Showing posts from June, 2015

The Mayan Ruins of Tulum

The Mayan ruins of Tulum are situated on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The site was once a port for the city of Coba, being the entry point for land and sea tradings. The port was most active between the 13th and 15th centuries, and it's demise was most likely caused by the Old World diseases brought in by the Spanish settlers.

What really sets this site apart from other ruin sites I have seen in Mexico (Coba, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan) is it's setting. The site is relatively small, my mom and I walked around the whole site in 1.5 hours or less, but the view are spectacular. I could picture the ships coming in with copper, feathers, textiles, and salt. 
We took the colectivo there and a taxi back. The colectivo is a shared public transportation option, ie this van. It cost 3 U.S. dollars to go to the Tulum ruins site, and significantly more to take a taxi back!

The Abandoned Resort (the funniest scary movie)

My mom and I really enjoyed walking around the abandoned and broken down resorts on the beach near our hotel. So we wanted to capture it on film and also honor my wonderful brother Savva because he is our movie making inspiration!

Enjoy the part where my mom does or says anything...

The One with the Cenote and the Turtles

While in Mexico, my mom and I went on a half day tour to swim in a cenote and later to swim with sea turtles. We were taken to Cenote Caracol, which was lit up pretty and somewhat Disneyland-esque and snorkeled/swam around the chilly waters checking out the stalactites all around.

A cenote (see-no-tay) is a groundwater pool which was opened up by the collapse of the limestone around it. The name 'cenote' means sacred well, because in times of droughts, the Mayans used the cenotes as a water source, and they also believed the cenotes were a portal to speak with the gods.

After the pretty, dark cenote and it's chilly waters, we went to sunny Akumal to snorkel in the warm waters and search for green sea turtles. I was able to get away from the group and follow a couple of turtles on my own - what a magical experience!
-They swim so much faster than I imagined.
-The underwater sand is covered in sea grass, which the turtles munch on all day.
-The turtles lay their eggs betwee…

Caribbean Sea - Xpu-Ha - Tulum - Mexico

This March, my mom was kind enough to take us on a trip to the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea in Mexico for 5 nights and 6 days. We stayed at Catalonia Royal Tulum, an adults-only all inclusive resort in Xpu-Ha (Shpoo-ha), close to Tulum. With life taking a turn for the new and unknown, this trip came at a good time to pause and reflect in a relatively quiet place.

My take on all-inclusive resorts is that they are great for people like my hard-workin', bread-winnin' mother who is tired and achy all over. Sitting on the beach in a warm place and being taken care of is perfect when she feels that way. Of course I was the annoying daughter who was frustrated that we weren't eating authentic Mexican cuisine and were isolated from reality. But at the end of the day, there is a time and place for all vacations: adventure or leisure, there are many options. I should not complain - I got a lot of vitamin D, swam in the warm waters, used the gym, and got enough sleep on a regula…