Travelling to Tulum from Chetumal

At a popular travel website, Tripadvisor, a query came regarding a possible journey from Chetumal to Tulum in a rented car.

Chetumal is situated on the western side of Chetumal Bay, near the mouth of the Río Hondo. Chetumal is an important port for the region and operates as Mexico’s main trading gateway with the neighboring country of Belize. While Tulum holds the honour of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. Both are very different in nature but shouldn’t be missed.

A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region. Tulum was an ancient Mayan fortress city that rose to power toward the end of the Classic period. The most iconic of its structures, the Castillo, is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the clear turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. The cliff-top Castillo, with its beachfront location and lush green landscape, is the image most often associated with the Mayan Riviera.

You can walk around the expansive walkway which extends till the ruins and then come down the stairs directly to the beach where you can swim and sunbathe. The best way to experience Tulum is to combine a tour of the ruins with some beach time.

From Chetumal one can take the bus of the Ado brand. The Chetumal to Tulum buses are frequent in case of second class ride. Don’t worry they are pretty nice to travel. The only thing that bothers is that they stop more often. Rental car choices are very limited in Chetumal because it isn´t really a tourist town. The rentals you do find will be expensive.

So don’t put a whole in your pocket to travel from Chetumal to Tulum, just avail any of the bus rides that are available.

How To Reach Tulum

Tripadvisor – the popular travel website gets flooded with queries for Tulum and one of them being how to reach Tulum from Grand Palladium. Read on to know more…

When at Palladium, there many options which you can explore. Mainly there is Tulum, the historical town and then there is Akumal, the perfect beach and snorkeling getaway. If you and your little ones love their history, they would definitely fall in love with the ruins of Tulum. You can hire a cab from outside the Palladium. If you book a cab from inside the resort, you will not be able to bargain your way to Tulum. You will find the ruins by the highway about 1 km further into town, and the main beach area is 2 km from town with 5 miles of pristine beaches, small hotels and restaurants and beach bars to sooth your nerves. It is quite a fun if you go for the collectivo, but there is a bit of a walk from where the collectivo drops you off. You have to talk the bridge back over the highway and then walk down the street into the town.

On the other hand, you may find Tulum to be very hot and boring if not into history and archaeology. Then head towards Akumal Bay in a colectivo or taxi. It’s a very nice place where the kids can enjoy.  Akumal has beach, restaurants, shopping in a close area and far lesser hot than Tulum. You can also hire a golf cart tour to Half Moon Bay or Yal-Ku Lagoon. A cab ride from the resort to Akumal should cost you $10. But you will have to bargain a lot but it’s worth it as it is basically the same cost as the collectivo but less walking.

Also read: Day trip to Akumal

Whichever destination you choose to explore from Palladium, make sure to have loads of fun even if you feel tired after walking. Hold hands and start on an interesting journey.

Victoria’s Secret Model Training Camp At Tulum

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This year, the casting calls for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show where top models will flaunt their abs by spending four days boxing in Tulum, Mexico according to a yahoo article. Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayas; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site not only among tourists but also between celebrities. Even the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show authorities could not get past the allure of Tulum and set up their casting camp. Former pro boxer and owner of New York City’s Aerospace High Performance Center, who conceived of the Boxing Camp for models, Michael Olajide, Jr., along with his partner Leila Fazel said, “When we used to prep for a fight, we’d go to a training camp, where you will not have the distractions you’d have at home. All you can do and should do is to focus on yourself and getting healthy.”

Olajide and Fazel have designed the program in such a way that the models get involved in the schedule. They will do about five hours of physical training per day, incorporating all the elements from their different classes like Aerobox, Aerojump, Aerosculpt, and Yoga. Plus the trainer duo has set up the women in a healthy meal plan that’s full of protein like fish and chicken and fresh, local fruits and vegetables. According to the article published with yahoo, Olajide has informed that he has based much of the itinerary on the technique he famously used to get Adriana Lima ready to walk the runway just eight weeks after she gave birth.

The training is though primarily for the Victoria’s Secret casting, but as per Olajide, the end goal is much bigger than that. According to him, the workout is making the models feel so good, and they are getting this sense of accomplishment, doing things they didn’t know they could do. There’s a mission and a purpose. They’re living like fighters.  And instead of a belt, their prize could be Angel wings, and household recognition.

