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Tulum has overdeveloped luxury at the beach (foreign-owned boutique resorts) close to underdevloped poverty in the town (old Beatles everywhere, corrugated iron roofed houses), as well as a bit of in between (for people like us!). Our night "security" guard lives 12 hours away from his wife and son to make a better living in a basic hotel. But everyone was happy, friendly and helpful, and they seem interested and involved in conservation efforts, which is always nice to see.

Here we saw the only Mayan ruins on the ocean, marvelled at the very brazen iguanas, and had our first swim in the warm, turquoise Caribbean next to pure white sand. Playa ParaĆ­so is listed in Trip Advisors top 25 beaches in the world (#21)...http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g1

We also swam with seagrass-munching turtles (and lots of fish) at Playa Akumal, and swam in Cenote Los Dos Ojos, a limestone sinkhole with the clearest water I've ever seen, Snorkelled through a tunnel into a cave which is home to lots of fruit bats! I still have a bump where I banged my head on a stalagtite... :-)

Not a bad start to our trip! We unfortunately don't have any photos here, as I don't have a cable for the camera...

Posted by NiamhC 08:58 Archived in Mexico

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