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If you want another good reason to visit Tulum, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico here it is…from May to October it is Turtle Nesting Season! Every night, after the sun comes down, the amazingly huge mother sea turtles amble slowly up the beach, dig their holes and lay their eggs. It’s a truly spectacular sight which can be seen at most sections of Tulum beach.
Tulum beach and all along the Caribbean coast of Mexico are nesting grounds for two endangered species of sea turtles: the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and the Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). After mating at sea, mother turtle swims to shore and digs with her flippers to lay her eggs and she covers them with sand. Then she crawls back to the surf zone and swims out to the Caribbean sea. Baby turtles hatch after 50 or 60 days from the nests and struggle to make their way through the sea.
To witness such event in a beach of Tulum, is an amazing experience, but if you happen to miss turtle season, The Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA) offers weekly slide presentations about sea turtles conservation programs and turtles nesting season including addition printed material. For the past four years CEA has been actively participating in the sea turtle protection programs to protect some of the nests of eggs in the long stretch of beach from Akumal to Tulum.
Environmental care is a rising concern and everybody’s responsibility; all of us can help on the turtle conservation purpose. Here is a quick list of things you can do when you visit Tulum beach to help the sea turtles reach their goal. They will appreciate it!
- Don’t make campfires on Tulum´s beach. Sea turtle hatchlings are known to be attracted to the light emitted by campfires. They crawl into the fires and die.
- Avoid flashlights and flash photography; it may cause mother turtles to abort their nesting attempts.
- Minimize beachfront lighting during sea turtle nesting season in Tulum, by turning off, shielding, or redirecting lights. You can close the blinds and drapes in oceanfront rooms to keep your indoor lighting from reaching the beach.
- If you encounter a turtle on Tulum´s beach remain quiet, still, and at a distance. Otherwise, the frightened turtle may return to the ocean without nesting.
- Leave any tracks left by turtles in every Tulum beach undisturbed. Researchers use the tracks to identify the turtle species and to find and mark the nests for protection.
- Remove your gear (lounge chairs, cabanas, umbrellas, boats, toys, etc.) from the every beach in Tulum at night. Their presence can deter nesting attempts and interfere with the journey of the hatchlings.
- After a beach day in Tulum, properly dispose of your trash. Turtles mistake plastic bags, Styrofoam, and trash floating in the water as food. If they eat it, they will die when this trash blocks their intestines.
- Celebrate events without helium balloon releases. Like trash, balloons end up in the ocean, and sea turtles mistakenly eat the balloons and die.
Restaurant around the hotel
There are quite a few restaurants and more are slowly popping up, but there are some you should definitely not miss. They all have the same feel to them – open-air kitchens, amazing + unique decor, rustic cuisine, candle-lit in the evenings – yet all are unique in their own way. The best part? The ingredients are super fresh – specially the fish, which is bought daily from local fishermen.
WARNING: you will encounter the following difficulties when visiting these places:
1. They get fairly packed and you may well have to wait an hour or two for a table if you arrive too late. Get there before 6 or 7 pm – and take cash. Most of these are cash-only.
2. It’s extremely hard to choose what you’ll want to eat from their amazing menus!
Keep walking, and at length, as the town fades to darkness, you come to Tulum’s great find. A small roadside restaurant, open-fronted, with plastic chairs and metal tables on a cement floor. Locals queue for a table. As you wait, a van arrives and two men manhandle into the kitchen grouper fish, four feet long and fresh from the beach. Dinner.
It’s the best food you will taste in Mexico, washed down with the local beer – at around £7 a head. You will only get the name out of me on pain of death. Some things you just don’t want to change.
Our days are filled with routines. Most of them are pretty good! They help us deal with a large number of complex tasks. If we stick to them too closely, though, we get bored. Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do to mix things up.
What to do in Tulum:
Tulum, on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is a strip of beach and jungle peppered with stylish haute-bohemian huts and ancient ruins overlooking the Caribbean.
The Tulum ruins are the remains of an ancient Mayan port city.
Beachfront Tulum is known for its sugar-white sand and aqua waters.
Cool down at the small, but sweet Gran Cenote, a freshwater cave, 20 minutes from Tulum.
Be an exhibitionist and have a massage at Tulum, one of the newer so-called eco-resorts. It has two alluring palapas massage rooms planted just above high tide.
The ceviche at Tulum is piquant-flavored and gorgeous: a two-fisted goblet of shrimp, grouper, avocado and corn with tendrils of octopus crawling over the edges (and tossed with ginger, coriander and lemon.
Meditating while smeared with clay and honey.
WHEN Western civilization becomes trying, you can always leave it for another. One way is to go back in time to Maya civilization. At the height of their empire, from the 3rd to the 10th century, the Maya ruled in an unbroken chain of cities and villages from southern Mexico through Guatemala and Belize and down to western Honduras and El Salvador. It would take a lifetime, maybe many, to see the architectural ruins and remains of those cities, so staggeringly beautiful and strange.
Some are largely unexplored, still remote, reached only by river or on foot. Others are easily accessible; it is possible to wake up at dawn in, say, Brooklyn, and be standing in the long shadow of the Maya at sundown.