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The Jones Gang, aka hogfamily, 2010 Isla de la Mujeres Adventures # 12 Coba and Tulum!

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Date: 9/10/2010

Coba and Tulum.

After a good night sleep, an excellent breakfast at Carboncitos, the restaurant at Hotel Cielo, we met our guide / driver for the day Cesar Garcia.

We highly recommend Cesar if you need a driver / guide for this area. He is great, speaks English, has a great sense of humor, he told us that his daughter is going to college in Boston and said that he is the only Mexican sending money TO the US. He lives in a small village near Coba and knows the area well. He was wonderful with our kids. His prices are reasonable. His contact info: cesar77710@hotmail.com Telephone # from US 011 52 984 134 7424 in Mexico cell# 984 134 7424 or 984 875 4233.


Coba is incredible. Cesar suggested that we get a guide for our first time. The guides are all part of a union; you get who is up next. Cesar says that all the guides do a good job.

Our guide Juan was the best.

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The first part of the tour is on foot, and then you have the option of renting bicycles and tricycles with drivers for the rest of the tour. We recommend that you do that as it allows you to cover more ground with your guide and the trails are fun to ride.

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This is a road that connected Coba to Yaxuna over 100 km away.

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The Nohoch Mul pyramid the tallest in the Yucatan.

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Just before we climbed it the sky darkened then there was about ten minutes of very loud thunder, it was perfect, dark jungle all around…..Mayan ruins…..loud thunder……….

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We spent a few minutes back at the entrance, taking a rest, cooling down, and re-hydrating then it was off to Tulum.

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At the staging area for the Tulum ruins. From here you either walk to the ruins or take the tram.

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That is Cesar behind the hoglets.

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A little entertainment while waiting for the tram.

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The entrance to the Tulum ruins.

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Next Cesar took us to Paraíso Beach. It was beautiful.

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All too soon it was time to head back to Playa del Carmen.

After a great dinner at Carboncitos it was time for bed.

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Thanks to Kathryn at Kathryn’s Travel for setting up our transportation to Playa del Carmen / Xcaret. Thanks to Laura and Perry, MapChick and MapDude, for the recommendation of Hotel Cielo and Cesar.

If you ever stay in Playa del Carmen we highly recommend Hotel Cielo. When we made our reservations we reserved two family rooms. Well….. there was a mix up and several days before our arrival Russell, one of the owners of Hotel Cielo, emailed us that the family rooms had been reserved by a vetenarian school long before we did for an annual event. (The hogfamily vet student connection was not overlooked.) He apologized profusely and offered us several options; give us three other rooms at the same price, pay for us to stay at another hotel, or tell him to jump in a lake and refund our money. Regardless of what we decided he gave us 50% off any meals including drinks at the hotel’s restaurant Carboncitos. We chose to stay at Hotel Cielo.

The hotel, restaurant, and all the staff were great. Anna, the breakfast waitress was the best! We met Russell and he is a hoot. Hotel Cielo is like a piece of Isla in Playa del Carmen. www.hotelcielo.com

Some lessons learned for the next time we do an off Island Adventure to Xcaret, Coba, and Tulum:

Next time we go to Xcaret we will leave Isla early spend the night at Hotel Cielo so that we can spend some time at the beach and check out Playa del Carmen. We will go early the next day to Xcaret so that we can spend a full day at the park.

For Coba and Tulum we would take a day for each. We would stay at Tulum and make day trips from there. Cesar suggested, (and we agree), go to Coba early in the morning, take the guided tour then spend time looking around on our own. Either take a lunch or eat at any of the small family restaurants in Coba village. Stop on the way back to Tulum at a cenote or two, there are several to choose from and your driver / guide will be able to suggest a few. Spend the evening looking around Tulum village.

The next day go to Tulum ruins early in the morning before the crowds, go to Paraíso Beach for lunch then have Cesar take us to a beach further south that he said is beautiful and hardly ever has anyone there.

(We will also read more about the history, people, ruins, and villages of the areas that we visit before we get there.)

Return to Isla the next day with a stop in Cancun for a little shopping.


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