On the southern end of Mexico’s sun-kissed Riviera Maya lies former hippie beach town Tulum. Former as the word is out, Tulum is quickly expanding and prices are rising. The once sleepy town is now a haven for expats, artists, nomads, bohemians, yogis and vacationers
Life is good in paradise. Waking up in a little beach front hut, taking a refreshing morning dive in an ocean that has countless shades of blue, walking on whole-wheat-flour-like sand, sipping raw cacao smoothies, eating tacos stuffed with catch of the day, practicing yoga in the jungle, dangling and reading in a hammock and just soaking in the beauty of this mesmerizing tropical place. The sun sets early near the equator and days go by quickly.
We visit two gorgeous less known cenotes, where we are all by ourselves. The crystal clear water is super inviting and we snorkel and swim in the sacred fresh water pools until our skin is wrinkled. Tonight a super moon is rising and we couldn’t be more lucky then witnessing this from the Maya ruins in Tulum. All by ourselves we walk during twilight in between the ancient temples and buildings. The moon rises out of the ocean and I have goose bumps all over, moonlight shimmers a bright path of light on the sea towards us. I breathe in deep, close my eyes for a moment, feel the energy in my body and set my intentions, out with the old, in with the new and breathe out.
Coba is located on the Yucatán Peninsula a one-hour drive away from Tulum. The ancient city isn’t as excavated as other Mayan ruins in the area. I wander and cycle over the pathways trough the dense forest, the Mayan structures unfold before me when I am only a few meters away. The largest pyramid of Coba, the 42 meter high Ixmoja, was once the heart of the city. Unlike other Maya sites, you can still climb this one. After a steep climb up I catch my breath looking out over a jungle that looks like a living green carpet.
In Tulum we have had lunch in every hip, vegan restaurant and a meal at a Mayan family is a welcome change of scenery. The friendly family grows their own veggies, fruits and medicinal plants in their backyard with which they prepare a healthy traditional Mayan meal. Before we enter the jungle again we experience a Mayan ritual to clean our spirits and get in touch with nature. Monkeys swing above us from treetop to treetop as we wander to the jungle lake. While the sun sets we paddle in our canoes across the mirror-like lake to end our Mayan adventure.
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Pictures by Lotte & Iris