Hey Y’all Hey! Kijan ou Ye! How are you doing?
This year I’ve been on go mode…
…Working at my 9 to 5 and commuting to work 5 days a week is very taxing on the body.
…Being a mom non-stop is a whole other world that not too many people talk about or complain about because you don’t want to seem ungrateful that you are a mom to a wonderful little human being but also a mom that’s in need of a break.
…Building my content creator career and finally seeing some income from all the hard work I’ve been putting in while also pushing myself to level up.
So, yes, this year I’ve been on go mode. And I needed a break! In 2021, I took two trips and I was about to let 2022 past me by without getting my passport stamped.
Thankfully, I had several outside voices telling me that I needed to take a break from the hustle and get out of NYC. So, that’s exactly what I did!
Travel with me to Tulum
Mexico has a special place in my heart. It’s such a beautiful country and every city/town gives you a different feel. The first two times I visited Mexico I went to Cancun. The first time I stayed at an all-inclusive resort and the second time I stayed at an Airbnb closer to downtown Cancun.
This time I wanted to visit Tulum. Yes, I know everyone goes there and people say it’s overrated. However, I’ve never been to Tulum and I wanted to experience it with my own eyes.
My sister, cousins, and I got on a flight from NYC to Cancun because Tulum doesn’t have an airport (yet, I’m positive 5-10 years from now they will build one) and drove 1.5 to 2 hrs. until we reached our destination of where we would be staying for our trip.
When searching all the properties that Tulum had to offer, I was really looking for a place that gave me the jungle feel without being in the jungle. Most of the hotels in the hotel zone didn’t provide that aesthetic I was looking for and that was in my price range. So, I eventually stumbled upon a cute boutique hotel that had the aesthetic I wanted.
Introducing you to Hotel Muaré – Mayan Jungle & Barefoot Luxury
This hotel had everything I wanted; a private plunge pool, secluded feeling from the outside world, the jungle feel I was looking for, and affordable! Honestly, I give this hotel a 10/10 overall. I have no complaints with this hotel. Everyone from all the front desk personnel to the bartender to the waiters at the restaurant were so accommodating. Top notch customer service.
I booked this hotel through Expedia.com and literally 5 minutes after booking, a representative from the hotel messaged me asking if I needed transportation services to and from the hotel. They arranged transportation which was $360 USD round trip for the 6 of us.
Let’s get into my room…
The room had an amazing aesthetic. A king size bed, a large sofa, a floor length mirror, a sofa chair, the bathroom/sink area was super cute. The best thing I loved and miss the most is the outdoor shower. The outdoor shower was impeccable. I would love to have that feature in my future home.
Getting around Tulum
If you’ve been to Tulum or heard about Tulum, then I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s expensive to get around. Hotel Muaré had ATV’s and bikes to rent if we wanted to use but we declined. Lucky for us they had a taxi service available 24hrs.
Here’s where it gets tricky, Muaré is located outside of the hotel zone so getting a taxi to any destination outside of the hotel was super affordable. Thankfully in Tulum they charge per cab ride and not per passenger like Sint Maarten. However, coming back to Muaré especially when we visited the hotel zone was expensive. We would get charged double, almost triple to what we paid leaving Muaré.
So, if you are an experienced driver and know how to navigate on rocks then I would totally suggest for you to rent a car or ATV/bike. But if you don’t like to sweat then just budget your cab fares into your spending money ($40-$60 per cab ride give or take).
First and foremost, this trip was strictly an R&R trip. We were only going to be in Tulum for 3 full days since I do not count travel days as full days. So, we didn’t want to add too much activities to the itinerary which would defeat the purpose of an R&R trip.
Black in Tulum
If you aren’t familiar with Black in Tulum you can definitely check them out here. In short, Blacks traveling to Tulum and living there has been increasing in numbers these past years. So, we wanted to experience an event sponsored by Black in Tulum. We attended BIT Friday night event that was hosted at a lounge/restaurant in Tulum. The vibes I would say were a 10/10 if and only if you are an avid listener to ratchet/trap music. I’m more of a soca girl myself. So, the vibes for me were 7/10 but they did put on a cute fire show which was very entertaining.
Chichén-Itzá, Valladolid, & Cenote Tour
I’ll start by saying this tour was a 10/10! I would totally do it again. The only con was that it was HOT and there wasn’t any shade. Other than that, I really enjoyed getting all the history facts and learning about the ruins at Chichén-Itzá and Mayan people. Our tour guide, Carlos was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions throughout the tour.
This was my second time visiting a cenote and my first time having to wash off the toxins on my body to enter. The shower was refreshing I must say.
SFER IK Museum
This aesthetically pleasing museum is one of the most Instagrammable places I’ve seen all over and I knew this was a must see to add to my list and it did not disappoint.
Upon entry, you have to remove your shoes and socks. So, make sure your feet are clean and smelling fresh because you will be barefoot.
10/10 I would recommend you go here and take a look around. Although it’s aesthetically pleasing, it is a museum so be sure to look around, read and take in the history. They do charge a fee of $10 to enter.
VEN A LA LUZ
If you’ve read all the Tulum blogs, scoured Instagram and Pinterest, you would see tons of pictures of people in front of this beautiful statue. It’s located in Hotel Ahau and cost $3 to enter. I arrived there around 11:15am. I know people say to get there before 9am so you don’t have to wait on line for hours but I was enjoying my hotel room too much to leave that early. Thankfully when we arrived, the line wasn’t long (we only waited 15 minutes) and something that people don’t say, there is a time limit of 1 minute per person. So, think of your poses and angles before you get up there to use your time wisely.
Happy birthday to me!
I had planned on going to another restaurant for my birthday but after speaking to Enric – he’s one of the amazing employees at Hotel Muaré, he informed me that particular restaurant wouldn’t have the birthday vibes our group would want. So, he booked a reservation for us at another restaurant and the vibes were 10/10. The food, aesthetic, atmosphere was also a 10/10.
Overall, I loved my trip to Tulum, Mexico! I got to experience smoking a cigar and 420 for the first time! So, when I say this was an R&R trip , it was!
If you are feeling burn out and overwhelmed with life, take the trip. Travel to Tulum or wherever but, take that break!
Until the next post…
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