Chichen Itza and Ik Kil

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Wearing: Forever 21 top,One Teaspoon shorts, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Converse

For the last day in Mexico we decided to head North of Tulum (where we were staying) to Chichen Itza, one of the most well known Mayan ruins sites in the Yucatan. El Castillo is the enormous pyramid that sits at the center of an open courtyard and if you stand in front of the structure and clap your hands the sound will echo back at you in such a way that it sounds like a bird chirping, it is really extraordinary! There are so many massive ruins at Chichen Itza and I was blown away by the amount of detail carved into the stone. It is amazing how well preserved the entire site is so once again I can see why it impresses and continues to draw the masses.

On the same day we also went to Ik Kil, a cenote with an open roof with roots dangling down into it that was very different from Tankach Ha, which was more like a cave. The only way I can possibly describe it is like stepping into a magical fairy land hidden in the ground, like a sunken pool with crystal clear water and thick flora. I would definitely love to come here again in the early morning and have the place all to myself, it was just so damn beautiful!

This concludes our trip to Mexico. Wooo! It was so thrilling to immerse myself in the culture and enjoy all the beauty the Yucatan has to offer. There are still a dozen more places that I didn’t have the chance to visit, but all the more reason to go back, right? 😉 If you think of any really awesome places I may have missed out on in this area, just leave me a comment!

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Coba

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Wearing: H&M top, One Teaspoon shorts, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals

We took a bus to Coba, a city just north of Tulum, to explore the Mayan ruins there. The Nohoch Mul Pyramid is the tallest structure in the Coba ruins at 137 feet and you can actually climb up the 120 steps to the top where the view overlooks an endless jungle! It was really nice walking around under the cover of trees and stumbling upon all sorts ruins scattered throughout the area. After we left Coba, we took a taxi to a nearby cenote called Tankach Ha that was recommended to us by some locals who said it was their favorite cenote. There are a variety of types of cenotes in this area, but the Tankach Ha was very much like an underground cave with stalactites hanging from above enclosing a pit of groundwater, similar to a spring (in that the water was as cold as a spring!). There is a built-in spiral staircase that takes you down underground and suddenly opens up to this cave that you would never have known was there. It really is amazing, I can see why it was a local favorite! The staircase also has two separate “diving” platforms that you can jump off of into the water. We stayed for a while as I tried to coax myself into the cold water to go swimming, but I am so happy I did! By the time we left the cenote, all the taxis had left for the day so we had to walk back to the bus stop where we also found that all the buses had left for the night. Fortunately, everyone we asked was extremely helpful in giving us directions to a town close by that had taxis that would take us back to Tulum. So the takeaway lesson here is always make sure you have a way to get back!

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Botanical Gardens

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Wearing: Forever 21 v-neck, One Teaspoon shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles, Forever 21 sunnies, Bling Jewelry necklaces, Stella & Dot earrings, Fossil watch

I had been wanting to go back to the botanical gardens this year and planned to go this weekend only to find out it was their Spring Festival! There are vendors everywhere selling every plant and flower species imaginable. It was lovely walking around in the sunshine with a cool breeze checking out all the blooms. My sister bought me some flavored honey sticks: mango, watermelon, and wildflower this time. The honey is so fresh and there are hundreds of bees buzzing around pollinating the plants. We didn’t buy any honey this time around because I still have some left from the last time we went, but we did get a fresh guava-mango smoothie to enjoy whilst snapping some photos. I was hesitant about wearing a headband at first because of the heat, but paired with a top bun and large round sunnies it was the perfect amount of sun coverage while maintaining breathability. I am definitely keeping that combo in mind when we road trip to southern Texas a.k.a. desert wasteland next month!

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Toccoa Falls

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Wearing: Ross peasant top, Hollister denim shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles,Forever 21 hat, vintage aviators, horseshoe necklace

Everything about Toccoa Falls on the Toccoa Falls College campus was magical. The clear water and sand were glistening like tiny jewels and the mist was refreshing on a hot day. Digging my toes in the sand I was jealous that I did not have a place this amazing to study at when I was in college. The falls were gigantic and I just wanted to sit there all day and enjoy the view!

I did eventually drag myself away from this little slice of heaven to go meet up with my Aunt who took us on a crazy off-road adventure in her Jeep to some falls that only the locals know about. I could not be more giddy getting to climb up them without signs telling me not to  😀

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