tacos al-pastor are a classic in Tulum

Tacos Al-Pastor

Tacos Al-Pastor, which means literally “shepard-style”, is a type of taco where the meat is cooked on a vertical spit, and shaved off with a knife by hand into the tortilla. It is quite common here in Tulum, and you’ll know who sells al-pastor as the cooking meat is often visible. What is “al-pastor”? It is almost exclusively pork, which …

Aerial Beach view

Best Beaches of Tulum

Best Beaches in Tulum Many consider the coastline of Tulum to contain the best beaches in the Riviera Maya, so it’s no surprise there are several areas to choose from. Technically, all coastline here connects and beach names are superfluous, but useful when determining where to meet up. Which Beach is Best? Playas north, directly next to the ancient ruins …

Xcaret Park celebration of Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Día de los Muertos is a longstanding Mexican tradition that is becoming increasingly well-known throughout the world. There are aspects of similarity to its counterparts of Halloween, All Saints Day, or Samhain, but this celebration is different. Spanish Catholicism brought by the Conquistadores combined with ancient traditions from thousands of years to create Día de los …

Cochinita Pibil, Mayan food

Cochinita Pibil

This classic Yucatán dish is all about the extremely tender pork. It is served dish alongside refried beans, the ever-common pickled red onions, rice, spicy habanera-tomato salsa, and tortillas for convenience of eating. The cooking process Like some other dishes popular here, cochinita pibil is a time-intensive dish. Cochinita means “baby pig”, so it can be an entire suckling pig, …

Mayan ceremony

Traditional Maya Music

Music was a critical part of the ancient Maya lifestyle, featuring in every event from ceremonies, war, celebration, and even ritual sacrifice. The Spanish conquistadors worked hard to end ritual Mayan music, and executed dancers and musicians first in their conquest. While we don’t have much information about original ancient Maya, we know some things about their music. Instruments of …

el poc-chuc yucatán food

El Poc-Chuc

El Poc-Chuc, or Pok Chuk Bak, is an integral part of Yucatán cuisine, though its origins are a little hazy. Poc-Chuc is a dish containing marinated pork, served with rice, refried black beans, sliced avocado, and often pickled onion, cabbage, and a spicy salsa made from habanero. How it’s made There is some debate on the perfect way to make …

The Maya Language

The Maya Language While the most widely spoken language is Mexico is Spanish, there are several native language still spoken here. The Mexican Government officially recognises 68 local languages. The Maya culture is still very alive here in the Yucatán, most of all through the Maya language itself. While technically called Yukatek Maya, speakers know it only as Maya. Those …

Whale shark & swimmer

Whale Sharks

The Gentle Shark Explorers and locals have been sighting the whale shark in the tropics for centuries, but only recently have they become another major tourist attraction for the Yucatan area. Despite an intimidating name, whale sharks are completely harmless. They are filter feeders, meaning they only feast on plankton and have no teeth. They also prefer to be in …

Experience Tulum Nightlife!

Tulum nightlife has a fantastic array of experiences that goes well past the great restaurants and spots along the beach. Don’t get us wrong, we love the options on the beach road but there is a lot more to consider. Places like ZINE, Mojito Batey and Cantina Nawal are great options to consider on your next trip to Tulum! One of …

Reasons to stay at Aldea Zama, Tulum

Aldea Zama is newly built, eco-friendly and luxury residential area, located between Tulum and Caribbean beaches, directly in the jungle. With so many hotels on the beach, why would you want to stay in Aldea Zama instead? Well, there are few main reason to consider. 1. Luxury and comfort All the complexes are brand new and that assures highest standards. It is …

Luxury accommodation in Tulum - Arthouse

Best luxury accommodation in Tulum

While Tulum is excellent as an adventure-backpacker destination, there are also many opportunities for those interested in the low-priced luxury vacation. For those, we have created a short article listing the best luxury accommodation in Tulum. Each has its own appeal, and fans! While some have the obvious appeal of a beach front location, others must make up for that …