Travel Blogs from Tulum
... the northern Yucatán area. The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, in what is known as the Nohoch Mul group of structures, being some 42 metres (138 ft) in height. We climbed the 130 step pyramid right to the top. When climbing to the top it felt like we were in an Indiana Jones film. Once at the top of the pyramid your surrounded by jungle.
On our drive back to Tulum we past quaint little ...
... but it was great fun! On the way out, there was a large grey and black iguana hanging out in the car park! I later found out these are actually totally common here (probably why I was the only person excited by it!!). After a quick lunch, off to explore my first Mayan ruins - at Tulum. The ruins are 2km away from where I am staying and there is a specially built bicycle lane running parallel to the huge dual carriageway! Perfect! So ...
Today we went on our first historical excursion: a bus trip to Coba and Tulum. Coba features several traditional Mayan temples in the jungle - like the ones you see in travel photos - including the tallest one in this part of Mexico. Tulum is a seaside area with smaller but equally impressive structures. That area was used as a commercial port. Imagine when the Mayans saw the Spanish ...
... the water so magic! These things aside I think we are both having a hard time being tourists although we thought that's what we wanted!! Where's the challenge, the hardship and the learning that's made out other experiences so worthwhile?! Has the desert changed our expectations of 'good times'?! We've applied for more volunteering in Guatemala for December and have found a language school/ home stay programme for couple of weeks before that; phew! More challenges on the horizon ...
... walk to them. One of the beaches the ruins are set over is called Tortuga playa (turtle beach) where there was turtle eggs, you could tell because they put chicken wire around them. After we finished we got our bikes, headed back through the river over the road and rode back to the hotel. On the way we searched for a restaurant Bobbie had read about called Hot Wok that does good Thai food. We found it but it didn't have a sign or anything, the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Posada Lamar Tulum
I just read the previous review and think we stayed in Cabana Rubi right before the other reviewer did! Anyway, really charming place. I liked the neandering sand path through all the funky individual casitas. We also stayed at the expensive Azulik up the road for more than double the price a few days prior to Posada La Mar. Gotta say, the difference was minimal though LaMar had electricity (not enough to read by) btwn. 6pm and 7am. Still, when coming home from dinner it was nice not to stumble over our bags. Bring a reading flashlight though! And plan to wake at 6am with the gorgeous sunrise right in front of the bedroom windows in Rubi! The beach and crashing waves put me in a trance all week. The sun managed to come every day even though north of us there were flash floods! This stretch of beach is serene and the swimming/snorkeling divine, dahhhling! It's super casual even though a bit overpriced at $150/nt. I went with my mum who loved every minute of the laissez faire lifestyle. Do yourself a favor and avoid the resorts to the north like the plague and try chilling out where the day is yours, the silence is golden and no one's pushing expensive drinks at you. Enjoy!
Just returned from a stay at Posada Lamar and agree with the positive reviews posted here. We stayed in Bungalow Rubi, which is beachfront, and absolutely loved having the ocean on our doorstep. I agree that this seemed to be one of the best beach locations in the area. And the grouping of lounging chairs and matresses made it seem like the guests were on their own little private stretch of beach. I do agree that the rooms are on the pricey side, but think that the setting made it worthwhile. (In general it doesn't seem like Tulum is cheap like it used to be.) And I also agree that the linens weren't exactly sparkling white, but were more than sufficient given that you're right on the beach and everything gets sandy anyway. One other thing that stood out to me was how laid-back the place was run - don't know if I've ever stayed anywhere else that didn't give you any information, rules, etc. Nothing about check-in/check-out times or anything like that. Which perfectly fit the vibe we wanted on this trip. Having said that, it did seem like help would be available if we needed it. Overall, a very pleasant place to be!
We stayed at Posada Lamar with our friends who wrote the review below. What had a wonderful experience. We wish to endorse their comments.......
Tulum is a slice of heaven. It's a hippy town (which this snobby New Yorker wasn't crazy about), but the advantage of that is that it's really low key and not overly-developed. The strip is lined with posadas at the most 2 stories high. The beaches are empty and gorgeous. We had the front cabana, about 20 feet from the ocean. This means that you go to sleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up with the sun, to the sound of the waves. The room itself was super cute and romantic. It's not ritzy, but nothing in Tulum is. If you're looking for that, Tulum is not for you. But, if you're looking for gorgeous empty beaches, yoga classes during the day and star gazing at night, this place is paradise.
A group of four of us from England stayed at these beautiful cabanas at the end of Jan and beginning of Feb for 1 x week. Our booking was actually at Posada del Sol (sister cabanas)and we were misled into thinking our cabanas there would be on the beach and nice and quiet with the sound of the sea. Unfortunately the ones we got (rooms 3 and 4 ) were not and although the rooms were clean and well designed etc. they did not fulfill the beachside living dream we had for the holiday plus the road was close by and we could hear the noisy traffic.
We stayed at the Posada Lamar early January 2007.
We celebrated our Anniversary the end of Sept 06. M. and F. the caretakers (the owner is lucky to have them!) were so sweet placing balloons outside what we called the Blue Room - (closest to the beach). We stayed at quite a few places and loved Posada Lamar - it's truly special - Fernando will cut a coconut and stick a straw in it for a refreshing drink on the beach... a walk next door or to Zamas for a fabulous healthy meal along the wite soft sands and how blue can an ocean be?? Once walking it poured out rain and even THAT was excellent as we watched about a hunderd little sea turtles making their way to the waters. It is definately a place I'd recomend - the room has slatted wood shutters (below knee level) open them all up and what a breeze - so comfy - the ocean lulled us to sleep ready to wake to spectacular dawn!
A gem !
Stunning location on the best stretch of beach in Tulum, fabulous rooms, close to good restaurants. We highly recommend Posasa Lamar !
I looked at Posada Lamar on the web and almost booked a reservation, then decided to stay elsewhere because the other place offered breakfast. BIG mistake. After checking into Luna Maya (see separate review) I immediately set out to find other lodgings. Since it was off season, I was able to get a beautiful cabana (Marfil) at Posada Lamar at a great price, which was US$10 less per night than the place I was escaping from.
My husband and I stayed at this beautiful, minimalist place in Tulum right on the beach. It was incredibly clean (including the beach out front which was cleaned daily) and it had very tasteful furnishings/decor. We are a couple in our 20s and we loved the romantic solitude of this quiet location. We spent our time lounging on the beach in front of the resort and on our private patio.