Over so many years of visiting Tulum, we’ve done most of historical Mayan ruins except Coba. Coba is a large ruined city of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is located about 90 km east of the Maya site of Chichen Itza, about 40 km west of the Caribbean Sea, and 44 km northwest of the site of Tulum.
My favorite ruin is so far is Chichen Itza because of it’s better condition of Pyramids and the most intrigued workmanship of it even though I prefer the natural surrounding of Coba and the beautiful ocean view site of the one in Tulum. The fun thing about visiting the Coba is that they rent out bicycles to go around the site. All the ruins are connected with charming lush trails with tons of trees and birds.
This is called an Air plant. You see the roots are out in the air. They grow quite big at the end. Actually we have one in our Brooklyn home from Tania!!
8 years ago, when we climbed up to the Chichen Itza ( now climbing up to the Chichen Itza is banned.) , we had the same method: your own risk, a massive rope attached to the center of the pyramid, crawling and climbing.
Gael, mom loves you , you brave boy! You are the best Gael! We made up to the top together!
Dripping sweat. But big joy that we all did it together as a family.
After visiting Coba, we turned our car to Punta Laguna where there’s a quite and beautiful lagoon and lush jungle with Spider monkeys are. Only 10 kms away from Coba, this beautiful and humble Lagoon offers you exotic plants, toucans, many different gorgeous mariposas (butterflies!), thousands of water lilies and even crocodiles!!!
Walking into the jungle!. It was such a spontaneous trip to Punta Laguna, we were not prepared with proper attire. We wished had long pants and long sleeved tops on to reduce mosquito bites. But once we were stopped by scene of spider monkeys flying all around us, we couldn’t care less about bug bites!
The spider monkey is considered a primitive new world monkey. They are called spider monkeys because they look like spiders when they are suspended by their tails. Spider monkeys are usually all black, but some have flesh coloured rings around their eyes and white chin whiskers. Hair generally coarse and stringy. Lacks underfur. These monkeys depend highly on their keen binocular vision. They have slender bodies and limbs with long narrow hands.
We only had tasted what it would be like to be in the middle of the jungle this time. But I’m determined to go back and really explore. Gael could not take his eyes and ears off from the monkeys and all those sounds the nature makes. How wonderful it is to have a chance to be the little part of the nature! Now that’s priceless.
Clogged pores, hazy lungs, tired soul and beat up spirit.
Stinky worries. Useless thoughts. I don’t need them. They can go.
I feel healing.
I’m not anxious to meet new and wonderful people.
I reconnect with myself first. I bond deeply with Emi and Gael.
I inhale and exhale.
I drink it up again and again.
The Sun. The wind. The powerful energy.
Park Sian kaan. The south strip of Tulum houses the most beautiful and untouched natural reserve that stretches all the way down to Punta Allen, a small fishing village. A small ecotourism and education center, it serves as a model for sustainable development in sensitive tropical ecosystems. The revenue generated through tours, fishing, beautiful accommodations, and various on-site activities is used to fund conservation and education programs within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Read more about it at http://www.cesiak.org/
God bless. I’m thankful.
And there, there is one restaurant with a deck you can lo0k over both the ocean and also the biosphere. And also they serve excellent seafood ( I think it is maybe one of the best/freshest seafood in Tulum) and drinks along friendly service.
The seafood platter for 2! : Broiled lobster over fresh bed of mixed green salad, grilled octopus, fillet of sole, grilled shrimps and delicious calamaris. It’s actually enough for 3. Now wash it down with chilled margarita!
Haha. It was a hottest day since we got here. We hit the beach nice and early. Calm ocean. It was a beautiful day. We had a wonderful day. Lovely long lunch at El Tabano. Kite flying. New friends for Gael on the beach. Lots of reading for Emi. Body boarding. Sand, Salt, Wind, Laugh, Emi, Gael and Me.
Sun ray was falling. It was a white Christmas for us.
