel” look.) The ruin behind us is 150 feet tall!
https://www.traipsingabout.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/10-DSC04384.jpg7991200Dakotahttps://www.traipsingabout.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Traipsing-About-logo-white-background-450x156.pngDakota2014-12-23 10:26:462014-12-23 10:26:46Snapshots from Three Weeks in Tulum