Cabanas Retiro Maya

Km 6.5, Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780, Mexico

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    My sister & I checked into Retiro Maya without a reservation and got a beautiful, spacious room, french doors & patio facing the beach, for about $90 US. The bath, with a lovely white & green tiled shower, had three solid walls, with the 4th an oval palisade of sticks, 6' high, with a palm tree growing up through. The king-size bed had mosquito netting, crisp linen and comfy pillows and the rustic furniture was very attractive. Clean, raked sand on the bedroom floor, bare tiles in the bath. No electricity - but large, sandfilled bowls with candles. We slept with the windows behind the bed open, creating a lovely breeze towards the open french doors - felt perfectly safe and not bothered by a single mosquito. Each palapa has a patio with table, chairs and a hammock.

    Unique Quality: With only a handful of rooms, this boutique, rustic hotel is very private and romantic (wasted on 2 sisters, but we enjoyed the peace and quiet and uniqueness of the solitude). Perfect for a romantic, sexy get-away. The check-in/restaurant is open, clean and inviting. The margaritas and ceviche were excellent - although pricey. The only quibble is there was no breakfast included and the menu was expensive.

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Tulum - My Top Tips

by LittleWagTail

We recently got back from a holiday to Tulum and loved every minute. Here are my tips and experiences:

Beach-wise there is a long stretch in Tulum from Maya Tulum hotel towards the south which is just to die for - really, it's paradise! And hardly any people. And pelicans and other big beautiful birds flying overhead and diving into the sea. The other stretch from the Tulum ruins is gorgeous too, but more people, so it depends on your preference. Accommodation-wise, there are lots of little hotels and cabanas all along the beach. If you keep heading south down that road you'll get to the Sian Kaan Reserve and you can do a tour there with a hotel called Cesiak (I think you can stay there too but it's very out in the sticks). My cousins did a kayak tour which they really enjoyed.

For cenotes (natural waterholes connected by underground river systems) you really must go to Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park - this was such a find - we had a great family day out there and it was good value for money. We did their whole day package but I think you can also just do snorkeling and diving tours. They take you into the jungle where you get to do 2 really cool ziplines as many times as you want (one of which lands you in a beautiful cenote and the other is high up over the jungle – this one really takes your breath away) and also a rappel through the ground into this dream-like cave below where the cenote is. You go snorkeling through the cavern with a guide through all these amazing natural rock formations – stalactites, stalagmites and columns and you can see the roots of the trees above. It was really cold in the water after a while but we soon warmed up again in the sun and the incredible experience was well worth a few goosepimples! Then they have a skycycle which they say is the only one in the world - It's like little individual bikes suspended from a cable over the jungle so you get to see the most stunning views, wildlife, flowers etc. You cycle along the trail to another cavern with more amazing natural rock formations and another cenote where you can go snorkeling. Then you get back on the bike and it takes you through caves and then back up over the jungle. I was traveling with my extended family (all ages and tastes!) and it was the one excursion that we all gave a big overall thumbs-up to. We visited various beautiful cenotes (you really can’t not if you’re going to that part of the world!) and the ones there at the Hidden Worlds Park were by far the most amazing we found.

A few people in our party went to Xel Ha too and had fun but that’s more your kind of tour bus filled commercial place that really doesn’t appeal to me so I skipped it. Likewise Xcaret – these places are advertised everywhere! The ruins in Tulum were also very touristy and heaving with people, but you can’t go to Tulum and not go to Tulum now, can you?! And apart from the hoards of people and the fact that you can’t actually go in the ruins themselves, it is beautiful and very interesting culturally, especially for it’s coastal location (our guide wasn’t great but we overheard another guide giving far more interesting info!) Lots of very cool iguanas hanging out there! We later heard that entry is free on a Sunday – I don’t know if that’s true or not, but that’s what I heard.

We hired a car and had a great day at the ruins at Coba – you can cycle around the site (or have someone cycle you around if you’re feeling lazy!) and you can actually climb the pyramid… the most amazing view ever! Also there’s a spider monkey sanctuary nearby but we were pretty stretched time-wise (there was so much to see at Coba!) and unfortunately we didn’t get to see any monkeys, but it was a beautiful place. And I’d much rather gamble on seeing wildlife in its natural habitat than go to one of the big zoo parks and see them in captivity. We did get to see a crocodile in the lake before the car park at Coba… wow!

Tulum town is very small (separate from the beach – a taxi or car ride away) and really nice. It’s basically one long avenue. It’s not the place for you if you want nightlife – we only saw a few bars, but there are lots of nice restaurants and souvenir shops. We had a delicious meal in a chic little restaurant called Ginger, but also had a few yummy meals in little local taco places – budget food at its best! There are lots of nice places to eat on the beach too. The town isn’t too touristy and has a really nice atmosphere. All the local people we met were lovely, really friendly and welcoming. The weather was amazing – so hot! Everyone was jealous of my tan when I got back!!

All in all we had a fantastic holiday and would love to go back there someday – I would highly recommend it! Hope you have as much fun as we did! :-)

Voladores in Mexico

by Alicja1

If somebody is interested in Native People of America this is a great, historical place to visit. The atmosphere of ancient Mayas is everywhere.

The ceremonial flight of the Voladores is shrouded in the mists of antiquity.
Information about the original ritual was partially lost when the invading
conquerors from Spain destroyed so many of the documents and codices of the
indigenous cultures. Fortunately, enough survived through legend and oral
history and in materials written by early visitors to New Spain, that
anthropologists and historians have been able to document at least part of the
story of this ancient religious practice and how it has evolved through time.

A Totonaca myth tells of a time when there was a great drought, and food and
water grew scarce throughout the land. Five young men decided that they must
send a message to Xipe Totec, God of fertility so that the rains would return
and nurture the soil, and their crops would again flourish. So they went into
the forest and searched for the tallest, straightest tree they could find.

When they came upon the perfect tree, they stayed with it overnight, fasting and
praying for the tree's spirit to help them in their quest. The next day they
blessed the tree, then felled it and carried it back to their village, never
allowing it to touch the ground. Only when they decided upon the perfect
location for their ritual, did they set the tree down.

The men stripped the tree of its leaves and branches, dug a hole to stand it
upright, then blessed the site with ritual offerings. The men adorned their
bodies with feathers so that they would appear like birds to Xipe Totec, in hope
of attracting the god's attention to their important request. With vines wrapped
around their waists, they secured themselves to the pole and made their plea
through their flight and the haunting sound of the flute and drum.

In Mesoamerican times the ritual of the Volador was performed throughout much of
Mexico and extended as far south as Nicaragua. It was performed once every 52
years at the change of the century, and the brotherhood of the Voladores was
passed from father to son.

(Thank you Darren for this story)

"Maya Civilization"

According to believes, Mayan civilization was a multitude of separate entities with a common cultural background. They were religious and artistics nation with increlible knowledge.

"Maya City - Tulum"

In hot days, there is no better place then lovely beach close to the ancient city. Tulum (7 km. north of Maya Tulum) is the largest Maya construction built on the coast. It is the most visited pre-Hispanic site. This place was a very important center of commerce in the past and is really worth a visit because of the magnificent view and historical buildings. I wish I could move to the past to see how it was before.


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Address: Km 6.5, Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780, Mexico