The Ruins, Tulum

My holiday body clock, as always, woke me before dawn.

It doesn’t seem to matter which direction I fly, wherever I land… I will watch the sunrise!

Which is of course something of a treat, when sunrise looks like this:

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Though it does leave you with a serious hankering for breakfast almost immediately after the show.

Mum & I settled into the empty restaurant of our hotel, sitting as close to the sea as we could manage; utterly determined to squeeze as much sea into our holiday as humanly possible.

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No sooner had we wolfed down our eggs & coffee, than our carriage arrived, ready to whisk us away to a new adventure.

One we’d been excited about since flipping through guide books back in Blighty; Tulum’s Mayan Ruins.

Built around A.D. 564, Tulum was originally surrounded by a huge stone wall. 7meters thick and 784meters long, it encased and protected the obsidian trade hub.

Now you enter through one of three gaps in the same wall, to be greeted by a lush rolling hills, flourishing trees, scented flowers and singing birds.

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It’s thought the fortified town’s original name was Zama – meaning City of Dawn (rather fitting for us early birds) and was eventually changed to Tulum, meaning wall.

It’s very rare to find a walled Mayan site, but it’s thought that it is because of this added protection, that so many of the city’s structures still stand.

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There’s even a protected beach, exclusively for the use of turtles laying eggs.

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Which is turtley awesome and eggsactly what every good fort needs.

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Cotton romper // Brown belt

Leather boots

Layered bangles // Layered necklaces

The site is enormous, and a bit of an explorer’s wonderland.

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Classic DVF wrap dress

One moment you’ll be strolling across a luscious green lawn, the next second you’ll find yourself leaning over a cacti covered cliff, gazing out over the ocean.

There are even steps down to the beach for those who fancy a dip!

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You might very well fancy a swim, it gets seriously hot up there.

And the sea just looks so inviting…

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There are pathways leading in all sorts of directions, begging to be explored and luring you off the main strip.

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Perfectly placed rocks for when you want to put your feet up and enjoy the view that those before you have admired since time began.

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Shady spots.

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And other curious visitors, too.

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The view over the beach of the Temple of Winds was my favourite spot.

Somewhere we sat and admired for some time, enjoying the gentle breeze from the sea, the quiet dancing of the palm trees, the breaking waves, and idea of civilizations long gone.

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We walked every inch of The City of Dawn, and loved every bit of it.

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When it all gets too hot up on the cliffs, you can just move into the gardens for a shady breather.

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But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

By mid-morning buses arrived, filled to the gills with visitors. Out they poured and covered the ruins like ants on a picnic.

Soon we were surrounded by unimpressed walking bum-bags, complaining of the heat and saying they’d stay in Florida next year.

We quickly ducked out and marched down the dusty track we hoped would lead to the sea.

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We struck gold, kicked off our shoes and paddled our way along the endless, white sandy beach.

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Admiring the hotels, bars, shacks and hammocks along the way.

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We stopped off for a much needed swim and wallow.

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Mermaid scale bikini

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Before continuing our hike, down towards the new Tulum.

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After one helluva leg stretch, we made it.

Chose a very pretty little place for lunch, and collapsed with cold drinks.

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Our pretty little place was Momo Hoja. An Italian joint with gorgeous staff, a love of fresh seafood and a very soppy labrador called Pablo.

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Our hostess brought out the catch of the day, pulled straight from the sea.

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Pablo and I watched on, hungrily.

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We ordered, and waited.

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Mummy’s eyes going the exact colour of her Sparkler.

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We sipped on pineapple margaritas, and dined on the freshest of fresh fish, prawns, calamari and courgette.

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All cooked simply and perfectly on the bbq.

After a snooze on some of their shady sunbeds (honestly, we really did snooze at a restaurant! Tulum is fantastic!) we made our way back to the beach beneath the ruins and found our own private pool to sprawl in.

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With no-one around but the Yucatan butterflies, I think it’s safe to say we found our own little slice of heaven.

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We didn’t get home until long after dark.

After a shower and a good layer of moisturizer, we padded down to supper.

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Settling in beside the pool for cocktails and all of their Mexican dishes.

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We stayed up chatting and laughing until our cheeks and bellies hurt.

Eventually falling into bed, smiling, tanned and utterly content after a wonderful day of adventuring.

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  • Meghan

    This looks amazing. We’re headed to Puerto Rico for our next holiday, but Tulum is definitely on the list!

