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Getting Here - Through Xcalak

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 26, 2015

UPDATE: June 14, 2017 - Just put in new signs. And added a couple. One right at the bridge says "Ahead 8KM" and there is one on the beach road that says ahead 700M. Seems like people feel like they have gone too far when they...

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Cenotes - Grand Cenote

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Located just outside of Tulum on the road to Coba, Gran Cenote has probably the nicest facilities of any of the cenotes we have been to. They have clean changing rooms, and lockers. The grass is manicured....

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Cenotes - Cenote Calavera/Temple of Doom

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

This cenote is very close to Tulum (walking distance from the San Francisco grocery store) on the road to Coba. Calavera means skull and it's obvious why. It has a large opening and two small openings....

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Cenotes - Zacil Ha

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

This is on the road to Coba out of Tulum. We actually didn’t go into this one. Just checked it out and took some pictures, so I can’t tell you about the water temp. Though a good guess would be around 70...

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Cenotes - Car Wash

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Located on the road to Coba out of Tulum. We actually didn’t go in to this one. It is a surface cenote that taxi driver’s used to use to wash their cars. When we arrived, the water was a murky green that...

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Cenotes - Dos Ojos

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

About mid-way between Akumal and Tulum on highway 307 on the west side of the road is a clump of cenotes centered on Dos Ojos (or two eyes). It is a bit confusing, since when you come off of the highway...

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Cenotes - Casa Cenote

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Casa Cenote is a few minutes north of Tulum off of 307 on Tankah bay. It is a surface cenote and because it is on the east side it is very close to the ocean and the water definitely has some salt in it....

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Cenotes - Jaguar Cenote

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Jaguar is on the bumpy road to Dos Ojos. We didn’t actually go in but were able to take some pictures. It had a couple of platforms to jump in as well as a zip line. If I had to guess, it is about the same...

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Cenotes - Yax Kin

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

We actually didn’t get to swim here because we couldn’t find anyone taking money. But we were able to take some pictures. It is a pretty large surface cenote with crystal clear water. Looks like it would...

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Cenotes - 7 Bocas

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

7 Bocas is on the Ruta de los cenotes. You pick it up heading west from Puerto Morelos. This one is a cavern cenote that goes up to 500 feet deep. Definitely try going close to mid-day as most of the bocas...

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Cenotes - Jardin del Eden (Garden of Eden)

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Jardin del Eden is in a group of four cenotes just south of Puerto Aventuras across from the Barcelo Maya Hotel. It has a couple of smaller pools and one main pool. The main cenote has two areas to do some...

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Cenotes - Cenote Azul

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 14, 2016

Our Visit

Cenote Azul is right next door to Jardin del Eden on 307 near Puerto Aventuras. We actually didn’t go into the water there, although I am sure it is similar to Jardin del Eden. The reason was we couldn’t...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Tulum Ruins1

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

After Chichen Itza, Tulum is probably the most visited ruin in the Yucatan. You will likely see 30-40 tour buses in the parking lot but it is a very large site and can handle the crowds. There is a large...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Coba

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

Again not quite a day trip. This is a ruin that is just west of Tulum. So it is more of a stop on the way driving from Cancun, or on your way back. Coba has the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan. It is also...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Muyil

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2016

Overview

A bit of a misnomer as this is a ruin that is just south of Tulum. So it is more of a stop on the way driving from Cancun, or on your way back than a day trip. It is a smaller site. Compared to Tulum, or...

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Restaurant Review - Asadero El Pollo

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

So I am a bit of a foody, and one of the things I like is finding out of the way eateries that are punching way above their weight class. Sometimes it’s a pastry cart in Bangkok, or an Oden cart in Tokyo on a winter’s day that...

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Restaurant Review - El Pocito

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

When coming to Xcalak, sometimes flights force you to spend a night or two in Cancun. If you are like me and the thought of going to a Señor Frogs or Coco Bongo for dinner makes your skin crawl, I have a different type of...

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The Cenote Report

Written by Rob Mukai on Sep. 18, 2016

Cenotes are sink holes. The geology of the Yucatan is of a lot of limestone, with all flowing fresh water underground in systems of caves and underground rivers. The caves contain stalactites and stalagmites as water filters...

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Restaurant Review - Savora Bakhalal

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 30, 2016

If you are on a daytrip to Bacalar, or to the ruins at Dzibanche and you want to get some good food. Give Savora Bakhalal a try. It is an Italian...

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Restaurant Review - Porque No Gelato

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 31, 2016

Right on the main square in Bacalar, there is a small gelato shop called Porque No (means Why Not?). And indeed why not get a hand made gelato or sorebeto made with fresh fruit, on a hot day in Bacalar. If you are in...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Casa de los Venados

Written by Rob Mukai on Nov. 03, 2017

Overview

A very cool private Mexican Folk Art Collection in the colonial city of Valladolid. There are over 3,000 pieces in an 18,000 sq. ft. private home. This huge private home took 10 years to renovate and is...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Vidrio Soplado Mexicano

Written by Rob Mukai on Dec. 22, 2017

Overview

I have been having a difficult time keeping in Roberita glasses. Over time, they get broken, and the only place I know of to get rather unremarkable margarita glasses is at a hotel supply store in Cancun....

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Cenote Zaci

Written by Rob Mukai on Jul. 26, 2018

Review

This is a quick one, the restaurant overlooking the Cenote Zaci in the middle of Valladolid is a great place for lunch. They have a full Yucatecan menu with specialties like Queso Relleno and cochinita pibil....

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Restaurant Review - Las Delicias

Written by Rob Mukai on Jul. 26, 2018

This place was recommended to me by a bellman at the 4 Points by Sheraton. And it is a great find. You won't find any gringos at this place. It is located just before the turnoff to the CUN airport on 307 on the southbound...

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Restaurant Review - La Braceria

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 05, 2018

Overview

If you are staying in Tulum on your way down to Xcalak, and you have a hankering for a good steak, give La Braceria a try.

Our Experience

So we went to La Braceria on the recommendation of one of...

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Restaurant Review - Market at Filipe Carillo Puerto

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 15, 2018

Ok, another post of a not quite restaurant. This is in the Market at Filipe Carillo Puerto. Driving down from Cancun, Filipe Carillo Puerto is the largest town you will run into south of Tulum. It is roughly half way...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Convent de San Bernardino in Valladolid

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 16, 2018

This is another attraction in Valladolid. Traveling around the American West, you get used to seeing "really old" stuff be from 1800's, and even on the east coast the 1700's. Valladolid is a very different experience. The...

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Restaurant Review - El Meson del Marques

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 20, 2018

Overview

This restaurant is in the hotel in the main square in Valladolid, The hotel is a nice place to stay as well, but this is a review of the restaurant. You enter the restaurant from main square in Valladolid. It...

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Day Trips from Xcalak - Isla Mujeres

Written by Rob Mukai on Aug. 30, 2018

Overview

Every year between May and September the whale sharks congregate near the north end of the Yucatan Penninsula. This also happens to be the time when snapper, grouper and other fish come here to do their...

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