HOW TO PACK LESS SHOES?

HOW TO PACK LESS SHOES?

After traveling for 13 months with only 3 pairs of shoes, I believe that you only need 3 types of shoes, unless you are not worried about foot fungus.

Flipflops these are great for the beach, shower and everyday wear. I love my gold Havaianas with a back strap around the heel. The back strap allows me to use them not only for the beach/shower but also provides the support of a sandal. The gold colour makes its seem dressier than it is and the back strap keeps it on my foot. (I have also hiked in these babies).

havaianas

Boots are great for going out, rain, mud and cold weather. Last trip I went with these little leather boots that folded down tiny but this time I have slightly upgraded and will be taking my Dr Martens. I have watched numerous youtube videos on how to wear them in and I believe they are finally ready. Docs are so versatile, firstly they have super comfy soles and they mould to your foot. They are great for wet or muddy weather (so perfect for festivals) and you can also wear them to go out. They can be worn with a dress or jeans. I know some people even hike in them. A total winner in my eyes.

docs

Running shoe with grip are great for exercising, hiking or everyday wear.  Unfortunately, I went for fashion over practicality with this one, but ideally you would want a shoe that you could hike in (if you are into that kinda stuff). I’m taking my runners for when I want to exercise or for when I just want a lighter shoe option.

adidas

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

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How to get there? Super easy. Get an ADO bus straight from the airport or from the Cancun city terminal.

Where to stay? I think the most popular accommodation is at the Yak but when I visited my friends there the internet was sooooo bad. The place I stayed at was called Tres Mundos it was on the local side, super nice people running it, it was cheap, free toast and coffee, beds were okay and it had a kitchen. There are so so so so many hostels that are not online so just walk about and you will find something.

Photo taken in Playa of some local dancers.

Where to eat? There is lots of street food (I love love love street food) especially in the park on 15 Avenida Nte and Calle 2 Nte. I think on the way to that there is the best taco shop I ever went to but I can’t remember the exact address and it didn’t have a name but I will describe it and perhaps you will find yourself there. I was on the corner, it has a plastic chairs. Scratch that I just looked it up on google maps its on the corner of 15 Avenida Nte and Calle 4 Nte. They are so simple but amazing, I am drooling right now.

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Party? If you can try come for BPM, otherwise I heard Coco Bongo is nuts.

Extra info… There are a lot of cool cenotes around playa. Cenotes are fresh water whole usually in underground caves, super cool. I didn’t go to this one but I heard Dos Ojos is amazing, you can also snorkle or scuba dive in them.

Next…Of Playa there is an island called Cozumel, it is known for its diving. I was there before I got my scuba but I met lots and lots of people that said it was incredible.

TULUM

TULUM

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How to get there? From Playa Del Carmen you can get a collectivo (a mini van) that goes straight there, just ask the hostel and it should only cost you 35 mexican peso, so just under 2 USD.

Where to stay? I stayed in a place called Chill Inn, which I loved, it had a different breakfast every morning, a kitchen, and big beds with privacy curtains, and you had your own light, fan and a power point. Again if you wanted to find somewhere cheaper you could.

Where to eat? Lots of delicious tacos on the street and great cheap restaurants, they also have some fancy ones too but I didn’t visit those.

Party? Lots of different bars.

Cute bar front in Tulum ft. a Mexican man.

Must do.. Go to Akumal Bay, there you can swim with turtles and stingrays, they are everywhere. They will try sell you a $20 US tour but you don’t need to. We hired our snorkle from the hostel for a dollar. And then you just walk to the other end where the beach is not marked off and they just swim around. You can also swim up to one of the tours but the turtles are everywhere. We also got some snacks, beers and a cooler from an OXXO (convenience store) which is just before the entry.

What else to do? We tried to hire bikes and cycling to the beach ruins but in the end we just got a collectivo.

You can also hire bikes or scooter to explore beach further away.

We hitchhiked for the Copa Cenotes (three very different cenotes in one area), and they also have Copa ruins there. The great thing about those cenotes was that we were the only ones there. That is until we got to the last one where some guys were filming a music video. All three were huge one even had a 10m diving board.

Extra info.. Great place to do laundry.

Next we are going to visit the famous Ruins in the Yucatan region Chichen Itza. The ruins are located just out of a town called Valladolid.

VALLADOLID – CHICHEN ITZA

VALLADOLID – CHICHEN ITZA

How to get there? Easy just hop on to an ADO bus from Tulum to Valladolid.

Where to stay? I stayed at the cheapest hostel I could find on hostelword for just one night.

Where to eat? Lots of cheap street food. And we were lucky to be there during a huge Agricultural festival its like Perth Royal Show on steroids. They had all different farm animals, millions of silly games, rides, clothes stalls, department stalls, so much food and drink. Anything you can think of the fair had it, including live music and rap battles.

What to do? Well the obvious thing is Chichen Itza. Most people go during the day, to do a tour, clap at the bottom of the pyramid to hear the bird noises but I went at night time which is free and you get to watch a light show on the ruins. Be warned the whole thing is in Spanish, and at that point I understood nothing but it was still really cool.

Chichen Itza ruins during the free light show.

Another thing to do is visit the popular cenote Ik Kil which is located on the Chichen Itza grounds, there are also other less populated cenotes that you can visit in the area.

Next…there were two options to back track down to Tulum to go to Lake Bacalar or check out this old colonial city called Merida. I chose the later.

LAGUNA BACALAR

LAGUNA BACALAR

How to get there? Hop on to an ADO bus to Bacalar.

Where to stay? I got recommended the Green Monkey and I loved it there. I camped in my own tent and every morning I would unzip it for the sun rise. You can also hire tents there, sleep in dorms or in a bus. If I didn’t have my tent I would have slept on the bus, its an old American school bus that they have turned into a dorm, with beds and fly nets.

Laguna Bacalar after a massive rainstorm.

Where to eat? The hostel had a kitchen, but there is also lots of food places in town.

What to do? You have to do the sunrise stand up paddle board tour. It was magical and so cheap.

Extra info.. Great stop over place before heading for Belize.

On my second time in Mexico after Bacalar I headed over to Belize, but your other option would be to head up north into the Jungle, Palenque. You will be waking up to the sound of Howler Monkeys.