After a few days on the beach in Tulum, we were itching to get out and explore a bit. It was so easy to make the hour and a half drive because we had rented a car. After a morning session of yoga, we left for Valladolid. Once we arrived, we made our way along Calzada de los Frailes - it was a beautifully pastel street with cute little boutiques everywhere.
After walking and exploring, we arrived at the Convent de San Bernardino de Siena. It was a few pesos to walk inside, and definitely worth it. The convent sits on top of a cenote and there is a museum inside that talks about the excavation. Everything was so pink, so we definitely took our time snapping photos of everything. It was close to lunch time, so we walked across the street to have a delicious lunch at La Taberna de los Frailes.
In the center of town is the Catedral de San Servasio. The inside is very sparse, but still worth a look. We walked along the plaza in the center, picking up some helado from the vendors that are everywhere.
Not quite ready to head back and also knowing that we drove right through Coba on our way to Valladolid, we decided to make an impromptu stop at the ruins. We got there around 2:30pm, so I knew it was a good idea to rent bikes if we wanted to see everything. It ended up being a perfect decision as the walks were long and it was a great way to cool off as well.
We were able to see all of the areas, sometimes even having the area to ourselves! It was much less touristy and reminded us of Tikal! The main pyramid itself was crowded, but we were able to climb to the top and enjoy the jungle views below. We basically closed down the park at 5 and made our way back to Tulum.
That evening, we were pretty tired from exploring all day, so we grabbed picnic stuff from the supermarket and enjoyed it with a bottle of champagne on the beach at sunset. What a wonderful end to the trip (or so we thought...)!
Up Next: We're heading to Japan for a few weeks in March, so we don't have much going on before then. I have a work trip to Atlanta and South Carolina though, so look for some snaps of that on my instagram!