It has been 8 years now visiting Tulum. Before Gael and now already 5 times with him. He loves it. We love it. Gael would say time to time, ” Mom, I love you more than the ocean of Tulum.”
Tulum has been definitely evolved and developed. But still in our kind of way. Bit rough around the edge yet chilled and reserved in style, which makes herself very Sexy. Here are some photos to share with you of Tulum at it’s best.
Always wanted to go see turtles. Only 6 miles away ( 7-8 minute drive?) from the Tulum beach, Xcacel is where Sea turtles go and lay eggs. Sea turtles love X’cacel beach because there’s lots of supple deep sand ( walking on the sand reminded me of walking on the deep snow), a minimal outer reef and virtually no one around. X’cacel in years past had been the site of a turtle protection program, one of the first in the area, but the property was bought by a hotel chain and now sits in legal limbo, caught between the environmentalists and the developers.
But it seems like the beach is still protected and guarded by official guardians on sight and many rules for the turtles. Turtles lay eggs from April to October and the peak time is July and August, which is the hottest time of the year. We didn’t see the turtles this time (and I believe we need to be there during the night time) but we have enjoyed the beautiful beach and a Cenote tucked in middle of lush palms.
Promising with Gael to go back to see Turtles laying eggs in the new year, we headed to the cenote. Cenote is a sinkhole with exposed rocky edges containing groundwater. The fresh water. It is typically found in the Yucatán Peninsula and some nearby Caribbean islands. And boy, they are beautiful. Cenote comes in all different sizes, surroundings and the depths and some of cenotes require professional diving skills to see deep underwater creatures.
Xcacel beach has a small semi fresh water cenote tucked right in the middle of palm and mangrove bushes and we took a refreshing dip in it!
On a way to cenote. What you see is Mangrove.
Casarosas walking the way to the Cenote!
There is no such ” Hotel” on the strip of Tulum beach. Hotel as Hilton’s or whatever stops at the Cancun. Thank God. At least for now. The Mexican government only gives out the permits to build to the small boutique cabanas or low rise constructions that are built in sustainable ways. Wind power. Palapa Roofs. Maybe 2 stories or less. I dig it. Why not? We are all responsible. Responsible to keep and protect all.
Coqui Coqui is one of many charming and smart cabanas along the beach. One thing sets apart this place from the others would be the owner’s spirit, style and their Perfumery. http://www.coquicoquispa.com/perfumes.htm
The owner, Nocolas is a well known model but also a modern day hippie and a jet setter who was one of a few early pioneers to have the vision to start a life and business in Tulum. And as a young child, he was always interested in profumo of the Nature. And the perfumery seems like just the perfect thing to add on to his beautiful water front sanctuary.
The shop carries all organically produced line of perfumes and also facial products. Also there is bit of jeweleries, picture frames, beach scarves and home furnishing.
The space is beautiful in it’s stylish monotoned color scheme against the pale grey rustic concrete, which also somehow reminds me of Kenya, Africa.
This is a small restaurant of theirs next to the perfumery. The person in the blue in the mirror is me taking pics…
Since the year 2001, Casarosas adventure and passionate curiosity to know about Tulum continues and there are some new spots where our hearts felt for again and again…
This is a beach in front of a low key restaurent called “Cesiak”, the only restaurent located inside of Park SianKan where there are fresh water lagoon to the right and the most prestine beach of Tulum to the left.
From the Terrace of Cesiak, you can see the both the lagoon and the beach and it’s breath taking. If you would keep driving down on the same road of Siankan , you will arrive at the point called ” Punta Allen”.
Belows are photos of Bacalar, 2 hour drive to south of Tulum where you can hardly find any tourists. Bacalar is a 68Km long Fresh water Lagoon which also contains several smaller cenotes and villages around( and yes some kicking water front properties owned by local city people).
Bacalar is about 4 times bigger than the Manhattan island and you will come across with the most beautiful locals in this almost hard to belive mother nature setting.