Olajide and his partner are also enjoying along with the gorgeous women in between sweat sessions to bring the best out of them in the tropical runway training camp at Tulum.

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.


Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014

May is the month of fishing tournaments in Puerto Morelos. It’s a great time of the year for the people of ‘La Joya del Caribe’ and Puerto Morelos condo owners as two fishing tournaments are scheduled to take place in May. The Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament  2014 “Don Andres Garcia Lavin” is scheduled during May 23, 24, 25 2014.

 Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament  2014

Many events such as beach volleyball, Football, swimming and Bikini contest apart from the fishing tournament will be held. you can enjoy these events with your family and kids.

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014  is a popular event where hundreds of fishermen from Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum as well as other countries participate.

For more information or call (998)8710473

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournament 2014

This charming fishing village is making its mark as a destination with a difference. If you want to experience true Mexican flavor then Puerto Morelos real estate region is perhaps what you should try at least once.

Best Day trips In And Around Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a small fishing village in Riviera Maya region. Lately, it has emerged as tourist and real estate destination for those looking for a  vacation home owing to beautiful stretch of beach, lush greenery, and proximity to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Akumal. One traveler to ERC in Puerto Morelos asked about possible daytrip when he and his family will be staying at Excellence Riviera Cancun.

Here are the possible recommendations for daytrip in and around Puerto Morelos if you’re putting up in an AI in Puerto Morelos real estate.

  1. The visiting Puerto Morelos real estate is a great option for those interested in snorkeling and diving. One can hire a diving company and snorkel in the reef under professional supervision. These reefs are marine preserve. These tours are restricted to small groups of people and are affordable. If you also want complete relaxation, a day of spa will rejuvenate your tired body and soul. Jungle Spa is a good choice and lot cheaper than the spa at the resorts. If you feel bit adventurous you can also do zip lining. Crococun Zoo in Puerto Morelos is a great way to spend a day with your family amid nature and animals.
  2. Isla Mujeres also provides a different experience. One can take a ferry or even sign up for a Catamaran trip which is very exhilarating.
  3. Tulum has got probably the best beaches plus the ruins which are out of the world. Coba ruins and El Castillo at Tulum on the shore are ruins which are not to be missed. Delphinus Ecopark and Sian Kaan Biosphere Preserve can also be included in a day trip if planned properly
  4. Akumal is also great for snorkeling and cenote diving.
  5. If you and the family like theme parks then Xcaret in Playa del Carmen can be great experience full of fun, adventure, culture and education.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

Riviera Maya is fast emerging as the cultural capital of Quintana Roo. Since last two years, Riviera Maya has been hosting the Riviera Maya Film Festival to promote the Mexican film industry, find distributors for the Mexican film by talented film makers and showcase foreign films to the Mexican audiences.

Started in 2012, RMFF has been steadfastly going about its endeavor. Riviera Maya Film Festival has announced its official program of domestic and international films to be screened at this year’s annual event to be held from March 9th to March 15th, 2014. RMFF not only showcases films but also the beautiful beach destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. No wonder, the festival receives large number of participants from all over the world. In 2014, more than 50 films from 23 countries will be screened during the festival.

The competitive sections of the Festival are Mexican Platform, in which the jury bestows two Kukulkan Awards with prize money of 300,000 MXN each and a Kukulkan Youth Jury Award which carries a prize of 100,000 MXN; the RivieraLAB/Co-production Forum, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each; and the RivieraLAB/Work in Progress, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each. In total, the Festival grants 1,500,000 MXN in prizes.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival will take place in beach destinations of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Below you can find a selection of some of the films which will be shown at the 2014 Riviera Maya Film Festival:

  • A Promise (Director Patrice Leconte, Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray)
  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (Director Arnaud des Pallières, Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross)
  • Grand Central (Director Rebecca Zlotowski, Starring Tahar Rahim, Oliver Gourmet, Léa Seydoux)
  • Hard to Be a God (Director Aleksei German, Starring Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov, Laura Lauri)
  • Holy Field Holy War (Director Lech Kowalski)
  • Night Moves (Director Kelly Reichardt, Starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat)
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 & Volume 2 (Director Lars von Trier, Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf)
  • Oldboy (Director Spike Lee, Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson)
  • R100 (Director Hitoshi Matsumoto, Starring Mao Daichi, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda)
  • Seduced and Abandoned (Director James Toback, Starring Ryan Gosling, Martin Scorsese, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger)
  • The Double (Director Richard Ayoade, Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska)
  • Til Madness Do Us Apart (Director Wang Bing)
  • Tip Top (Director Serge Bozon, Starring Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Karole Rocher)
  • Why Don´t You Play in Hell (Director Shion Sono, Starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Akihiro Kitamura)

What Is The Best Time To Visit Tulum?

