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EK BALAM, MEXICO

Sunday February 7, 2016

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Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Ek Balam, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

What an adventure at Ek Balam! Under the duress of severe food poisoning, we somehow managed to drive two hours from Playa del Carmen to the surrounding region of Valladolid and power through a full day of ruins and cenotes. The experience was part awesome, part painful, and completely unforgettable. This was a big daytrip from the Caribbean coast, and I had a lot planned for us (food bazaar in Valladolid, pyramids at Ek Balam, ruins at Chichen Itza and cenote swims at Ik Kil and Dzitnup) … but the food poisoning slowed us down to a snail’s pace, and we only crossed a few items off our list …

TULUM, MEXICO

Monday January 18, 2016

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After years of daydreaming about magical Tulum, we decided a visit to Mexico’s Yucatan was long overdue. Typically, I arrange our travels months in advance, but we were in desperate need of a last-minute warm weather escape, and this stretch of Caribbean offered the perfect dose of tropical bliss on the most idyllic coastline in Mexico. So on a whim, I booked our flight into Cancun, and from there we made the journey south into the heart of the Yucatan …

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

Friday January 15, 2016

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Playa del Carmen, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Playa del Carmen, Mexico www.bucketlistbums.com

Playa Del Carmen was our home for a week as we explored the Yucatan region of Mexico. An hour north of Tulum and an hour south of Cancun, the bustling city was the perfect mix of vibrant energy, delicious eats and infectious music – the most welcoming vibes to return to after a day in the region’s jungles, cenotes and beaches. The amazing variety of food along and around the Quinta Avenida was the best excuse for staying in Playa del Carmen. Our stomaches were happy 24/7 – fresh fish, churros, street tacos, chilaquiles, hand squeezed juice, tortillas, ice cream cones, etc. It felt like we were eating our way through the city every night …