Funky and Wacky Tulum

Funky and Wacky Tulum

Funky and Wacky Tulum

Tulum is a three-mile stretch of sand on the Mexican coast, two hours south of Cancun. Once known as the preserve of backpackers and yoga enthusiasts, it now attracts a more chic crowd and bohemian film stars. You can wander along the beach nibbling on local food, waxing surfboards and clicking photographs of one another and the coast. At Tulum you will get a vibe of Goa meeting Jamaica with a few ancient ruins thrown in to up the funky quotient. Tulum’s great vibes got published with Dailymail. Come, let’s chill at Tulum.

Tulum is a much laid back place and is disconnected from the mainland power supply, so no need to pack anything more than a phone charger. Even the food’s not bad, either. If you want to taste authentic Mexican, try the small stalls down the coast. Whopping garlic butter lobsters and octopus with pea puree is staple here; all accompanied by shots of tequila’s younger cousin – mescal.

At Tulum, you can stay in boutique hotels or try the Grand Velas north of Tulum on the Riviera Maya. As you approach Grand Velas, it looks like a Roman fort. An array of suites is placed across a large area of jungle right up to the sea. The area is so vast that the hotel runs its own safari car in order to explore the jungle, where you’ll find multiple birdlife to utter enjoyment.

When at Tulum, take a drive inland towards the hidden city of Vallodolid, a colonial outpost of Spanish arcades and spas. Here, the Yucatan peninsula was home to the Mayan civilisation, a society highly advanced in art, trade, and temple-building. You can also visit the Coqui Coqui perfumery, near the city centre. It was originally an ancient townhouse where the Franciscan monks who colonised the Yucatan in the 16th century and concocted herbal remedies and perfumes. Coqui Coqui perfumery was set up by Nicolas Malleville and his wife Francesca Bonato.

When visiting Coqui Coqui, you can put up at its sister establishment about an hour away in Coba. The hotel overlooks a crocodile-laden lagoon. Coba was once home to 100,000 people and you can find many old structures uncovered, but 6,500 more are thought to be below the surface. We have made several efforts to entertain ourselves but visiting Coba is a unique experience in itself. See for yourself, how nature has created structures for its own entertainment. Cenotes, or sinkholes, are formed from the collapse of limestone bedrock to create wondrous cave lakes. Once you reach the end of the cave, a deep pool will welcome you for a chilling experience. You can also dive in and feel the icy water charging all your sensation right from head to toe. It’s an electric grand finale to a thrilling Mexican adventure at Tulum.

Visit Tulum to be a part of ancient Mayan ruins, gulp multiple shots of mescal, and refresh in the surrounding at Cenotes. Mexico’s Tulum coast is an out and out stylish, funky and wonderfully wacky destination.


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