Sunday, 6 May 2012

Day 6: Tulum (How many words are there for paradise?)

As great as Cancun is we had already booked a couple of nights in Tulum via internet in a seriously beautiful cabana (expensive but our major treat for the whole trip and totally worth it).
The view from our Cabana

To get to Tulum form Cancun we got a collectivo (small shuttle bus for tourists and locals) from just outside the bus station for 34 pesos each to Playa del Carmen which took about an hour. From there we got on another collectivo which took us on a 50 min ride (40 pesos p.p) to the middle Tulum city. The only way to get to the cabanas and hotels on the beach is by taxi which has a fixed price from 50-70 pesos depending on where you are staying on beach strip so don’t bother trying to negotiate.  As a side note our taxi driver tried to rip us off by offering to drive us to Palenque at some point for 700 pesos each which would have taken 3 days + it was with his wife…. We refused and got a bus for 600 in an air conditioned 1st class bus with movies and ultra-reclining seats, 2nd class is 350 and apparently not too different (see Tulum-Palenque post).

Any way back to accommodation. In our case we had booked a top range wooden villa-type accommodation in Cabanas Los Arrecifes  just 7km south of the Tulum ruins, in the hotel zone of Tulum.The pictures just cant do it justice, but it was some seriously nice beach/accommodation. Our Cabans is on the right and the view from the bedroom is below

In the hotel zone of Tulum there is a choice of cabanas (small basic beach huts with sandy floors), rooms (basic apartment style) or huts on stilts. Don’t expect to pay less than US$70-100 a night for the classic cabana with a bathroom right on the beach. We were in room #0, right next to the sea! Private double bed room with our own bathroom and balcony with small table, chairs, lounger and hammock! We had a view of the ocean from the bed and could hear the roaring waves at night which made falling asleep blissfully peaceful. 
There were also other resorts either side of us spanning the entire beach boasting some extremely luxurious cabanas and also some pretty shoddy ones. Each one with its own restaurant, bar and various other facilities, it was very easy to pop in for breakfast (right), lunch, dinner or just a quick guacamole, nachos and beer. Probably the best part was being there during low season, hardly anybody was there, so everything was in perfect condition and the only sounds were the waves and birds. Utter paradise!

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