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Location: Chetumal

Day 1 - 28 Nov 2019

Frontera Chetumal-Belice

Chetumal, Frontera Chetumal-Belice
Chetumal, Frontera Chetumal-Belice
Chetumal, Frontera Chetumal-Belice
Chetumal, Frontera Chetumal-Belice
Chetumal, Frontera Chetumal-Belice

Content: Welcome to Mexico baby! Viva La Vida! 🇲🇽💃🍹☀️🌊 🥥🌴 🌮🇲🇽 Right after our Belize trip, we took a bus and headed up north. We stopped in Quintana Roo, placed our belongings in the air bnb, and quickly hopped in a taxi to bacalar! We had heard so many amazing things about this lagoon when we were in Brazil and Guatemala from other travelers so we had to see it for ourselves! Quintana Roo is the state that’s closest to the Borders between Belize and Mexico. Now looking at these photos I’m sure you’re thinking, “what a beautiful ocean!” It’s not! It’s actually a lake! Do you know what that means?? It’s fresh water!! So while swimming in it, you don’t have to worry about being super salty and having salt in your hair. 🙈🤪 It’s commonly known as, “Bacalar Lagoon.”

Location: Bacalar

Day 1 - 28 Nov 2019

Bacalar Lagoon

Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon
Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon
Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon
Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon

Content: Kayaking in Bacalar’s Lagoon 🛶 Also known as “Pueblo Magico” or “Magic Town” this place has the most stunning lagoon with vivid turquoise waters and 7 different shades of blues and greens! Best way to see the lagoon? Kayaking!!! The kayaking is self-guided and ranges from 200-500 pesos ($12-25). I highly recommend doing the longer amount of time. I believe we chose something like 2 hours and it just wasn’t enough. Remember, it takes quite some time to kayak around! However, you definitely should pay for a guided tour so they can teach you the cool facts there, especially about the mangroves! Rent kayaks from: eco lodge at casa lamat. ✨mud masks✨ Everyone was putting the white mud/sand looking texture on their faces! It was said to have healing properties for your skin!

Bacalar Lagoon

Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon
Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon
Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon
Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon
Bacalar, Bacalar Lagoon

Content: ✨Instagrammable spots✨ The cool thing about this place was that they had several different areas to chill and take pictures of! This was a long dock where there happened to be no people! Just my friend and I! It definitely felt super peaceful. Dinner 🥘 Afterwards, we had dinner right along the dock area where we rented the kayak! The food wasn’t the best and prices were expensive. It’s the only restaurant so I suggest pack some snacks for before and after if you’re budget traveling. 🙏🏼

Location: Othón P. Blanco

Day 2 - 29 Nov 2019

Airbnb

Othón P. Blanco, Airbnb
Othón P. Blanco, Airbnb
Othón P. Blanco, Airbnb
Othón P. Blanco, Airbnb

Content: ✨Meet the gang✨ We literally made friends with these people that very same night we showed up. I saw these girls set up some karaoke and I was like no way! I also heard they were speaking Chinese, and I lived in China for a year and can speak some Chinese so we ended up all becoming super close! I even made friends with a danish dude lol. It was such a blast! My friend and I really needed this. We really needed that happy energy booster after we were stressed out all day. We sang karaoke, danced, and just had a really great time. I was so grateful to meet all of them. And I hope when you travel you take time to meet the people who are also staying at your hostel/air bnb!

Location: Chetumal

Day 2 - 29 Nov 2019

Chetumal

Chetumal, Chetumal
Chetumal, Chetumal
Chetumal, Chetumal
Chetumal, Chetumal
Chetumal, Chetumal

Content: This day deserves a crazy story time! So I hope you stick around to read it! :) As you can see, this was the night of our second day. We did not take any photos during our travels because it was quite honestly a nightmare. We were scammed from a fake air bnb for the first time ever. And we didn’t get our money back whatsoever. The Airbnb didn’t exist. They completely ghosted us once we arrived. We sent our taxi driver on a wild goose chase searching for a place that didn’t even exist. He was so livid. He literally hated us. And to make things even better, I threw up out his window, on the side of his car. 😂🙈🤪 So he dropped us off at McDonalds and made us pay extra lol. We then had to sit down while hot and exhausted with all of our luggage, to try and find an air bnb that still could take two people! After a few hours of searching and talking around to different people, we found a great fit! We hopped on another taxi and this air bnb was 🤩AMAZING.🤩

Location: Bacalar

Day 2 - 29 Nov 2019

Airbnb

Bacalar, Airbnb

Content: We managed to get a group photo together before everyone left! I think this is a great reminder for all that, life definitely doesn’t always go the way you want it to. And when that happens, I hope you learn how to make the best out of it and smile through the darkness. I also highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people. The friend I was traveling with didn’t want to leave her room. She wanted to rest and be alone. Which I respected completely! Until everyone wanted to meet her. So I went back up and told her how people wanted to talk to her and meet her and finally after some convincing she came out of her room and hung out! It definitely made her super happy and boosted her spirits. ;) So all in all, it was a crazy day. No pictures for you to really see, but these photos made up for memories on that day and I love it.

