My journey to Tulum, Mexico.

A few months ago I attended Treasure Island Music Festival. On the island I met some new friends and we decided (while gushing over our love for adventure) to go to Tulum, Mexico.....along with my best friend Ellen. Why? To visit the beaches, BPM Music Festival and our mutual friend who had moved there recently. It was such a cool feeling knowing I was going to travel with new people to a foreign country. We rented an Airbnb in the heart of Tulum city. It was a great rental complete with a heart shaped pool and hammocks. Quite perfect for us.

Day 1 consisted of landing, tequila in the van ride over (Tulum is about 2 hours from the Cancun Airport) and dancing in the jungle to a local SF artist, Rachel Torro. The party was complete with twinkly lights, face painting and some amazing hoopers. People were dressed in colorful bohemian outfits. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold. See image below to get a feel for the magic that is Tulum nightlife.

The next day we visited Playa Paraíso and to say it was breathtaking would be an understatement. I had to pinch myself as everything was that of my dreams. The people of Tulum are incredibly friendly and want everyone around them to have the best time possible. We laid under this palm tree for hours....

And spent the day lounging. As you can see, I was having a terrible time :)

Instead of waiting in line to see the ruins, we took a sunset cruise to the edge of the rocks where you could see them, jumped in the water, and snorkeled. Our boat was filled with people mostly from San Francisco who I had met in passing many times at music events....but it was nice to spend quality time with them in a foreign place. I know we all have a long future of friendship ahead of us.

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Tulum is known for their healthy food offerings and yoga retreats. One of our favorite stops on the trip that we frequented was called Burrito Amor. One morning I had three juices. Green Juice, Watermelon and Mint Grapefruit. Coconut water was always in the mix :)

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Beers y frutas in the morning were a necessity!

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Vegan cactus salad, yummmm.

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A highlight of the trip was spending quality time with my best friend of 15 years, Ellen. We live together but are always so busy that sometimes I feel like we don't 1:1 time together. It was so wonderful hanging out with her all over Tulum. Trips always bond us. Here we are on our friends rooftop. Not too shabby!

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Lastly, and one of the main reasons we came to Tulum was to attend the Pink Mammoth party at Villa Pescadores. Pink Mammoth is an SF party, music and art crew that puts on some of the most incredible events. For me, it was especially cool seeing my dear friend Britney Williams (founder of Culture Vulture and veteran promoter in SF) husband Worthy of Dirty Bird DJ for two hours during sunset. The music at the party was incredible. You could hear the bass through the sand, so you know it was loud!

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I want to thank my friends for taking this trip with me. It reminded me how beautiful life is and how lucky I am to be surrounded by such creative free spirits. I can't wait to travel with this group again and explore all that the world has to offer. The time together was truly magical.

Thank you for listening and may you always travel with an open heart!

-Ally