7 things to do in Rivera Maya (on the other side of fear)

This quote has always been associated with entrepreneurship mindset and fullfilling one’s full potential, because we are often stopped by our own fears during our journeys. But this blog is not about the entrepreneurship, it’s about passion for travelling. During my last trip, I found out once again that immense joy which gives you the exploring of new countries, cultures and experiences. This time even more, because the fear before the departure was even bigger than usual.

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.” (George Addair)

A tremendous fear of taking the airplane (I am always afraid of flying!), a fear of being infected by coronavirus, a fear that my luggage might be lost and the fear of not catching all my connecting flights in time. A fear that I might be robbed (since it was the first time I was visiting Mexico, and I didn’t know what to expect) and a fear of tsunami (that was announced in the Cuban area several days before our trip). Well, too many preoccupations and worries which really made me crazy.

There are people who are really afraid of all the things mentioned above, and they stay home. On the other hand, I always try to fight my fears by undertaking new adventures and challenges, and the result was really one of the most beautiful travel experiences I’ve ever had, perhaps the best one.

Our flight destination was Cancun, but the stay in Riviera Maya, on the Yucatan peninsula, which lasted 10 days, was organized in a way that we could see many different places but at the same time enjoy and not run all the time. So we had the chance to stay in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, but we also visited Chichenitza, Valladolid and Isla Mujeres.

Trip to Isla Mujeres

When we arrived to Playa del Carmen, directly from the Cancun airport, we wanted to see everything and go everywhere, to make the most of our first days in this beautiful place. So we booked the trip to Isla Mujeres with party boat, and it was one of the best choices we made during our stay in Riviera Maya. Isla Mujeres is the typical Caribbean island that you imagined before you got there.

Its area covers only 4.22 km2, so it is really a special place where you can escape from the rest of the world enjoying the everyday life of the local community, and also meeting a lot of tourists from all over the world. There are many daily tourists (like us) but also tourists who stay at the hotels on Isla Mujeres. The prices were reasonable, and it was a pity it was just one day trip. I would love to return there!

Chichenitza and Suytun cenote

As I’ve said before, we wanted to explore everything so we decided to take the trip to Chichenitza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, a Mayan civilization arheological site which attracts thousands of tourists daily. When we arrived there, at about 3 p.m., the place was really crowded and it was very hot. If you can, go earlier and avoid large groups of tourists.

On our trip to Chichenitza we also had the chance to visit Pueblo Maya and its cenote Suytun, that looks really magical on the picture. Again, the numerous tourists that visit this place daily make it a little bit too crowdy so I will recommend some other cenotes near Tulum which I preffered for more relaxed swimming and enjoying the beautiful nature wildlife.

Gran cenote near Tulum

The Gran cenote can be easilly accessed from Tulum by bike. It is one of those places where you can stop, have a swim, sunbathe and continue your journey. Very pleasant place and it is also visited by tourists but not so crowded.

We could swim and snorkel with turtles and really enjoyed the exotic wildlife of the cenote. For all of you who don’t know the meaning of ‘cenote’ here’s an explanation: “it is a natural underground reservoir of water in the limestone of Yucatán”.

Taste delicious local food

When we arrived to Tulum, the life literally stopped but in a positive way. Before we got there, everybody was telling us about that special Tulum “vibe”, internazional young crowd, boho lifestyle, but we couldn’t even imagine how cool was this place in reality.

At the hotel we asked for a recommendation to eat local food, so we were told to try the lunch in a very simple low budget restaurant, called Fonda Huauzontle where we had delicious lunch for only 100 pesos. Beside some other cool places, this is the place I would recommend!

Explore the pueblo magico Tulum

A lot has already been said about Tulum, its special vibe and a very good energy indeed. So when we arrived to hotel Blanco, where we had an amazing stay which we enjoyed a lot, our Tulum journey could begin, on foot, by bike and sometimes by taxi.

Beside walking in the center of Tulum which has some relaxing vibe with lots of little shops, bars and restaurants, the real ‘pueblo magico’ Tulum is at the beach. Numerous designers’ shops, fancy bars and restaurants, as well as beach clubs are there to be discovered.

Enjoy the beaches of Tulum

As I mentioned before the beaches are amazing in Tulum, they have this special jungle tropical style. I also saw an iguana at our way to the beach that only made the whole journey even more special. When on the beach drink fresh fruit juices and eat tacos, they are the best!

One of the coolest places is certainly the Gitano beach bar and also the famous Papaya Playa Project where we went to Full moon party. I wish I could stay longer! You should definitely go to Papaya and check the events.

Be present in the moment…

This journey made me realize that you will always find out some new pieces of yourself if you allow yourself to do so. The Mexican journey, but especially the days spent in Tulum were a proof that this is true.

So special that you are really happy that you overcame your fears and made this big journey. I enjoyed every single moment in this magical place and I really hope to come back.

Useful tips

I already mentioned before the hotel Blanco in Tulum where we stayed, with such a kind staff and very friendly atmosphere.

Also we used to have dinner at Dona Lucha in Tulum, very nice and cozy place with delicious food.

As well as, I would like to recommend you to take the transfers from and to the airport in Cancun. We took the Gringo transfers, a very good value for money and a quality service. All the people we met on our journey were polite and kind, really making you feel great in their country.

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