Nov. 27-29: Tulum, Quintana Roo

On November 27th (day 27), Danielle and I left Kittyland Love Center in the town of Piste, and drove to the city of Tulum. Danielle had been to Tulum before, and had enjoyed the town's beaches and Mayan ruins, which sit on a headland overlooking the sea. Researching places to camp in Tulum had proved somewhat futile, so we had decided to book some cheap accommodation. We found the cheapest to be a tent at the unique Tubo Tulum hostel, where we stayed for three nights. The hostel was decent enough, though the wifi was poor.

While in Tulum we spent our days at an internet cafe in town, at the beach, and as well at the ruins. Notably, we visited the nearby beach of Akumal where we snorkeled/swam with sea turtles. It was pretty unforgettable but unfortunately the experience is dampened by the fact that scammers attempt to force one into renting a 'mandatory' life jacket and tour. If you go to Akumal to swim with the turtles, don't be intimidated by these aggressive con artists. Either simply ignore them, or firmly tell them to leave you alone. Also, don't enter the water at the roped-off section, walk down the beach a bit and enter the water there. Regardless of the annoyance that comes with Mexican scammers, the beach was very nice – far less crowded than those of Tulum – and the turtles super cool. Because I don't have an underwater housing for my camera or phone, I was unable to get any photos of the turtles.

The ruins of Tulum are okay. Compared to the other Mayan ruins we'd seen so far, the structures at Tulum ranked fairly low on the list in regards to their impressiveness. That said, no other ruins overlook the ocean in the way those at Tulum do, so location-wise, Tulum impresses.

Overall, Tulum was touristy and somewhat expensive compared to other places in Mexico, but I found it nice enough. Would I go back again? Probably not. Nonetheless, I don't regret visiting the town.