Tulum | A Travel Guide

During my two weeks in Tulum I was able to experience a few places that I'd recommend for food & drinks, scenery and great places to hang out. And a few places that I definitely wouldn't recommend. So I'd like to share some of my favourite joints with you, in case you ever visit.

Food & Drink

Panna e Cioccolato
Av. Tulum 72Tulum 77400Mexico
Amazing gelato here. It's Italian, not Mexican, but if you want good ice-cream go to who does it best! We tried different flavours every time we visited and not once were we disappointed. There were two shops along Avenue Tulum and apparently another one on the beach somewhere.

Super Carne 

Calle Orion Lote 15, Tulum, Quintana Roo
This place is a meat shop and sells amazing meat, run by an Italian meat enthusiast. We bought from here every time we wanted meat to cook at home and we were always left so satisfied. It's located on Orion Sur just after La Parrillada restaurant. The guy who owns La Parrillada owns the meat shop so grab someone from inside the restaurant to help you.

La Nave
Av. Tulum Oriente Mz 3 Lote 7, Tulum, 77780 Tulum, QROO, Mexico
Orlaith and I only got a pizza and some orange juice here but we really enjoyed it. The juice was so good we ended up drinking five glasses between us! Friendly staff and good prices. On Avenue Tulum.


Cozumel 029

While staying in Playa Del Carmen we decided to do a day trip to Cozumel. It was easy enough to hop on the ferry and get there in around an hour. When we arrived we then jumped on another little boat with a glass bottom and were taken to some nice spots to snorkel. Orlaith held onto a life jacket and got pulled around in the water like a celebrity dog (or something). Even though she had learnt how to swim pretty well by this point she still hadn't quite come around to the idea of putting on goggles and looking in the water. 

Playa Del Carmen


After Rio Lagartos we did the most gruelling journey to Playa Del Carmen. The annoying thing is the two places are so close to each other but there is no road connecting them. Or if there is a road none of the bus companies used it. We spent about eight hours travelling in total and on the way I managed to leave Orlaith's backpack behind at one of our stops. It had all her toys and books in it, including all the new ones we had bought along the way. Major fail!

Rio Lagartos


Rio Lagartos is a cute little fishing town about two hours from Valladolid on the northern side of the Yucatan Peninsula. It's charming in it's own little way however there are one or two things that I think are worth mentioning in case anyone is planning on going. The first, very important, thing is that the closest cash machine or bank is one hour away by bus or car. You cannot draw money anywhere in Rio Lagartos so if you come, come with cash! The other thing is you should have a strong stomach for the smell of fish if you plan on visiting as there is a constant whiff lingering in the air. OK, now onto the good stuff!

Mayan Ruins | Chichen Itza


Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities covering at least five square kilometers and one of it's structures is listed as one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. It was always top of my list to see while in Yucatan. There was a lot of walking and hardly any shade so it's not surprising they have lots of hat stalls outside.

There's a fair amount of information boards at Chichen Itza but I still would have liked to get a guide. There was a lot of looking at things and having no idea what they were. Many of the structures at Chichen Itza, including the large pyramid, El Castillo (or is the Kukulkan? I should have got a tour guide), used to be open for the public to climb and explore, but the majority of the structures were roped off by 2006.

Inside the archaeological grounds there are hundreds of stalls lined along walkways selling things from wooden masks to silver jewellery. What was really nice was people were actually making their stock there at the stall. Stall owners were sitting down embroidering their next dress or carving their next mask. It was so nice to see these hand made creations being created in front of your eyes.



After two weeks in Tulum we hopped on a bus to Valladolid which is the second biggest city in Yucatan state. We chose Valladolid because it's close to the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza and because it looked like an interesting little place to explore.

We spent two nights in Valladolid and by far my favourite thing was the food! After having sporadic success with food in Tulum this place was a dream. We didn't foreplan where we were going to eat and just stumbled into places we came across yet every meal was dreamy.
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