We made our way up from Tulum to Playa del Carmen, where we stayed in an Airbnb apartment close to the beach and went out dancing at Coco Bongo, a very interesting nightclub experience that combines cabaret shows with club music, acrobatics, tequila shots and dancing in a beautiful venue. In one night, we saw super talented impersonators copy the exact live performances of LMFAO, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk and Beyoncé, and movie scenes from The Mask, Spiderman and TRON with Cirque du Soleil acrobats hanging from the high ceiling and confetti and glowsticks all over the place. Quite a ride considering that we had zero expectations and didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into when a promoter on the street put courtesy bracelets on our wrists and literally pushed us in through the door, Coco Bongo wasn’t a night club, it was a very cool show that we suddenly were in the middle of. Very cool.
Apart from Coco Bongo, we also danced at Santanera and Raices, and hung out on the very nice beplaya rooftop.. and had some food, of course.
After our weekend on Caye Caulker, Avina and I took Suz and made our way up north, across the border to Mexico, to my favourite dreamly little hippie paradise get-away in Mexico – Tulum.
We spent Christmas on the beach and crashed a random Christmas party for staff at Waye, my favourite bar in Tulum. We also had two mind blowing dinners at Casa Banana, and breakfast from heaven in La Zebra. Food was great, people were wonderful, and everything was really nice about the jungle beach town. Before leaving we also paid a quick visit to the Tulum ruins, but it was raining and we didn’t see much apart from a poor little lion baby that tourists were paying to take pictures with.
I love Tulum, Avina loved Tulum, and Christmas couldn’t have been spent in a more awesome way. The only thing missing were our loved one’s – but as we said, we wished they had been there with us – not that we had been anywhere else. Christmas on the beach is the best way to do it, hands down.
The first weekend my mother, Rose and I had together, we decided to drive up to Tulum in Mexico – to see some temples, add another country to their list, and enjoy a little bit of the beach. Our beach-plans were mostly excluded due to the pouring rain (which also made the drive a difficult adventure – but still fun), but in return we got an amazing time dancing under the full moon on Saturday night. Suz was not entirely happy about going for the long ride and she managed to get rid of all the engine oil and the coolant water at once, but we filled her up, gave her a full tank of high quality gas (which in Mexico is super cheap and far cheaper than in Belize) and continued pushing her all the way back to Belize. Driving on the highway in Mexico was pure bliss and I was stepping on it, singing and enjoying until the evening fell, we crossed the border to Belize and the roads got dark and pot-holed again. After keeping my concentration on high alert for several hours it was great to land at home, unpack and unwind after the weekend.
Tulum is an exciting place that I will surely try to visit again, I really enjoyed the vibe, I bought a dream catcher and a beautiful colourful blanket, and we all really enjoyed just walking around in the little town. The Tulum temples by the sea were different from any of the pyramids I had visited before. We also visited Cobá, which was a nice little excursion to other Mayan pyramids. I might be done with Mayan pyramids for some time now, or at least I always think so until I stand on top of them and take in the view and the feeling of seeing the jungle from above. Maybe just a small break and then I’ll get on it again, I still haven’t visited the Altun Ha pyramids here in Belize, and they are literally a short skip away from town.