BEST MONTH TO TRAVEL: February
Mexico is known for its Incredible food. It’s no secret that Mexican food is one the world’s most beloved cuisines. Mexican cuisine was officially deemed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Mexico boasts one of the world’s most vibrant and rich ancient history, especially in the form of temples, Pyramids and other ruins. The most famous among them are the Chichen Itza, Palenque and Teotihuacan. The city has Powdery White Sand Beaches. For a nation as large and geographically diverse as Mexico – We’re talking mountain, Volcanos, Lush Jungles, Lunar Dessert – beaches take the cake of Mexico’s most famous landscape. Chocolate, Mexico is also famous for being one of the best Chocolate destinations in the world, and it’s not without reason. After all, Mexico is the birthplace of Chocolate.
Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It’s known for its beaches and well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. The main building is a large stone structure called El Castillo (castle), perched on a rocky cliff above the white sand beach and turquoise sea. Tulum is a great place for snorkelling and scuba diving, and the beaches are safe for swimming. The renowned Mayan ruins look out across the Caribbean Sea and a lovely beach.
Just over an hour south of Cancún, Tulum has exploded in popularity. It has sun, sand, great restaurants, cocktail bars, Mayan ruins, and cenotes to swim and photograph.
THE MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE OF AZULIK TULUM
Reconnection takes on a new meaning in a place where nature, art, and ancestral wisdom coexist. This sanctuary welcomes all who wish to find peace in a space blessed with magical surroundings
The villas of AZULIK Tulum were designed to create an atmosphere for rest and reconnection. With no air conditioning, television or electric light, we reduce the impact technology has on the environment and our ability to get in tune with our surroundings. Located in the southern area of AZULIK Tulum, they are ideal for travellers who wish to experience the rejuvenating atmosphere of the elements.
We set to create an experience-based platform of transformation to awaken the deepest corners of our mind. Balancing distinctive design and contemporary lifestyle luxury -Secluded within the Mayan jungle- guests can experience that which is pure and unphased, far and beyond from the ordinary.
Belief that experiences are personal and meaningful by creating moments of introspection and mindfulness. An invitation to be present. The exotic hymns of nature are calling you from your private garden and you stroll out of bed. Just after brewing your coffee, you step down from the living room directly into your pool with the water just under your knees. You greet the sun, breathe in the Mayan jungle, and allow yourself to wonder how you will conquer this new day.
LA – VALISE, TULUM
Tulum sits on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It is known for its serenity, pristine white sand beaches, gourmet food, and that je ne sais quoi vibe of magic in the air. Here you can enjoy beauty, stillness, and uniqueness. At La Valise, we preserved the magic of a private beachfront bungalow but added sophistication, art, craftsmanship, charm, luxury, comfort, surprise, and daydream. Welcome to our Robinson Crusoe meets Crafted Museum-curated villa.
At La Valise, we preserved the magic of a private beachfront bungalow but added sophistication, art, craftsmanship, charm, luxury, comfort, surprise, and daydream. Welcome to our Robinson Crusoe meets Crafted Museum-curated villa. (MASTER SUITE) The most majestic room in Tulum with a 7 meter elevated palapa roof, an unforgettable bathing tub, and a king-size bed that can roll onto your expansive private terrace to sleep under the stars.
ACTIVITIES / SITE SEEING
TAKE A DIP IN THE CENOTES
This is a very popular one, but by arriving right when it opened at 8 AM I didn’t have to battle the crowds to enjoy this cenote. Later on in the day when I drove by, the parking lot was buzzing with cars and people. I would highly recommend getting to this one first and visiting the others on this list after. One quirky thing about Gran Cenote is that there are a ton of turtles in the water, which you can swim alongside!
Playa Paraiso is one of the most important and famous beaches in Tulum thanks to its privileged location in the Caribbean Sea, making it a meeting point for any vacationer.