    • Rosie

      Oh I’ve never been to PR! Where abouts are you going? x

    • I used to live in Puerto Rico. It’s the most incredible island. Make sure you go to the east end for the beautiful beaches in Culebra and El Yunke Rainforest. Go South West for the phosphorescent bays. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This looks beautiful! And that romper is perfect for a summer holiday!

    • Rosie

      So light and breezy! Perfect for the heat!

  • Sarah D

    There is nowhere in Florida as magical as those ruins! Lovely post Rosie… Tulum is definitely going on the bucket list.

    • Rosie

      Deserves its spot on everyone’s bucket list if you ask me, Sarah! Good choice! x

  • Did you guys switch hotels?! This place looks divine – and so much better than rainy, cold Washington DC! Hope to see more soon xx

    • Rosie

      Yes, skip back a couple posts! x

  • Emma

    This trip looks amazing! Definitely one for the bucket list! Also, maybe itโ€™s just my computer, but the cute mermaid bikini doesnโ€™t have a hyperlink. Where did you get it?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rosie

      Woops, will add now! x

  • Aurรจ

    hello,ciao…so Charming!

  • What a fascinating and beautiful place! That view over the beach is stunning – and the sea does look very inviting! Your lunch especially just looks so good – I love fresh fish! xxx

    • Rosie

      Me too! It’s so easy to eat healthily when you’re away and everything’s so fresh! xx

  • Ah such beautiful photos!

  • The ruins look spectacular & the beaches around look heavenly.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • Rosie

      Such an incredible place, Adele! x

  • This looks sooo relaxing! The colour of that sea is stunning. can you remind me again where you found the holiday to book please, Rosie? x Jersey Girl x

    • Rosie

      Um, it’s not really a holiday as such… we booked the first two hotels through i-escape (link at the top of the post) and then another direct. Then we just did whatever we liked when we were there. I’m sure someone like Expedia would have a package though if that’s more your thing! x

  • TheGabyProject

    Beautiful post, and I love your playsuit!

  • WOW, this seems like such a perfect day – you truly found paradise! ๐Ÿ™‚ Will have to remember Tulum, currently planning a trip to Mexico for Autumn!


    • Rosie

      Defo worth a look, Lisa! x

  • I love getting up to watch the sunrise!

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  • Wow those views. This looks incredible. Feeling super jealous reading this in cold, grey London right now.

  • Mexico looks amazing!! I want to go here for my honeymoon now!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This place is a dream, I need to get there! Love your boots x

  • Elanor

    These ruins look fantastic, I would love to explore them one day! I’m falling more and more in love with Mexico every time you post…

  • Looks like an amazing time! I’m headed to Tulum in July so I’ll have to bookmark your posts for travel tips!

  • anna

    Hi Rosie,

    I’m embarking on a long haul flight to Oz in a few weeks and I was hoping you could suggest the ideal choice of clothing for just such an occasion. I don’t want to look scruffy but also the thought of wearing jeans or anything high wasted it giving me panic attacks. What would you suggest? I would be most grateful for any advice big or small.

    Thank you,


  • Basking in that dappled sunlight beneath the palms must have been so dreamy, especially when followed by a dip and that beautiful looking lunch. Need to escape to Tulum STAT. Immy x

  • Megan

    After satisfying the history nerd in me with Pompeii last summer this looks like a definite must. Those ruins look incredible. Plus they have the added bonus of shady spots, something Pompeii was distinctly lacking in June! The other half will be easily persuaded by those prawns too. Think this will be jumping it’s way up the places to see list dramatically.

  • Gabriella Granata

    Love your cotton romper in this post, not sure I could pull it off but you look gorg ๐Ÿ™‚ Tulum is firmly on my travel bucket list, and think my mama would love it too!


  • Oh wow! What a great day. The seafood looks amazing. I love all your recommendations. Maybe one day I’ll make it to Tulum ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lydialabram

    Going to Tulum in 2 weeks today! Noting down all your recommendations – looking forward to endless Guacamole!

  • I’m such a fan of Tulum and absolutely looooooove your romper!! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • This looks gorgeous! Definitely going on my travel list! Wow! ๐Ÿ™‚ May I ask what exercise you do, legs are looking fantastic?! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Katherine Rump

    I absolutely adore Tulum. I spent a weekend there when I was studying abroad and just recently visited back in August with my friend who had been with me before. Curious if you had experienced any of the seaweed on the beaches that we did when we were there. It was so sad to see that on those beautiful pristine beaches and I’m hoping it was only a seasonal issue. Love the pictures and your experiences!