Location: Chetumal

Day 3 - 30 Nov 2019

salon de fiestas "El Cedro"

Chetumal, salon de fiestas "El Cedro"
Chetumal, salon de fiestas "El Cedro"
Chetumal, salon de fiestas "El Cedro"

Content: 🚗✨Back to the fun stuff✨🚗 My friend and I rented this cute little automatic Nissan and hit the road toward Tulum. We had lots to see and very little time to do it! So we didn’t want to sit on a cramped bus all day long, so we decided to rent a car! This car rental company allowed us to take it all the way to Playa Del Carmen.

Location: Tulum

Day 3 - 30 Nov 2019

Tulum

Tulum, Tulum
Tulum, Tulum
Tulum, Tulum

Content: Here’s a very short video of our cute little air bnb and the host who had a very adorable kitty cat. 😂 We stayed in an air bnb that was sort of off the beaten path. It was hard to find taxis to pick us up, so we rented bikes which was about $5-10 a day. There’s loads of bike agencies in Tulum so you’ll have many options to choose from!

Location: Valladolid

Day 3 - 30 Nov 2019

Restaurant Eco Turístico Cenote Azul

Valladolid, Restaurant Eco Turístico Cenote Azul

Content: Before heading to the Cenotes we had a delicious meal to get us on our feet!

Cenote Suytun

Valladolid, Cenote Suytun
Valladolid, Cenote Suytun
Valladolid, Cenote Suytun

Content: Cenote Suytun was an absolute stunner! Getting here by car is a definite must If you show up on a bus with a tour group you won’t get a good photo like this where there weren’t any people! This drive took around an hour and 15 minutes from Tulum. There’s changing rooms and bathrooms right after you pay admission and just before you enter the Cenote. You can rent life jackets if needed for max 30 pesos. The cenote had a nice paved staircase with a rope, but it’s a longgggggggg ways down! When walking down it looks like you’re entering a dark hole. 🙈 💰Price: 120 pesos ($6.50) 🕰 Hours: 9am-6pm (daily!) 📍 Best hours: early afternoon You’ll want to go early afternoon since that’s when the beams of light are visible through the crack in the cenote. It’s send a beam of light down into the main chamber and makes for stunning photos!

Location: Tulum

Day 3 - 30 Nov 2019

Tulum Beach

Tulum, Tulum Beach
Tulum, Tulum Beach
Tulum, Tulum Beach

Content: Next up, the beach! 🌴🌊 We actually decided to take the bikes to the cenote! We wanted to use our legs more rather than just driving around and it would only be about a 45 minute bike ride. We were actually drenched in sweat and soooooo exhausted lol. But it was worth it and super cheap! The water was so crystal clear and smooth. The coastline stretched for miles! It was so perfect! But it took so much time to actually get to the sandy part.

Location: San Miguel de Cozumel

Day 4 - 1 Dec 2019

Super Taqueria "El pique"

San Miguel de Cozumel, Super Taqueria "El pique"
San Miguel de Cozumel, Super Taqueria "El pique"

Content: This guy made our entire dinner experience 1000x better! Definitely appreciate his guitar playing! He was way too kind and also asked for requests! He played the song yellow by Coldplay per my request! ;)

San Miguel de Cozumel

San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel
San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel
San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel
San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel

Content: From Playa Del Carmen we took a boat to Cozumel island. 🛥 See those people spinning? That’s what you see before you get on the boat to Cozumel lol! Crazy right? 🤩✨Okay guys get ready for a story of a lifetime!!!✨🤩 This is the trip where I met my Swedish boyfriend. And we’ve been together for almost two years now. ❤️🥰 (He asked me to be his in Brazil lol!). Stay tuned for day 5 to hear that story!!😋

San Miguel de Cozumel

San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel
San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel

Content: After we rented another car, we headed to the beach! Pro tip: it’s nearly impossible to take taxis around the island. They’re super expensive and not all of them will go out there. So maybe you could get a taxi to take you out there (maybe), but it’s not likely you’ll find one to pick you up at your dispense. So definitely plan to rent a car on this island! The island is fairly quick to drive all around. It’s roughly just 2 hours! And when you get further out on the other side of the island, it just feels like you’re the only one driving out there! Which makes it perfect to find pretty spots to swim! 🚩 keep in mind 🚩 When you see red flags on the island, that means there’s a a riptide and you need to avoid that section.

