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October 2017

When planning a trip to the next vacation spot there is a checklist of things to do, better known as “the travel bucket list” in order to make the most out of our time at the selected destination. That said, food has an unbeatable place in any good traveler bucket list.

And while travelling to Tulum makes it all pretty smooth since the town is a cultural melting pot itself which makes it extremely easy to find smells, textures, colors and flavours that can be found that suit every traveller’s budget. Without further ado, here are the top 4 most representative Tulum restaurants that will leave you craving for more:

 

La Nave Tulum

We are not exaggerating when we say these are going to be some of the best pizzas you may try in your entire life.

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While this restaurant offers a variety of italian dishes in its menu going from traditional pasta to scrumptious calzone; your palate will be please with all the sophisticated flavors and generous meat cuts and seafood.

La Nave is located in downtown Tulum, has very affordable prices ranging from $10 to $20USD per person and embraces the relaxed and stress free vibe that makes Tulum a unique destination.

La Barracuda Tulum

If seafood is your thing, then this Tulum restaurant has a ceviche challenge for you!

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The chefs here have mastered the art of ceviche, which is unsurprisingly one of their most popular dishes, being the “Jumbo” version big enough to feed an entire family or a group of friends who don’t mind sharing their food. Among other delicious specialties you are going to find here coconut shrimps and massive burritos stuffed with seafood.

Mateo’s Mexican Grill Tulum

The hypnotizing atmosphere of this place makes you want to walk in immediately before you realize that its rooftop terrace is the place to watch spectacular sunsets.

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This Tulum restaurant is located in the town’s well known Hotel Zone, it’s proposal for an unforgettable evening  is simple: live music and shows with performance artists, delicious grilled food and carefree mood that will bedazzle you.

We recommend to splurge with your budget here, even if their price range is reasonable, you are going to get the best value for your dollars.

Don Cafeto Tulum

Tulum locals recommend this spot for casual lunch.

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Located on Tulum’s main avenue, Don Cafeto is a traditional restaurant among locals. You will find mexican dishes as well as international cuisine to fill your tummy at lunch time.

It is perfect to visit with the family and its food will give you plenty of energy to carry on with all of your Tulum adventures.

 

Whichever of these 4 restaurants makes the cut for your food travel bucket list in Tulum will not only leave you craving for more but you are also going to take a beloved piece of memories of paradise with you home.

Apart from the archaeological site, there are a lot of reasons for which you should come to Tulum for your next vacation. Here, we will share the best reasons for you to explore deeply this dreamy place.

 

  1. Tulum is near nature and afar from the crowds.

One of the main characteristics of the hotels in Tulum is that they are not properly hotels, this means that they are mostly ecological cabins, but they have all the comfort and amenities as a hotel.

You’ll avoid making lines and you will enjoy a more personalized treatment in every cabin you choose to stay; because rather than being a destination for the masses, Tulum is for travellers who seek for an alternate way of vacationing.

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  1. Going out at night in Tulum is quite an experience.

Tulum also offers a nightlife for those who want to party. You will have the opportunity to savor your favorite drink in one of the bars next to the beach while you dance barefoot on the fresh sand. If you rather do something calm, there are also restaurants and bars that have a bohemian touch.

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  1. Tulum’s placement is enviable.

This place’s location makes it an excellent departure point to other destinations: it is located between Playa del Carmen (great place for shopping), and Valladolid, a lovely colonial city, in Yucatan. Also, Tulum is surrounded by a surprising amount of fresh-water sinkholes or cenotes, and it is located near Akumal, a place famous for its snorkeling with turtles tours.

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  1. Its archeological site has one of the best views of Mexico

The gorgeous view from the archeological site to the ocean is a reason itself to go to Tulum. Zamá, the original Mayan name for the city of Tulum, is the third archeological site in Mexico to welcome the most visitors annually.

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  1. Tulum is accessible for every budget.

There are places in Tulum that are at reach to every budget. There can be places you’ll have to spend a bit more for a drink or for accommodation, but also there are places that don’t stray too far from the bohemian and relaxed scene that you are after.

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Also, there is a broad variety of tours very near Tulum. Besides, there are a great deal of fresh-water sinkholes or cenotes that are available for a fair price. And finally, to walk on Tulum’s beaches, the most beautiful of all the Mexican Caribbean, is free!

 

Translation By:

Maffer Felguérez

Tulum is an ideal destination to visit for all the archeology lovers out there. It is not only one of the most beautiful archeological sites in the world, but it is also near other mayan ruins like Chichen Itza, Coba, Ek Balam and Muyil.

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In Chichen Itza you can find one of the 7 New Wonders of the World: The great pyramid “The Castle” (El Castillo), the same one that presents the equinox show in March and September. Also in this archaeological site you can observe important structures such as  The thousand column patio (El Patio de las Mil Columnas), “The snail” (El Caracol), better known as The Observatory, and the Sacred Cenote that served for many mayan sacrifice rituals.

 

Coba

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In Cobá there is the tallest pyramid in all Quintana Roo: Nohoch Mul. It is 138 feet tall and one of the few pyramids where they allow you to climb all the way to the top. Also, in this archeological site the Mayan Stela that announced the end of an era (December 21st, 2012) can be found here.

 

Ek Balam

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A little more than an hour from Tulum is Ek Balam. It is worth to visit this archeological site

because it is yet allowed to be near and in contact with all its buildings and constructions. The most important site in Ek Balam is the Acropolis. It is a 525 foot long structure, considered to be one of the biggest in Yucatan.

 

Muyil

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Muyil is a relatively small archeological site, located in the natural reserve of Sian Ka’an. It is ideal for travellers that seek to be in touch with nature because, of all, this are the ruins with more rainforest density and also they are surrounded by two lagoons.
So get your most comfortable shoes, biodegradable sunscreen, and a cap ready to get to know all this archaeological sites on your next trip to Riviera Maya.

One of the most popular things to do in Tulum is to pay a visit the Xel Ha park, a Riviera Maya excursion like no other!

 

Float calmly down the Xel Ha river on an inner tube (highly recommended for those who want to get a spectacular tan) or snorkel and swim at your own pace a little more than a kilometer until you reach the end of the river at a fabulous lagoon. You will end up right in front of the main restaurant. This is perfect because after this activity I can guarantee that you’ll be hungry! This all inclusive Riviera Maya theme park is known for offering incredible treats and delicious food at each of the 4 restaurants.

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Xel Ha recently opened a new Riviera Maya attraction full of adrenaline that was made for the more adventurous members of the family. It is the “Faro Mirador”, a 40 meter tall tower with spectacular views and with 4 exciting waterslides reach the bottom. This new attraction of Xel Há has a 360º view and is truly breathtaking.

 

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If you are seeking relaxation, the Xel Ha hammock gardens are ideal! Although with more than 90 marine species making the park home, you’ll definitely want to snorkel Xel Ha. If you are interested in seeing fish like barracudas, parrot fish or snapper we recommend swimming near the floating bridge where you’ll be amazed by the fishy friends you’ll make.

 

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If navigating the river, snorkeling in the cove, launching yourself down one of the slides and delighting the palate with an exquisite meal is not enough for you, hold on! The Xel Há Park ziplines will thrill you and a variety of guided tours will educate, you can even plant a tree and baptize it with a name.

There are so many reasons to visit this park! If you have kids in the family, the Children’s World area of ​​Xel Há will be most entertaining for them with a very special treehouse, toys for the little ones and a perfect slide for the younger set. Family travel in the Riviera Maya at its very best!

 

Xel Ha awaits you with a fun filled day!