I don’t ever want to leave Tulum, I don’t know why but I have fallen in love with this city. It may be the hostel, or it may be my new brosefs, or the beautiful beaches or the great food either way I love it and don’t want to leave.
Number one travel cheat, if you don’t have a sim load maps for your next destination and try screenshot the journey from the point of your arrival to the hostel that really saved me. This is if you can’t ask people for help because you don’t speak the language.
Anywho I did the cheat so found the hostel easy, the hostel had a great vibe about it, massive beds with your own fan and charging point, hot water and a big kitchen.
The next morning we eventually got our shit together, leaving 2 hours later than planned. We went to the ruins and the beach. That night the Aussie Guy’s french friends came. They were a couple who have been hitch hiking and camping for 9 months now, beginning in Canada and making their way down. They were planning to go to Coba Cenotes the next day and l invited myself to join and try to hitch hike with them.
The next morning they met me at my hostel, because they slept in some abandoned building, and we set off on our adventure.
Coba is about 45km away from Tulum, we are pretty lucky and get a ride within 5 minutes of waiting. A Mexican couple picks us up, the dude starts telling us that they are just coming back from a funeral/wedding as he takes out a Baggie of drugs. Unfortunately we didn’t get very far, 10 minutes or less into the ride we get pulled over by the police. After ten minutes of them arguing, there has been no progress, we slowly open the doors and get out.
We got a lot luckier with the next car that picked us up. It was an Italian couple that were here on holidays, the girl actually remembered me from the ruins because of my ice cream bucket hat, she remembers pointing it out to her boyfriend who is an ice cream maker in Bologna. They were super lovely and got us half way. Our next ride was another Mexican couple, that wasn’t on drugs, there were actually going to the Coba ruins which were 6km before the Cenotes. Our finally ride to the first 2 cenotes was a ute that we rode in the back off. The cenotes were spectacular, like nothing I’ve seen before. After a pleasant swim and a feast we cooked up, we set off for the third cenotes, on the way we managed to get another ride and the dudes that gave us a ride ended up filming a music video clip down in the cenotes.
On the way back we were lucky and got one ride all the way back to Tulum, although we got stopped by the police again and then the driver lost his keys but we got back eventually. In Tulum we celebrated with the biggest plate of fish ceviche, which may I add was delicious and then for dessert we got a Mexican hot chocolate from a cart on the side of the road. Oh Tulum, how I love you and your foodie goodness. We met the boys back at the hostel and they told us about the fantastic day they had at the beach.
On our last day together, brosefs and I decided to go snorkeling at Akumal Beach. We heard that there were turtles and stingrays. We hired snorkels at the hostel for 30 pesos saving ourselves $23 USD. Once again it took us 2 hours to get our shit together and get into a cab. But once the collectivo picked up the 5 of us we all set.
We ended up running into the french couple and they told us about the hot spots to go snorkeling to see turtles and stingrays. They water was so clear, warm and perfect to swim in. We saw lots of fish, turtles and stingrays, it was crazy how easy it was to see them. After we decided to try climb the palm trees and then made our way home.