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December 9, 2007

Cancun Trip Day 5 – Tulum, Playa Del Carmen

Filed under: travelogue — Tags: , , , , — yaadayaada @ 8:06 pm

On Day 5, we got up and decided to go explore the Tulum ruins. We took the city bus to the central bus stand and from there took the Ado Bus to Tulum. The cost was 7.50USD per person. There are clean restrooms in the bus stand, but they charge you 3 pesos to use them. The bus’s AC is high, so it was quite a chilly ride. So it is better to take some shawl or sweater. Tulum is about 160kms from Cancun. We left around 9:15am and arrived at Tulum by 11:30am. Roamed aimlessly for a few minutes since the directions weren’t clear. On the parking lot there, there were some natives performing some dance/tricks. It was cool. Then finally went to the entrance of Tulum ruins. They have nice restrooms there. The enterance ticket is about 4USD and if you are carrying a video camera, it is an additional 4.50USD.

There is a huge wall surrounding the ruins. The walk to the enterance is beautiful. Once inside the campus, the views are just breathtaking. Every photograph taken here is a picture post card.

We did not hire a guide, so lonely planet was our guide. Thank God for lonely planet, what will I ever do without it. It really helped us in finding lot of info on public transportation. Thank you Lonely Planet!

Ok, back to Tulum. We roamed around the ruins. Saw the main castle, and also the little temples in cliffs overlooking the ocean. The ocean was just beautiful. People were relaxing the beaches. The following pictures will say it all.
Temples on the cliffs
Tulum Ruins 2
Palm tree pair
Tulum Ruins
Temples on the cliffs

Then we relaxed a bit having our packet rotis with Tomato pickel. Walked around some more marveling the beauty and then decided to take off. On the way out, saw a lot of huge iguanas.
Iguana

Came out and had tender coconuts again. Then decided to leave Tulum by bus. Saw that there were many collectivo vans offering trips to Playa Del Carmen for 2 USD. Decided to take it up and went in the van. It was a nice experience. They are quite nice and comfortable. And he took about 60 minutes to get us to Playa Del Carmen. The van had about 10 people.

Playa Del Carmen was not bad. Has nice beaches. Very crowded. Lot of shopping area. Nothing special. Saw guys on street with spider monkeys and colorful iguanas asking for money to take pictures with them. We walked around the beach for sometime and came to the shopping area to return to Cancun. On the way, a girl persuaded me to braid my hair for 20 USD. On an impulse and I agreed, she was damn good and fast and in 3o minutes, I was transformed into this braided caribean girl much to the amusement of my husband.
Here it is at the request of utbt and ddmom:
Braided me

Left for Cancun by bus. The bus stand is close to the beaches. Again thanks go to Lonely Planet for the maps/directions/tips. Came back to hotel, changed and left for dinner.  Went to this restaurant 100% Natural in Kukulcan Blvd. It is opposite to the Market and Senor Frog. Pretty good food. They have lot of very nice fresh fruit/vegetable juices. They also have a good vegetarian selection of food. We had their tacos and echilladas. They were pretty good. The owner is a nice young lady, she was also eating there. So the food must be clean and good. Then came back and packed, since we were leaving the next day.

You can see the first 4 parts here: Day 1  Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

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3 Comments »

  1. Another great spot for cancun vacation packages is Gran Melia Cancun!

    Comment by David — December 24, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  2. The Tulum Ruins are soooo much better with a guide. The first time I went I just wandered around and the 2nd time I got a guide, really worth every penny!

    Comment by Tulum Hotels — May 29, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

  3. […] can see the first 5 parts here: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Perfume of the Day – Anna Sui Dolly Girl: Lil […]

    Pingback by Cancun - The Final Day « This and That — August 21, 2008 @ 5:25 am


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