Day #1 in Tulum

July 21, 2018

Following the advices of Adone, we headed to Coba in the early morning. From Casa Mango is around 25 kms, and we arrived there in no time. Coba is an ancient Mayan city that is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of Mayan civilisation.

Just outside the site there is a nice lake, and before entering we stopped there taking some nice pics.

Coba archeological zone is in the forest, and that’s nice for our little ones and for us.
The roads – “Sacbeob” in Maya – connect the different buildings in the ancient Maya city, and you can easily go around with the bikes in the area (the road surface is stroller-friendly, but the distances are not, the all round is 4 kms). We took a tricycle taxi (a sort of rickshaw) to visit the ruins, our driver provided us with nice information on the different monuments and the kids where enthusiast of this new experience.

We visited the pelota field, a sort of custom check point, the old road connecting Yaxuna and Coba, and the tallest pyramid (Nohoch Mul). First me and Tommy climbed it under the sight of Michela and Giò, on the top the view of the surrounding forest was amazing and Tommy super excited.
Then it was the turn of Michela, and followed Giò attempts to reach mum by free-climbing the pyramid (steps where already to big for Tommy, but almost impossible for Giò).

Completed the tour, we went for lunch in the restaurant just outside the ruins. Not the best one around probably, but kids were hungry, and in the end the food was ok.

After lunch, to refresh us, we went to visit the nearby cenote Choo Ha. It’s an underground cenote, with extremely clean water, you need to shower before entering to take away cream and any other dirty staff, so to preserve the cenote’s water. Michi and Tommy enjoyed swimming the fresh water, while I and Giò wondered around the cave. Probably not the most toddlers-friendly experience, but still possible for them.

After the bath, we went to Punta Laguna a small village on the way to Valladolid from Tulum, where there is a natural reserver for spider monkeys. Before entering the reserve, Tommy became friend with a group of local kids. They were also fascinated by Giò Giò: it was some time a baby wasn’t seen at the village.

The visit was interesting and after wondering in the forest we managed to spot a number of Monkeys. The trail in the forest, of course, is not suitable for the stroller. Nevertheless, the guide was very kind and he carried Tommy for a while when he got tired of walking around.

We then headed to the laguna were we found the new friends of Tommy having the bath. (He wanted to join and avoiding that was not that easy!) On the way back Tommy wanted to climb the observation tower: he is a little fearless explorer!

Close to the exit of the park, we met other Monkeys, this time they were very close to us, and our little ones
screamed excited. At the entrance of the park we got invited to join the birthday party of one of the new friends of Tommy. Again everyone wanted to carry around little Giò Giò.

Finally we crossed the forest back to Casa Mango where we had a great dinner with the home made
tagliatelle by Adone.

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