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I have visited Mexico three time now, heading to the same destination every time – the Yucatan Peninsula. The Yucatan Peninsula is where Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum are found, and what an amazing part of the world this is. The area hosts absolutely perfect beaches and endless underground cenotes to explore.
This is a photo journal from Mexico.
Playa Del Carmen and Cancun
Cancun is the most popular area in the region, commonly visited during “spring break”. You will fly into Cancun and from there you can choose to stay or head down the peninsula to Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. The photos below are from Playa Del Carmen.
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Isla Mujeres is a tropical island 13kms off the coast of Cancun. We sailed from Cancun to Isla Mujeres on a day trip, stopping along the way to go snorkelling in the perfect crystal clear waters. Our tour was on an open bar sailing boat, hello pina coladas. If I went to Mexico again, I would love to spend a few nights on Isla Mujeres.
The Yucatan Peninsula is filled with underground cenotes, unique to the region. We explored many, some big, some small, some half open and some closed. As this is a unique experience in Mexico, it is one you that is unmissable.
The Tulum Ruins are one of the best-preserved ancient Mayan Cities, popular because of the elegant setting high on sheer limestone cliffs above the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea. I visited Tulum Ruins on a day trip.
Tulum is my favourite town in Mexico, popular for its beautiful beaches, laid-back vibes, boutique shopping and dining. I spend my days in Tulum drinking cocktails on the beach, swimming in the pristine waters and riding bikes. On one occasion I even got to watch baby turtles hatching as I was walking along the beach with not a person in site. It was an unforgettable (and unexpected) travel experience.
Bacalar is a small town located near Chetumal in Mexico. The highlight of Bacalar is the freshwater lagoon. If you can spare 2 nights, I recommend heading down to Bacalar and taking a boat tour of the lagoon. From Tulum, Bacalar is 3 hours by bus.
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