I can’t believe it has been over a month since I was in Tulum, Mexico. It was such a magical experience and I definitely want to go back soon! It is a place with intense energy yet relaxing vibes. I met wonderful souls and had an unforgettable experience.
One of the best things about Tulum is that it is not saturated by huge hotel chains and resorts the way Cancun and Playa del Carmen is. There was not a rowdy group of whistle blowing, shot pouring bachelor and bachelorette parties in sight. I’ve been to both those towns and they can be fun but honestly, I love Tulum’s vibe way more. It’s quieter, classier and cleaner. It’s definitely more boho-chic, focused on holistic wellness and there are a lot of healthy restaurants with tons of vegetarian and vegan options.
Check out my travel video of my recent Tulum trip!
I stayed a serene and beautiful boutique hotel in Tulum called NEST Tulum. Located towards the Southern end of the playa, NEST has a limited amount of suites and bungalows. You have more privacy and it really feels like the whole beach is yours. The staff is professional, attentive but not intrusive. I was able to relax, read my book, and soak in the sun and sand.
I was always amazed by how postcard, picture perfect the scenery was. Comfortable hammocks all over the property and day beds right on the sand. I did my morning ritual and meditation on the sand and water the next day and it was so peaceful. I truly felt connected to Mother Earth and the elements.
The food was fresh, simple and delicious! I had lots of fresh juices, fruits and avocados.
One of the “MUST SEE” tourist attractions are the Mayan Ruins of Tulum. You can walk through the whole property in 1-2 hours but the best part about it is the location. It sits on the cliffs, right by the edge of the water. You can take stairs down right onto the beach and water. After walking around the ruins, jump in the crystal clear ocean water!
The Maya Civilization was an advanced Mesoamerican ancient civilization that built complex cities, waterways, had their own heiroglyphics, art, calendar and lived off the land and elements. It was so amazing to see the ruins and know that only a few thousand years ago, hat area was a bustling city filled with Mayans.
Just LOOK AT THAT VIEW! So stunning! Nature is living art.
Another “MUST” when you visit Tulum is to visit at least one of the cenotes. I wanted to go to 2-3 cenotes but didn’t have enough time. However, I was fortunate enough to go to the Sac Actun Cenote.
You go through the cenote with snorkel gear and a guide. You must have a guide because the caves are dark and a maze. It was so cool swimming in the cenote, seeing bats and all the limestone formations in the cave.
I love this photo. Life always finds a way to grow and thrive out of the darkness.
The majority of my Tulum stay was for the Magic Jungle Retreat at Holistika! Holistika is definitely a magical place. Right when you walk through the front gate, it’s like you have gone through a portal into another dimension. It’s a holistic retreat center literally in the Mayan jungle. Every building yis made with love, high vibrations and intention. There is sacred geometry everywhere! They have regular yoga classes, sound healing meditations, a local Mayan shaman practicing ancient Mayan healing arts and energy work, an authentic temazcal dome, a restaurant serving the best vegetarian and vegan food… the list goes on. I was drawn to the energy of this place, the people, the animals and my newfound sisterhood of creatives.
Days were filled with good energy, art, learning, knowledge and experience sharing.
Tried a temazcal for the very first time! It is a traditional Mayan steam bath in which the stones used are volcanic rocks from an active volcano. The ritual is led by a Mayan shaman who chants and leads the ceremony. They close up the dome, add water with herbs on the rocks and the entire dome is filled with fragrant and very hot steam. This ritual is not for the faint of heart. It can take 1.5-2 hours for the entire ritual. It’s a cleansing meditation in complete darkness. The only light are the burning red embers of the volcanic rocks. It can bring out your own demons and darkness so you have to be prepared to sit with yourself, your thoughts and the energy of the elements (Earth, Water, Fire).
I LOVED IT! It was intense and would do it again! I was fortunate to do it on the Full Moon so it was DEFINITELY a time to release all the baggage and limiting beliefs that I had. I felt so light and amazing after! When you come out of the temazcal, it symbolizes coming out of the womb and being reborn again. I definitely had a glow and was buzzing with high frequency vibrations when I came out!
Holistika has an Art Walk in the jungle. All the murals are painted by high vibrational artists who infuse a lot of color and Mayan culture in to their art. This was my favorite mural.
Our last day with our group was spent at the beach of course! Enjoying the sun, sand and surf at Playa Esperana. Can you tell how happy and carefree I am from the photo?! 🙂
We opened our ceremony as strangers with intentions to learn and grow. We closed it on the Full Moon with so much love, respect and gratitude for each other and ourselves. In those few days, I bonded with AMAZING, TALENTED and BEAUTIFUL Women. It was truly a magical time and as we gathered around the fireplace, it felt like our coven was reunited again.
I know that Tulum is a place I will go back to over and over again. I feel truly blessed and honored that I was able to spend most of my trip there with my Magic Jungle and Holistika family. I came back home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and super inspired!
TULUM, I’ll be back!
If you haven’t read my past #MarianTravels blog posts, check out the rest of my Euro trip here: Florence/Tuscany-Italy, Santorini-Greece, Mykonos-Greece, Nice-France, Marrakesh-Morocco, Majorca-Spain, Ibiza/Formentera-Spain and London, UK.
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