Probably the very first country, where I regretted not buying the souvenirs and not having the space in our luggage.

Mexico was not actually my dream destination. Probably that was the reason why I was really impressed afterwards. Me, the one crazy about all the colours and trumpery, I didn’t know where to look first. I even wasn’t a big fan of the Mexican cuisine. Well, until then. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ondrej had it clear from the beginning – he wanted the accommodation through AirBnB, eat on the streets and really soaking up the Mexican atmosphere. We lived in an apartment located on the beach, with the view of the stunningly white sand and the most turquoise sea in the Cancun. Having burrito just by crossing the road and enjoying it with the Corona for a couple bucks. 

 

Dave, our neighbor who was taking care of this flat, which belonged to his friend, arranged with us to show us some places and give us a ride wherever we needed.

 

 

We weren’t afraid, he is a young man about the same age as we are. He lived some time in Belgium and had travelled throughout the world. During our trip to Chichen Itzu, Cenote Segrado, Playa del Carmen he was telling us, how it goes in Mexico, what are the rumors and where to be more careful. He said that the tourists don’t have to be afraid because the criminality is more between the local gangs and mostly in the capital city. 

Driving around with a local and visiting the attractions with him has its advantages. On top of them is the price. The locals have always different prices and it applies both to souvenirs and food, so thanks to Dave we did not get ripped off. And he also knew where is the best place to eat, to park the car or where it will not be a never ending queue and/or how to avoid it. 

 

 

After couple of days in Cancun we went to Tulum. We have heard so much about this place, we could not skip it. Tulum is basically one beautiful street on the beach, with many small shops, bars, cafés all in the mexican-boho style. There are swings, swing nets, pom-poms, knitted puppets.. Everything is colorful, even the food seemed more colorful than anywhere else. A really picturesque view. Allegedly since Justin Bieber bought a vila not far from there, is Tulum having the tourist boom. Whether it is true or not, this place is full of beautiful models and the “young blood” in general so if you want to party, this is the right place for you. 

 

Our accommodation was about 5 km away from the beach, which was definitely not the best decision. Although our vila was extremely beautiful, with a rooftop pool, we had to ride a bike every day to get to the centre. There were no shops, nor restaurants close by, which is not really good considering having a small kid with us. So Ondrej was jogging every morning approximately 4 kilometers there and back to the closest shop where they had something more than just water.. I don’t know why, but we thought Tulum was going to be more widespread and we have found this accommodation just perfect, but if you want to visit Tulum, think it through and try to find a place as close to the beach as possible. Don’t get attracted by the cheaper and more beautiful places to stay, located so far from the centre. Well, only if you love bikes, which almost all of the accommodations provide so you can bike back to the civilization. But we’d prefer to live closer. 

 

If we come back to Mexico, we will take one more suitcase with us. For sure! 😀 

 

 

If you have any recommendations, remarks or tips, we’d love to hear them in the comments so everyone who is planning to visit Mexico can read it and take your advice. We all travel by our own ways, some of us are nomads, loving to travel by their own, others enjoy to travel with their family. We all have different expectations and dreams to fulfill. Personally I was a little bit afraid of Mexico, that is why we were choosing the more touristy places, but we’d love to get inspirations from you for the next time.

 

 

Here are the links for the accommodation in Cancun, Tulum, Akumal and even the contact for Dave, with whom you can arrange the car rent, driving and visiting places and even the pick up from/drop off to the airport. Last but not least, I am adding our new video on YouTube. The pictures are great, but sometimes they cannot capture all of it. Unfortunately, I cannot give you the contact to Dave, because he’d already left back to Belgium 😀

accommodation – Tulum

accommodation – Akumal

accommodation – Cancun

 

P.S.: During our travels, we have this little tradition of ours, to find a movie filmed in the destination where we are. And the priority goes to those based on a true story. In Mexico it was ‘Man on Fire (2004)’ which  is based on a true story. 🙂 Even Dave told us this story, his own way, so we are sharing this tip with you 🙂 

 

Translated by IG: @dadulienocka