Updated: Jan 23, 2021
Trading My Comfort For Heat
Back in the days of the 11th-16th century, Tulum Mexico was a major trading and religious centre. You can now go visit the ruins which are absolutely breathtaking. I highly recommend traveling to this destination with a tour guide. You will learn so much history and get time to roam around on your own away from your group.
My family and I went on a day long excursion to the ruins while on our 8 day Disney Cruise. Even though it was extremely hot, it was (at least in my opinion) the most beautiful place we had been that week. Behind the ruins is a beautiful turquoise sea, giant rocks covered in greenery, and a white sand beach. It looks like the definition of paradise!
Now from my location (Cozumel) it was definitely an adventure to get to the ruins. We started off by going on a two level ferry. It was going to be a 45 minute boat ride to Playa Del Carmen which is in the mainland of Mexico. Let me tell you something, that ferry ride was rough. Although the water appeared to be flat, once we started sailing, the boat began to rock from side to side. The rest of the ride was not pleasant. Many people felt seasick, and the time left on the boat felt never-ending. After we finally reached Playa Del Carmen, we had to wait for our tour guide to lead us to the bus which would transport us to Tulum. The ride was 54 minutes and on the way our tour guide taught us some history of the ruins and Tulum. It was nice to have some background information before we even got there!
Once we arrived, there was an area with lots of little shops. Even though I didn't buy anything, it was one of my favorite spots. It was so colorful, and it felt as if you were truly submerged into their culture. After winding through the shop-filled streets, we then had to follow a trail that lead us to the ruins of Tulum. On the trail we saw some local wildlife including iguanas. As soon as the ruins were in my line of sight, I was absolutely shocked. I had never seen anything like it before! Everyone that was a part of our tour had a pair of headphones which were connected to our guides mic. Once we all had our headset ready to go, the tour began.
Our 2 hour tour started out great! I was really enjoying it and loved getting a chance to see and learn about all of the history. After about an hour into our trip, the heat became unbearable. There was no shade and the humidity was worse than what I was use to. Even though it gets quite hot where I'm from, Florida, I'm still not comfortable in 103 degree (Fahrenheit) weather.
An Ocean Breeze Puts My Mind At Ease
I was surprised at how the sight of the beach captured me since I see beaches often in Florida. As soon as I saw the beach behind the ruins of Tulum, I knew this was different. It looked as if it were a scene in a movie that was set in paradise.
The rocks, the palm trees, the plants, really everything about it made me instantly fall in love with it.
After exploring the ruins, we had time to wonder around. Because it was in the middle of the afternoon, we were all starting to get pretty hungry. we went back to where the local stores were and looked for a place to eat. Before I tell you more, I think you should know that I am not a fan of Mexican food, so the fact that I wasn't going to have a choice, made me doubt. I was shocked when I ended up loving it! It was by far the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. I got the beef tacos which were filled with so much flavor. You could tell that they really work hard to make sure that you have no complaints.
I would highly recommend taking a trip to Tulum for multiple reasons:
You will learn so much history about the place itself, and some ancient Mayan sayings and traditions.
It is a spot filled with so much beauty, and history.
The beach is absolutely beautiful.
You will get great pictures!
It is a fun experience.
If you don't like the sound of the high temperatures, i would suggest that you go between November and early March. during these times you will likely experience warm weather but not excruciatingly hot temperatures.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my Trip to Tulum Mexico!