Leaving behind the old world charm of Cuba, we arrived in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for some ancient ruins, good food, sun and sea. We stayed at the Thompson Hotel Playa del Carmen for our visit. The first day after our arrival, we headed to Tulum about a 40-minute drive away. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. It is built on 12 meter tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and served as a major port for Coba. It is probably the most picturesque Maya ruin overlooking the ocean in the Riviera Maya. We enjoyed a day of exploring the Tulum ruins, swimming in a nearby cenote, and just chilling on a beautiful beach at Soliman Bay.