Wordful Wednesday – Visiting Tulum, Mexico

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We went International last week and took the kids to Cancun for a week.  It was so nice to get away.  We truly “unplugged” and didn’t use our phones which means no phone, no texting and no internet.  I think it was the first time I’ve gone without internet access for more than a whole day in like a decade.  For real.

One of my favorite parts of our trip was our trip to Tulum.  The last time we visited Cancun, Jeff and I visited Chichen Itza, and although we thought the ruins there were pretty darn spectacular we wanted to take the kids to Mayan ruins that were a little closer to the hotel and that were on a little smaller scale.  Plus, we heard that their setting overlooking the ocean was breath taking.

It was.

One of the things that I loved about the ruins at Tulum was that it was really easy to tell whether the buildings were designed to be temples (the temples have stone roofs) or palaces, and when it got almost too hot to bear, you could walk down to the beach and cool off in the ocean.

Their iguana selection was superb, too.  🙂  At one point we counted 11 iguanas in a 10’x10′ area!

Even though it was really hot, the kids were excellent sports and hardly complained at all.  Especially when I told them (the boys) that the Mayan kids used to be kept in dungeons guarded over by trained iguanas when they were naughty.  For some reason they felt grateful that wasn’t their fate or something.  {laughing} 

It’s truly amazing that these structures are still in such great shape, don’t you think?  Especially when you consider the ruins are right on the coast and the salt and sea breeze are continuously “weathering” the rock.

My favorite “venue” at the ruins was this little area right on the backside of the ruins over looking the ocean.  I could have stayed there all day.  There was this amazing coastal breeze, the blue of the Caribbean was gorgeous, and having my family around me just made me, HAPPY.


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  1. Looks like an amazing trip! I’ve always loved the color of the ocean in Mexico. It’s just stunning. Glad you guys had a great time!

  2. Superb, you surely had a great time. Didn’t you try to imagine how life was in these old old days when you were checking out the ruins?

  3. It’s absolutely beautiful! The water is amazing! I can’t wait to go on vacation.

  4. What a great way to spend Spring Break! All amazing shots of amazing family time. 🙂 Princess Nagger’s school doesn’t actually do a spring break, so we don’t get to plan anything so amazing. 😉

  5. It’s like one of those postcards that you send while you’re on vacation…you know…”Wish you were here”…only I’d send it to you…”Wish I were there instead of here in Canada where it’s cold”

  6. Beautiful! And how awesome that you could experience it as a family! This must be added to my bucket list. 🙂 Happy WW!

  7. We didn’t do anything that fun on spring break however, we did go on our honeymoon. It is just georgous isn’t it? We went in June and it was HOT!!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful!

    (we didn’t do anything on our spring break, I was really sick)

  9. What a stunning holiday! I would love to see it.

  10. Hell, that picture makes ME happy, the one off the ruins where the water is so gorgeous. I can almost feel the breeze. My imagination rocks! Your family is gorgeous, Angie; I would give anything to be able to take my family on a vacation. It’s just not gonna happen anytime soon. We didn’t do anything this spring break but the girls say they had fun with our mini outings to the library, parks, movies, and museums. That, for now, is enough.

    BTW, love the new welcome photo.

  11. breathtaking pictures! now I want to go to Cancun even if it is littered with man-eating dinosaurs, I mean iguanas. LOL! glad your family had a great time!

  12. So you’re recommending Tulum, right? 😉 The Riviera Maya area of Mexico is one of my very favorite places to visit, but we’ve never made it down to Tulum. I think I need to remedy this ASAP. That water is absolutely breathtaking and that’s exactly what I love about being in that area – it’s just SO relaxing! By the way, did you happen to take the kids to Xcaret? If not, I’d suggest it for next time. It’s been about 5 years since I was there, but it was a great place to experience some of the Mayan cultural traditions (but it’s SO much more than that too). Glad you had a great trip 🙂

  13. What a great trip you had! I’d love to see those places someday!

  14. WOW! That is an amazing spring break! Our spring break was so lame in comparison…. we just stayed home.

  15. Awe great pics! I can’t wait to go to Mexico again, haven’t been since I was a teenager!!

  16. My husband and I went there for our honeymoon. It was amazing! I am glad you got a chance to unplug and get away.

    Also, your blog had a little face lift. Love it. 🙂

  17. Love all of your pictures. My husband had to unplug when he went to Europe last month. He said it was sooo weird. He had thousands of work emails when he got back though.

  18. It looks like a beautiful place! We went to Cancun a couple of years ago and I’d love to go back!

  19. Beautiful! Wish I could go there!

  20. Wow! I am just impressed you got on a plane with five kids! I can’t wait til I’m brave enough to do that.

  21. I treated myself today over my lunch hour to walk in the sand and dip my toes in the ocean. While it was a gorgeous experience, it’s nothing like those waters. What wonderful shots!

  22. wow
    what a beautiful trip…
    thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  23. You totally brought me back to my Honeymoon..that’s where we went (and chichen itza)…it’s so beautiful there,

    And, what you told the boys about the dungeons is hilarious.

  24. My husband and I went to Riveria Maya a few years ago and visited Tulum it was so gorgeous! Love looking at your pictures and remembering how great it was. I really want to go back one day with my kids when they’re older.

    Did you go swimming? That was my favorite part was swimming in that gorgeous water amongst the ruins!