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!
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!
Wearing: Urban Outfitters top, One Teaspoon shorts, Nordstrom Rack bikini top, VS bikini bottoms, Fossil watch, Ray Bans, Franco Sarto sandals
TULUM!! I am so in love with this coastline, it is like endless sandy beaches and azure waters just waiting to be explored. We started our day by biking from in town to the local ruins. For anyone planning to visit here some day, any “touristy” activities should be done as early as possible to avoid the crowds. We got to the ruins just after sunrise and were able to enjoy the peaceful rumble of the waves with a refreshing breeze. The ruins are spread out in what looks like a giant ancient golf course, but the true gem of this place is the view of the ocean over the cliffs and stairs taking you down to a hidden beach. There are iguanas just everywhere, but that is the Yucatan for you! I have heard from the locals that a lot of people tend to skip going to these ruins in favor of some of the more popular ones and I say they do not know what they are missing. We did visit some of the more tourist heavy hotspots North of Tulum and I still think this one was by far my favorite. I just love places that give you a feeling of serenity and intimacy, as if you are the only one soaking it all in, just you…and like fifty iguanas. This is just my take on things because I am a “long walks on the beach” kind of person (which should really come as no surprise at this point) who had once again found her happy place.