Best time to visit Tulum

A fabulous coastline, pristine white sands, jade-green water, refreshing breezes and bright sun, set against the breathtaking backdrop of stunning Mayan Ruins. That’s Tulum. No wonder it is one of the most popular beach destinations of Mexico. If you don’t live in Tulum then you have to choose the best time to visit Tulum. In this post we will help you select the best time.

October to December – The Best Time To Visit Tulum, Mexico
The best time to visit Tulum is between the months of October and December. The hurricane season is over and hotel prices are reasonable. Temperatures are quite comfortable (around the low 80s) and you can also enjoy the post hurricane-season breezes. If you really wish to avoid the crowds though, you should plan your trip towards the beginning of this season as tourists from neighboring areas begin to arrive by early winter. The key events celebrated in the region during this period are: Day of the dead (November 1) and the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival (late November, in Playa del Carmen)

January to March
January to March is peak season in Tulum so be prepared as the ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere will be jam-packed. Plus you will have to nose around to find yourself a good hotel deal during this period. Temperatures vary between the high 60s and high 80s, and there could be occasional rains.

April to June
Temperatures soar between the months of April and June, and the hotel room prices vary extensively. An important festival celebrated by the region in this period is Cinco de Mayo (May 5)

July to September
Hurricane season is in full flow in Tulum between the months of July and September. Hotel room prices drop drastically but there are hardly any takers. Apart from the very high temperatures during this period, Tulum also experiences bad storms accompanied by rains. The most important event celebrated in the region during this period is the Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16)

Pics: Cenote Diving In Tulum

Pics: Cenote Diving In Tulum

Diving In Tulum

Every year thousands of people visit cenotes in Tulum for a unique experience of exploring the underground caves filled with water. Cenote diving In Tulum an surreal experience which ups your heart rate and also get you in touch with the various mysteries inhabiting in this part of the world. These cenotes are not just caves but also holds a very important place in the culture of Mayan who believe that the rain god, Chaak lives in these caves. Those visiting or living in Tulum should definitely take advantage of this natural wonder.

National Geographic published a breathtaking photo of one such cenote.


Destination Yoga: Tulum, Mexico

Destination Yoga Tulum, Mexico

Destination Yoga Tulum, Mexico

Yoga Tulum

With ‘wellness travel’ emerging as a major tourism fad in the recent years, yoga retreats have cropped up across the globe.

For those of you who wish to enjoy a relaxing vacation along with the revitalizing effects of yoga, Tulum, Mexico offers some excellent opportunities. recently published a list of the best yoga havens around the world, and it does not come as a surprise that two of Tulum’s yoga retreats were featured on it!

From custom-made yoga retreats (on the beach, near the ancient ruins or in the surrounding jungles!) to the luxury ones and spa treatments, the intimate town of Tulum, blessed with natural splendor and a perfect climate, offers the best in wellness experiences for the mind, body and soul.

Treat yourself to a therapeutic holiday in one of these top-notch yoga retreats in Tulum and we promise you will come back feeling a whole lot healthier, happier and fitter!

Read about eco-chic community development in Tulum – Zama gardens

Yogaworks Retreats
Amansala, Tulum, Mexico

Kickoff your day with a rejuvenating Vinyasa session every morning. This luxurious, environment-friendly resort also organizes workshops aimed at breathing, meditation and relaxation. Plus, you get to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, stunning views and the nearby ancient Mayan ruins.

Ahau Tulum

This swank, luxury hotel organizes daily yoga classes on the beach so there’s nothing between you and the ocean! Enjoy the ocean breeze and the magnificent views as you warm-up on the beach. The hotel can also arrange private yoga sessions for you in your room’s private deck.