Tulum and Akumal, Mexico – The Mayan Riviera!

A visit to Tulum is often high on the ‘must-see’ list for travellers to the Yucatan Peninsula.  This seems to be mostly to visit the unusual coastal ruins or one of the many white sand beaches that are dotted down the coastline facing the turquoise blue Caribbean sea. Tulum town itself is a few kilometres…

Valladolid, Mexico

For the Yucatan peninsula’s third largest city, Valladolid feels beautifully quiet and tranquil.  Like a mini-Merida but more low-key.  The tour buses sometimes stop here en route from Cancun to Chichen Itza and for around an hour in the afternoon the main plaza becomes a frenzy of tourist activity before quickly returning to the peaceful…

Merida, Mexico

After our Caribbean island fix it was time to head inland and across the peninsula to Merida, the Yucatan’s biggest city and cultural centre.  The city is a hub of colonial architecture and narrow, colourful and historical streets.  Merida is known for its museums, free daily public performances and vitally for us – food! The main square is…

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

After a few months in South America and enduring Patagonia’s mid-winter while our friends and family were enjoying a record breaking UK heatwave, it was time to head north, over the equator and into the tropics.  After a challenging 30 hour plane journey with tedious and lengthy transfers we finally arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico! I…