Day Trippin’ To Coba
While we could easily have whiled away our days in Tulum doing nothing but reading in the shade and eating ridiculous amounts of avocado (#basicforlife) at Sanara, but we decided to be proactive and dedicate a day to doing something a bit more adventurous.
Having done the Tulum ruins a couple of times now, we opted for Coba’s jungle-set ruins that unlike Tulum’s, you can actively climb up. If you haven’t done the Tulum ruins before, definitely do these as they are stunning set atop that bright turquoise sea. But if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend that needs entertaining and can’t deal with sitting still on a beach day in, day out, Coba is definitely a good second option that’s a bit further afield.
We loaded up on chia seed puddings, berry smoothies and coconut bowels at The Real Coconut Kitchen before getting in a cab for Coba… The ruins are set amidst a few miles of jungle so its definitely worth hiring a bike at the beginning and cycling between the different sites. We wanted to hire bikes at the end and cycle back so walked, only to find there were no bikes (only taxi-bikes) at the end. Our lack of Spanish failed us once again! Still, it felt good to stretch out legs and when we got to the main ruins we were pretty grateful for the warm up….
At the bottom of the main event… If you’re vaguely in good shape, the way up is fairly easy (although I’ll admit I was more out of breath than people twice my age at the top). The views are amazing over the forest but the crowds of people kind of detracts from it if I’m honest… Still it felt really good to get up there and push ourselves a bit after five days mostly lying horizontal on a beach.
The way up is actually a lot easier than the way down which is when any tiny bit of vertigo might set in (hence those people shuffling down in a seated position). I was totally fine until my sandals started to slip a bit on the rock (it’s so smooth and super slippy) and could easily have freaked out at that point (heights aren’t my strong suit). But thankfully Jamie lead me down by the hand for the high bit and then I was fine, albeit with with pride slightly dented.
On our way to Coba we passed so many amazing, intricate dream catchers for sale that we asked our driver to stop on the way back. They’re by far the nicest dream catchers I’ve seen (like the one we had hanging above our bed at Sanara) and we stopped at a really sweet, family-run stall next to a blossom tree. We chose a plain white, medium-sized dream catcher that survived the rest of the journey and is now hanging proudly above my bed. I know they can sometimes look a bit lame, but honestly these are so beautiful and handmade and really affordable too (not like the things in Tulum town priced in U.S dollars).
We had planned on combining our trip to Coba with a trip to some cenotes, but the ones we wanted to go to would have meant another extra hour in the car and we were kind of ready to just enjoy the beach and immerse ourselves in our books.
So we headed back to Sanara to cool off with juices and a swim. We walked down the beach in the late afternoon and popped into Raw Love at Ahau Hotel for a raw salted caramel brownie and smoothies… A really nice place to cool off with something healthy in the afternoon if you’re in need of a good juice or raw snack.
A quick snap shot of my (very creased) holiday wardrobe at Sanara…
The next day it was time to head to Holbox for our next stop with Mr and Mrs Smith, so we soaked up the sun on the beach, ordered our last favourite beachside lunch at Sanara and waved goodbye with heavy hearts to our sandy home in Tulum.
We were island bound for Holbox and excited to get there…
Star shirt | Tularosa
Shorts | Customised Levis
Hat | Lack of Colour
White denim shorts | Free People
Stripe t-shirt | Isabel Marant Etoile
Brown leather slides | Ancient Greek
Sunglasses | Rayban
Blue and white bikini | Peony Swimwear
Black blouse | H&M
Denim shorts | Customised Levis
Sandals | Palmaira Sandals
Necklaces | Lucy Williams X Missoma