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Last photos and thoughts of Tulum

Last photos and thoughts of Tulum

If I could snap my fingers and be back in Tulum, I would. There is so much more of Mexico I want to see. I actually thought about trying to head back or taking another trip to Nicaragua in late May, but, I already have enough things planned this year and really need to slow down. That said, I thought I'd share a few more photos from my trip. Since we stayed in a hostel, I didn't bring my camera, I just used my iPhone 7 for photos. I plan on bringing my camera to Banff, South America, and Tanzania later this year (see, A LOT) because I did miss having it and I am less afraid of something being stolen since I have a lock and have booked a private room in Banff.

Some final thoughts about Mexico: flying into Cancun and then driving and staying in the much more laid back Tulum was a good decision. Cancun's airport was very busy and I was in the immigration line for a while, maybe 30 minutes. It looked long but moved quickly. Then it grew much longer behind me. On the way out, I noticed that every American restaurant chain had a location in the outgoing terminal. Tulum apparently has a Starbuck, but I never saw it. It was nice to be disconnected and support a lot of local businesses while I was there and not see a single international chain in Tulum (that I can remember). 

I also am so happy that we stayed in town rather than booking something at the beach. The beach was lovely and all of the resorts out there seem like they're really nice, but it does seem a bit like a bubble. The beach is all tourists, hotels, and restaurants, probably much like Playa del Carmen, Cancun, etc. I like that we stayed in a more low key area but a $7 or $8 cab ride could take us to the beach. 

 The courtyard and entrance of the cute hostel we stayed in, the Chill Inn Hostel.

The courtyard and entrance of the cute hostel we stayed in, the Chill Inn Hostel.

 A talented local musician we met through our local friend, who played some of his instruments for us while we were at his house. He made the guitar and the one my friend is pictured holding.

A talented local musician we met through our local friend, who played some of his instruments for us while we were at his house. He made the guitar and the one my friend is pictured holding.

 He also made this one!

He also made this one!

 Hanging out at Cenote Escondido.

Hanging out at Cenote Escondido.

 Cute and dreamy Gitano - go there for drinks.

Cute and dreamy Gitano - go there for drinks.

 Cortazar's menu, I had the Rayuela Mezcal - delicious.

Cortazar's menu, I had the Rayuela Mezcal - delicious.

 You can really see how clear the water is here.

You can really see how clear the water is here.

 Me, at the public beach.

Me, at the public beach.

 Public art that I couldn't NOT take a photo of...

Public art that I couldn't NOT take a photo of...

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