Let’s go to: Tulum
The first thing that struck me about Tulum was how hot it was. It was already hot in Mexico, but it felt significantly hotter than Playa del Carmen. In any case, we set out looking for a coffee shop Greg found while researching Tulum. Ki’bok Coffee served up some refreshing and delicious iced Americano and Lattes for us. It was definitely much needed, including the caffeine.
For lunch, we headed down the street in search of tacos. Unfortunately, our first choice spot wasn’t open for lunch yet, so we settled on another place down the street at Burrito Amor. Never one to be a big burrito fan, I couldn’t help but get aguachiles again. Yes, I got it again. And I also got an horchata drink. The last time I had horchata was when I was in high school, so this really was a walk down memory lane.
After eating, we set out on another trek: gelado. Yes, more ice cream. The amount of ice cream places in any one town here is ridiculous! We found Artehelado which is located in a shipping container. While I love trying the local flavors when adventuring with ice cream, I went with my favorite: strawberry, mixed with cream. Greg had passionfruit, and we both felt like this was much needed with the over 90F heat.
At this point, you can’t go to Tulum and not see the ruins. Having read about how amazing the ruins are, and the viewpoints you get from being by the beach, we knew we couldn’t miss it. I can’t stress by this point how hot I was. Despite the ruins being on the beach, it was still incredibly hot and overwhelming. The mosquito bites were starting to add up quick too, but it paled in comparison to how hot it was. That being said, the photos Greg got of the ruins are amazing. The place was crawling with iguanas too!
The ruins were amazing, but by then I had enough. I needed a cold beverage and air conditioning. Both of those would have to wait though since we had to burn time in between the ruins and our dinner at Hartwood. We set out for Hartwood which is buried within the beachfront resorts on Tulum’s coastline. After getting there, we wandered around town and I finally got around to buying a few souvenirs! By this point, the mosquitos were having a field day on my legs and arms, and I was borderline hot and miserable. But, it was all worth it when we sat down for dinner.
Hartwood is definitely a must-eat place in Tulum. Getting in though is complicated and requires putting your name on their list since reservations aren’t accepted. All of their ingredients are locally sourced, and their restaurant is entirely eco-friendly. We had some amazing grilled vegetables, the most delicious octopus that was grilled over an open fire, and some beautifully decadent pork ribs. Dinner ended with some luxurious scoops of cheese and peanut butter flavored ice cream.
With a long drive back to Playa del Carmen, we hopped back into the car and made our way back. If we ever make it back to Mexico (and I know we will), I would love to spend more time in Tulum and explore!