Yogi's Guide To Tulum

Written by Tara Mullarkey

Tulum has become a mecca for conscious travelers, eco-friendly tourists, and upscale city-dwellers looking for paradise.

Tulum was carved out of the jungle and now houses cabañas no higher than palm trees. It's your fashionable and sustainable tropical beach destination.

The soft white sand and turquoise Carribbean Sea makes walking on the beach here a meditation in itself. The sheer beauty brings you right to the present moment. If a true R&R getaway is what you're after, you can easily spend your days taking long beach walks, swimming in the gorgeous sea, or lounging in a hammock with a great book.

If you like sightseeing, take a day at the Ruins of Tulum, an ancient sacred site in Mexico. Go as early as possible to avoid the crowds. You may also want to check out the underground fresh water caves, called cenotes, for a snorkeling or diving adventure.

There's a host of delicious restaurants on the beach. My favorite is a new vegan restaurant called Restaurare on the jungle side of the beach road between Maya Tulum and Amansala, a resort. The concept is built with reverence for nature and all the food is local and homemade.

If you're in Tulum town and want a fresh green juice, my local spot is Flor de Michoacan, directly across from the ADO bus station. Thirty pesos ( about $2.50) will get you an orange, pineapple, chaya (similar to spinach), and lemon.

For a local lunch, at the farthest end of town you'll find Aquachiles which has killer “figurines”—fresh seafood on a crunchy lettuce leaf tortilla with a host of spicy sauces.

Every full moon there are temezcals, or sweat lodges, which are guided by a local shaman. The temezcal is a spiritual ceremony used to cleanse impurities and toxins, improve health ailments, and reveal mental tendencies of fear. Check out Uno or Casa Violetta for this Mexican ritual.

If you're up for a little dancing, the place to be is the salsa dance party under the stars at La Zebra every Sunday night. Salsa lesson starts at 6pm, and a live band at 8pm. Moving the hips is SO good for the soul!

To top off your connection to the beauty, you can start or end each day with a yoga class. With Tulum being a bright portal of energy, there's no shortage of teachers and range of styles to accommodate all levels. Check out Maya Tulum, Ahau Tulum, or Yoga Shala Tulum for daily classes.

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