It is very difficult to find other waters as clear as those of the Caribbean Sea. All along the coast you can see the white sand that perfectly matches the colour of the water.
PUNTA LAGUNA NATURE RESERVE
With miles of untamed jungle, the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve (Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh) is one of the best places to get up close to the Yucatan’s varied wildlife. The 12,355-acre (5,000-hectare) reserve is home to more than 600 spider and howler monkeys, as well as pumas, crocodiles, coatimundi, white-tailed deer, and a large variety of tropical birds.
Tulum (and Mexico in general) has the most quirky & artsy items and it inspires you to inject some colour into your life.
HANDMADE DREAM CATCHERS
Accent your home decór with this one-of-a-kind handcrafted Mayan dreamcatcher from a small village on the outskirts of Tulum, Mexico. This stunning fishnet style weave is a unique take on the traditional Native American dream catchers with the lovely intricate centerpiece heart-weave detail and gently suspended shells and striped accent feathers.
Tribu makes the trek to a small Mayan village on the outskirts of Tulum, Mexico to hand select our unique handcrafted dream catchers. Each dream catcher is intricately woven and strung by hand with local and sustainably sourced feathers and shells.
Design hanging chair fits everywhere. Very trendy and not imposing, we hang it in the children’s room to play, in the living room to read, on the terrace for a drink, under the cherry tree in bloom to bask. We chose it very wide and filet made for its comfort and freshness.
MEXICAN CROCHET JEWELRY
Colorful piece of jewelry fun that will bring a splash of color into your daily life. Colorful boho necklace to brighten up any outfit. Necklace inspired by folk art, very good quality cotton thread crochet in different thicknesses. Metro del on an adjustable cadena, with a lobster clasp.d Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, sculptors and creators. These galleries in and around Cairns have their amazing creations on show, which you can purchase and adorn the walls of your own home.
The traveler in search of authentic Mexican and Yucatecan cuisine won’t be disappointed in Tulum, either. Here are five famous Mexican and Yucatecan dishes we think you should try:
CEVICHE (prounounced “seh-bvee-tcheh”)
Tulum hotel visitors are vacationing in one of the best places in the world to eat this fresh fish dish, popular in coastal regions in Mexico and also Central and South America. Made from very fresh raw fish or shrimp, the fish is “cooked” by marinating it in lime juice, then fresh minced chile, onion, tomato, salt, and cilantro are added.
TACOS AL PASTOR (translation: Shepherd-style Tacos)
Unbeknownst to many visitors, Mexico is a huge melting-pot of a country, comprised not only of its native people and mestizos, but also generations of immigrants of almost any imaginable nationality. Tacos al Pastor have their origin in Mexico’s Lebanese immigrants of the 1930s, who brought with them their home countries’ traditional shawarma, which is marinated and spiced meat (often lamb) cooked on a vertical spit.
SOPA DE LIMA
This soup is the Yucatan’s version of the ubiquitous chicken soup that cures whatever ails you. Healthy and delicious, the key ingredient is the lima, or sour lime that grows all over the Yucatan. Typically made with homemade, slow-cooked chicken or turkey broth, onion, shredded chicken or turkey, often tomatoes and sweet chile, and garnished with fried tortilla strips, sopa de lima is refreshing on even the hottest of days.
Nothing says “Yucatan” like cochinita pibil, which can best be described as this area’s version of pulled pork. Of Mayan origin, this dish is comprised of pork marinated in sour orange juice, achiote, and other spices and then slow-roasted for hours while wrapped in banana leaves.
Antojitos is the Mexican name for “street food” or snacks, literally meaning little cravings. Three popular antojitos in Tulum include Sopes, Marquesitas, and Salbutes.
COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS (47.14% of citizens have been vaccinated)
There are no mandatory quarantine requirements currently in effect in Mexico. However, Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be subject to quarantine. You will need to present a completed “risk Factor Identification Questionnaire to immigration on arrival”.