MY TRIP TO TULUM
I had this trip booked since December! You can already imagine my excitement as the months passed. Now that I finally went and came back, I figured I would make a blog post about everything Tulum. Down below you can screen shot my posters with tons of information.
Apart from these, I have a list of hotels in my TULUM TRAVEL GUIDE.
Nomade was a BEAUTIFUL hotel, with delicious food, great service, and talk about instagrammable! The rooms had AC, which I thanked the Lord for! The breakfast was included and so damn good. The pool at this hotel was beautiful; it’s the one you see above as the cover of my Tulum Guide.
I expected for Nest to be a much bigger hotel but that doesn’t take away from how cute it is. The breakfast was also included and delicious. They turned on the AC at 6pm until 10am. Which worked out fine because we were out shooting most of the day.
Okay guys, it’s time to get serious. Azulik is a beautiful, beautiful hotel! This hotel is amazing to walk around and see. Go to the spa, the restaurants, the gallery, take pictures. But for the love of everything that is pure, DO NOT book a room here. Not only are the rooms ridiculously expensive, there is no electricity, no standing shower, no light, no privacy, no phones in the rooms, water smells funky, it was the most horrible night we experienced at Tulum. We were dreading going back to the room so much that we went to casa jaguar (restaurant) and stayed there as long as we could. The only good thing was the fan right above the bed and mosquito net around it. I was okay but Alfredo was sweating all night. I honestly couldn’t wait until morning. When I opened my eyes and saw light, I packed everything as fast as I could and checked out.
The food at the cafe was amazing and the staff was very friendly, but I will not be staying here ever again. It’s a bit annoying walking around the hotel because the floor is mostly sticks put together; beautiful, but weird to walk on. The water bottles they give you at this hotel was rainwater and supposedly it’s amazing for your digestive system. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, all I know is that it messed up my stomach BAD. But that’s just my personal experience, the water did nothing to Alfredo.
They do a little welcoming ritual for their guests. It was honestly so beautiful and intense. I wanted to hug the woman that prayed over us.
IK LAB - Art Gallery
Tseen-Ja - Japanese Restaurant
KIN TOH - Restaurant
Spirituality is a big part of my life, who are we if not but spirits? We all take care of our bodies and minds, but we forget to exercise and take care of our spirits. At @delektulum which means, "May infinite blessings be on your path", they are conscious about this very important part in all of us. They have prayer corners in every room. They have rituals involving volcanic rocks that Alfredo and I took part of and it was such an amazing experience. .
Their goal is to plant seeds of consciousness, allowing oneself to be guided by the complete harmony that surrounds us. As I was reading their manifest, it states, “We worked at many different levels trying to generate an energy in Delek, where love and presence can be transmitted and spread.” I definitely felt all the love and the energy at this hotel.
While at Tulum, we saw how much this little town does to protect our earth. Nothing impressed us as much as delek. At this hotel, they make it a priority to respect nature. Everything from the materials of their construction to the ingredients they use to make all their amazing dishes. “They use methods of sustainable construction, such as the stilt houses to help maintain stability in the dunes area. All the wood in delek is local and certified, the height of their buildings do not exceed the 12 meters allowed.” .
“We know the great importance of maintaining and respecting the balance of this ecosystem if we want to continue enjoying it.”
And if this wasn’t enough, this hotel treated us like family from the moment we arrived. From the waiters to the manager. As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed with bright eyes and warm smiles.
Thank you delek, for showing us that a hotel can be so much more than just a beautiful location. Your hotel actually means something to us and we were grateful to stay and enjoy your hotel for a while. We never wanted to eat out, the food was amazing, from breakfast to dinner.
There is so much healthy food! I actually came back 3 pounds lighter! I would drink smoothies in the morning, and only eat vegetarian things during the day. I am definitely missing all the delicious healthy food. They have so many options for people like me, healthy, organic, superfoods. So if you’re someone that loves eating to nourish, Tulum is going to be a dream.
CHARLY’S VEGAN TACOS- They need to open one of these in Miami.
The first plate was tostones covered in cilantro, veggies, and their delicious vegan creamy sauce. The second was OH MY GOD, cilantro rice with salsa roja y verde, platano, chick peas, lentils, peppers, onions and honestly, I’ll be craving this plate until we go back one day.
The cheapest place to take out money is at the 711 on the way to tulum and a supermarket called aki.
Take probiotics. This tip is mostly for all traveling; take vitamin c, probiotics, vitamins. But I say take probiotics because since you aren’t used to the food there, and you may or may not have a weak stomach, you can avoid stomach pain if you just stick to probiotics. I had to buy some there because the food wasn’t sitting well in my stomach.
Use the colectivo. Is cheaper than a taxi. You have to wave them down in order for them to stop. They are constantly driving around.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A lot of bugs, heat, mosquitos and algae in the ocean. Alfredo killed at least 30 cockroaches durning our trip and they were all in the rooms. I am deathly afraid of them and one landed on Alfredo’s head while we were sleeping. I would of died. He is so cute though, he would stay up until I fell asleep and wake up during the night to make sure nothing was on me.
Taxis try to take advantage and charge you more, therefore, always ask how much before getting in. If you talk to them or say that’s to much, they might lower the price.
There’s a lot of pharmacies where you can buy sunblock, medication, just think of it as CVS. So if you are trying to travel light, rest assure they have anything you need.
WHAT TO DO
There are so many cenotes in Tulum, locals say that there is one under every rock. I didn't understand this until Alfredo and I biked the entire street of Tulum. Chichen Suytun is another cenote, but we didn’t get the chance to see. (it was about an hour and something from Tulum.) Also, wake up early to get there before anyone else, that way you can take some nice pictures.
2. Ruins - Get there early and bring swimsuits because you can access the beach from here.
3. Pueblo - Pueblo is where locals live. Go to la calle principal, there’s a ton of restaurants and shops. Plus, everything is ALOT cheaper.
4. Hotel Hop - We hotel hopped to take some pictures and eat at their restaurants.
5. Eat - If you are vegan and a healthy eater, you are in for a treat.
6. Bike - There’s bikes you can rent for 100 pesos for 12 hours (which is nothing) or usually, the hotel you are staying at comes with bikes you can use.
7. Beach - The beach is filled with algae. It was very bad when we went (May). Locals say that each year it’s getting worse because of global warming. I don’t like the beach so I didn’t mind it, but if you’re a beach lover, this will definitely bum you out.
8. Shop - There are boutiques everywhere in Tulum, but everything is 100$ and up. You may find 1 or two stores that have 30$ tops for men and women. They aren’t hard to spot.
9. Casa Malca - This hotel is absolutely beautiful, you don’t have to stay to take pictures. I recommend passing by and walking around.
10. Parties - Friday, Casa Jaguar. Saturday, Papaya Project. Sunday, La Zebra.
I have a lot more information in my other blog post TULUM TRAVEL GUIDE, I recommend you give it a look for more restaurants, hotels, and everything is linked. I also have a Tulum story highlight in Instagram were you can see my trip on a more personal level.
If you have any question at all, please comment below, I’ll be more than happy to help.