Travel has shown me some of Mother Nature’s finest creations. While vacationing in Lençois, Brazil, I swam inside a cave pool called Poço Azul. The water was crystal clear, and the most magnificent shade of cobalt blue. A striking and vibrant color that I had only seen before in the stained-glass windows throughout my grade-school church. In Iguazu, Argentina I hiked through the largest, most spectacular waterfall system in the world. As I made my way to the crest of the falls known as Devil’s Throat, I was in complete awe of a magical double rainbow that extended over the falls. The movement of the water was so powerful that I could feel the air pull my body towards the drop like a magnet, as it crashed down into a white, smokey abyss. In Santorini, Greece I walked through white-painted villages to a high point on the island to watch the sunset. As I sat above red colored cliffs I gazed in amazement as the sky melted into vivid shades of gold, pink, and purple. The Cycladic architecture of the buildings reflected the intensity of the colors so strongly that the entire island transformed into a watercolor painting. This planet is filled with so many incredible gifts, and is a blessing to have experienced some of them.
I remember traveling to Mexico for the first time when I was 17. My mom took me on my high-school spring break to Cancun, and I immediately fell in love with the people, the culture, and the beautiful beaches. I have been lucky enough to return to various parts of Mexico over the past 15 years, but when I first arrived in Tulum, I knew it was special. It’s the kind of place that I will always go back to. Tulum is located on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo, giving it a breathtaking coastline. The jade green water and white sand beaches are adorned with exotic palm trees and vibrant vegetation all around.
On this trip to Tulum we rented bikes from our hotel to get a more in-depth look at the town. I highly recommend bike rentals to get around Tulum. Along our travels, we stumbled upon a deep, natural sinkhole called a cenote, where took a quick dip in the transparent waters to cool ourselves from the hot sun. We also made various stops along the coastline to snap some incredible views of the beach. Check out some of Mother’s Nature’s beauty I experienced in Tulum, Mexico.
At the tail end of our trip we stopped back in Cancun to save a little cash, and spend a day at the beach before heading back to Chicago. We decided the take a ferry to a Mexican island on the Caribbean sea called Isla Mujeres, as a day trip to lounge beachside. Here are a few snaps from our last day on the island.
Stay tuned for part 3 of my trip to Tulum where I talk about the party portion of the trip. Don’t forget to add your email address and subscribe to Art Junki! xoxo