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Nisia Wasilewicz, Creative Consultant

Transport yourself to the otherworldly city of Tulum

By Nisia Wasilewicz

3 August 2018

Chances are you’ve heard of Tulum, the tranquil Mexican city that in recent years has seen a surge of visitors on the quest for beautiful beaches, Mayan ruins, and some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world. But where should a first-time traveler start?

For help, we turned to Tulum expert Nisia Wasilewicz. A creative consultant and producer of events and experiences, Nisia first came to the Mexican oasis as it was just emerging on the global radar. Though Tulum has changed dramatically in the past half-decade, she still finds awe in the unvarnished landscape, as beautiful now as it was centuries ago.

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"The most amazing part of Tulum is the natural resources that are here. People obviously come here because it’s a party destination, but the landscape is the highlight. Any way you can sneak away from the parties—I think that’s when you find something special.

One of my favorite places is Sac Actun. It’s nicknamed “pet cemetery”—there’s a couple of different theories where the name comes from, but there’s definitely been bones that have been found in the cenote. You usually need a guided tour because you have to snorkel through all these stalactites and stalagmites.

When I first came to Tulum five years ago, that was the first cenote I ever went to. A friend brought me because it was kind of a secret, and on the ride back there were a million fireflies. I think that’s why it’s my favorite.

Not to sound too much like a hippy, but I do think there is something here energetically. It definitely is ancient Mayan land; I think through the strength of the people here, you can feel that. And again, the natural landscape: there’s underground rivers, there’s water constantly flowing below us. It feels like things are unrooted in a certain way, like things are constantly moving here.

I think why people come to Tulum and fall in love with it is because you feel challenged and refreshed. When you come here just for a week, it’s easy to come to the beach and unwind and drink coconuts. But Tulum doesn’t have the convenience of L.A. or New York City. There’s no delivery, no Uber Eats. You have to live the way people used to.

I think that’s 100% the charm of the space itself: not only does it ask you to disconnect, but it also forces you to do so."

Roberto Nickson

Arca
Tue-Sun: 8:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar
Mon-Sat: 8:00-2:00 a.m.; Sun: 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Cenotes Sac Actun
Mon-Sun: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Clan-Destino
Mon-Sun: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Ka’an
Thu-Sun: 1:00-7:00 p.m.

Laguna Kaan Luum
Mon-Sun: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Taqueria La Eufemia
Mon-Sun: 12:00-10:00 p.m.

Tres Galeones
Mon-Sun: 1:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Joanna Szumska