Tulum's Hidden Gems
Having just returned from Tulum yesterday, I have to say, it remains one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I've seen anywhere. Synchronicity expresses itself at every opportunity and the much-talked-about Mayan energy vortex draws a conscious and interwoven tribe from around the world. Did I mention it’s a 2 hour flight from Miami and a 4 hour flight from NYC?
We did so much exploring, and there really was no great information out there, that I thought to offer up my “best of” notes from the trip.
Getting there – Fly into Cancun (CUN), which is super easy and close to the US. Rent a car and take Highway 307 South for about an hour. You make one left turn at the 7-11 before the Tulum, and a couple of miles later you’re on the strip of hotels on the beach.
Where to stay – I’m partial to the hotels on the sand around Kilometer 4. My first stay in Tulum was at Uno Astrolodge or ”Uno.” Six bohemian little cabanas in the sand. If you want to disappear off the grid, this is your spot…no electricity, just candles. This trip I stayed at Shambala Petit Hotel, next door to Uno. Equally as nice and easy-going as Uno, but 25% more modern with electricity and Wi-Fi. Last place I’ll recommend is Ahau Tulum. A friend David from NY is building a beautiful (and affordable) 22-room boutique hotel on the other side of Uno that promises to cater to Burners, yogis, and hipsters escaping New York. The hotel will be completed around Christmas (that’s in 5 days guys, good luck!)
The food – We ate the freshest, most creative food I’ve tasted in a while, and I’ll break it down by area. On the farthest end of the beach, Hechizo is owned by husband and wife chef duo trained at the Ritz in Singapore and Dubai. With only 9 tables, it’s the only place in Tulum where you need a reservation (enough said). Posada Margherita is a Trip Advisor favorite, and had the freshest fish and homemade pasta. The sexiest place (and newest) in Tulum is Casa Jaguar, where you have Williamsburg hipsters serving artisanal drinks and really creative cuisine.
In town, most places cater to tourists but we were able to find El Camello (“The Camel”), a super-casual joint with incredibly fresh seafood at the best price point around. And another place AquaChile, won best meal of the trip. I can’t describe it, and you can’t find it online, but it’s on the same block as El Camello and it’s worth tracking down. Trust me.
Spend your time – Besides visiting the Ruins, snorkeling in the cenotes, and practicing yoga, astrology is huge here. For Mayan astrology, go to Nuno at Uno Astrolodge and for Vedic Paddi Moore is your lady. Sian Ka’an is the biosphere reserve that you have to visit. Drive in 3 miles and you’ll reach a place called CESiaK, where you can book tours, eat at the restaurant, and bliss out at the sheer beauty of the place.
That’s really as good as it gets in Tulum. I know I didn’t catch everything, so feel free to let me know if I missed one of your favorite spots. Or if you have a question, hit me on Twitter @myklikhov. Happy holidays!