Xcaret Encore and Tulum

We left our hotel at around 7:00 AM because we had a lot to do. We planned to spend half the day at Xcaret to finish the rest of the activities there. Since we spent a lot of money on admission already, we might as well enjoy it as much as we could. We planned to leave at 1:00 PM for Tulum. There were still many non-water related activities at Xcaret that could take up a lot of time.

Not many people were there when we arrived. We followed the map and the numbers on the map to visit every part of the ecological park that we hadn’t visited last Saturday.

First, we walked over to the Aquatic Paradise, Beach, Cove, and Ponds. We saw a slide, but the kids decided not to do it due to dirty conditions. We took the boat ride on the Paradise River. We visited the Coral Reef Aquarium, Butterfly Pavilion, Sea Turtles, Puma and Jaguar Island, Regional Wildlife Enclosure, Crocodiles, Museum of Culture and Anthropology, and St. Francisco of Assisi Chapel. We watched the Flying Men show. We strolled the Jungle Trail, Mayan Ruins, Ruins Scale Models, Mayan Village, Mayan Cemetery, and Mexican Corner. Last, we went to the Rotating Scenic Tower. In the air, we saw lots of vegetation around the park and the Caribbean sea from above.

Boat ride on Paradise river

Boat ride on Paradise river

Flamingo

A view of the Caribbean sea

A view of the Caribbean sea

Flying men

Flying men

The only things we missed were: the Bee Farm, Deer Island, Monkey Island, the Mushroom Farm,  Fiesta Charra, Papantla Fliers, the Guided Park Tours, and the Ecological Tour.

Before we left the park, we bought four Lime Popsicles for $116 pesos. They actually tasted good.

We arrived at Tulum around 2:00 PM. We found a parking lot for $50 pesos. After we parked the car, a man in a shed in a corner of the parking lot asked us to come over for a free Tulum map. He told us that it would take 40 minutes waiting in the line to buy tickets at the entrance, it was the turtle nesting season, therefore, the beach in Tulum was closed, and no one could swim there. He asked us to join his tour so that we could get the tickets right away and finish visiting the ruins in 45 minutes, then his tour would take us to a nice beach and snorkeling activities. He said the tour costed $40 USD per adult and $30 USD per kid. We didn’t show any interest. He then lowered the adult price to $30 USD and kid price to $20 USD. We told him that we were leaving next morning and didn’t have much time this afternoon.

We walked for about 10 minutes to the entrance. There was no line, and we bought our tickets immediately. There was quite a lot more walking on the rough road after we entered. Then we arrived at a courtyard, where people can enter the enclosed ruins. We looked at the ruins. Most of them were in pretty bad shape. El Castillo was the most prominent and in good condition. The beach was behind it, and there were people swimming there. After we visited all the ruins, we were back to where we started, the courtyard. From there, we could go out from the road we came from, which was kinda narrow. I could see congestion happening if many people were going both ways. Or we could enter back to the ruins and walk another length of the ruins and go out from the back exit then walk all the way back to the front door. It was a really bad design and lacked efficiency. It bugged me so much that I won’t be coming back to Tulum.

El Castilla in the back

El Castillo in the back

A closer view of the El Castillo

A closer view of the El Castillo

After, we drove about two hours back to the hotel. Since the Mexican pastries were so delicious and cheap, I wanted to get some more for tomorrow’s breakfast. This would be our last opportunity. Mr. Adventurer went to Chedraui to buy some and also purchased a huge gold-bar-shaped d’meals fine gold dark chocolate. The total weight was 200 grams. It costed $80 pesos. We all liked it.

Mexican chocolate


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