Finally had the chance to venture off our resort property yesterday and experience real Mexico. It was definitely a surreal experience. I know for certain that I’ll think twice before complaining of anything when I’m back stateside, but the biggest thing that stood out to me was the fact everyone was so happy – even if they were living in a hut on the side of the road or walking for miles and miles down a vacant highway. The kids laughed and smiled, and the adults went on about their day-to-day lives with smiles on their faces as well. Made me really be thankful for all that I have back home, and it was definitely a great reminder that I’ve got it pretty damn good.
Other than an eye-opening experience or two with the locals we also visited the ruins at Tulum and Coba (there are some photos of both on SnapChat and Instagram), and I’ll be sharing those in a separate post a little bit later. If you’re visiting Mexico I’d definitely recommend visiting at least one set of ruins. They’re gorgeous, and I always love being able to see a part of history and then be able to see “I’ve been there” when you see it in a movie or mainstream media. Tulum was the prettier of the two in my opinion (my parents thought the opposite) because of all the ocean views it afforded. The ruins were definitely smaller and less intact, but there was a gorgeous beach right off the ruins which made the trip worth it to me. The waters in Tulum are the prettiest turquoise color that I’ve ever seen. Coba was the bigger of the two we visited, and I even got to climb to the top of one of the buildings (probably about 200 or so steps up). The view from on top was gorgeous, and while the climb up wasn’t too hard the climb down was a little harder. I may even include a video or two from my climb down when I upload the post on the ruins later this week, so keep an eye out! Next trip I definitely want to check out 2-3 other ruins because even though it was quite the drive from our resort, it was well worth it. Like I said if you’re planning a trip to Mexico, include a full day to visit these spots – it’s well worth it. Take it from me though that you need to leave EARLY and plan to spend the bulk of the day driving. It gets much, much hotter at the ruin sites (other than Tulum) because of the fact they aren’t near the ocean – so bring plenty of water and enjoy it.
Speaking of enjoying it – my time here in paradise is coming to a close so I’m going to close my Mac and turn up the tunes and lay by the pool and drink probably one too many beers. Follow along on SnapChat @TheKentuckyGent or on Instagram for some boozy poolside fun.