Okay, where’d I leave off in Parte 1?
So the second part of our trip was spent on the coast— we stayed a few nights at an airbnb in Tulum near their downtown and the holistika center.
It was so beautiful, but the stairs made me superrrr stressed out. Made a rule that the kids have to keep one hand on the wall going up and down, ha! Also one day when I was doing a load of laundry I stumbled upon the biggest spider I have ever seen in real life just chilling in a bucket. Another wildlife moment was when evening rolled around, bats would fly back and forth over the back pool because our house was situated right up against the jungle.
While in Tulum we went to Ash Wednesday Mass where Ollie almost had a panic attack because the priest asked for all the kids to come to the front (and there were tons and tons) and a few of them had to read some paper and Oliver got SO scared that he was going to have to speak Spanish in front of everyone, bless his heart.
We also ate at El Pollo Bronco, Burrito Amor, and of course, Hartwood. All the adults minus moi went out for drinks at Batey’s Mojito Bar while I hung back to
watch The Bachelor on my phone watch the kids.
At Hartwood, I had the best dish I’ve ever had— a papaya empanada in some pumpkin seed something sauce.
Tulum was full of wildlife encounters, a huge iguana tail slipped though the white fencing behind us during dinner and Atlas couldn’t resist and grabbed it before it slipped back in. Unfortunately, no photo.
After our meal at Hartwood when we were walking back to the van, Daniel (who dropped us off at the beginning of the evening and parked the car down the road in a lot) said, “OH YEAH! I forgot to tell you guys because I was stressing we were going to miss our reservation so it didn’t click until now— the parking attendant had a baby raccoon on her shoulder!” so when we got back to the parking lot we walked back to where the attendant and her family lives and asked (after looking up how to say raccoon en espanol) if the kids could see the raccoon and there actually ended up being 3 babies! They were 2 months old and lived in this hammock! Life highlight.
We also spent most of our days hanging on the beach at the hotel/restaurant Posada Margherita. You just walk up, order drinks and snacks, and post up in one of the palapas. The first day we were so dumb and forgot to put sunscreen on ourselves and the kids and we all got toasted and roasted. Oh welllllll.
The last day we drove up and did a not that short for 3 kids, very hot and sweaty hike to El Jardin del Eden cenote. My mom guilt was on high because right before we got there Prim tripped because I was rushing her and she skinned her knee and was so miserable she wouldn’t go into the water. :/ But! Everyone else had a bunch of fun and Daniel and Amy even did the giant cliff jump into the water.
We stopped in Playa del Carmen for lunch at Kaxapa Factory and walked around their shopping area and were really disappointed with how much more touristy and crowded it has become since we were there 2 years ago. I think we will totally skip over Playa next time we go. However, we did finally find our cocos frios that the kids have been asking for almost the entire trip.
Our last night was back in Cancun and we stayed at this huge monster of a resort (was the cheapest hotel to book on the beach??) and it was full of older Americans that were clearly firm Cancun resorters. We watched this fit young Mexican man lead a pool workout session with pool noodles and snacked poolside until it was time to leave for the airport.
We are so happy that we ended up exploring more outside of the the main tourist spots and getting a better feel and experience of a more authentic Mexico. I really should plop down some more travel tips and suggestions, especially traveling with kids, but I’ll save that for another time. :) Instead, I’ll leave you with a video.