October 13, 2017
Leave your worries by the shoreline,
And run your bare feet through the sand,
Let the water be a soft bed,
When you cannot bear to stand,
Make friends with flying seagulls,
And hold the sun up on your palm,
Before you duck beneath the water,
Where the world is mute and calm
Standing atop a cliff at the ancient Mayan ruins, the sight of endless shades of blue waters reminded me of these lines by poet Erin Hanson. We spent 3 days in Tulum, a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It’s known for its beaches and well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city.
All the exhaustion of the bus ride vanished away as soon as we saw our room at Hotel Poc Na. The full moon was still shining on the waters. the view from our tower room on the beach was breathtaking! So I decided to capture the moon and I failed miserably 🙁 We were exhausted and it was almost morning by the time I gave up on it! So we decided to take a break and enjoy a lazy day sipping cocktails and sunbathing 😉
For lunch, we found a really amazing vegan taco place, Charyl’s Vegan Tacos. This place has amazing drinks and tacos. The decor itself is very hip! This is one of the first vegan restaurants in the area offering healthy organic food that actually appeals to the masses!
The beaches of Tulum are very clean and also there is plenty of space 😛 (Unlike crowded Cancun) So we ended our day with a sunset dip in the ocean 🙂 Buenas Noches!
After a good night’s sleep, we woke up to the chirping birds the next morning. We were welcomed to a scrumptious breakfast by the beach at the restaurant of the hotel. They have the best breakfast buffet ever! Trust me when I say this! They have varieties of bread freshly made, right out of the oven and a selection of tropical fruits. A perfect way to start your day 🙂
After fueling up for the day, we headed towards the Mayan ruins. Even though it was a short 10-minute walk from our hotel, the sun was burning high, and we were glad we had our sunhats on:) Do not forget to carry your sunscreen, sunhat, and water when you venture out in the day during summers in this part of the world!
Tulum stands on a bluff facing the bright blue Caribbean Sea. Apparently, Tulum means fence or wall in Mayan. The walls surrounding the site allowed the Tulum fort to be defended against invasions. This port city had access to both land and sea trade routes, making it an important trade hub. Naturally, it was a major hub and center of Yucatan Mayan culture. From numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important center of religious worship too.
We saw the