Hola from Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico!

San Miguel de Allende
Calle del Tesorso San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
March 19, 2019
Tulum
Tulum playa, a day at Tulum beach.
March 22, 2019
Calle Luna del Sur

Rooftop view Posada Luna del Sur

I have been in Tulum now for a little over 24 hours and I have already had several adventures.  I arrived at Cancun International Airport yesterday from Leon/Guanajuato Airport near San Miguel de Allende.  Cancun is a major international airport with flights from all over the US, Europe, and Central and South America.  The terminals are large and very modern and efficient.  The drive from Cancun to Tulum is about 2 hours, passing by Playa del Carmen.

I chose to come to Tulum rather than Playa because I remembered Tulum from my visit here a few years ago as quieter and more laid back than Playa.  Wow, either my memory is bad or Tulum has really grown in the last few years.  I remember the main street as having some mom and pop stores and little else but now, wow, up and down the main street and off the main drag are many, many businesses of all kinds including restaurants, shops selling just about everything, hotels, Airbnb lodgings, international brand stores and yes, lots of smaller Mexican owned and run establishments.

My week here will have as it’s base Posada Luna del Sur a boutique hotel located at the far southern end of the main street of Tulum and just back a short distance on Calle Luna de Sur-appropriate, no??  The hotel is of typical Mexican design with white stucco walls and dark wood paneling.  The A/C works well and in this humid, hot, tropical Caribbean climate that is most welcome.  A cooked Mexican breakfast is included in the room rent each morning served in the open third-floor dining room.

Last night I dined at El Camelo (The Camel) restaurant, just a short walk south from the hotel.  A nice local Mexican craft beer went with the grilled shrimp en brochette.  The crowd there was lively and a mix of Mexicans and gringos from all over the world.  I had an excellent night’s sleep due in no small part to the great firm mattress and the very firm pillows, just as I like them.  Today was an exploration of Tulum and the afternoon was notable for a typical, tropical rainstorm which resulted in some local flooding and lots of trouble walking from place to place.  On my way to dinner at Le Bistro Restaurant, I ended up with very wet feet like a lot of other residents of Tulum.

Le Bistro serves all sorts of cuisine but as the name suggests, it has a French flair to it.  How surprising, huh? I am in a Mexican town and having a French dinner!  Beef Burgundy, mashed potatoes, carrots and a glass of Bordeaux red wine for the main course and dessert of a crepe with sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a cafe’ latte’.  Very good but a bit on the expensive side which however is not too unusual since Tulum has turned into an international vacation destination the prices have risen accordingly.  Tomorrow will be more modest although I did come across what looks like a really great place for breakfast tomorrow in a leafy, green garden setting.

If the weather permits, tomorrow is going to be my first beach day with my camera.  I have been using my iphone X for all of my photos up until now and I wonder if the future of photography is going to move from formal “cameras” to much more portable formats like cellphones because the quality of the later has improved so much.  More to come later this week so please, stay tuned??

 

I have been in Tulum now for a little over 24 hours and I have already had several adventures.  I arrived at Cancun International Airport yesterday from Leon/Guanajuato Airport near San Miguel de Allende.  Cancun is a major international airport with flights from all over the US, Europe, and Central and South America.  The terminals are large and very modern and efficient.  The drive from Cancun to Tulum is about 2 hours, passing by Playa del Carmen.

I chose to come to Tulum rather than Playa because I remembered Tulum from my visit here a few years ago as quieter and more laid back than Playa.  Wow, either my memory is bad or Tulum has really grown in the last few years.  I remember the main street as having some mom and pop stores and little else but now, wow, up and down the main street and off the main drag are many, many businesses of all kinds including restaurants, shops selling just about everything, hotels, Airbnb lodgings, international brand stores and yes, lots of smaller Mexican owned and run establishments.

My week here will have as it’s base Posada Luna del Sur a boutique hotel located at the far southern end of the main street of Tulum and just back a short distance on Calle Luna de Sur-appropriate, no??  The hotel is of typical Mexican design with white stucco walls and dark wood paneling.  The A/C works well and in this humid, hot, tropical Caribbean climate that is most welcome.  A cooked Mexican breakfast is included in the room rent each morning served in the open third-floor dining room.

Last night I dined at El Camelo (The Camel) restaurant, just a short walk south from the hotel.  A nice local Mexican craft beer went with the grilled shrimp en brochette.  The crowd there was lively and a mix of Mexicans and gringos from all over the world.  I had an excellent night’s sleep due in no small part to the great firm mattress and the very firm pillows, just as I like them.  Today was an exploration of Tulum and the afternoon was notable for a typical, tropical rainstorm which resulted in some local flooding and lots of trouble walking from place to place.  On my way to dinner at Le Bistro Restaurant, I ended up with very wet feet like a lot of other residents of Tulum.

Le Bistro serves all sorts of cuisine but as the name suggests, it has a French flair to it.  How surprising, huh? I am in a Mexican town and having a French dinner!  Beef Burgundy, mashed potatoes, carrots and a glass of Bordeaux red wine for the main course and dessert of a crepe with sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a cafe’ latte’.  Very good but a bit on the expensive side which however is not too unusual since Tulum has turned into an international vacation destination the prices have risen accordingly.  Tomorrow will be more modest although I did come across what looks like a really great place for breakfast tomorrow in a leafy, green garden setting.

If the weather permits, tomorrow is going to be my first beach day with my camera.  I have been using my iphone X for all of my photos up until now and I wonder if the future of photography is going to move from formal “cameras” to much more portable formats like cellphones because the quality of the later has improved so much.  More to come later this week so please, stay tuned??

 

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Dr. Ron
I am a 77 year old neurosurgeon who has had the "travel bug" for the past 36 years and who has been interested in photography as long as I can remember. My site is intended to convey the excitement that I feel when I travel, to my viewers in words and pictures. I also hope to provide my viewers with my recommendations for places to visit, places to stay, where to eat and generally my recommendations "if you go!"

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