Gran Cenote Tulum – Once Upon a Journey

You’re in Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, and you must visit a cenote. You’ve picked the Gran Cenote, or as some call it: Grand Cenote, and now you’re here! Welcome! Gran Cenote Tulum is one of the best Mexico cenotes to visit and we’ll tell you all you need to know about it!

The very official cenote definition by the one and only Oxford dictionary is a natural underground reservoir of water such as occurs in the limestone of Yucatán, Mexico.

In English, a cenote is called a sinkhole and funny enough, our native language (Dutch) doesn’t even have a translation! I don’t think a sinkhole is the exact right word though, because a sinkhole is a cavity in the ground, especially in a limestone formation, caused by water erosion and providing a route for surface water to disappear underground. But a cenote is not just the cavity, as it always is a water reservoir!

Glad we got that cleared up! So a cenote is basically a limestone cave-pool. And the water is insanely blue.

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Villa Sole – Gay Puerto Morelos Vacation Rental Villa

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Find a comfortable and convenient beachfront home away from home to enjoy stunning sunrises over the Caribbean Sea on the Mayan Riviera.

Located in the safe and tranquil fisherman’s village of Puerto Morelos, this charming and nicely styled villa has ample spaces to enjoy life, a fully equipped kitchen, a/c throughout, deluxe mattresses, and sea views from the living room, bedroom and terraces.

Listen to the ocean waves, watch cruise ships pass by in the distance, observe the international tourists from the resorts next door as they walk by, swim in the infinity pool or in the serene ocean, explore snorkeling or scuba diving on the second largest coral reef in the world which is in from of the property, follow the route of the Cenotes or natural wells, scout the ancient Mayan sites of Tulum or the new seventh wonder of the world, Chichen Itza, or simply relax and sunbathe or enjoy the shade on a deck chair under the Palapas by the pool or on the beach.

The Mayan Riviera has it all, great restaurants, exciting theme parks, water sports adventures for everyone, night shows such as Joya, the Cirque du Solei production or the famous Coco Bongo disco.

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Adventures in Tulum – The Globetrotter Guys

Tulum - The Globetrotter Guys

There are many exciting adventures in Tulum, it’s just a case of looking! Cycling around Tulum is the best way to find these adventures and see as much of this beautiful town as possible. Take a look at our short video on what we saw in Tulum here. We recently spent 4 days in Tulum and here are some of the things we did.

Cycling around Tulum – Just explore!

Tulum is quite small. Equip yourself with a map, a bike, plenty of water and set off on an adventure. Our hostel included free bikes, however there are plenty of places to hire them. We saw on the map a section where there was a thin strip of land separating the sea and a lagoon. This looked like it would be spectacular to see so off we went!

Our route

We cycled 15km along the coast and back. This was away from the main roads so was very easy and safe. Along the way there are many beautiful hotels, boutiques and restaurants. There seemed to be a bit of an “LA vibe” around as there were many health-conscious places to eat, yoga retreats and bikini boot camp resorts! Or if you just wanted to break up your cycle, plenty of boutique cafes and super food smoothie bars.

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No Tan Lines – Tulum Clothing Optional Condo

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No Tan Lines offers two luxury condos, Mar y Sol, in a beautiful adults only, clothing optional complex. You will find them nestled in a lush, tropical setting in magical Tulum.

A spectacular pool, with meandering rivers and swim up bar, is the centerpiece of the property. Adjacent to the pool is a large hot tub which is a great gathering place to socialize with other guests. The complex is walled to offer guests privacy and security. The complex offers 24/7 security. The entire complex is clothing optional, so guests can feel free to be nude or clothed as they wish.

The spacious condos feature a four person Jacuzzi on a private balcony in the treetops. You will find gleaming marble floors, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances as well as custom made furnishings. Large wall to wall patio doors open out to the balcony.

A full kitchen, featuring a full size refrigerator with ice machine and cold water dispenser, full size oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, as well as dishware, cooking utensils, flatware, and glassware, and everything you need to prepare the perfect meal, or perfect cocktail.

