Protected by 12 meter sea cliffs on the ocean side and a 784 meter wall complete with watch towers, one can quickly conclude that Tulum was very important to the Mayas. A major trade hub and the only Mayan city built on the coast, Tulum served as the seaport for the empire, trading mainly in turquoise, obsidian and jade.
With an estimated population of 1,000 to 1,600 inhabitants, Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans prior to the conquest – Surviving a full seventy years after the Spanish started their brutal occupation of the country
Nowadays Tulum is one of the only archaeological ruins that begs you to take off your clothes and jump into the same shining sea that it was built to protect against! So don’t forget to bring your bathing suit for the tiny beach behind el Castillo. The water is beautiful and incredibly refreshing after touring in the hot sun. The experience of swimming in the ocean and at the same time viewing the site is truly unique. Be sure to bring a water resistant bag, to put in your camera and personal belongings if you decide to go for a swim. Just place the bag on top of one of the tall rocks to keep it away from the splashing waves and to have an eye on it.
The best way to get there, is via catamaran (from Papaya Playa Project) or a rental car – that way you are on your own schedule. Like most of the Mayan ruins, the earlier the arrival time, the better. An ideal Itinerary is Tulum ruins early in the morning and from there to the Cenote Dos Ojosfor a dive.
Temple of the Frescoes
The ‘Temple of the Frescoes’ was used as an observatory, specifically for tracking movements of the sun
When we were looking for a quick place to grab a good-bye bite with a friend, he quickly brought us to El Parnita. A very casual hip antojería (‘place for little cravings’). Located in the north of the Roma neighborhood, be sure to take a lace in the nice outdoor sitting area which is just perfect for a sunny afternoon of micheladas; which are a super refreshing mix of beer, special chilies and lime served in colorful tin mugs.
On arrival, jicama stalks – a super delicious crispy and refreshing root – are brought to the table to munch on while you explore the menu. There is a nice mix of delicious, tacos, tortas (sandwiches), and tlacoyitos – a thick stuffed corn masa pastie in an elongated oval shape, (not very attractive looking but tasty!). We quite enjoyed the Taco of zucchini blossom and the Oaxaca cheese with onion avocado and salsas.
It all really comes to the salsas, which constantly change in flavor and color. The menu also has daily soup & taco as well as salads and desserts. So repeated visits may be warranted!
Background: Carmelita tacos – breaded shrimp, red onion, mayonnaise, lettuce and salsa;
Foreground: Panelita taco – Panela cheese,black beans onion and salsas
Cozumel 94A @ Sonora
(at the corner of Alvaro Obregon)
Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140
Mexico City, DF, Mexico
9:00am – 8:00pm Everyday
Just around the bend from the Hotel Condesa DF, we found this perfect little coffee spot. The chic design features furniture by industrial designer Luis Mercado and the decorated with stenciled drawings of culinary equipment on chalk board. The pastries are delicious and are perfect to the french technique. The chef / owner Alain Dubernard is a teacher at the Culinary Institute of America; and it shows in his attention to detail.