Quintana Roo was clearly a beautiful place to be, but even though it’s one of Mexico’s top tourist attractions, I resisted going there.
Even though I do enjoy swimming, and the Caribbean sea is definitely wonderful, I visited many places like this as a child with my family, to Thailand and Malaysia.
Although of course Mexico has what Malaysia and Thailand can’t offer – Mayan sites.
And not just one either – Cancún has one, then there’s Tulum, and there’s Cobá (pictured here).
In Cobá, since the main pyramid was kilometres away, visitors were encouraged to hire a bike. This trip was the most exercise I had in a while!
Not far from the hotel zone, Cancún itself also boasts a Maya site, reasonably close to the main public beach.
Bus is straightforward but traffic could be quite bad. There’s Uber, despite the opposite of cabbies, but relatively expensive. (Or the hotel zone is simply quite remote from the actual city centre.)
The tours were costly, but Tulum was definitely worth a visit. I went on a tour every day, basically. I didn’t choose those adventure parks.
The cruise tour was a total rip-off though. I suppose if you were on a cheap honeymoon (it’s not cheap tho), it’d be OK; but it’s just misleading. They didn’t have most of the things they advertised, and this was literally the “swimming with sharks” park (and not even included). It was a total waste of a day, not that I had anything else to do.
The best thing about Tulum is the fact that the Maya town is right next to the brilliant sea. Quite packed.
Much of the beach was private but this was public. Also had a massage.
The small boat was extremely filled up and there’s little shelter.
They advertised swimming with turtles but taking photos of myself was the only thing I really got to do on that tour.
On my last day, I joined another tour. This time it was a half-day snorkelling tour, and it was much, much better. First of all, I actually saw turtles.
I didn’t like the fact that I wasn’t allowed to use sunscreen, and I did have sunburn despite it being only several hours.
And even though we didn’t go to the main museum site near the women’s island, we did see something! Unlike the full-day tour that likewise advertised it but never showed us anything.
We even got to a wrecked ship.
Even though the water was clear and appeared calm, it was in reality considerably challenging. The currents were strong and we had to be focused 100% because it’d be dangerous getting cut by the wreckage.