Travel: Quintana Roo, TULUM, Mexico

Tulum was my most favorited area for site seeing, beaches, food, shopping, and resting. They had it all! If you can, I highly recommend exploring the area by driving or biking around. There are beautiful murals all around town and so much to discover. I also recommend shopping outside of the touristy areas, you can find the same items with better deals when you drive away from the main strip.

 

Places to Stay/Sleep:  Raiz Mistic Bed & Breakfast (AirBnB listing name) aka Fruto Mistico $58.74 A highly-recommended place to stay. This tropical, quaint AirBnB was peaceful, relaxing, spacious and just overall beautiful. There are nice decks to sit and enjoy a nice cozy conversation, tea or breakfast/lunch from the in house vegan vegetarian cafe. Victor, the host was kind, tentative and readily available when needed. This location however, did not offer hot water so if that’s a thing for you, you may reconsider however, that one minor detail didn’t outweigh the entire experience staying at this cute cozy place. My room had a comfortable bed, AC and a hammock with an upper deck I had all to myself. LINKS – AirBnB Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25295623?guests=1&adults=1 Google Map Address: https://goo.gl/maps/Zr2UAkvDxTt Yelp Link: https://www.yelp.com/biz/fruto-mistico-tulum?uid=kw2c_ka8eJnnN8xnWMBiew&utm_source=ishare Trip Advisor Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150813-d13507217-Reviews-Fruto_Mistico-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

  
 

Places to Eat: La Hoja Verde an arabian, vegetarian *vegan friendly restaurant that offers the best, fresh acai bowls and smoothies. This very cute place is located right off the main strip Av. Tulum aka hwy 307 on Calle Beta Sur, Tulum. LINKS – Yelp Link: https://www.yelp.com/biz/la-hoja-verde-tulum?uid=kw2c_ka8eJnnN8xnWMBiew&utm_source=ishare Trip Advisor Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150813-d2407730-Reviews-La_Hoja_Verde-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

  

Site-seeing/Activities: Tulum Ruins aka Zona Arqueológica de Tulum. Tulum was a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade.  As well as being the only Mayan city built along a coast.  Tulum Ruins was one of the few protected by a wall, made of limestone.  The 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological site overlooks the Caribbean sea. It incorporates the clifftop Castillo, built as a watchtower. Inland, the Cobá archaeological site has pyramid-shaped temples with views over the surrounding jungle Carretera Federal, Cancun – Chetumal Km 230, 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico. LINKS – Yelp Link: https://www.yelp.com/biz/zona-arqueológica-de-tulum-tulum-2 Trip Advisor Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150813-d153186-Reviews-Ruins_of_Tulum-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

  

Touristy Strip off Hwy 15 along the coast offers a modern line of chic boutiques and hotels. Ahau Tulum is a great place to stay if you have a higher end budget. Bungalows range from $100-$700 (depending on room type and season) . The Restaurant offers fresh local wellness foods, yummy smoothies and thirst quenching drinks. In addition, they offer daily yoga and sunrise mediation!

  

Cenote Cristal. What a beautiful, serene, peaceful place to be. There’s a dope platform to jump from or if you’re not so ambitious to do so it’s also a cool spot to swim, relax, and for taking selfies. LINKS: – Yelp Link: https://www.yelp.com/biz/cenote-cristal-tulum Trip Advisor Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150813-d1150241-Reviews-Cenote_Crystal-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

  
  

TIPS // DO’S & DON’TS: At present, travelers must press a button when passing through Customs, and those who get a green light are free to go. The unlucky minority who gets the red light have their bags searched. Tipping is about 10%.  Cash is accepted but usually vendors will convert it at a lower rate and it really isn’t in your best interest.  Always check what the currency conversions. It’s always best to bring cash (to avoid ATM and foreign fees) then convert it into pesos preferably outside of the airport and away from touristy areas.  I used XE Currency iPhone app for currency conversion and for language translation I used Google Translate iPhone app.  Hot water appeared to be a commodity out there so always check where you are staying to ensure they have hot water if that is something of importance to you.  I personally didn’t mind since I went during the hotter part of the season. Yelp was pretty handy in finding places to eat.  If you’re a U.S T-Mobile customer your phone usage remains the same at no additional cost.  Therefore, phone calls, texting and data does not change from the current plan you are associated to.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for AT&T customers.  I set roaming off and only used my phone when in the presence of wifi. I typically rent cars wherever I travel but I take caution. I like to get a feel of where I am prior to making a decision but since I’ve been to Mexico multiple times and from Los Angeles, I know I can handle it. It’s always best practice to get full coverage rental insurance but it did cost a whopping $334.16 while the car rental itself was only $68.40 for 7 days. That’s where they get ya! I purchased my car rental and round trip flight through Expedia but found that the car rental insurance they allowed me to purchase didn’t actually cover me in Mexico. So why did they offer insurance? Beats me! With that said always double check the actual coverage prior to making a purchase. I’ve recently been having some really bad experiences with Expedia and may decide to cut ties with them soon. If you have a car you have the freedom to roam around and explore therefore, no need for a tour guide its cheaper to go straightaway to the places you want to see and for the things you want to do. Safe travels ✌️

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BEYOND THE STREETS

First off I’d like to thank Amanda Bessette for the opportunity to document Beyond The Streets.  BEYOND THE STREETS displays the graffiti/street art culture and the artists involved (including one of my favorite photographers Martha Cooper) that have made an impact on it.  Located near Chinatown in DTLA featured in a 40,000 sq ft indoor outdoor exhibit.  Check out this awesome display before it ends August 26 2018.

“Beyond the street focuses on artists with a documented history of mark making and rule breaking as well as a current, robust studio practice primarily derived from the graffiti and street art movements.  It is not intended to be a historical retrospective but rather an examination of cultural outlaws who embody the spirit of the graffiti and street art culture. The exhibition includes well known artists whose work is influenced or inspired by these risk takers and whose efforts have elevated the movement to new heights.

BEYOND THE STREETS is curated by Roger Gastman. He is a graffiti historian, urban anthropologist and collector who Forbes says “has made a career of being the cultural connector between street artists and the art world.” BEYOND THE STREETS is Gastman’s dynamic follow-up to Art in the Streets, the U.S.’ first-ever graffiti and street art retrospective which broke MoCA Los Angeles’ attendance record with 220,000 visitors. Known for founding and co-publishing Swindle magazine with Shepard Fairey, Gastman co-authored The History of American Graffiti and co-produced the Oscar Award-nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Additional curation by Editor in Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine Evan Pricco, author and historian Caleb Neelon, and legendary NYC graffiti writer and historian David “Chino” Villorente. Adam Lerner, Director of the MCA Denver serves as a curatorial advisor. The exhibition is produced by Ian Mazie.” –  Beyond The Streets

ORIGINAL WORKS FROM SHEPARD FAIREY, REVOK, FUTURA 2000, RETNA, LADY PINK, DASH SNOW, C.R. STECYK III, GUERRILLA GIRLS, BARRY MCGEE, CHAZ BOJÓRQUEZ, MISTER CARTOON, LEE QUIÑONES, MARIPOL, FAILE, SWOON, EDDIE MARTINEZ, INVADER, RISK, KENNY SCHARF, JENNY HOLZER, HAZE, FELIPE PANTONE, ANDRÉ SARAIVA, GORDON MATTA-CLARK, STEPHEN POWERS, TODD JAMES, CRASH, DAZE, MARTHA COOPER, TAKI 183 PLUS DENNIS HOPPER, TAKASHI MURAKAMI, MARK MOTHERSBAUGH & MANY MORE.