  • Chantelle Choy

    I go to Tulum every year to visit my best friend who is an artist out there. Did you manage to visit Avenida Tulum?

  • Lovely time away complimented with beautiful, vibrant photos. Very cute playsuit.

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  • I am so ready to hop onto the next flight to Mexico after reading this post!! The ruins and ocean look absolutely gorgeous!

  • This trips looks like so much fun! I am drying to go to Tulum now!!


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  • Such beautiful photos as always Rosie, seriously looking forward to my next travel now!
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  • You captured Tulum so beautifully! The ruins were one of my favourite parts about the Riveria, and I love the little beach spot below. Your pictures are so enticing to jet off to my own sunny vacation.

  • Wow- great photos! they look quite similar to mine just a bit further up the coast and on the Isla Mujeres – such an amazing part of the Caribbean!

  • Oh! This looks lovely! So happy you made it there to explore the quiet beauty before all the swarms of Negative Nancys arrived! We just got back from a week in Chicago and I could definitely go for some warming up in Tulum! Especially if it includes cute rompers and soppy puppies!

    xoxo Alice Rose

  • Ah you have no idea how happy this post makes me! Hubby and I went to Tulum at the beginning of January — your post brings back so many happy memories. And you got some seriously stellar shots of the ruins. I wrote a post on them too but didn’t get nearly as many beautiful angles of the ruins as you did:

    Glad you had such a gorgeous trip!


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  • Kari Guastella

    I would love to visit Tulum! It’s definitely on the list!

  • Brittney

    I love this mother daughter trip! My Mumsie and I are also incredibly close and this would be just the perfect trip to spend more quality time together…plus, it wouldn’t hurt to get out of our chilly Canadian winter! Thanks for the ideas darling!
    xo Brittney

  • All this snow in Toronto is melting with your photos! I can’t wait to go to Punta Cana next month!

  • That totally looks like paradise! I like your booties, they seem comfy. I bet they are perfect for sightseeing.

  • Vanina

    I just love your perspective on things. And your humour!
    Your mom’s portrait is beautiful and, as always, very artful.

  • What an incredible place. Your legs go on forever though, Rosie! x

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  • Aah such a gorgeous place! I was there at the beginning of last year & reading your post this morning brought back great memories! X

  • Ella-Roe

    Omg!! The food looks amazing. Great photography Rosie, looks like you had a sun of a time. Tulum is now on my wanderlust list.

  • I need need need to go here (although we’ve just come back from Austria and have a wedding to save for so it won’t be anytime soon unfortunately)! The ruins look amazing! What history and a fantastic place to explore!

    Gemma x
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  • PolinaButsenko

    Rosie, Great post and pictures. Couldn’t help but notice that your mum is great photographer!!! On that note what camera were you using for those shots? Still thinking of buying rx100 ii, but not sure if it’s any good for capturing landscape shots? if you have any comments on that please spill some beans…:)

  • I’m going to puerto Rico and then Tulum for Easter and I’m so excited after seeing these pics. I’m definitely going to that fish restaurant for lunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Looks beyond beautiful and incredibly relaxing! xo

  • Megan

    I’m glad you enjoyed Mexico so much. I’m in Houston, TX and it’s such an easy trip from here to be on that beautiful beach in 2 hours. Wonderful pictures of the ruins, you really captured their beauty so well. Although I can’t believe you didn’t take any pictures of the lizards or talk about them! It’s like the one thing I am afraid of, but just couldn’t stop pointing them out because they’re everywhere – I was driving my boyfriend crazy.

  • Suzanne Miller

    Dang, your mom looks amazing! How about a guest post by your mom for the slightly older mothers among us? I don’t know about everyone else out there but after kids, it’s a bit of a battle. She looks amazing in her sleeveless DVF (I haven’t worn mine in years, sadly). Just a thought. Thanks for my breakfast table vacations! I always enjoy a good Rosie on the Road post. XOXO

  • Michelle Marko

    Beautiful! Everything. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Rosie – did you use a specific tour or arrange car service to get there before the crowds? We are going in a month and would love to visit the ruins and swim off the beach and the quieter the better! So gorgeous as always!! Xx
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