Wednesday, 22 August 2018

My Tulum Itinerary | Travel Guide (Part Two)


Hey Guys,

Day 3 Cont’d

Our cab dropped us off in front of our beautiful boutique hotel El Pez. Check in was at 3pm (which is typical) so we had our welcome drinks and grabbed lunch while the front desk agent checked if our room was ready. They were more than accommodating and allowed us to check in early.





We stayed in Casa Tres, which was located on the second floor with views of the Caribbean Sea and Turtle cove. A daily breakfast was also included but my favorite services had to be 1) the freshly brewed coffee and tea that arrived at 6:30 every morning and 2) the cup of tea and chocolate that came with the turn down service. I enjoyed swinging in the hammock while making my morning call to my sister and hearing the waves crashing against the rocks.








The front desk agent Denise was beyond nice and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was pleasurable. I would, hands down, stay here again!

Later that night, we had reservation at Kin Toh (~ $90 USD PP for a three course meal); this was another restaurant that was high up on my Tulum list of places to eat because 1) it was located in Azulik, which is a wonder all to itself and 2) it’s said to be built on stilts 39 ft. above Tulum’s Mayan jungle, which provides the best location to gaze at the Caribbean sunsets. All in all, it was something to see and behold and I could only imagine that the food was just as amazing.


From the moment we arrived at Azulik we were in awe. There was just so much to see and I couldn’t help but wonder how any of it was built. We started by touring their art gallery, which was truly amazing and beyond beautiful. I hope my pictures will give you some insight, but they cannot possibly do this place justice. It is, in my opinion, a must see!
*NOTE: We were informed that we could not take pictures with our professional camera but if we wanted to, we would have to pay a $500 fee!

Dress: Zara (similar here/here) | Sandals: Gucci








We left from the gallery and headed to the restaurant; the waiting area was unlike anything I have ever seen before. It was made from nets! This, however, was probably the most uncomfortable seating ever! It did not stop the people from lining up to have their picture taken, myself included. It just had a certain “je ne sais quoi”.




The food was also an experience, as it was the first time Jason and I ever tried caviar. I can’t think of a better place to try something like that as I am sure we won’t ever forget it. The food and its flavors were interesting and, to be honest, I am still trying to figure out what I thought of it. For example, I had chili-flavored ice cream as part of my desert.






Day 4

Pablo Escobar’s Mansion, better known as Casa Malca, was our first stop for breakfast. They provided not only the best breakfast I had while in Tulum, but also the best value for money. We spent about $25 PP on breakfast, which included tea/coffee, juice, pastries, fruit and your choice of a main dish. We ate on the beach and the surrounding property was absolutely beautiful.
*NOTE: Once again, we weren’t able to take any professional pictures; cellphone pictures only.


Dress: H&M (Similar here)



After leaving Casa Malca, we grabbed a cab and headed to the Tulum ruins. I can’t say I remember a lot of the history behind these specific ruins, mainly because I was soooo hot!!!! Take it from me; the middle of summer is not the best time to take this tour.
We paid $12 USD PP for our group to have our own personal tour guide.



We were starving when we got back from the ruins, so we decided to try more fish tacos from the restaurant at our hotel (still haven’t found the best fish tacos!). The shrimp tacos, on the other hand, were pretty good through.

After some well needed rest, we met up with our group at Hartwood - ~$40 PP for dinner. Hartwood came highly recommend by every travel blogger and restaurant reviewer online. It was also said that its very hard to get into and reservations had to be made approximately 2 weeks in advance. I had such high expectations for my meal but it just turned out to be ok. I don’t want anyone to get me wrong; the food was good, but I just wasn’t blown away. Jason, on the other hand, had a lobster salad that he absolutely loved.


Dress: Asos

Day 5

This was going to be our last full day in Tulum and I could already feel the sadness slipping in. I would have to eventually leave this beautiful place L. Pushing those feelings aside, Jason and I decided to grab breakfast at our hotel restaurant.



We got ready for the day and headed to La Zebra to check out the property, have a cocktail or two and, why not?, throw in some chips and guac too.



Cover up: Jae Jolly (similar here/here)


We then went to Coco Tulum to hang out with our group for a bit and say our goodbyes.


On our last night, Jason and I were on our own as the rest of our group went to check out Azulik. We decided to have dinner at Casa Jaguar - ~$40 PP and then do some last night in Tulum barhopping. We had received coupons for free cocktails at the sister hotels of El Pez when we checked in so we decided to cash those in.

Dinner at Casa Jaguar was amazing and Jason’s fish, I think, was the best dinner entrée we had while in Tulum.






After dinner, we took a cab to Mezzanine, where I had the sweetest drink I had on my whole trip. Our last stop on our barhop run was Mi Amor before heading back to our hotel. They had an interesting way to order your drink; pick your liquor, juice, and herb/root (e.g., ginger, mint, thyme, etc)




Day 6

Check out :(



El Pez gave us water for our trip to the airport.


Tips:

*Bring Pesos – Most places don’t accept credit cards and you will need pesos for the cab rides.

*Bring Mosquito Spray – This is a must! The mosquitos will eat you alive (a little over dramatic, but you get the point)

*The Heat – It is so hot you might die of instant dehydration. Wear very cool clothing, bring a bottle of water when you head out and if your legs rub like mine, bring walking tights (I learnt this the hard way). Another option would be to visit in cooler months Oct. – Feb.

*Seaweed – Tulum had what I would call a seaweed epidemic, while I was there. If you want to see the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea that Tulum is known for, check what the seaweed is like before you plan a trip there. There are some forums out there that discuss the current issue.



*Cabs – We took cabs our entire trip, just because it worked out better for our group than renting a van. Cabs from the town to the beach are ~$150 - $200 pesos and up and down the beach strip can run you anywhere from $70 - $120pesos. Riding a bicycle is a great cost saving option also, but the beach strip is quite a distance.

Favorites:

Breakfast – Casa Malca
Chill out – La Zebra
Dinner – Casa Jaguar
Must see - Azulik

Overall, Tulum was amazing and I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience it. I hope you enjoyed the content and found these tips helpful. If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

If you would like to see more from my trip, make sure to check out my highlighted Insta Story on my Instagram page!

Until next time guys, thanks for reading
xoxo TianShanae
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7 comments

  1. Wow, what an informative post. I have never been here before, but your pictures and your descriptions make it want to be on my list for sure! Oh and just wanted to say that that white maxi dress with the buttons that you’re wearing is amazing!

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  2. These photos are amazing! I've always wanted to go to Tulum!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  3. I love your recommendation! I have been there too and the Ik Lab gallery and Hartwood were my fav places!!

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  4. Wow I had never heard of Tulum before but now I am dying to go! This entire trip looked amazing!

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  5. Love the hammock! Tulip looks like such a great place to visit!

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  6. wow! i havent been to tulum yet but it looks really beautiful and i'm glad you had fun!

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  7. Aw I'm dying to visit Tulum someday! Glad you had fun babe.

    With love,
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