Travel Inspiration – Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

     So if you’ve been around on this blog at all this year, you’ll likely remember that I went travelling through Central America for a month back in June – if this is news to you, I suggest you start here. Anyway, it was the most amazing trip ever, through some truly beautiful countries. I didn’t share that many photos in my original series on the trip, so I’m featuring the first of the countries I visited now in this travel inspiration post – Mexico. I only visited a small region of Mexico, but I’d like to return and see the rest of the country one day. My stops were Playa del Carmen and Tulum, in the south-east Yucatán peninsula, before we crossed into Belize. This was my first taste of Latin America, and it was a pretty good start, with tropical beaches and swimming in cenotes. I couldn’t capture everything on film, as my camera is not built for the water, and the quality of the underwater cameras some of the others were using wasn’t fantastic, so the photos from the underground cenote we visited, and the snorkelling with sea turtles are missing. But hopefully this gives you a taste of what Yucatán has to offer!

Sand and blue ocean at the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The streets of Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Bienvenidos / Welcome surfboard sign on the beach at Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Wooden pier in the turquoise blue ocean at Playa del Carmen beach, Mexico

White sand & boats in the ocean at the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Shops on the streets of Playa del Carmen, Mexico
I love the beach-vibe stalls, colourful wall art and quirky details, like the Jolly Roger flag below, dotted around the town of Playa del Carmen.

Colourful paintings on the walls of a hostel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Jolly Roger pirate flag flying on Playa del Carmen beach, Mexico
Evening on the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Colourful flags above the streets of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, at night

The town at night was just full of colour, lights, and music.

Men swinging upside down around a pole, in a prayer ceremony, outside Tulum ruins, Mexico

Palm trees and Mayan ruins of Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ruins, with the ocean beyond the cliff-side, Mexico

White sandy beach with Tulum ruins on the cliff in the background, Mexico

Have you ever seen prettier ruins? I’m no history buff, but the cliffside location of Tulum’s ruins made them far more interesting!

Palm tree by a white sandy path through Tulum ruins, Mexico

Palm tree hanging out a cliff side, overlooking a beach & the ocean, taken from Tulum ruins, Mexico

Palm trees & ruins on the cliff side, overlooking the beach and ocean at Tulum, Mexico

Palm trees, white sand and turquoise ocean at the beach at Tulum, Mexico

White sands, blue skies, palm trees, and a drink at the beach bar – what more could you ask for?

Small fishing boats on the white sand of Tulum beach, Mexico

Old fishing boat and colourful direction sign on Tulum beach, Mexico

Seaweed on the rocks, and turquoise ocean waters by Tulum beach, Mexico
Bright orange mini bug car in Tulum, Mexico

Swimming in the cenote (below) was such a surreal experience, as I’ve only ever seen photos of places like this before – the real thing is even more beautiful.

Clear blue lagoon in the jungle - Cenote Jardin del Eden, near Tulum, Mexico

Clear blue jungle lagoon - Cenote Jardin del Eden, near Tulum, Mexico