You know us and how we never pass up the chance to compete in a triathlon…….
Ok – well maybe not a traditional triathlon….here’s our version of a Triathlon in Tulum. Ours includes the traditional biking and swimming but we substituted walking a Mayan Ruin for the run. (and hydrated with beers!)
We were staying at the Mezzanine Hotel and they had bikes on site that we could use. Here they are……ready and waiting to be used in the competition!
First up on our list was the Mayan Ruin’s at Tulum. We rode our bikes the 900 meters to the ruin (whew!)…..such a tough ride!
Afer the grueling bike ride we started the second leg….walking around the ruins. It was an extremely busy day there – since we have already been there and done the tour, we just did a quick walk through to check the ruins out again. It was a little rainy but still so gorgeous.
After we walked at least 1 mile or 2 (just guessing) it was back to the bikes for another leg!
We were told that we could bike to several of the Cenotes – that the Grand Cenote, Car Wash and Zazil Ha Cenotes were pretty close and that we’d have no problem biking to them.
Here’s the map we were given: (by the way, we use the term “map” loosely)
The concierge at our hotel was sure to inform us this map is NOT to scale, but still accurate. She said the cenotes are just outside of town…..sounds easy enough. And then she asked us, “Do you want lights for the bikes?” We said no…….but this comment got us wondering…..how far are these Cenotes?
Off we rode down the bike path towards the town of Tulum……we were excited to see that the path is also rollerblade friendly – who’s in for rollerblading in Tulum?
After the first leg of our second biking leg down the rollerblade trail (we rode almost 5 kilometers!) we were hungry……time to stop for lunch!
Teetotum was a cute restaurant we came across…..great food! (and a well deserved break after our walk and bike ride)
Once we were fueled up it was time to tackle more of the bike ride…..so off we go riding on the road to find the Cenotes….the word was we would pass Grand Cenote first and then the Car Wash and Zazil Ha would be soon after that. Cool….here we go. (if you remember the “map” above, it did NOT do a good job of showing where the Cenotes were). We were also told they were really close to town.
The road was a two lane highway – that’s right, you heard correctly – a highway. It was a little scary riding in the “bike lane” as semi-trucks passed by…..but the speed limit was only 40 kilometers/hour so we were ok.
And then we saw this…
That’s right….the speed limit jumped up to 90 kilometers/hour….hmmmm…..wonder if this is still a good idea and how much further is the Grand Cenote?
But we were on a mission…..there was no stopping us!
And then this sign appeared….
Who thinks it was a good idea to bike next to traffic driving 100 kilometers/hour? (That’s 62 miles per hour people!) Onward we go…..it’s not like it was raining and there were semi-trucks passing us our anything……
Highways – great for driving cars – not so great for riding beach bikes
After about 4 kilometers we passed the Grand Cenote sign – yay! At least we were going in the right direction….our mission was to bike to the Zazil Ha Cenote (which was the farthest one) and then work our way back to Grand Cenote.
We kept biking in the rain as cars and trucks passed us……geesh! We know the map we were given was not to scale, but this seems a little crazy……biking and biking…..
Concerned that the cenotes were really far Lisa went into a gas station to ask for directions……the cashier chuckled when Lisa asked if Zazil Ha was close…….she told Lisa, “just keep going”…..
Just when we were about to lose all hope there it was….the sign for the Car Wash Cenote and then immediately after was the sign for Zazil Ha…..yeah! We made it!
This Cenote was run by a very nice family…..the cost to enter was 50 pesos per person…here’s the ticket booth.
After we paid we walked in to find we were the only ones there…….guessing because we were the only ones crazy enough to ride our bikes there. This Cenote was small but very clear…..as we were snorkeling we noticed that the entire family was watching a Spanish soap opera under a palapa….and then we heard the sounds of a chainsaw in the background…..
The swimming leg of our triathlon as begun!
Ronnie swimming at Zazil Ha
By the way…..the water was COLD! Nobody ever informed us of that.
After about 30 minutes it was time to move on to the next Cenote…..The Car Wash. Luckily this was right next door to Zazil Ha so we didn’t have to bike far.
The Car Wash was also only 50 pesos per person to enter. The first thing we noticed is that the water here wasn’t as clear as the other Cenote – but it was still beautiful. Before we hopped in to snorkel the “Cenote Keeper” brought us over to the shore…there was something he really wanted to show us……a CROCODILE! That’s right – there was a crocodile just sunning himself on the shore – of the Cenote that we were about to jump in.
Lisa was out – she was happy just watching the crocodile and turtles swim from the shore….but Ronnie was in….no crocodile was going to get in his way of finishing this triathlon!
Ronnie jumped right in! (Didn’t Lisa do an amazing job taking this picture? Good timing)
After Ronnie was done swimming with the crocodile it was time to hop back on the bikes….time to ride back towards Tulum and to the Grand Cenote.
This next biking leg was about 3 kilometers…….sounds short, but on a beach bike? On a highway? It was harder than it sounds!
We arrived at Grand Cenote and paid our entry fee….a whopping 150 pesos each! We were thinking, this better be good.
There were definitely a lot of people here….but after seeing the Cenote we understood why. This place is super cool! There were tons of stalactites and stalagmites and caverns…..so deep that even our bright dive light didn’t see the bottom of them. Spooky but beautiful.
On the way out we saw this sign………..but didn’t see any dogs.
We also saw these really cool birds….check out his tail.
When we got back to our bikes Ronnie was searching for the key for the bike lock…….but he couldn’t find it…..the key wasn’t in his pocket…..I wonder where he left the key?
Where did Ronnie leave the key for the bike lock???
Yup, the key was left in the lock. (see the yellow tag hanging?) Thankfully the bikes were still there so we could continue with our first ever Tulum Triathlon!
We finished up the triathlon with pizza and ice cold Negro Modelos……Encanto had Negro Modelo’s on draft! Such a treat for us Belizean folks!
All in all our first triathlon was a complete success!
Here’s the breakdown: a 900 meter bike ride to the ruins, a 2 mile (approximately walk around the ruins), a 16 kilometer ride to Zazil Ha, a swim in the Cenote, a quick ride to Car Wash where Ronnie logged a jump and another swim – then another 5 kilometer bike ride to Grand Cenote for yet another swim and then a final bike ride back to town where we consumed pizza and Negro Modelos……
Now that’s our kind of triathlon!
Our Disclaimer! These distances were calculated by a blonde and are only “blonde estimates……they are probably as accurate as the map”….but close enough to get you there if you’re ready for an adventure!