Location: Cancún

Day 4 - 1 Dec 2019

Cenote Azul

Cancún, Cenote Azul
Cancún, Cenote Azul
Cancún, Cenote Azul
Cancún, Cenote Azul
Cancún, Cenote Azul

Content: Sunsets in Mexico 🌅 Cozumel had the second best sunsets I’ve ever seen. First being Croatia. 🤪 But sunset made the whole sky and ocean these beautiful pastel water colors that I was just super obsessed with! If you’re looking for turquoise warm waters, soft sand with no rocks, and very small waves, Cozumel is the place for you! 🥰✨

Location: Playa del Carmen

Day 5 - 2 Dec 2019

Playa Fundadores

Playa del Carmen, Playa Fundadores
Playa del Carmen, Playa Fundadores
Playa del Carmen, Playa Fundadores
Playa del Carmen, Playa Fundadores

Content: Time for snorkeling!🤿🐠🏊‍♂️☀️ Those two boys right there became our friends from yesterday during our Starbucks run. 🙈 We met them in Starbucks and quickly became friends. We told them how we rented a car and wouldn’t mind if they tagged along! So fast forward to today, we planned a whole day together full of snorkeling, swimming, hiking to the Mayan ruins, and spending quality time together. Snorkel trip 💰price: $12 usd 🕰 time: 4-5 hours 📍Location: Cozumel 🌊 Activities: snorkeling, swimming, and feeding fish

Location: Calderitas

Day 5 - 2 Dec 2019

Cozumel

Calderitas, Cozumel
Calderitas, Cozumel
Calderitas, Cozumel
Calderitas, Cozumel
Calderitas, Cozumel

Content: The San Gervasio Ruins Located on the northern part of Cozumel, a smaller Mayan ruin lies a tribute to the fertility goddess Ixchel. They’re definitely nothing like the ruins in Guatemala, or in Chicen Itza in Tulum, so just know that ahead of time! They’re nothing big! What to bring ✨ mosquito repellent! 🦟 ✨ loads of water 💧 ✨ hiking shoes 👟 ✨ a small backpack 🎒 ✨ cash 💵 (in pesos) Afterwards, we got to play with their super friendly parrot named Maria. 🦜

San Miguel de Cozumel

Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel

Content: More swimming 🏖 🏊‍♀️ After the Mayan ruins we were drenched in sweat! We hit the road to another beach spot. We literally spent the whole rest of the day just driving around to different beach locations that looked pretty to stop at. 🥰

San Miguel de Cozumel

Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel

Content: This was the night before I would leave the island. 🥲🌅🥺 During this time we just really bonded. We listened to music and shared our different tastes in music. We did piggyback ride races but the boys continued it on their own lololol. The boy in the black shirt became my boyfriend. This trip is how we met. And from this trip and on, we consistently messaged and called each other every day until I joined them on another trip one month later; Brazil. 🙈🥰❤️

San Miguel de Cozumel

Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel
Calderitas, San Miguel de Cozumel

Content: We managed to snap a photo together on our second last day together. ✨❤️ This is what makes travel absolutely beautiful. The people you meet. The memories you create with complete strangers who affect your life so deeply. The other boy in the pink shirt is named Jesper. He became one of my best guy friends. And Edvin, my boyfriend. 🙈🥰

Location: San Miguel de Cozumel

Day 6 - 3 Dec 2019

Plaza Leza

San Miguel de Cozumel, Plaza Leza
San Miguel de Cozumel, Plaza Leza
San Miguel de Cozumel, Plaza Leza

Content: Around noon on our very last day together we hopped in the rental car, picked up the boys, and all went surfing together! This was definitely a time to remember. None of us caught any waves, but we still had a blast. 🏄🏼‍♀️😂🤪

San Miguel de Cozumel

San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel
San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel
San Miguel de Cozumel, San Miguel de Cozumel

Content: 🇲🇽☀️Wrapping up!☀️🇲🇽 This trip is perfect for someone who’s wanting to sort of see it all but then also get to relax. I’d say the beginning of this trip in Mexico was very “see-it-all” type. And then once we got on this island we were able to spend more time relaxing. Mexico is really cheap!! You can buy $2 tacos which is amazing. Air bnbs can also be like $26 a night but split between two is $13. And we were able to get a whole apartment for super cheap in Cozumel! It was further out, but we had a car so it was fine. The one thing I didn’t like about Mexico was how many men catcalled us. We never felt like we were in dangerous situations or felt unsafe, but we weren’t out during night ever. We weren’t drinkers or partiers so that helped. Just ignore the men who flirt and whistle at you, you absolutely have to ignore them! And it’ll all be fine and work out in the end. :) Hope this trip helps, happy traveling!🥰