Back in January it was my 30th birthday, so as a special pressie Joss whisked me off to one of our favourite places, and a stop off on our honeymoon trip round the Yucatan – Tulum. I love Mexico, the very small part of it that I’ve seen anyway; the flavours, the language, the culture, the colours and the art and I’d love to see more of it but instead of being glued to my camera I was pretty much glued to anything horizontal and occasionally(!) to a bottle of Pacifico too!
The little town of Tulum, a few miles from the beachfront is full of inspiration: the onion man on his bicycle, the street markets, hole in the wall taco stands and a procession of Mayan women carrying a little statue of Jesus one night but I didn’t capture as much of it on camera as I wanted. We spent lots of time relaxing, hanging out in the shade of our room, cycling down the jungle road, eating the most delicious food, swimming in denotes and the sea and doing lots of reading.
Tulum would make the perfect honeymoon destination for anyone wanting sun and sand but who hates big fancy resorts – the rooms are rustic and simple at almost all the hotels and the vibe is super relaxed. Hotels with ‘eco cabanas’ are next door to hippy campsites with names dedicated to deceased socialist Venezualan state leaders. We stayed at la Zebra and Playa Azul and I would recommend either. It’s also totally worth getting in the 5pm queue for Hartwood – the food is unbelievably delicious and the atmosphere – dining in the jungle on food cooked only by wood fired oven – is incredible. Though the bill was similar to a fancy gastropub back home. The next day, by complete contrast, we ate at Antojitos La Chiapaneca, a hole in the wall shed serving tacos ‘El Pastor’ for just 7 pesos each – we ate like kings for £4.50!