North America · 3 Days · 10 Moments · December 2017

Karina's journi to Mexico

12 December 2017

Tulum Ruins mid morning to afternoon. 160 pesos to park and $70 pesos pp to enter the national park.
Breakfast at the Air BNB followed by a pit stop at Art&coffee for some delicious Coconut Coffee and WIFI access.

11 December 2017

Family time!
Spent the better part of an hour driving along the Tulum beach road, enjoying all the storefronts and trying to find the restaurant, Mezzanine. Amazing Thai food! Typical US prices. We got chicken satay, Tom Yum soup, drunken noodles, a salad with shrimp and a mango pineapple red curry beef. Dessert was a chocolate mouse wrapped in filo dough and topped with orange zest. Cocktails and coffee too. Dinner was around $35 usd pp. well worth it though!
Stopped into this hidden gem, Souliman Bay, and hung out at a little palapa called Chamicos Restauran. We got a beer, piña colada and a healthy serving of chips and guacamole for around $10 usd. The beach is a little rocky but beautiful setting and plenty of hammocks to relax in while swaying in the Caribbean breeze.
Rough start to the day. Went to Vidante, the Cirque de Soleil resort for a presentation (in order to get tickets into the the Tulum and Coba ruins) over a buffet breakfast and after all was said and done, declining the sales reps for 4 hours, we went to claim our tickets into the ruins, only to find out that they were “out”. In exchange they offered us money to cover the entrance fees. Turns out the cost to get into the ruins are only 70 pesos, around $4, not the $35 as claimed by the airport rep that suckered us into this shitty scheme. So we took advantage to the fact that we were on the grounds and got some towels and laid by the beach, which was all unfortunately rocks. After 30 minutes we walked out, with the towels, and moved on with our lives.

10 December 2017

Drove around town to explore and find a grocery store. Stopped in the city center park to walk through rows of vendors selling their artisanal work and decided to try the local street food, chicharrones, grilled tamale and more tacos, each around $1 usd per item. The birds were singing at the top of their lungs while the stray dogs roamed around for scraps.
Checked into our Jungle house Air BNB hosted by Michél. So beautiful and modern with an openness to nature.
Lunch at Los De Pescado’s, where the locals go for ceviche and tacos, on the way out of Cancun to Tulum. We were hungry so we got a lot of food, 5 tacos, 2 burritos, 1 ceviche and 4 drinks; total came to $20 usd for 4 people.
Finally leaving Charlotte after missing our flight to Cancun last night!