The bedroom features a king bed, desk, and enjoy suite bathroom and shower with rain shower head. Just outside the bedroom is the romantic balcony with Jacuzzi.

The living room and dining room feature sofa, chair, dining table and chairs for up to four guests, satellite TV with Apple TV, bluetooth speaker and soundbar.

A patio door takes guests to the balcony with table and chairs, perfect for enjoying coffee or a glass of wine.

We have equipped the condos with everything our guests may need during their stay. For a day enjoying Tulum Beach, there are beach chairs, beach bags, cooler, umbrella, and plush beach towels. Bath towels are plentiful, and all linens are provided.

Downtown Tulum, with its funky shops, restaurants, and bars are within walking distance. We are close to the world famous Tulum beaches, cenotes, Mayan Ruins, and all the wonderful sites of the Riviera Maya.

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Cancun Day Trips – Keep Calm and Wander

Cancun Day Trips - Keep Calm and Wander

A friend and I went on a one-week, all-inclusive vacation in Cancun last week. It was a “spur of the moment” decision and we didn’t really plan at all. Having been twice on the eastern part of Mexico, I thought, I’d just show him the must-see cultural attractions and Cancun day trips in the area. And the rest of the week would be just chillin’ on the beach, including boy watching.

However, instead of joining a bus tour every single day for the next 3 or 4 days, we decided to see them all in one day. You know how it goes with tour buses, no matter how small the group is. And guess what? Joining a tour group is supposed to be cheaper, right? But not in Cancun! Since the city is infested with tourists who are willing to shell out their dollars, tour prices are unbelievably expensive!

So, what did we do? We hired a car. We talked to our first Uber driver in Cancun. With our survival Spanish vocabulary and his limited English, we came to an agreement. We told him all the places we wanted to visit and we received no protest from him.

Cost / Fee. The driver asked us for $230, including toll fees and gas. For some people, this is a bit much but we wanted him to be happy so he’d treat us well. We never haggled the price. There are two of us, anyway, so it’s cheaper than going on tour buses, right? He was a nice guy. And a good driver, too!

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Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women

Isla Mujeres Cancun gets all the attention in Mexico. She’s the sophisticated older cousin with the glitziest hotels, name-brand malls and an over-abundance of casinos. Isla Mujeres is quieter, less mature when it comes to glitz but older and wiser when it comes to gracious hospitality. She’s more like your best girlfriend who loves spending time with you, sharing meals that stretch on for hours, strolling and Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico The island is 8 miles (13 kilometers) off the northeast coast of Cancun, serviced every half hour by ferries from pre-dawn to midnight. The Spanish graced it Isla Mujeres – Island of Women –because of the many goddess images left there by the Mayans who viewed the island as the sacred home of Ixchel, goddess off childbirth and medicine. Coincidently, it’s also the shape of a mermaid. To the east of the island lies the Caribbean sea, rough and windy and the best place to view consistently spectacular sunrises. To the west is Cancun, which can be seen clearly on good-weather days. For visitors to Cancun, it’s the perfect day trip. For those who want to escape the glitz and see and be seen atmosphere of Cancun, it offers charming hotels, delish restaurants and exquisite beaches.

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Island Paradise on Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Globetrotter Girls

Isla Mujeres - Dani I visited Isla Mujeres in 2010 on a day trip while I was living in Playa del Carmen, and even though it was a (too!) short visit, I was smitten with the tiny Caribbean island immediately. Crystal clear water, powdery sand beaches, palm trees softly swaying in the wind. It was a glorious day. And yet it took me nearly six years to return to Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women. I decided to spend my last weekend in Mexico on the island, and I don’t think I could’ve chosen a more perfect place to end my Mexico trip with a bang, but it also made saying goodbye even more bittersweet. I know that I’ll be back in Mexico (hopefully rather sooner than later), but I was definitely not ready for this trip to end, especially after our fabulous road trip. As the last stop for our road trip, the island was perfect! It is tiny enough to be explored in a golf kart in half a day, so we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything when we spent most of the weekend on the beach, sitting in a swing bar with a cool beer or searching for the best palm tree to spread out our beach towels under.

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